Holy Bible is probably the thickest most-well-read book in the history of Man.
It contains so much information and so many instructions on how to live
as the people of God and how to get to Heaven.
So, some people may ask, “How do we remember all the important
But God is all-wise.
In His infinite wisdom He has simplified things for us.
How? Well, one way is by
providing us with simple lists that we can remember easily.
The most well known of these lists is the Ten Commandments.
In Hebrew, the language in which the Ten Commandments were given, most
of the commandments were in the form of the prohibitive word lo followed by
the thing prohibited. Thus three
of the Commandments each comprise two words only.
Only two words to remember: that’s simple, isn’t it?
How much simpler could it get?
Where are the other lists in the Bible?
Why don’t we see them? Why
are they not obvious? That’s
because in Biblical times, the parchment on which the Bible was written was
very expensive. To use the minimum
amount of parchment, the text was written not in itemized form but as
continuous prose. Take the
familiar passage, “Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
etc.” [1 Corinthians 13:4-7]. Now
that paper is so cheap, let’s space the verses out a bit, like this:
we not see immediately that it is a wonderfully crafted list?
It can be used as a checklist, to check how much love we have.
Are we patient? Check.
Are we kind? Check.
If we are not, then that’s the signal that we need to be more
Look closely at Psalm 15. Isn’t it a Spiritual Checklist? Let’s space it out and see:
God for such checklists to live by. See if you can find more such checklists
in the Bible.
Chapel on 16th February Dr. Satterthwaite spoke on Psalm 25. Psalm 25 is an acrostic
psalm, in which each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew
alphabet. The question arises: why use such an artificial-seeming structure
when writing a prayer? Aren’t prayers supposed to be spontaneous? Two
possible answers were suggested. Firstly, the acrostic form encourages the
writer to be imaginative and comprehensive, to treat his theme literally
‘from A to Z’ (or from aleph to tav). Secondly, the form
encourages the writer to pack as much meaning as possible into each verse: for
each letter, he has only one chance to begin a verse with it, and he seizes
his opportunity for each letter. This is why acrostic poems tend to be
somewhat intense in tone.
Psalm 25 the psalmist gives us an ‘A–Z’ of different aspects of his
relationship with God. As he prays, different thoughts come to mind. The psalm
suggests the conflicting feelings within the psalmist as he comes before God:
his desire that God vindicate him (vv. 1–3); his need for God’s
forgiveness and continuing guidance (vv. 4–7); his recognition of God’s
faithfulness (vv. 8–15); his need of God’s mercy and deliverance (vv.
‘intense’ aspect comes across in the troubled tone of the psalm, as one
thought leads to another, almost by a chain of free association. This psalm
reads rather like the kind of prayers we make when we’re somewhat
distracted, or burdened with feelings of guilt. Perhaps one thing we can learn
from this psalm is that God does not reject such prayers.
Mr & Mrs Daniel & Melissa Tay will be presenting
"Christians in Conversation” at Chapel on 2 March. You are most welcome
to join us at 12 noon - 12.45 pm at 31 Tanjong Pagar Rd, 2nd storey.
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