Newsletter of January 2008
In Jesus Name,
The clerk of the Foreign Department once asked me to provide for the translation of my personal data in English because they are in Arabic language in my ID card and that language is not currently used in the Western world. I went to a translator who did the translation and the certification.
This made me think about all the languages existing in the world; some statistics mention about 2000 languages and dialects existing in the world and also provide information about the way people from different regions can understand each other and learn each other languages.
It is written in the Old Testament in Genesis 11:1-9 that God confused the people in the use of their former unique language and caused them to speak in different languages in order to scatter them and hinder them from reaching their aim which was to build a tower with its top reaching up to heaven. I was amazed at the way the Lord had dealt with this matter; but the greatness of the Lord is above one can imagine. In the same way, He caused some people in the New Testament to speak in different tongues at the day of Pentecost. But this time the purpose was to unify them so that they would become one body. In Acts 2:1-4 it is written: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
The Lord is great in all His deeds. To Him belong salvation, glory, honour and power forever. Let us glorify Him in every language and tongue and lift up His name because He is worthy. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:10-11)
May God be with you. es