#253 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Exodus 12: 25 When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27 then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshiped.
Over time it seems that the meaning or significance of words often change to the confusion of those who hear or read them. Generational slang, Christianese, prophetic rhetoric can all warp or skew words so that the meaning rendered is far from what was intended by the original speaker or writer. As a preacher and pastor I was privileged to study Greek, that is the Greek of the Bible as opposed to modern Greek, under the tutelage of one of the finest instructors of his day. What I have learned and have since gleaned from this study is that it is absolutely necessary to approach the reading of the Word of God with a totally surrendered heart, and allow His gentle instruction to guide you and in many cases set you free from the perceptions that have altered the meaning and importance of certain words.
I find it particularly fascinating that the Lord made this need quite clear early on. Not everyone will receive instruction from the Holy Spirit and the Word. The potential for misinterpretation, self-justification, and plain deception are always there.
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