Have you noticed that nowhere in Scripture – save twice – is it implied that Jesus raised His voice?
The first instance was the expulsion of the money-changers from the temple. Quite understandable – He wanted to drive His point home. The whip helped with that, of course.
The second instance was His Crucifixion, when He cried out, “Why have You forsaken Me?”
But His other exchanges – stern or loving, exasperated or tinged with humour – are written as though they took place in a conversational tone.
And He never used oratorial tricks. When He meant yes, He said yes. When He meant no, He said no. Not “yes, YES, YES!“, nor “no, NO, NO!“.
Perhaps it is that I come from a different culture, but I find the loud and sometimes deliberately hypnotic style of preaching that is popular today rather a distraction, and I suspect that it obscures, rather than elucidates, the Gospel.
Can anyone explain this to me?