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You Use Words I Understand

Children’s Sunday school teachers that are really good at teaching youngsters are my heroes for many reasons.  Their patience and persistence are legendary in that some have taught boys and girls since they were young adults themselves and now are still teaching children well into their senior years. Their love for children is remarkable.  And, their ability to take the massive, eternal truths of the Kingdom of God and make them understandable to a child is truly a miraculous, God-given gift.

It is one thing to study a text and make it clear to adults and students.  However, when one is charged with teaching a six through twelve year old child about the love of God, creation, redemption, the cross and resurrection, heaven, Satan, the meaning and work of the church, the Biblical model for a family, and all of the other truths of the Christian life….you and I would readily agree that no one has such a challenging role.  All the while that they are seeking to make those huge concepts into bite-sized nougats of truth, the folks they are trying to teach are constantly squirming, wiggling, pinching a kid next to them, pulling the hair of the girl in front of them, turning around to look at the toys on the floor behind them, or raising their hand to go to the bathroom “now”!  SS teachers of children are nothing short of amazing.

The LORD said of us that we are the “Children of God”.  We translate that as a poetic and gracious word about His family.  Truth is, we are not that different from the “little people” I described above when it comes to listening in church or staying focused when reading the Word of God. And, because all of us were reared in different families with different backgrounds, we need descriptions that are clear to our world view and understanding.  The same explanation that we grasp does not have the same impact on those around us.  So the Bible uses various words that speak to various people so that the truth of God’s Word can be grasped by all people.

2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.”

Ravi Zacharias said: “The pursuit of the Hebrews was idealized and symbolized by light. ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation.’ ‘The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.’ ‘This is the light that lights every man that comes into the world.’

“The pursuit of the Greeks was symbolized by knowledge. That’s why the Biblical writers say, ‘These things are written that you might know that you have eternal life.’ For the Hebrews, it was light. For the Greeks, it was knowledge. 

“For the Romans, it was glory. The apostle Paul, a Hebrew by birth, a citizen of Rome, living in a Greek city, had to give to them the ideal of his ethic. And he says this: ‘God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness, has caused His light to shine in our hearts, to give to us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus our Lord.’ 

“For the apostle Paul, the ultimate ethic was not an abstraction, not symbolized merely by light, not merely by knowledge, not merely by glory, but in the very face of our Lord(Copied).