Loud Silence (Luke 14-15)

And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. Luke 14:3-4

The title of today’s blog, “Loud Silence,” seems like a great paradox.  However, in context of Luke 14, it fits perfectly.   Someone once said, “He spoke more in his silence than he would have if he spoke.”

This was the case with the ruler of the Pharisees.  Jesus is invited to his home for a meal.  There had to have been tension in the room as this Pharisee had it all set up to try to trap Jesus in something so that they could disprove Him as the Son of God.

Notice, it was Jesus who points out the man who was in great physical need.  Jesus knew the Sabbath law.  But He also knew the heart of His Father, John 3:16.  Jesus did for this man what every true believer should do.  He cared for Him.

But those who were supposed to care, “were silent.”

As I read those words this morning, I asked myself, “how often do I have loud silence when I see the brokenness in our world?”

I also asked myself this question:  “How do I guard myself from loud silence?”

  • I must care for what God cares for, i.e. the souls of men.
  • I must humble myself remembering, I am not worthy to be whole before God.  He has been so gracious to me.
  • I must give myself to the ministry of compelling broken people to come to Jesus.
  • I must daily remember, I am a disciple of Jesus.

When I do these things, the words of Jesus are so true.  They speak loudly from my life:

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

I want to be good salt in this world.  I believe you do as well.  May the Lord use us in the above ways to reach out to those that are lost!!!

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