Remove The Noise Makers
23 ‘When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, 24 He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. 25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose.’ Matthew 9:23-25 NKJV
Jesus came speaking words of life and truth. He was ridiculed for this. Because of who you are in Jesus, there will always be those who will speak about you behind your back, or even harshly to your face. Notice Jesus’ response to the doubters, scoffers, and speakers of words of death – He put them outside. He removed them so that the power of truth would not be leached from those believers present.
Wherever you represent Jesus, be it at home, work or where ever, you will often be surrounded by those of the world who will try to counter your faith. Don’t tolerate their presence if it is hindering the move of Jesus through you. We cannot tolerate scoffers if we intend to make an impact in the lives of others.
When they come we should pray for their hearts to be turned, their tongues of death to be silenced and their hearts to be open to the truth. But if left in rebellion to God’s kingdom and they continue to speak words of hindrance damaging the potential faith of others, then we should pray with authority for their removal from our situation so that the gospel will not be hindered. I know it sounds harsh, but I believe it is expected of us so that we can be productive for Jesus where ever we might be. Look at that same verse again but this time from the Expanded Version:
23” Jesus continued along with the ·leader [ruler; official] and went into his house. There he saw the ·funeral musicians [pipe/flute players] and ·many people crying [a noisy crowd]. 24 Jesus said, “·Go away [Get out; Leave]. [For] The girl is not dead, only asleep.” But the people ·laughed at [ridiculed] him. 25 After the crowd had been ·thrown [sent; put] out of the house, Jesus went into the girl’s room and took hold of her hand, and she ·stood up [arose].”
What preceded the miracle of the girl arising? He put the scoffers and speakers of negativity “out”. Those that are opposed to the things of Jesus are “noisy” and distracting (even to us as believers but certainly to unbelievers watching). Jesus threw them out of the house. This is a very forceful image. This is the example we should follow. If they will not line up with the Word, but instead will hinder it by their words and their noise, then we need to throw them out, while praying for their souls to receive the truth.
J Todd Hostetler