Summary: As we approach this next passage regarding the gift of tongues and their use/misuse, it is appropriate to deal with verse 20 again.... When we think about children and their attitudes towards things, two thoughts pop into my mind. First, Kids tend to be
THE CLARIFICATION OF TONGUES
INTRODUCTION: As we approach this next passage regarding the gift of tongues and their use/misuse, it is appropriate to deal with verse 20 again. Last week we closed with this verse, looking at the exhortation of Paul, not to be babies and children about the issue of tongues. And today, we want to remember that Paul STILL asks us not to treat this issue like children, but as adults.
When we think about children and their attitudes towards things, two thoughts pop into my mind. First, Kids tend to be content with trifles. How many of you can remember when you had all these wonderful Christmas gifts for your young son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter, etc., etc. You watched them open up the Christmas gift, so that they would see the extra special toy you had bought them, and they looked at it, put it down and were content to play with the wrapping paper. The kids were content with the paper. Second, Kids tend to value things falsely. In other words they put great value on things of little worth, and little value on things of great worth.
Perhaps Paul is warning us to look for the real purpose and appropriate value in the gift of tongues. I think that he is.
I TONGUES AND THE DIRECTION OF GOD’S MOVEMENT – 14:21-22
A God’s Plan has always had a direction
2 Philippians 2:9-11 (quickview)  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
3 Revelation 21:3-4 (quickview)  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
B God had a direction with the gift of tongues
a The people of Israel were under the teaching of the prophets.
1 Instructed by Divine authority
2 Reproved by Divine authority
3 Corrected by Divine authority
ISRAEL DID NOT LISTEN
b Their continual disobedience led to God bringing the Babylonians onto the scene
1 The Babylonians would discipline the nation of Israel
2 They would discipline in a tongue that Israel did not know
3 The unknown tongue became a symbol of discipline and judgment
2 The gift of tongues was meant to assist in the propagation of the gospel by allowing Christians to address people of various nations in their own language.
a Used this way – tongues was a blessing
b Used to address those who could not understand the language – made the gift a curse and a detriment to the cause of Christ.