What is it with people and no teeth? Recently I have met several different people with missing front teeth and to my amazement they did not seem to be self-conscious or worried about it at all. One particular man surprised me because of his status and work in life. Another had a big smile with just one top tooth. Now I am not meaning to be nasty but I cannot imagine going without top front teeth and doing nothing about it long-term. Nonetheless, all of this got me thinking about what the Bible says about teeth. Here are just a few thoughts:
Teeth help us bite and chew our food.
Just imagine trying to bite off a piece of apple or chew some tough meat without teeth. It might be difficult and embarrassing for you if others are watching on. Chewing with a squashed up face isn’t attractive. Also, you need teeth to enjoy more than baby food. But you know we need spiritual teeth to bite off portions of God’s Word and chew their teachings. Not all scripture is easily understood but the blessings of studying it help us grow in the Lord. Get off the spiritual baby milk and get unto the strong meat of God’s Word.
“For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”Hebrews 5v12-14 KJV
Teeth help us speak clearly.
Ever listen to an old person with no teeth, talk in the morning before they get their false teeth in? Their speech is not as good with missing teeth. Well, you know, our speech is important….how we gracefully speak to others and how we answer them with wisdom. Digesting the strong meat of God’s Word will help us speak appropriately. Our speech will be clean without profanity. A little word of caution: we shouldn’t use our teeth to bite and devour and gnash upon others.
“Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”Colossians 4v6 KJV
“But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.”Galatians 5v15 KJV
“There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.”Proverbs 30v14 KJV
Dental aesthetics is important, too.
So, we should look after our teeth and keep them clean. Missing front top teeth are most obvious and the gaps ruin our smile. If for some reason they are missing either as the result of decay, gum disease or accident, do yourself a favour and get some dentures to improve your appearance so that you can smile with dignity. This reminds me that our spiritual appearance is important. If you are a Christian, make sure that you have a good testimony before other people. Keep clean by the cleansing power of the blood of Christ and the Word of God.
Now please don’t take me up as being nasty or offensive to anyone when I write about missing front top teeth. I have missing teeth and I hate wearing a denture. I know that missing back and side teeth are less noticeable but I would never feel comfortable going out without front teeth. It would ruin my smile! Lol
Thanks for reading this blog and hope you took it as I intended….lighthearted with a little serious spiritual twist. And don’t forget to smile with teeth! 😁😁
This was originally posted 13th Sept 2018 on Google+
and a couple of weeks later I accidentally threw my denture out to the dog and had to get a new one….maybe you think that serves me right!