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The Longest Word

The Longest Word

By on Mar 3, 2014 in Blog |

The first waking thoughts of the day can often be confused, random and sometimes just weird. Today’s fits neatly into ‘random’, as this morning I awoke with a simple question: What is the Bible’s longest word? Usually these fleeting thoughts are quickly forgotten as my brain starts to connect with more pressing matters of daily reality. But today that thought has stuck with me and developed into an interesting and ongoing distraction. So What Is The Longest Word? Questions, questions, questions! How should I measure? Should I just count letters? Does the language matter? Should I consider English or original Hebrew or Greek? Do names and places count? What about hyphenated words? Why I am still thinking about this when there are things to be done today? Focus. Time to move on… or maybe not… maybe there’s another way of considering the question. John’s gospel starts with a whole chapter about the Word. This Word he says existed in the beginning. Echoing the opening verses of Genesis, this Word was in existence even before the creation of the world. More than that, this Word is the very nature of God himself. He is part of the Godhead, without beginning or creator. In his prologue John sets out to clearly state the eternal and divine nature of Jesus Christ. Here was a man who walked the earth in in the first century AD, yet John describes as having existed since before the creation of the world. The same writer describes the Word again in the book of Revelation connecting the beginning of time to the end. The Word he describes is someone who was before, will remain after and has spanned the whole of known time. At the end of his vision of the future it is the Word who is seated on the throne as his creation gathers for an eternity of worship. It is a strange concept to consider, when human life seems so governed by time. The nature of God’s creation brings order to my days, seasons and life. So there is a wonderful conceptual barrier to understand how anything can live beyond the constraints of time that we recognise. Yet this is what John calls his...

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