Because my “Don’t leave the stuff on the table” can be interpreted by Graham as “You’d better not leave the stuff on the table”, I agree with Paul Tripp that words interpret. (You can imagine my husband’s reluctance to pack up when he understands my words that way!)
“Talk is not cheap because interpretation is not cheap. The way we interpret life determines how we will respond to it.” It is true in the way a husband responds to his wife’s request (demand?) to pack up; it is true in the way we live our lives. And God intended it this way.
The two main things we learn from Genesis 1 are that the first words in the world were spoken by God and these words interpreted the world for us. It was by his words that Adam and Eve understood who he is, who they are and what they are do in the world.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them,“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”
Our words don’t belong to us because “talk was created by God for his purpose”. And we need to use our words for his purpose. This is the first step to understanding our war of words!