The voice of Jehovah is usually blunt. I like that. Whether speaking through His prophets, the bible, of the resurrected Son, Jesus Christ, God relays a clear message: submit to His authority and receive blessings and grace, or resist His truth and suffer eternal damnation. From bible beginning to bible end, one-way is the only-way stands as an unchanging truth.
We live in a world that is frightened by people who are direct, frank, and honest. The politicians have taught us how to shuffle the facts and readjust the viewpoint of reality. Civic leaders, even while seeking to enforce greater control of citizens and criminals, ignore their own laws and rules. The words they speak hold no value. What is said and promised today is rejected tomorrow. Laws are written so as to be ambiguous; and are intentionally crowded with unnecessary words so as to hide concrete meanings and to give greater interpretational leeway to members of a gain seeking court system.
Even the schools and parents teach us to hedge the meaning of our words. And the churches, often using a misplaced guise of love, have fallen into the same patterns. Do not be so blunt, they say, do not be so bold. A concrete definition of sin, they expound, is a deterrent to salvation. They have forgotten the scriptures, for the Holy Spirit in speaking through the prophets both old and new has said, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy,” (1 Peter 1:13-16).
Can Grace And Mercy Harmonize With Blunt?
Jesus, though kind, meek, and gentle was as blunt of speech as any man that ever walked upon this earth. Even when speaking in parables, he used direct vocalizations that relayed specific points. Many times, it is written that the Pharisees knew that it was concerning them that Jesus spoke this or that parable. Those who cannot understand bible truths have purposefully closed their eyes and ears so often and so long that God will no longer permit them to understand:
“And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand,” (Matthew 13:10-13).
Can grace and mercy harmonize with blunt? Consider for a moment the telling in John of a well in Samaria, and of a woman of loose morals, and of the witnessing thereunto by Jesus Christ, Lord of creation.
See Jesus taking rest upon the stones of the well. The Samarian woman approaches but makes no eye contact. Scripture shows by her lifestyle that she is not one to be shy around men, but this man, this man at the well is a Jew; and with Jews, her people have no doings.
Watch the boldness of this God in human flesh: “Give me to drink,” he says. Is there a twinkle in his eyes, perhaps a hint of amusement? I think so, for he knows that he has just rattled her cage.
The woman responds with some confusion, but also a boldness of her own. She is not so timid as to avoid his statement, but rather she challenges his authority to even make such a demand.
Read the account as relayed in John 4:1-26. Watch how Jesus moves from one blunt statement into the next, each time more greatly revealing the truth of who he is and what it is that this troubled Samarian woman needs most. Here is a condensing of some of his statements:
- You lack knowledge.
- You lack that which matters.
- I have knowledge.
- I have that which matters.
- I can give you what you lack.
- You are morally confused but truthful.
- You do not know what or who to worship.
- Here is who God is and how he must be worshipped.
- I AM.
This is but one of many bible relayed examples of spiritual and mental confrontation. Though filled with grace and mercy, Jesus Christ was direct, frank, and honest. Though elegant in all that he said or did, he never failed to speak the exact truth of the gospel. He brought no condemnation into the world, for the world has already condemned itself; but he did bring much inner conflict into the mind of a lost mankind. The gospel cries to be answered.
You will make a choice, either through a purposeful decision to do nothing and thereby reap damnation; or through a deliberate decision to accept the truth of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior thereby gaining all.