Consider this: God chose to reveal and incarnate Himself to humanity through the specific languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek as much as He revealed and incarnated Himself in first century Judea under Roman occupation.
This aspect of God’s revealing act is an overlooked yet important facet of Scripture, one Bruce Waltke exposes and expounds upon in an inspiring insight selected from Gary Pratico’s and Miles Van Pelt’s Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar.
Here is what Waltke concludes in the excerpt below:
The logic of this Christian theology, that God revealed himself through the Scripture, inescapably led me to the conclusion that the authenticity of that knowledge rested on a precise understanding of the biblical languages.
Knowing God rests on knowing the biblical languages.
Remember this the next time you need to run through your Hebrew flashcards for the third time. Remember this, too, the next time you’re preparing a sermon to help your people know God more deeply.
-Jeremy Bouma, Th.M. (@bouma)