A language that is actively being spoken transforms. Only dead languages, like Latin, stay the same as the years roll by. English is no different. There is a remarkable difference between Chaucer’s Old English, Shakespeare’s Early Modern English and today’s English. New English words are being formed every year, especially with the advancement of technology. Words unheard of less than ten years ago, like Blog, Tweet and Wi-Fi, are now commonplace.
As language is being used, the pronunciation of words also changes. The vowel sounds shift and some vowels become long, while others become silent. Groupings of consonances begin to take on unique articulations, and words no longer sound the same. To compensate, teachers and grammarians make up little rules to help their learners understand the different sounds. But the fact is that “e” doesn’t really make the “a” long, and people once pronounced the “ght” in “knight” (sounds like your are clearing your throat).Our language morphed into something different to embrace the people communicating it.
For this reason, people say that language is a living thing. The same is true for God’s Living Word, the Bible. Yes, the stories were written thousands of years ago, but there is something living and active about the words tucked in between Genesis and Revelation. Originally written in Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament), the Bible has renewed itself in fresh ways (at times with much difficulty and persecution) to embrace the people currently communicating on this earth.
Even though the Bible has changed from King James Version to the multitude of versions and languages we have today, the heart of the Bible is still the same. The Bible is about a Creator in love with His Creation and willing to do anything—including dying for the sins that separate Him from His beloved—to draw them into relationship with Him for eternity. And language, diction, grammar, spelling and vocabulary will not stop God from reaching those He prizes most–US!
Jesus loves you is such a simple phrase, but this little phrase is the scarlet thread woven through the entire Bible. Therefore, when you read every Psalm, Proverb, Narrative, Parable and Prophecy, just remember that phrase: Jesus loves you. The Holy Spirit in every Christian is an amazing teacher, and He will help you through the grammar, spelling and pronunciation, so you can read the Heart of God and believe His Word.
Questions: How has Holy Spirit appllied the anciet stories of the Bible to your life recently? How are the promises in God’s Word still relevant to you today?
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4.12 KJV).
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