Until go day for new life
So I got to thinking (which is never a good thing), I really want to start my bible reading at the beginning of the church year on November 30. Mostly because there is purpose for advent/preparing. Plus I have some testing I need to work and complete at work.
Therefore, I will be starting on oct 1st prepping for reading and studying in Greek/Hebrew. Since I have already done this with school, it is more for purposes of preparing myself then learning the knowledge. But as in any language, if you don’t use it, you lose it.
Some studying might include the following:
1) going through old textbooks and scanning vocabulary
2) reading Biblical text with Greek next to it. This will not be translating, but more of image recognition.
3) reading some commentaries on the section (to help understand the language meaning.)
In addition, I realize I don’t have s goal of time with this portion of my new life. It’s like going to the gym…you need to spend time doing it.
I will be attempting to study 30 minutes each day until it’s habit and then move up to an hour. That will keep my mind and studying going. Of course, like working out, there will be a day of rest. And possibly another day off depending on my schedule.
Well-there’s that. One week to go….
This Monday (tomorrow) is the beginning of the fall quarter at school. I am so glad to be going back. I love learning!… however, this quarter I decided in order to keep up my language skills, I am auditing Greek. Ironically, last Tuesday a class started at church in our CALL (Christian Academy for Life-Long Learners) that referred to many Greek words affiliated with the indescribable “powers and principalities.” So I thought–what better than to look at this word for the word of the week! So with no further adieu…
It means power, dominion or authority over something. It is used multiple times in matthew referring to God’s power as it comes through Jesus Christ. Many times it just refers to “power over something” or control. The basic root is “exesti”… Break down the word even further and it is “ek” or “out of” and “eimi” or the “to be, being” in a state of power. It is privileged power…authority. Rulership.
God holds this power. And gives Jesus this same power to heal the sick and raise the dead. It almost sounds likes “existence.” Which is to say something living. The word gives me more strength in the Living God has authority and that Jesus has the authority to take care of it all. Kind of nice–when you think about it.