BIBLE CLINIC (42) Dr Hennie Boshoff

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					BIBLE CLINIC (42) Dr Hennie Boshoff

“See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the TONGUE is a fire, a world of iniquity.
The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire
the course of nature; and is set on fire by hell. (James 3:5-6)
We have already discussed two important reasons to keep our tongues under control in utter
caution, watchfulness and total dependence upon God.
James gives five clear and compelling reasons for controlling the tongue:
    1. Its potential to confuse, mislead and condemn.
    2. Its extraordinary power to control.
    3. Its dangerous tendency to corrupt and destroy.
    4. Its intrinsic wildness and savageness.
    5. Its subtle deceit and hypocrisy.
This week we are discussing the third reason stressed by James in James 3: 5&6.
John MacArthur wrote that James here starts off with “See how great…” He is using
the imperative mood and middle voice (“idou”) of the verb “eidon” which literally means
simply to see. This form is often rendered “behold” which almost makes it a strong
command in order to call special attention to what is about to be said or about to
happen! Other examples is for instance Matthew 1:20 &23, John 4:35 and Revelation
1:7&18. The idea and command is clearly: “PAY CLOSE ATTENTION”, obviously
because of the great importance and seriousness of the matter!
Although no specific problem areas are mentioned here, the fact is that the tongue is
able to talk about any conceivable issue and has the power to corrupt every
conceivable issue! Whatever subject the tongue speaks of it surely can seriously
damage and pervert.
James is here calling attention to the enormous destructive power of hateful, false,
heretical and simply careless words! The smallest “innocent” match or spark can
grow exponentially into the most devastating fire that destroys thousands of hectares of
forest, killing countless animals and often destroying innocent human life and property.
Do I realize what a terribly dangerous member my TONGUE can be?
What an unique, appropriate and relevant example this is! FIRE has the amazing and
virtually unique capacity to reproduce itself in an almost unlimited way as long as
it has fuel to burn. Like the vast majority of things, water for instance cannot multiply.
When it is poured out, no matter where or on what, it never expands into a flood. But
FIRE feeds on itself. If there is sufficient flammable material and enough oxygen it will
burn on indefinitely.
“ An ungodly man digs up evil, and it is on his lips like a burning fire.” (Proverbs
16:27) “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer
(whisperer, gossiper or slanderer), strife ceases. As charcoal is to burning coals, and
wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.” (Proverbs 26:20&21)
David also lamented: “My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men who are
set on fire. Whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.”
(Psalm 57:4)
How many people have I already destroyed and “killed” with my tongue?
Morgan Blake, a sportswriter for the Atlanta Journal in the United States once wrote the
following satire:
“ I am more deadly than the screaming shell from the howitzer.
I win without killing! I tear down homes, break hearts and wreck lives!
I travel on the wings of the wind. No innocence is strong enough to intimidate me, no
purity pure enough to daunt me.
I have no regard for truth, no respect for justice, no mercy for the defenseless!
My victims are as numerous as the sand of the sea, and often as innocent.
I never forget and very seldom forgive! MY NAME IS GOSSIP !!”
1. The tongue is the very world of iniquity:
The term “kosmos” used here refers to system. Scheme or arrangement of iniquity, evil,
rebellion, lawlessness and every other form of sin. It is the source of unrighteous and
ungodly behavior within sinful man. It breeds and gives vent to every sort of sinful
passion and desire. No other bodily part has such far-reaching potential for disaster and
destruction as the tongue!
2. The tongue defiles the whole body:
The system of evil mentioned above, undeniably spreads out and contaminates the rest
of my body! The destructiveness of my tongue is like smoke that penetrates and
permanently contaminates everything that is exposed to it. Whatever the fire itself
cannot destroy, its smoke will permeate and ruin.
3. The tongue sets on fire the course of nature:
Like a physical fire, the destructive effects of evil speech expand, not only
contaminating ourselves but also everything we influence throughout the course of our
life. What I SAY gives others a very good idea of who and what I really am! This
principle applies to good things as well as sinful, but James’s emphasis here is
entirely on the negative aspects of my speaking, such as gossip, slander, false
accusations, lying, filthy language and jokes, exaggerated stories and other sins
of the tongue, that can destroy individual lives, families, schools, businesses,
churches and communities.
4. The sinful tongue is set on fire by hell:
The Lord Jesus also uses this term “gehenna” to represent the eternal never-ending
torment of hell. (Matthew 5:2; Mark 9:43&44; Isaiah 66:24) Hell is Satan’s place! It is
prepared for him, his demons and his followers. “Set on fire by hell” indicates that the
tongue can be Satan’s tool, fulfilling hell’s purposes to pollute, corrupt and destroy!
My tongue can be unbelievably dangerous and destructive! It needs constant guarding
and control! This is only possible through the power of the Blood of Christ applied by
the Holy Spirit in my life!

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