“Hush Yo Mouth.”
To hear by 3 year-old niece say this with a deadpan stare and a mild speech impediment is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard. And not just because of her perfect delivery: I also laugh because I know she picked up this phrase from her dad, my brother.
I know I’m not supposed to laugh. For many of us, the expression “shut up” in all its forms is regarded as impolite and unacceptable. But the Bible records an instance when God tells us to shut up, and He has the right to do it!
Romans 3:19 says that Paul’s message applies to those under the law. Does this mean only Jews? Not at all. In Romans 3:9, Paul says “we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.” He acknowledges that the Gentile cannot be “under sin” unless he is also “under the law” because “sin is not taken into account when there is no law” (Romans 5:13). However, because the Gentile has the law written on his heart (Romans 2:15), he is also under the law.
Thus, all men are brought before God’s tribunal, and all are found wanting. The law, which governs all men, now stops the mouths of all men. The scene is a courtroom, with God as Judge. The indictment is being read to fallen man. And just as the sinner starts to speak up and defend himself, God rebukes him, and tells him to “hush his mouth.”
At Judgment Day there will be a profound silence. When we stand before the judgment of God, the indictment against us will be so clear and the evidence so overwhelming that it will be futile to attempt to protest our innocence. We will have nothing to say. We will only “hush our mouths.”
And on that day our only hope is in the Gospel. The believer has the assurance that Jesus has dealt with our guilt, and our innocence is in the fact that His righteousness has been imputed to us.
God does not want to hear our excuses, now or on Judgment Day. However, He does want to hear our confessions and praises. As you pray today, ask God to show you where you have been making excuses regarding your relationship to Him.