A BIRD OF THE AIR SHALL TELL THE MATTER
“Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.” Eccl 10:20
The wisdom of the ancient Hebrew preacher can be applied to us today. In his day, The bird of the air could simply be a household servant --but today, a flock of birds can be used to tell the matter. Some winged listeners are called “drones.”
JESUS CHRIST WAS FALSELY ACCUSED OF PROMOTING TUMULTS AND SEDITIONS.
Jesus had a trial before His crucifixion. Pilate, the governor of Caesar, heard malicious chief priests falsely accuse Jesus of perverting the nation.
“And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.” Luke 23:2
JESUS DID NOT PROTEST AGAINST ROME!
The Roman Empire was filled with debauchery and had wickedness in high places. Yet, Jesus and the apostles' voices were never heard in the streets against that government. No!
Jesus fulfilled that which was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:
“He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.” Isaiah 42:2
Followers of Jesus Christ: Listen to this warning of Jesus to his disciples and be wary:
“ … Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” Mathew 24:9-10
MARTYR --OR FOOLISH TALKER?
A witness. One who accepts death in preference to renunciation of a faith, cause or principle.
Rev_12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
An overcomer is never double-minded; but always stands for truth --no matter what the cost.
THE FOOLISH TALKER:
Matthew Henry writes: “ Here,
1. The command teaches us our duty “Curse not the king, no, not in thy thought, do not wish ill to the government in thy mind.” All sin begins there, and therefore the first risings of it must be curbed and suppressed, and particularly that of treason and sedition. “Curse not the rich, the princes and governors, in thy bed-chamber, in a conclave or club of persons disaffected to the government; associate not with such; come not into their secret; join not with them in speaking ill of the government or plotting against it.”
2. The reason consults our safety. “Though the design be carried on ever so closely, a bird of the air shall carry the voice to the king, who has more spies about than thou art aware of, and that which has wings shall tell the matter, to thy confusion and ruin.”
OUR MESSAGE TO THE NATIONS
"Say among the nations, "The LORD Reigns." Psalm 96:10
The LORD REIGNS, Indeed! His only begotten Son has risen from the dead and is sitting on His throne prepared to judge all men according to their deeds.
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28