I’m Hearing Those Voices Again
On Monday I asked you all the question of whose voices are you listening to? We talked about Pilate and as we know, he listened to the voices outside and all around him. Do we go there a lot? I confess I do more often than I really care to acknowledge.
Lets look at the story of the prophet Elijah, 1 Kings 19:11-13:
And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.[a] And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?
Lets each of us ask ourselves, who is our great wind – threatening to blow away those more sober thoughts? Pilate heard such advice – how can you not be frightened when Jesus tells us He indeed is a king but not of this world (John 18:36), and from his wife and her vision to have nothing to do with this man (Matthew 27:19).
Clearly such thoughts weren’t enough to overcome the mighty wind blowing outside the palace.
Who is your mighty earthquake? Pilate’s world was getting rocked and a threat was posed to his standing as a Roman official John 19:12). Pilate immediately took Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat.
Who is your raging fire? Pilate again was assaulted with a raging firestorm. When he sat down on that judgment seat he was faced with thunderous voices – “away with him, crucify him (John 19:15).
Whose voice do you hear?
Be blessed and be a blessing.