the one word we in Jesus witness to

The Lord announces the word,
    and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng

The Lord gives the command;
    great is the company of those who bore the tidings

Psalm 68 NIV; NRSV

A big part of what I do on this blog and hopefully elsewhere is to attempt to share the word that has come to me allegedly from God: the word of God. I try not to get in the way of that word, but simply to proclaim, or communicate it, as it is. What I say is of no ultimate and final importance; it is only what God says that will ultimately take and last forever.

I don’t have time to look at the Hebrew (as if that would matter- lol), but here is an explanation of trying to determine from the Hebrew who is proclaiming this word, whether women or not. I like the rendering of the NIV and HCSB (and even the ESV as well) which makes it out to be women. I am tired of the charge from some that the church is being or has been feminized. In place of that, there seems to be some sort of rugged American masculinity which would replace it. I am prone to think that the biblical text and story come up with something else which doesn’t equate with anything from our American narrative. Most directly, one needs to read and take in this fascinating psalm, Psalm 68.

Handel’s glorious Messiah, the same verse from the KJV, and our friend, Mark Simpson’s new classic rock album both are examples of faithfully proclaiming God’s word from different mediums. Of course most would see them as a far cry apart, but even though the genre is markedly different, I hear the same voice coming through from both: the word of God in testimony through response and proclamation. Well worth a listen, and more listens.

That is what we do, that is what we’re about. Not some lesser word. I don’t care what the best word from Washington D. C., or any other such place in the world is, even though it does have it’s provisional place, so that I actually do care. But not in comparison to God’s word; there is no comparison at all, none. What we seek to hear and be a witness to in the world is no less than the word of God from scripture, the transforming good news in and through Jesus.


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