The most surprising thing in The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats is that the mother-goat didn’t seem to hesitate before she gave her children this scary freedom – recognize or not recognize her voice. Why didn’t she just lock the door and keep the key? Why not make the safety of the little goats certain? Perhaps she didn’t think the wolf was smart enough to go to the blacksmith and ask him to reforge his throat. One must not underestimate the talents of a hungry predator.
He imitated the mother-goat’s voice so well that it was almost impossible to tell the difference. And the little goats made the mistake. How do you know you are hearing the voice of God? The wolf’s song sounds very similar. Moreover, the wolf knows the Scriptures so well, he can quote it verbatim. Knowing the Scriptures, in and of itself, is no warrant of hearing the voice of God. There were so many scribes who knew the Scriptures cover to cover but never recognized God in the flesh.
God left the house and left us alone hoping that His voice is well stuck in our memories, that we won’t mistake it for anything else. He wants us to recognize Him, He doesn’t want to hang a lock on the door and keep the key. God gave us no external authority to go by, no absolute guarantee of hearing His voice. He never said: If you read the Bible and you can be sure you have heard My voice. If He gave us some external authority we would obey by following the letter but would not be transformed on the inside. We would not have learned to recognize His voice.
He never seems to make His Divine glory too obvious – He hid it under the guise of a little baby born in Bethlehem. He rejected the offer of becoming a glorious earthly king. He wants to be recognized when His appearance is “other” than what we expect. He wants to be our internal authority, recognized but not imposed. Continue reading The love of the mother-goat