Preached FCCW October 21, 2018
In the gospel message I just read, we find Jesus and his disciples thinking and speaking in cross purposes, so that Jesus has to clarify some of the language they are using to get them all on the same page. He redefines for them words like greatness and glory, service and sacrifice. And the meaning of Baptism.
One of the first things they teach you in seminary is that, when it comes to understanding what the Bible has to say, do not assume that every written word you read means what you think that it does. The Bible’s original language, after all, is not English. It has been translated from Hebrew and Greek. Not all words translate from one language to another very precisely.
My in-laws speak Creole, and occasionally they will have trouble explaining to me exactly what a Creole word or phrase means in English. There just aren’t perfect equivalents and something gets lost in translation.