This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these words is important in the Bible. I am including a story in each post. Links from biblical references go to Bible Gateway.
Acknowledge is a word which seems to me to be important in the Bible. There are several ways acknowledge may be used. It can mean recognise that something is true, recognise that someone exists, greet someone, and recognise someone’s contribution to one’s own work as in the acknowledgements at the end of many books.
I searched the Bible on the Bible Gateway website to find instances of the word acknowledge in the NIVUK translation of the Bible. I discovered that there were four main contexts in which Acknowledge appeared.
- It is important to acknowledge God. Leviticus 22:32 , Deuteronomy 4:39 , 1 Chronicles 28:9
- To acknowledge one’s sins Psalm 32:5
- To acknowledge one’s family. Deuteronomy 21:17
- Jesus promised that He will acknowledge those who acknowledge Him and that those, who acknowledge him also have the Father. Matthew 10:32 , 1 John 2:23 , Revelation 3:5
Nebuchadnezzar learns that God must be acknowledged
The Book of Daniel is full of dreams and prophecies. Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful king, whose story is told in Daniel 1-4. When Nebuchadnezzar had his first disturbing dream he asked his wise men and advisers not only to interpret the dream, but first to tell him what he had dreamt. Otherwise he would execute them.
This was an impossible request. Daniel was one of the advisers, whose life was at stake. He asked his three friends to pray with him that God would reveal the dream and spare their lives. The dream and its interpretation were revealed to Daniel. He explained it to the king and many lives were spared as Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged Daniel’s God to be the God of gods and Lord of kings.
This acknowledgement was short-lived. Daniel interpreted a later dream, which predicted that as a result of claiming glory for himself rather than for God Nebuchadnezzar would be reduced to behaving like an animal, eating grass. Daniel gave Nebuchadnezzar the advice that he could avoid this fate by acknowledging his dependence on God.
Nebuchadnezzar became prideful and the prophecy was fulfilled. After a time Nebuchadnezzar did acknowledge God and his sanity and his kingship were restored.
This year for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge I have chosen a single word for each letter of the alphabet. Each word is significant in the Bible. I shall be writing about the word, its context and retelling a story, which illustrates its importance. There may also be music.
To be completely honest, I have chosen 25 words from the Bible and one word, which describes a concept in the Bible, but is not actually used in the text. No prizes for guessing which letter was difficult!
I expect to make some discoveries as I travel through the alphabet and hope that you will be joining me, whether you have any knowledge of the Bible or not.
Links to all my 2021 A to Z posts will appear on a page, A TO Z 2021 WORDS.
The illustrations for the A to Z Challenge have been provided once again by Jeremy Hawkins, who blogs at Hollywood Nuts.
The Challenge was founded by Arlee Bird whose main blog is Tossing it Out.
Today 4th March 2021 is World Book Day. I was alerted to this fact by two emails. A rather unlikely source of this information was the one from the National Trust. The National Trust website has some literary podcasts about famous British writers.
It was not at all surprising that Penguin Books also mentioned it. There are books available for just £1. If your local bookshop is able to supply books in the lockdown, please try to support it.
Blogging in lockdown has kept me motivated. I know some people have been finding it difficult to write or to be motivated in other ways. (I have to admit that some of my household tasks tend to be neglected in favour of reading and spending time online.)
It seems to me that reading blogs has also become more popular as people have more time indoors. I find blogging challenges help me to stay motivated and also provide communities of supportive bloggers. Cee Neuner, who has Midweek Madness Challenges (CMMC) for which I have been posting entries for on Sue’s words and pictures, has a list of blogging challenges for writing, music and photography.
On this blog I have been using Linda Kruschke’s paint chip poetry prompts. I am learning a lot about poetic forms this year. If you have enjoyed my occasional photos accompanying my poems, do pop across to Sue’s words and pictures to see more.
I am looking forward to the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge, which begins later this month with the theme reveal sign up from March 8-11. My theme reveal will appear on March 11.
Some good books have been published during lockdown. S.L. Russell, whose book The Healing Knife came out in the first lockdown, has written another; I hope to read The Thorn of Truth soon after its publication date of 21 May 2021 . Joan E. Histon’s book, The Senator’s Darkest Days is likely to have a sequel. Tracy Williamson and Marilyn Baker told their story in A Beautiful Tapestry. Ruth Leigh’s debut novel, the diary of Isabella M.Smugge is being followed up with other books about this star of Instagram. Another debut novelist, Joy Margetts is going to be featured here on Sue’s Trifles in two weeks time. Her historical novel, The Healing, is already available from her website and will be in bookshops from 19 March. A new children’s book, My diary, is being launched today by Emily Owen.
Which books published in 2020 and 2021 have you read and enjoyed?