Maybe I am not speechless, but I am amazed at this hot-headed argument and fight.
Ephraim to Jephthah in Judges 12:1:
"Then the men of Ephraim…said to Jephthah, 'Why did you cross over to fight against the sons of Ammon without calling us to go with you? We will burn your house down on you.'"
Jephthah responds to Ephraim in Judges 12:4:
"Then Jephthah gathered all the men of Gilead and fought Ephraim; and the men of Gilead defeated Ephraim…"
Let me restate the argument between Ephraim and Jephthah.
"You did not include us in your ministry, so we will burn your house down while you are in it."
"I will punch you in the mouth before you can light my house on fire!"
That was then and now is now. Today, God's leaders can't punch people. They can't hit back. Pugnacious is the word for hit or punch in First Timothy. "Pugnacious" even sounds like "punch;" and punch is the sound that a crunched nose makes from a hard hit to the face. PUNCH, CRUNCH!, SCRUNCH, PUGNACIOUS! Ouch!
1 Timothy 3:2-3
An overseer [church leader], then, must be above reproach…not addicted to wine or PUGNACIOUS [a man who hits people], but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.
Today is a day when we don't get even; we wait. Like the Lord Jesus, we trust that, "He who vindicates [proves right] me is near." We let God take our case. We let Christ be our Advocate. We offer our backs to those who strike us, just like the Savior offered His back.
For me to live is Christ.