Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
After writing last week's blog I found myself lying awake for a number of hours that night as the word 'amar and its word picture of a mother giving birth began to sink deeper and deeper into my spirit. In the course of the night this verse in Proverbs came to mind and I thought it definitely warranted further investigation. So here goes......
In the last blog we discovered that the prophets were pregnant with the word of the Lord.
When a womb opens to deliver a baby into the world it is akin to a door opening, wouldn't you agree?
In this analogy the mouth of the prophet is likewise a door.
The question is, who opens these doors?
1 Samuel 1:5 But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb.
What I neglected to tell you last time is that the Hebrew word 'amar is an extremely common word and relates to the activity of words being spoken. So, whether it is God speaking, angels speaking, satan speaking, demons speaking or human beings speaking this is the word used to describe that action.
Now we only need to read the Old Testament to realise that God's words are pregnant with death or life. However, whether the outcome of His words are death or life they always fulfil divine purpose. You see God always speaks out of a knowledge of all the facts.
From a human perspective this leaves us with the very challenging thought that all our spoken words are also pregnant with death or life.
So, if this is a fact what are we suppose to do about it?
I believe the answer lies in understanding the phrase "the power of the tongue". In Hebrew the word for power is yad and it is the picture of a hand on the door. The hand has the power to open or close the door. Problem is we do not know for certain what is on the other side of that door. Likewise, when we open the door of our mouth we do not always know what is going to come out of it, do we?
In Hebrew the word for tongue is la-shon and it is the picture of a rod that devours life or a rod that establishes life.