Gospel Gazette Online
Volume 22 Number 6 June 2020
Page 14

Who Made Your Mouth?

Robert C. Lupo

Robert C. Lupo“Who made man’s mouth?” was the question that God asked Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 4:11). God had commanded Moses to be His spokesman before Pharaoh and the people (3:10-11, 13-18). Moses, however, began to make excuses why he could not do it (4:10). As is demonstrated in the verses that follow, God, being the Creator of man’s mouth, knew what Moses was capable of doing with his mouth. As biblical history bears witness, Moses became a great leader who often spoke to Pharaoh and to the people of God. I would like for us to consider some spiritual truths about the mouth that God created.

Potential to Be Used for Good

Man and his mouth were created by God with great potential for accomplishing good. That is what God desires of us. Good uses of our mouth include:

Speech Can also Be
Used for Evil Purposes

Man has often disappointed His Creator by doing or saying things that he ought not do or say. When you hear what comes out of some mouths, you would think that Satan made mouths instead of God. Jesus said, “Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment (Matthew 12:34-36). Notice the following from this important teaching.

Our words will condemn us as illustrated above and in the following.

Let God Teach about Speech

God said to Moses, “Now therefore go, and I will be thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt speak” (Exodus 4:12). We acknowledge that miraculous, verbal inspiration from God to the man, Moses, is the focus of the context and this verse (vv. 2-15). While we do not have direct, divine revelation from God to man today, He has taught us everything we need to know concerning proper speech in His written Word.

Truly, we need to let God teach us what we should say and should not say. All of the verses we have cited previously should be studied. Here are a few more.

A Final Word of Caution

Psalm 50:16-23 says, ‘‘As for the wicked, God says, ‘How dare you recite my statutes or speak about my covenant with your lips! You hate instruction and toss my words behind you. When you see a thief, you befriend him, and you keep company with adulterers. You give your mouth free reign for evil, and your tongue devises deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son…” The Lord did not want His people, Israel, to speak or teach His Word, if in their lives they did not exhibit righteousness. Worse than refusing to speak for God is the Christian who speaks or lives perversely but also speaks the Word of God. We may call it hypocrisy. The Lord calls it sin and does not want to be represented by such people.

Dear Christian, Who made your mouth? Do you act accordingly?

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