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-