So, its a new day with a few new ideas. Perhaps, today, the Lord is beginning me on a new–out of this world crazy idea—but indeed a holy trek, and that is to memorize 1 Timothy in Greek. I’ve only taken one semester of Greek, so this will certainly benefit me in that domain. But much more important than matters of the brain are matters of the heart. So, I think that seeing 1 Timothy in Greek will cause me to see God’s heart deeper with vibrant clarity. After all, Greek is the language God ordained to preserve this letter in—so why not honor that decision by learning it in Greek?
So, what is so hard about memorizing verses in Greek? Well, believe it or not, it’s not the fact that the words aren’t in English. The hard part is that word order doesn’t matter at all in Greek—grammatically speaking. The verb can go before the subject in one sentence, and after in another. So, recalling the order they are in in scripture can be a challenge to the English brain. But, by God’s strength, I shall prevail and for His glory, I shall become a biblical elder-like Christian.
Today’s verse that I memorized:
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, according to the command of God, our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, our hope.
—1 Timothy 1:1
How beautiful it is so soak up that truth. Even the introduction to a letter is food for the soul. Apostle which means messenger, is how Paul sees himself. He sees himself as one who was sent as a messenger by God’s ordainment. Not by man’s—but by the King of the Cosmos. He even sees God as Savior and Jesus Christ as a hope. Hope in Greek is different from English. It does not mean something that hope happens and you’re not sure if it will. Hope in Greek means an inevitable expectation. It will happen no matter what. That is what Paul is about Jesus—he is our hopeful expectation who certainly will deliver us.