Jesus didn’t speak English

“About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ (which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’).”  Matthew 27:46.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading:  2 Samuel 18, Psalm 56, and Matthew 27.

The language Jesus spoke was Aramaic.

One of God’s capacities, that we forget, is that He understands ALL languages.  Picturing an interpreter nearby as He receives our prayers (in English) to Him just isn’t happening.  He is every-lingual!

I think that we read the Bible imagining that we would understand Jesus as He taught.  We wouldn’t BUT we are blessed that His Words are in our language.

I recall in my growing-up years learning about the endeavors of Bible translators in remote areas of the world.  The importance of their work resonates more now with me.  My understanding of God, and my connection to Him, would not have happened without His Word having been translated into English.

I love reading the Bible each day.  I look forward to it.  I add to my collective knowledge and more important I get to know God better.  I also find truths that I can apply to my life.

“Father, thank You for making Your Word available to me in English.  I would be lost, in more ways than one, without it.  You are a great God.  I love You.”

Pray to an every-lingual God.

St. Lucia




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