“Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.”
Sometimes silence is best.
Christ showed us this example several times throughout the Scripture, most noticeably when He was on trial. He was questioned and accused; yet He wisely chose to remain silent.
Herod had heard of the miracles that Jesus had done, and hoped to witness one himself. He questioned, but the response of Jesus spoke volumes.
He answered nothing.
“And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.”
He did not even open His mouth. Just as Isaiah had wrote many years before.
“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”
Silence is a wise response to both our critics and those who do us wrong.
“And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:”
We too can wisely choose to remain silent amidst the persecution. Regardless of the false accusations or the suffering we endure, following Christ’s example of silence is most often the wisest way we can respond.
Silent Wisdom is heard louder than any words we could ever say.
Judges 17-18 | Acts 28
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