Do You Know the Letter?
“Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead smote Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites. And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.” (Judges 12:4-6)
Today’s Morsel: When I lived in Asia, it was very hard for me to pronounce certain words that began with the letters ‘ts’. For some reason, I could not get it to come out right, no matter how hard I tried. When Jephthah went to war against the Ephraimites to slay them, many of Ephraimites tried to escape across the Jordan River to safety. But the guards had a challenge and a password that they had people say before they could cross. They said unto them say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth, for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him. One letter, the letter ‘h’ they could not pronounce. And they killed them. Can you pronounce the correct word to get across to the other side to safety? If not, learn how to say ‘repentance’, because it is the only letter that will get you to the other side.
Sing: Just over in the glory land, I’ll join the happy angel band; just over in the glory land. Just over in the glory land there with the mighty host I’ll stand. Just over in the glory land.
Thought For Today: The ACTS of the apostles is the only letter that will get you across to safety.