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SIBBOLETH OR TOLO
by paul ola
10/31/13
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"The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan opposite Ephraim. And it happened when any of the fugitives of Ephraim said, "Let me cross over," the men of Gilead would say to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" If he said, "No," 6then they would say to him, "Say now, 'Shibboleth.'" But he said, "Sibboleth," for he could not pronounce it correctly. Then they seized him and slew him at the fords of the Jordan. Thus there fell at that time 42,000 of Ephraim." - Judges 12 v 5 - 6

In times past, many people have lost their lives for wrongly pronouncing names. It happened in the land of Israel during the war between the Gileadites and Ephraimites. Many Eprahimites lost their lives for wrongly pronouncing "Shibboleth" as "Sibboleth".

This type of incidence also occurred during the brutal and bloody Nigerian civil war of 1967 - 1970 between the Federalist Nigerians and the secessionist Biafrans of the Eastern part of the country. Suspected biafrans living in other parts of the country, especially in the Federalist controlled south west were often tested by being asked to pronounce "Toro", which is an local name for the old Nigerian penny currency. Because of their accent, such people could only pronounce "TORO" as "TOLO". Hence, they were quickly identified as biafrans and rounded up into custody and some even lost their lives in the process.

In the kingdom of God too, the same principle applies. For you to benefit from the eternal blessings of God (eternal life), you must be able to pronounce God's name correctly. Many people call the "name of God" nowadays. On sundays, "churches" are always filled up to capacity with people calling the "name of God" in "prayers and worship". However and very unfortunately, only very few people are pronouncing God's name correctly and in a divinely acceptable way.

"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." - Matthew 7 v 21

The word of God said even though millions or even billions are calling "Lord, Lord" every minute of the day, only those who call God's name in holiness (those doing God's will) are correctly and acceptable pronouncing His name. Those are the ones He respects their cries and to whom He will give the best gift of all - Eternal life in His kingdom. All other people are wrongly pronouncing His name and unless they repent, will surely suffer even worse fate than the victims of "Sibolleth" or " Tolo" of times past - eternal damnation in Hell/Lake of fire.

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