Saturday: April 4, 2020

John 11:49-51 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

By virtue of the position of Caiaphas, he delivered a prophesy under inspiration concerning the death of Jesus. Scripture affirms that this was done ‘unwittingly or unintentionally’, but under inspiration. In effect, his office as high priest was recognised by God and those words spoken came to pass exactly as spoken.

In reading this, the story of another priest came to mind: Zachariah, father of John the Baptist. He was struck dumb and unable to speak until John was born (Lk 1:20). The immediate reason we infer for this outcome from his discourse with the angel was because ‘he doubted’. Yet, Mary also did the same but was not struck dumb hence the question: why only Zachariah?

Our answer proceeds from Caiaphas’ prophesy: ‘it was because of the acknowledgement of the office Zachariah stood in and his ability to affect things with his Words’. As priest, his authority was divine hence his words had enforceable authority. God would therefore not allow those words to be uttered and affect the plans He had set in motion.

For Jesus tells his Apostles, the words I speak, they are spirit and they are life (Jn 6:63). As priest par excellence himself, His words had creative authority, and that is the same office we wield for we have also been made kings and priests unto our God. So what we speak, need moderation at all times even to the point where if needed, God will prevent us from releasing any words into a situation like He did to Zachariah.

My dear, don’t play with the power of your words for life and death lie in the power of your tongue. In addition, you are not a nobody, but a king, prophet and priest with enforceable authority in the words you speak. Therefore, moderate your utterances.


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