Word #AtoZChallenge

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.

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter W

Word seems an appropriate choice for W in this series about words from the Bible. Wisdom was an alternative, but Understanding perhaps leads to wisdom.

Words may be written or spoken. Did you know that Jesus Christ is known as The Word (or The Word of God)? At the beginning of the Old Testament we read that God (the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit) spoke everything into existence. Genesis 1-2:3

At the beginning of the Gospel of John in the New Testament we read that The Word was there in the beginning. John 1:1-18 Jesus was and is and evermore will be! The Holy Spirit is sometimes referred to as Wisdom.

Word appears over 950 times in the NIV translation. Sometimes it is used about ordinary words. Often it is ‘the word of the Lord’ – a prophetic word from the God, who speaks.

‘Sending word’ is used for sending a message. Word can also mean promise, or authority as in Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.’ Genesis 41:44 .

‘The word’ is also used in the New Testament as a shorter way of expressing ‘the Good News about Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God’.

Psalm 119 stands out among the Psalms as being about words. Psalm 119 has a section for each letter of the Hebrew alphabetic rather like an A to Z Challenge! Word (or words) appears about 30 times in this psalm, usually in praise of God’s word.

Moses receives and renews the covenant

The story about Moses in my post for the Letter B mentioned that Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. This happened on the Holy Mountain.

The Ten Commandments were written by the Lord on tablets of stone. Moses was very angry when he came down the mountain and found that the people had turned away from God to worship a golden calf, which they had made. He threw down the tablets and they smashed. Exodus 32:19 The story of how the replacement set of stone tablets came into being is told in Exodus 34: 1-28.

Towards the end of Moses’ life he began to prepare the people and Joshua for a handover of leadership to Joshua. Moses gathered all the people together and read them the whole of the law, which he had received from God. It was very long. Moses had stayed so long on the mountain when he first received it that the people had given up hope of him and of God.

The people responded to sections of the law, replying, ‘Amen’. Let it be so.

There were warnings about the result of breaking the Law and promises about obeying it.
Moses asked the people to ‘choose life’ by obeying the Law. Deuteronomy 30:19

How the Law was given and the episode with the golden calf can be found in Exodus 20-33

The renewal of the covenant is described in Deuteronomy 29-34

Jesus claimed not to have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfil them. Matthew 5:17

In John’s gospel Jesus Christ (the Word) is quoted: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ‘ Matthew 4:4

He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’
Luke 11:28

Romans 8:26 The Holy Spirit helps us pray with ‘wordless groans’.

1 Peter 1:25 The word of the Lord endures for ever.


W is for Washing feet

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

Image in sidebar or below post links to Theme reveal

There are two notable occasions when feet were washed in the Easter story. The first occurred in Bethany, when Jesus was eating at the house of Simon the Leper. A woman – often supposed to be Mary Magdalene (Letter M) – arrived and anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume. Then she washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. John 12:1-3 and Luke 7:37-5 As the custom of the time was not to sit upright at a table, but to recline on a couch at the side or end of a table, the people’s feet would be easily reached by anyone approaching the table.

The other gospels (Letter G) describe this event differently with the perfume being poured on Jesus’ head. Matthew 26:7 and  Mark 14:3

When people arrived for a meal in someone’s house it was customary for a servant to wash their feet. At the Passover meal (Letter L) in the upper room (Letter U). Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, demonstrating that although he was a king (Letter K), he had come to earth as a servant

In some church services on Maundy Thursday there is still a foot-washing ceremony.


W is for width #AtoZChallenge

For the A to Z in April Challenge 2019 I have picked some words, which are connected with physical space.

W is for width and wide.
I whirl and wiggle my pen to write.
No-one could say I haven’t tried
To complete this challenge in black and white.

A wide vehicle

Width and wide are easily understood. I did write the verse in a notepad, before typing it into my computer. Mostly I compose my blog posts using a computer keyboard. How do you write, fellow A to Zer?

There are many narrow lanes in rural areas and some wide vehicles (like the one in my photo). The spaces are marked out for cars and the horsebox is much wider than an average car (automobile).

My post for the Letter L included width.

Thinking about connections between these words and the Bible or Christianity, a hymn came to mind: “There’s a wideness in God’s mercy”. Jesus Christ taught about mercy.

He also used wide and narrow in his teaching.

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