The hub and I watched Concussion last night.
And all I can say is this country needs more meddlers like Dr. Bennet Omalu.
And more whistleblowers like Dr. Julian Bailes.
And the church needs more Bereans like me.
Because everything these days is political.
And political correctness reigns supreme.
Even, at times, in the pulpit.
Call it the gift of discernment, but a whopping red flag went up recently as I was listening to a sermon.
The pastor slightly edited God’s promise to Abram from “I will make you a great nation” to “I will make you into many nations.”
From singular to plural, from great to many.
The Holy Spirit dropped a flag on the play.
Wait, we can’t quote God accurately anymore because Donald Trump uses the phrase “Make America great”?
Because it is politically incorrect to be a great nation?
Like every good Berean, I picked up that flag and double checked the Scriptures.
The Hebrew word translated “great” is gadowl (gä·dōle’). (Strong’s H1419)
The KJV translates Strong’s H1419 in the following manner: great (397x), high (22x), greater (19x), loud (9x), greatest (9x), elder (8x), great man (8x), mighty (7x), eldest (6x), miscellaneous (44x).
And defines it as:
large (in magnitude and extent)
loud (in sound)
older (in age)
- important things
- great, distinguished (of men)
- God Himself (of God)
- great things
It is from the root word gadal (gä·dal’). (Strong’s H1431)
to grow, become great or important, promote, make powerful, praise, magnify, do great things
- to grow up
- to become great
- to be magnified
- to cause to grow
to make great, powerful
(Pual) to be brought up
to make great
to do great things
(Hithpael) to magnify oneself
Neither the Hebrew word, nor the root word from which it is derived has “many” among its uses or definitions.
Nourish, increase in number and importance, cause to flourish and do great things, yes.
Yes, He did.
Make into many nations?
No. He didn’t say that.
I checked an online Septuagint, which opened a whole new can of worms – a can which did not include Abram being made into many nations.
The words those 70 chose in their translation were more along the lines of putting Abram in the midst of a great people.
The Septuagint isn’t afraid of saying “great.”
All I’m saying, my fellow Christians, is that we need to know the Scriptures in these politically correct times.
So we can check for additives and PMOs (Politically Modified Obfuscations) before we take any old bread our priests and pastors are offering.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11