The Goad of Truth

The wise man in Ecclesiastes 12:10-11 said by inspiration," 10 The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what   was written was upright--words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd.(NKJ)

 A goad is a sharp pointed stick or staff which when used by a shepherd will cause his sheep to better focus on his    intended destination instead of the sheep by an occasional poke or prod. This was not to harm the animal by any  means but only to give it the awareness of the best direction to travel. The teacher or scholar also points out certain  facts, to his students. If he’s a good teacher and his pupils are alert, he will be able to “drive home” his instructions  as if he had hit square on the head a sharp nail, driven deep into the minds he is attempting to build up with  knowledge.

There are many points of bible truth, teachings if you will, and all of them could be called “goads of Bible truth.”  When we study God's word we see this picture given, one example in particular is found in (Acts 9:1-19). Here  Saul, soon to become the apostle Paul heard from the lips of our Lord that he (Saul) was resisting the Lord Jesus  Christ and in fact persecuting the very cause that would save mankind from sin. He was “kicking” against the  goad’s of truth…and it was hard or would hurt.

Each time a sheep resists the shepherds prod and "kicks against it," it’s unpleasant! Each time a student does not take heed to his instructor’s teaching, that person receives a failing grade! This is what Jesus is telling Saul and for that matter He tells all of us. There are many Bible Goads that we will be confronted with in our lives. Will we "KICK" against them, or willwe be the obedient sheep/students, as we should?

Larry C. Clarke Sr