The three wise monkeys (Japanese: 三猿 Hepburn: san’en or sanzaru?, alternatively 三匹の猿 sanbiki no saru, literally “three monkeys”), sometimes called the three mystic apes,are a pictorial maxim.
Together they embody the proverbial principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. The three monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil.
One can cover their eyes, their ears, and their mouth, so that they don’t hear evil around them, but they are of course, are only fooling themselves.
We live in a world where evil rears its ugly head each and every day. One can however, choose to ignore certain behaviors and crimes, just because they come from those whom we should trust.
I realize that anything circulating about a leader can cause a mixture of emotions, and we have been on high drama about this now for some time. It is certainly difficult at times to wade through the swamp, discerning what is true and what is not.
However, saying that, it doesn’t mean that we as a people, who do know the truth, should be silenced and not speak up when something pretends to be true, when in actuality, it isn’t. So, keep this tucked away in the back of my minds as you read.
There is certainly some good mixed with the bad in what we have been witnessing lately in a new administration. This is always the case, and yet now, I believe we need to look below the surface more than perhaps before.
I know that many are over-joyed about the possibilities of bringing God back to an administration that had seemingly drifted off-course over the last several years. But words and promises are not always as they seem, and now more than ever, do we need to use discernment in evaluating these things. Because as promises are always made, now they are clothed in Christian speech, but perhaps veiled in autocracy.
When we have a leader who is in charge that thinks that everything he does is right and pure, pride becomes a dangerous thing. We can close our eyes and pretend that everything is going to be all right, no matter what happens.
We should believe that because Christian platitudes have been uttered, and promises have been made, that polices would be enacted that would protect and guard our civil liberties. We should cover our ears when lies are uttered, and double-talk is the main order of business.
Maybe we should remain silent when facts don’t mean anything, or when lies are covered up, and evasion becomes the norm. Eventually when one lies repeatedly, then that person begins to believe their own lie.
We know who the father of lies is, and he has become a master at spinning a story that can deceive even the wise at times. But the Spirit of God sees through these things; His light sheds even in the darkest of places. But the truth will last forever, and a lie even as harmful as it may be, is not everlasting.
“Truthful lips will be established forever, but a lying tongue is only for a moment,” Proverbs 12:19.
A bicycle is not a dangerous thing, but even it can become dangerous depending upon who rides it. Pride was the great sin of Lucifer, and because he wanted to be like God himself, his haughty spirit caused him to fall and carry many of the other angels with him into the darkness below.
We are all capable of falling to this great sin. May we learn to be truthful in our speech and actions. May we not give in to a lying tongue, or a haughty spirit that always wants to be right no matter what the outcome is.
We can’t close our eyes to the things that are going on around us. We can’t pretend that all is well just because it is clothed in a semblance of something that would appear to be right and good. “All that glitters is not gold.”
Many in the gold rush some 165 years ago found at times what they thought was true gold, but it ended up being “fools gold.” May we not be fooled by what may appear to be true gold.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?