Can it really be mud season? The snows have been plugged up, the rains have descended, and mud has resulted. The locals tell me this is one of the worst Vermont winters in recent memory. In order to make the best of things, we’re heading to Saratoga, NY today. We hope to walk around on the battle field and then head into town. They have a Borders AND some ethnic food. Two things I miss while living in Southern Vermont.
In other randomness, I have made an effort to get back into Greek and Hebrew a little bit these days with the help of Gramcord. If any prof. gets down on this program, he/she is nuts. It’s the best way to keep your languages going without having to spend hours looking up vocab and parsing. It’s a good lay-level tool.
I’m going easy on myself, so I hit First John this morning.
If anything, Greek makes you notice repetition and possible nuances. For example, the first three verses of 1 John are loaded with references to seeing and hearing. But these words for seeing and hearing have the possibility of meaning understanding. I’m not saying that’s implied, but it is there in the vocab list. Here’s the NIV
1Joh 1:1 (NIV) That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
John is really hammering the fact that he saw and heard what he is about to proclaim. The life appeared, he and others saw it, touched it, and now can speak of it. He’s not dealing in abstractions, because God is real and concrete. Because they saw, touched, heard, and had fellowship with the life himself, they can offer the same relationship with the God they know.