Divine Impressions, Reflections on Divinity & other things beside
My Greek Class
I had to make a pitch for the Year 3 and Year 4 students to have another go at Greek. After 3 weeks of John 1, verse by verse I had to revert to Wenham's textbook starting from lesson 2. It will be thorough revision for some but for most it could be the first time they learn Greek properly. I decided I had to start from the beginning because most students simply could not cope with some of the elementary Greek grammar. It's like rebuidling the walls of Jerusalem. I explained to the whole community in Malay why learning Greek was important. I spoke about my sermon yesterday on 2 Cor 8, 1-9 where 5 times the word, "grace" appears yet in Malay translated twice as love instead of grace.
For the past fortnight I struggled with many things. But one thing was certain for the teaching and preaching anointing. I preached one of the more powerful messages last Sunday in Chapel and taught three classes of 3 hours each within 36 hours in order to return to KK today to run some errands for CNY. One thing is certain that is the teaching anointing. Whatever heartache I felt was somewhat alleviated by my students.
I don’t have lectures tomorrow which means I could ask for another day’s leave and I would have gotten a long weekend in Kota Kinabalu. But I wanted to celebrate Lunar New Year with my student home group tonight and with my colleagues at Faculty Tea break tomorrow. Further it is a new month and a new theme for Chapel’s services, I needed to explain the theme I chose for March from Daniel 12:4 “knowledge shall increase”. At the end of my 24-hour Singapore trip I managed to bring 9 books with me, 7 from my collection at a local Seminary and two I bought from Takashimaya bookstore. As Proverbs says “buy the truth and sell it not..”.
24 is a good number. There are 24 elders in heaven worshipping the Lord in Revelation. 24 is 2x12 which is double the people of God represented by the number 12. May the Lord multiply His people. 24 may stand for God’s people in the OT and NT, the OT by the 12 tribes of Israel and the NT by the 12 apostles. 24 is also 3x8 a new beginning times 3 which is represented by the number 8 for new beginning. 24 is also 6x4 where the number 6 is man or humanity and 4 the four corners of the earth.