It is an inevitable event for me…
Throughout the day, watching, reading and listening to all the inputs available, my mind will seize a thought and I am quick to enter the rabbit trail that causes me to lose my focus on the present event!
There. I’ve admitted a failure. A foible. (Stop. Go look that word up.) See. If you are anything like me then you stopped and considered “how” the author is a failure. By the way, what does he mean by failure? And he has a foible? What does that even mean? When’s the last time I’ve heard or used this word in modern times?
The Apostle Paul told us to bring into captivity every thought (II Corinthians 10:5), albeit for a different purpose. And those teachers of yesteryear tell you to quit “day dreaming” and focus on the subject at hand – which is important! Especially if they are teaching you to drive a car! Or fly an airplane! Or shoot a gun!
While attending a men’s conference a few months ago, a friend of my was speaking and pouring into my heart and mind many one-liners and thoughts that flashed through my brain. Threatened to be persuaded to diverge my attention, I began jotting these “Flash Notes” down and have referred to them a number of times since then.
Another friend, sitting nearby, asked if these notes would ever have the impact I felt at f that moment of recording. I realize the moment is fresh, and the thought is a burner, but in hindsight the recorded words may not make the impact like I felt them in that moment.
Social media is a horrible medium for Flash Thought personalities! The variety of directions one can go might be counted in the hundreds and thousands of exit points. Flash Thought! There goes my mind into research mode and before you know it, I have written several paragraphs about the subject.
It happened a few moments ago, hence the purpose of this blog posting.
Between languages, ancient and new, how do we know that the word translated into English from one language has the same meaning as the word from a totally different language?
Pick on the word Grace. In the New Testament, much of it from early Greek or even Aramaic, the word is loosely translated as “unmerited favor”. Then the Old Testament has the same English word translated from a series of Hebrew words that can essentially mean “kindness, or favor”.
Both depend on how you find the word in the sentence being translated.
But merrily down the path we assume that they both equal the same thing. This is not necessarily true. Think about “snow“… In English it’s that single word that refers to fluffy white stuff falling from the sky, as well as that hard packed stuff that compresses on the ground. Different results of the same word. And yes, the Eskimo have over 50 words to describe snow. (Click Here)
We struggle with English being a hard language to learn. Even if you have lived with it all your life. But imagine someone from another language group attempting to pick up our language without training! So, perhaps the truest sense of a word needs to be grasped by it’s intended use.
Noah found Grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8), as compared to Jesus being full of Grace and Truth (John 1:14). Some may assume that Noah was full of Grace, but the scripture only shows that the Lord showed him Favor. Why? This is the crux of my thought this morning. I do not have time to spend poking through his recorded live and can only make a Flash Thought Note for future reference. Can I find something in him that allows God to give him Favor out of all the others on the face of the earth in a desperate time?
After all, Noah did something that allowed him to be a recipient of Grace, while Jesus is describe as being full of Grace, and Truth. This makes Noah a unique personality in his day. When all of humanity was out of control (Genesis 6:1-7), something about Noah cause God to show him Favor. What was it?
This is how a Flash Thought becomes a deep theological study. Had any Flash Thoughts lately?