WORDS THAT CANNOT BE SPOKEN
And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.
Have you ever been speechless? No, I mean really speechless. The kind of speechless that cannot speak. I have seen God touch people in such a pro-found way that they were temporarily rendered speechless (remember Zacharias, John the Baptist’s father). I will never forget the Baptist pastor prayed for in our church that could not speak English for twenty-four hours (he tried to order hamburgers at McDonalds in other tongues). Who could ever forget the prophetic guest speaker who could not say anything for another twenty-four hour period, the flight attendant thought he was a deaf mute. There was also the pastor from Manila that could not speak for another twenty-four hours, sometimes unspeakable is good. Here is what Albert Barnes had to say about God’s unspeakable words.
“And I heard unspeakable words – The word which is rendered here as “unspeakable” ( arremay either mean what cannot be spoken, or what ought not to be spoken. The word means unutterable, ineffable; and whichever idea we attach to it, Paul meant to say that he could not attempt by words to do justice to what he saw and heard. The use of the word “words” here would seem to imply that he heard the language of exalted praise; or that there were truths imparted to his mind which he could not hope to convey in any language spoken by people.”
You might think, “What is the point?” Maybe the point is this, some things are just too good or too big for words. There is something about the Lord that is indescribable, sometimes words cannot do justice to His beauty or His power. I will never forget the service in Bulgaria in 1996, the Lord came down during worship in one of those unspeakable moments, I can remember having nothing to say, He was there in an unmistakeable way, anything that I could say would only cheapen the moment. Sometimes it is better to be still and know that He is God.