mark my word
By Susan Solomon Yem
October 20, 2020
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1 Timothy 5:1-25
As a professional writer I spend my days – and plenty of nights – playing with words. Although if truth be told, I’m a terrible Scrabble player! Crafting that perfect sentence is a rare occurrence for me. More often it’s write – delete – write – delete - write – delete – write. Words carry weight and the wrong word in the wrong place can diametrically change the meaning of an entire work. That’s why the thesaurus is my favorite book.
Think of the countless scholars and translators who have labored over Bible translations to assure that the correct words are used to convey the exact meaning of each page of Scripture. Those words hold far more meaning than any I will ever pen, but even God wrote first drafts. Did you notice that after Jehoiakim burned the scroll that held God’s words as told through Jeremiah, not only did Baruch rewrite the word of the Lord that Jeremiah had dictated, but more words were added (Jeremiah 36:32)?
I thought about that as I read through the passages in 1 Timothy, Psalms, and Proverbs and imagined how carefully each word was chosen. The promises revealed in Psalm 89 are not to be doubted. The instructions for caring for others outlined in 1 Timothy is wise guidance, and the insight of Proverbs 25 holds value. We can almost hear the Lord say, “Mark my Word.”
I will maintain my love to him forever,
And my covenant with him will never fail.
— Psalm 89:28
Prayer to start with: Lord, we hold onto your promises. We believe in your word and know that it is true and withstands time. Now more than ever, I cherish your word and hold it dear to my heart. Amen.