Do you know what a “band”of soldiers is?
I didn’t, but we looked up the original Greek meaning. Another word for it would be “cohort,” which is a military term that stands for 1/10 of a legion or 600 soldiers.
So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. “
This is never how I saw it portrayed in a movie, have you? Or have you ever seen those men falling backwards to the ground when Jesus said He was the “I Am?”
I was so amazed when I learned this fact. What do you think about that?
By the way, if this is helpful to anyone, I use Bible Hub to look up the meaning of the original words as they were written in Greek. Bible Hub is a great source of information. I have deliberately been steering away from commentaries, as I really want to do my best to just read the Scriptures for myself to see what I can glean from them. But, Bible Hub can be used to read several different translations at the same time, or look up meanings, etc…. I find it a helpful site to go to.
I hope and pray you are all doing well this day. I very much enjoyed having the warm weather today, but I must confess that I feel like I could use three more months of winter to finish up my indoor chores before the grass starts growing. I felt very tired today as I contemplated having to prune fruit trees and berry shrubs and soon start mowing. I think I am starting to feel my age, so now I will continue on with Chapter 18 more tomorrow. May your slumber be blessed.
-March 9, 2016-
I was raised to be an independent, strong-willed woman. My earthly father prepared me for life by sending me to the best schools. I attended Wellesley College, the same school Hillary Clinton and a host of prominent women attended. Gloria Steinem spoke at my graduation. I was a Fulbright Scholar. I went to Harvard Graduate School. My father meant well, but his plans stemmed from worldly wisdom.
"Church" was an event I put into my schedule, not the fabric of who I was. Amidst many successes that left me feeling empty, I began searching for meaning. My life was turned upside down when I realized how wrong I had been about God and the Church. I had accepted a diluted, unrecognizable version of both. Earnestly studying my Bible and realizing my need for repentance, I committed myself to a relationship with Christ, following his plan for salvation. That was the easy part.
Then began the process of peeling away layer upon layer of religiosity.
Now 23 years later, He is still stripping away layers of erroneous thinking and revealing to me how to bring greater glory and honor to Him through my thoughts, my actions, my speech, my life.
Though I have been blessed in many ways and have a wonderful family, the desire to obey the Lord's commands has led me to a very different path in life than I would have ever imagined. Following Him has not been easy. In fact, it is harder than any of my studies at the best name schools, ever was.
Jesus never promises a life of ease. In fact, He calls me to walk counter to the teachings of this society. But in trading in worldly wisdom for His, I have gained full confidence that Jesus Christ is truly the only treasure worth chasing.
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