Daily Office Readings for Wednesday of Proper 23 Year 1
“Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret.” (1 Corinthians 14:13)
One of my greatest experiences was to be in Greek class at Virginia Theological Seminary 14 years ago and begin learning and understanding Biblical Greek. Written on the outside of our workbook was the Greek inscription, “Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος. (In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and God was the Word.” (John 1:1) I could feel the Holy Spirit overshadow me as I unwrapped the meaning of these ancient words.
Even as I am typing out this post I am preparing to participate in our Wednesday afternoon Spanish Bible Study. It is always informative to hear scripture in a different tongue. New meanings are made manifest and “adjusted” direction is often given to me.
When I was in Israel last year I got to mingle with people from all over Europe. Many of them spoke to one another in their, or the other’s, language. I was amazed. While having fun with me a person from France told me (in English) that a person who speaks three languages is called Tri-lingual; likewise a person who speaks two languages is called Bilingual. However he said, a person who speaks only one language is called American. Ha, ha I replied. Sadly, there is truth in it.
The more ways we can speak, or at least read, about God the more ways we can interpret the Word of God. Paul says “Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret.” In the beginning was the Word, whether in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Spanish or English or any human language, The Word of God is God from before the beginning of time. Perhaps it would do us (Americans) good to see how others speak of God and of the wonders of Jesus. When I do it I gain new insight.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+