From the Pastor,
I’d like to do something a little different tonight for evening service. During last week’s sermon I used a site called Blue Letter Bible (http://www.blueletterbible.org/index.cfm). Some people have asked questions about the site, while others already started using it and expressing some very positive results. What I’d like to do during evening service tonight is take a look at the site and see how it can benefit us as Christians. We’ll look up some words in Greek and Hebrew and see how an understanding of them can help us in our understanding of God and His Word.
I do want to say I grew up in a religious system that made the common people, or laity, feel like they couldn’t understand God’s Word. You were made to feel that unless you were one of the religious leaders, and had therefore received sort of a special anointing from God, you’d be completely confused if you attempted to read the Bible on your own. So it’s better if you don’t even try!
The Old Testament was written almost entirely in Hebrew and the New Testament was written almost entirely in Greek. I’ve met some people who act like unless you understand the original languages, you’ll never really understand the Bible. That couldn’t be more untrue; it reminds me of the religious system I grew up in! There are a number of verses I could quote, but just consider Jesus’ words in John 14:26 that “the Holy Spirit…will teach you all things” or John 16:13 which says “when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.” Jesus never said an understanding of the original languages is necessary to understand the Truth.
To me, understanding the original languages is like going to Sunday School, evening service or our midweek studies: it’s not necessary, but it can really benefit your Christian life. So even if you don’t normally attend evening service, think about coming tonight for what I believe will be an enjoyable evening learning how to better understand God’s precious Word.