12 November 2015
The Word within the World
But Thou bright Morning Star, Thou rising Sun,
Which in these later times has brought to light
Those mysteries, that since the world begun,
Lay hid in darkness and eternal night.
- Sir John Davies
The Word within the world....the Word made flesh.
How can I better focus on the Word that is present with us in this world and share that with others through words? Our world is full of double language. It can be dangerous and worldly. It can be used to manipulate and force. It goes against the Word. The integrity of language diminishes, and yet we can choose to hold it to a high standard.
In all my attempts to be more loving toward others, I am always running into myself and what the world says is acceptable. Words spoken and accepted are full of disrespect. Selfish ambitions and unwillingness to be a true servant causes us to fall short all the time. Yet the Word is at the core of everything (keeping the possibility of truth in everything). How can we magnify the Word within the world?
As I read through Scripture bit by bit, I realize that all the different translations of the Bible contain different words and ideas that bring a myriad of poetic lines. The core can be translated many times. We should read many different versions. One version may speak some truth into you so clearly, that you never perceived before.
We should encourage reading various translations to view the same stories in different ways. It stretches our language and allows it to reach into our imaginations. There isn't just one version that fits everyone, and it should be explored. Just like you might search the internet for different writings by a favourite author, or different versions of a song by your favourite artist, we should seek out readings of different translations of the Word.
All mankind is of one volume. We are all part of the great book. God cares about all our matters, because they matter to us, but do we treat the matters as if they matter? BIG or small, because they are passages in that great book.
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
Matthew 12. 36-37