The Silence Of The Lamb
And this has nothing to do with Hannibal Lector or Anthony Hopkins
The book of Numbers chapter 14 verses 12 to 20 tell the story of Moses persuading
God to change his mind and not destroy the Israelites.
So on the strength of Moses's argument God changed His mind ! God changed His mind !.
In John 12 verse 32 we read “As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to Myself.”
the operative word being “ if “ which
shows that it was possible for the Lord to change his mind.
In Matthew 26 verse 39 we read, going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, “
My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.
Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Once again we see that little word “if” which has so much power. Another reason for mind changing.
These 3 passages of scripture show that God the Father and God the Son could change their mind at any time. The emphasis was on the
little word “if”. It seems that God sometimes explains why He changes His mind also, as in the narrative when
He discusses with Lot the
forthcoming fate of Sodom and Gomorrah
In the new Testament, Jesus always had an answer for his critics and would be tormentors, for example, In the incident in John 8 verse 7
concerning the lady caught committing adultery, when the accusers were finished their accusations Jesus said “When they persisted in
questioning Him", He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her”
and why did
they not bring the man also? he was equally guilty. This was a hard and fast setup up to try and trap the Lord and catch Him out. It was only
one of many attempts to try and bring about the Lords downfall.
There are several incidents in the New Testament where Jesus is challenged or questioned and He always had an answer which could not
be argued with, no-one could outwit the Lord or ask Him anything that He could not answer. No-one ever got the better of Him. He always
beat the opposition.
In Matthew 27 verse 13 to 14 Pontious Pilate said to Jesus, “Don’t you hear how much they are testifying against you?” 14 But He didn’t
answer him on even one charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed, in other words Jesus remained silent !
Again in the gospel of Mark 15 verse 3 to 5 we read And the chief priests began to accuse Him of many things. 4 Then Pilate questioned
Him again, “Are you not answering anything? Look how many things they are accusing you of!” 5 But Jesus still did not answer anything,
so Pilate was amazed. in other words Jesus remained silent ! again.
John 19:9 to 10 Says of Pilate He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus,
“Where are you from?” But Jesus did not give him
10 So Pilate said to Him, “You’re not talking to me?"
One man in the Old Testament wrote that Jesus kept silent and three different men in the New Testament wrote that Jesus said nothing,
He kept silent.
Jesus is called a Lamb once in the old testament in Isaiah 53:7 and 4 times in the new testament ,
once in Acts 8 and verse 32, once in
1 Peter 1 verse 19 and in Revelations 5 verse 6 and 14 verse 1 and in Isaiah 53 verse 7
The gospel of Luke 23:13 to 15 says Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, 14 and said to them, “You have
brought me this man as one who subverts the people. But in fact, after examining Him in your presence, I have found no grounds to charge
this man with those things you accuse Him of. 15 Neither has Herod, because he sent Him back to us. Clearly, He has done nothing to
So two wicked rulers who were used to telling lies and committing murder etc could not find any fault in Jesus.
Why then did the Lord keep silent when He could easily have outwitted His accusers as He so often did. He could have given them answers
to all their questions and ones they could not argue with. If Jesus had given them answers to which they had no reply they would have
had to set Him free, and if they had brought Him to trial again with more false evidence and lies in their own future, the result would still
be the same. If Jesus had answered all His accusers and the wicked Herod and Pilot He would have rightfully regained His freedom,
and then….. and then…… there would have been no Calvary, ….there would have been no Salvation for mankind….there would have
been no redemption. From that point on God might just as well have totally done away with all mankind, the solar system and the universe
and we would not have been born and the Lord could have went back to eternity and fellowship with the father.
If that had happened then where would we all be now? We would have never have existed .There would have been no purpose for the continuation of mankind. God would
have created a failure, and GOD DOES NOT DO FAILURE. Jesus said “As for Me ”if” I am lifted up” He could have changed His mind.
During that silence the Lord was thinking of you and me and as many as would receive Him in the future right down through all the ages
of time. In John 17 verse 5 Jesus prayed to the Father on the Mount of Olives and said
“Now, Father, glorify Me in Your presence with
that glory I had with You before the world existed” Wow ! that is proof eternal that
Jesus came from heaven to do a job of work for the
Father and us.
“The silence of the Lamb” was the beginning of a cruel, vicious and unjust death for Jesus and the beginning of life everlasting and all
the wondrous stuff that goes with it for us and as many as will receive Him. Now He rightfully has a name which is above every name
because He kept silent. So enter His gates with thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise. For He alone is worthy.
All Biblical references are taken from Holmans Christian Standard Bible
Written by Wilf Mossop