Out of the Mouths of Babes
If you were to imagine that this article had to do with faith by reading
the heading, you are right.
Further, have you ever felt that there is perhaps too much Scripture quoted
in the articles on this web site, especially in "old fashioned" English?
Let me assure you that so have I. The answer to this is twofold.
Firstly, man's resistance to the need to read from God's word is a spiritual
one and the god of this world lays out on offer all sorts of worldly lusts
as alternatives. For example, there is at this minute a television program
starting that I would dearly like to have watched.
We are under the influence of spiritual powers that we cannot see and don't
know how to fight against, and our disinclination to read Scripture comes
from these forces.
The unclean spirits do not want us to read Scripture because that is how
we shall learn the method of foiling them:
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they
not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust,
and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight
and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not,
because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye
adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world
is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is
the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit
that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore
he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit
yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands,
ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning,
and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the
Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Secondly, the "old fashioned" English of the Authorised version was "old
fashioned" to the writers thereof. This was done for a reason.
If you really are interested in finding out what God meant you would pause
in your daily reading and delve a little deeper.
Take for example the following:
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater
condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in
word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle
the whole body.
This allows the Holy Spirit, especially if you have asked God to help you
understand, to speak to your soul (your understanding) through your spirit,
who, since your spiritual birth, is bound with you in Covenant and takes
delight in you.
With the "preliminaries" over, let's look at the following passages of
Scripture through the eyes of one who has read them many times without
*To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.*
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who
hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings
hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest
still the enemy and the avenger.
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold
and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers,
and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It
is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made
it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the
temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw
the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple,
and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And
said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them,
Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes
and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
With a little delving, putting aside the lusts of the world, the Scriptures
seem to teach that with faith in God as of a little child, that is, without
doubting, we shall have power over all the wiles of the devil. That the
power of faith shall conquer the lusts of the flesh.
Moreover, that by using the Bible in the purest form that we can find,
God's Holy Spirit can guide us on the narrow (and sometimes lonely) path
to the Celestial City.
Here we see the direct fulfilment of the prophecy given to David in Psalm
The children were crying in the temple.
Praise in itself, in the hands of believers, is a weapon that defeats Satan
and his kingdom.
They were saying "hosanna" which we know means "please save" and not merely
praise, which they were doing in any case.
They were doing this in reaction to the physical purifying of the temple
and spiritual purifying of the blind and lame.
It was generally known that Jesus of Nazareth was of the lineage of David
according to the flesh.
Unlike the chief priests with their religious traditions, the children
accepted what they saw in all innocence, glorifying God.
The chief priests knew that Jesus was possibly the Messiah because they
could count the number of days of Daniel's prophecy, but subsequent events
proved that they were His enemies and therefore the tools of Satan. Like
Satan, they thought that they had won when Jesus hung on the cross. (Isn't
it significant that the Roman Catholic symbol, one that the pope carries
around still has Jesus of Nazareth hanging there.) However, the resurrection
proved to be Satan's ultimate defeat and which shall result in him being
thrown into the lake of fire.
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee,
O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things
from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so,
Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto
me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth
any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will
reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest
in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and
set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I
say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye
shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble
himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Going back to Psalm eight we can see that God is so powerful that faith
in Him, whose glory is above the heavens, overcomes the power of the god
of this world and all the physical red herrings that he lays out to tempt
Another way of saying it is that God, who is so far away, can overcome
Satan and his physical and spiritual servants who live on this world.
The power lies dormant in us whom God created.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall
not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.