I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008. I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969. I have four grown children. Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio
Bible Translations Chart and God Did Invent Language
Spirit Moved in the Languages Used
1. God Invented Language. The God who created mankind was called
“The Word” in John 1:1-3, and He created language, speaking with Adam
and Eve in the Garden of Eden. He wants us to know Him, and it is by
language that He communicates with us so that we can know Him.
·In Genesis 11, we learn that
everyone spoke the same language, but that God created many languages,
thwarting man’s evil plan to band together against God. While languages
develop over time, the original idea of languages for communication was
God’s. So also it was an act of God to make different languages.
2. God Used Special Language
·If you haven’t read the last post (part two), you really need to,
especially on John 10, if you want to follow this section. If we
look at the two main passages mentioned there, we see that there were
special characteristics of the languages that God used in communicating
truth. John 10:34-35:
1.34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law,
I said, Ye are gods? 35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came,
and the scripture cannot be broken;
In Hebrew, the word for “gods” was also the word
for “judges,” and so God could use the word in Psalm 82 to
confront the children of Israel over their unrighteousness, while the same
word could be used by Christ to establish His deity. God used a word
with more than one meaning to accomplish His purpose in revealing His truth in
82 and John 10.
We see something similar in Galatians 3:
·14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on
the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit
through faith.15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be
but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to
seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
·The word ”seed” is what is known as a
collective noun, so it can be used properly for either one seed or
many. Thus, Abraham’s seed (many) can be multiplied as the stars of
heaven (Genesis 22:17), and yet through his seed (one) all the
nations of the earth will be blessed.
·In these two passages, people have suggested
that the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul were making false arguments,
taking a meaning of the word which differed from the original intent.
They say that Christ took a word which meant “judges” (in context) and
changed it to mean “gods,” while Paul took a word that meant “seed” (both
singular and plural) and argued it was only singular. These accusations
miss the point entirely.
If God is
sovereign, and He is, then He had a hand in developing the languages.
·God knew, before it was ever written, what He
wanted to convey by the Hebrew word for “seed,” and how He was going to move
Paul to use it. God moved in the development of the language so that
there would be a perfect word to convey what He wanted to convey. God
planned the usage of the Hebrew word Elohim, before He ever made the
first man, so that it would have different meanings. His purpose was
established from the beginning, so that the language He used would be perfect
to convey His truth.
·God was not “stuck” with the characteristics and
vocabulary of the languages to convey His truth. He sovereignly
determined those characteristics and vocabularies. Language was not something
that “happened” to God, something that confined Him in communicating His
message. Rather, a sovereign God “happened” to the languages, forming
them to be exactly what He wanted to use to convey His truth.
3. God Prepared the Geographical
Usage of the Languages.
·The Bible was originally written in three
languages. The New Testament was written in Greek, and the Old Testament
was primarily written in Hebrew, with some passages in Aramaic (most notably, Daniel
It has been suggested that God chose these
languages because of where they were being used.
·He chose Hebrew for the Old Testament because it
described God’s dealings with the children of Israel, and the preparation for
the Jewish Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Aramaic because it was the imperial language of Babylon (and the Persian Empire
that followed) to record His dealings with the rulers of those empires, and
prophecies dealing with the nations and the Greek and Roman Empires to
Greek because the Greek Empire had spread the Greek language far and wide, and
Koine (common) Greek was spoken throughout the known world, even by the common
that this is looking at things somewhat backwards. God did not choose
languages because of where they were used, but rather, the God who was
sovereignly developing the language characteristics necessary to reveal His
truth was also sovereignly choosing where those languages would be used.
Is there any Biblical basis for this? We
know that God chose Babylon as the place of captivity for Judah, including
Daniel. II Kings 20:16-18:
·16 And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word
of the LORD.17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that
which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into
Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.18 And of thy sons that shall
issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall
be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
The prophecies of captivity included references
to the language of the captors:
Deuteronomy 28:49 The LORD
shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift
as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;