I think speaking in another language fluently is a great skill to have and is nice to have. The first time I tried learning a new language was in Grade 7 and I took French for one year. All I remember is “Bonjour, je m’appelle ___. Et toi? Comment allez-vous? Oui” and some dumb old halloween poem. Both my parents are bilingual, I wasn’t taught much except for a couple of words. The two words that stands out the most is and I’ll never forget is “capiche” which my father often said to me, “Me no capiche.” My mother used “Tansi” which is a friendly greeting and easy to remember as well. Last year I thought I’d try to learn Hebrew online, but it didn’t last very long. I don’t know if I was to at the time or not, but I thought, okay, well, that’s okay. Maybe the Lord wants me to concentrate on something else.
This morning I woke up humming this song that I tried to learn a year ago or so by Christene Jackman called, “Aveenu (Our Father).” Like any other song, off and on I’d go listen to it on YouTube, but the other day I found an old piece of paper in my Bible that I wrote back in 2018. Usually I use my tablet, computer or cell for reading the Bible, but I wanted to limit screen time so I pulled my Bible out. (PS: still working on it!)
I was, like, oh, I had forgot I wrote this out… neato. Perhaps the best way to learn another language is by a song, especially for me. So, perhaps I’ll pick up where I left off in September of 2018 and try to memorize the full prayer again. I’ve been wanting to memorize the Lord’s Prayer for a long time 🙂 This morning in Bible study, I’m reading Isaiah chapter 51. I’m still at verse 1 and I’m just in awe already (a personal revelation in this plus some commentaries below) …
Hearken to Me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. —The LORD’s Comfort for Zion
“AWAKE, O ARM OF JEHOVAH!”
This chapter is extremely dramatic. We are conscious that we are nearing a revelation of unparalleled sublimity. As we hear the thrice Hearken in Isa_1:1-8, and the thrice Awake, Isa_51:9, which follows, we realize that we are traversing the entrance portico of a noble temple. When God says, Hearken, it is for us to ask Him to fulfill-Awake!
Recall the loneliness of Abraham. “He was but one!” Terah died, Lot dropped away, Hagar was thrust out, Isaac was laid on the altar, but the fire that burned in his heart only grew brighter. Do not despair if you are alone in your stand for God. One acorn, when the life of Nature touches it, may become parent to a forest. These exiled Jews hardly dared to hope that they could escape from their foes. The air was heavy with their revilings, but compare Isa_51:8 with Isa_50:9. With such assurances we may face a world in arms. The forces of evil are strong, but God is stronger. The clouds threaten, but the sun is shining. Don’t forget the Lord thy Maker, thy Redeemer, thy Father! He cannot fail or forsake! —F.B. Meyer (e-Sword)
This is for your comfort, dear friends. If God could make out of Abraham and Sarah so great a nation as that of Israel, what is there that he cannot do? Do you say that the cause of God is brought very low in these evil days? It is not so low as when there seemed to be none but Abraham faithful in the whole world; yet God made that one mighty man to be like a foundation upon which he built up the chosen people, to whose keeping he committed the sacred oracles; and if he did that, what can he not do? However low you may individually sink, or however weak you may feel, look back to Abraham, and learn from his experience what God can do with you. —Charles Spurgeon (Studylight.org)
Ever remembering what the Lord God has done for me. Have a great day everyone!
Retrieved from Meyer, Frederick Brotherton. “Commentary on Isaiah 51:4”. “F. B. Meyer’s ‘Through the Bible’ Commentary”. e-Sword
Retrieved from Spurgeon, Charle Haddon. “Commentary on Isaiah 51:4”. “Spurgeon’s Verse Expositions of the Bible”. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/spe/isaiah-51.html. 2011.
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