“Your teeth are like a flock of ewe-lambs that are newly shorn, which have come up from the washing, of which every one has twins and none is bereaved among them.” vs2
Your teeth are beautiful. They receive God’s word with meekness, chewing upon the gospel, meditating on the word of life. They are the teeth of eaters, but they are not fangs, devouring one another, speaking malicious things against the Lord. We take God’s word humbly and receive it into our heart by digestion. We are NOT rebels against grace.
1 America’s most popular preacher died a few days ago, but he did not have sheep’s teeth! He refused the word of God and preached human will power, when God says, “So then it does not depend on human will or effort but on God who shows mercy (Rom 9:16).” We sheep receive the gospel without argument, bowing to the Lord’s authority. We do not tell the Lord, “No”, but, “Yes”, because we have faith. It is not ours to design salvation or make the way broader, but to preach Jesus faithfully. Sheep will receive God’s word because they are all taught by God. “It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to Me (John 6:46).”
Any gospel you must leave is not the gospel of grace; it is a lie that we’ve been delivered from (1 John 2:24). We are not rebels, but we chew God’s word and take it!
2 These teeth bear twins, so that it’s faith and works, and we receive all that He says. We aren’t taking part of the truth, like God is sovereign, but we receive responsibility also. We take the commands and the promises, the grace and the works. “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone (James 2:24).” We take Jesus as Lord and Savior, Son of Man and Son of God, and we leave nothing lacking, observing all things that He commands us (Matt 28:20). We are not one sided, but receiving God’s whole truth, we have a gospel that gives Him glory and comes straight from Him. We are not mere talkers but doers, not merely happy but holy. God’s gift of grace comes with power and makes us zealous of good works to honor the One who loved us. He says, “Say these things, and encourage and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you (Titus 2:15).”
3 Are your teeth washed and working? He says, “Your teeth are like a flock of ewe-lambs that are newly shorn, which have come up from the washing, of which every one has twins and none is bereaved among them.” Are you clean, receiving God’s word, even all of it. Have you bowed to the Lord and obtained mercy? This is the green grass of the word, fed upon by those whose very nature is to eat it. We are not carnivores, but sheep… not wolves but humble, docile, conquered people. He says, “I will tend them with good pasture, and their grazing place will be on Israel’s lofty mountains. There they will lie down in a good grazing place; they will feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel (Ezek 34:14).” The Lord has led us into bondage of love, so that we willingly follow Him, delighting ourselves in His instruction (Ps 23:2). His care over us is recognized, and we hear His voice by predestination. He says, “My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27).” We receive the truth, no matter how contrary, and we call God true and every man a liar. We bow to His word SO MUCH that we do it, because teeth are for chewing and digestion. It is chewing that understands the word, and then we receive it unto fruitfulness.
We are not those who swallow anything, but we meditate on what we hear and follow Christ clearly. We are zealous of good works because we’ve heard the Worthy One, and we’re to abound more and more! Paul says, “Finally then, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you must walk and pease God–as you are doing–do so even more (1 Thess 4:1).” You’ve found the meaning of life, serving the Lord Jesus, and as He’s pleased, so are you. Give yourself to be transformed and walk in this new life with power.
Sheep’s teeth are beautiful: They understand, believe, and obey the gospel. Sheep are known by their eating.