Did You Hear What They Said ?
For those convinced anything other than Hebrew words and Names are somehow deficient or ‘less holy’, we would invite you to take a moment with us and read the following passage carefully . . .
“”And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. (Act 2:7-11)
Pay close attention to these two phrases – “how hear we every man in our own tongue” and “we do hear them speak in our tongues”.
Did we all catch that ? Each of these, from ALL these different regions and language groups, heard what was being said, each in their own language and dialect. It does not say ‘each of them heard and understood the Hebrew words and names’. Okay, Jerry & Rhonda, what are you saying ? Is the Hebrew not important ? Sure it is, but we have somehow elevated it way beyond what it should be.
God made the languages. Sure, the languages came about due to the disobedience of the people (which is the reason God has done most everything) but God is the One that gave them. And we will submit to you God has placed within each of those languages and dialects a ‘Set-Apart Name’ BY which and ON which the people may call that are within that respective group.
So if you spoke Carpathian, you heard the Words being proclaimed in Carpathian, and, within those Words, a Set-part Name for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the Promised Messiah. If you were a Mede, you would hear the Words proclaimed in the tongue of the Medes, and, within those Words, a Set-apart Name on which you could call upon the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the Promised Messiah. And this would be the same for each individual and group present. There is nothing in the text to support the belief that these ‘foreigners’ each suddenly began to comprehend Hebrew. Actually, the text supports just the opposite. ‘For each heard in their own tongue’. Abba set the boundaries for the nations, gave them the languages and then left them without a Set-Apart Name within that language on which they would call upon Him ? They all had to learn Hebrew before they could call on Messiah ? Nada . . .
So maybe, just maybe, the next time we want to demean or denigrate someone for not using Hebrew or for using those ‘pagan greek and english and latin words’ . . . maybe we can go back and look at The Word and remember what actually took place and What the Word Says . . . and remember . . . God will ALWAYS meet us where we are in order to bring us where we need to be.
So for all us ‘pagan english’ speakers out here, “Sabbath Peace and Blessings to you and yours in Jesus Name – Amen” . . . And for all the rest – Shabbat Shalom U’Vrachot B’Shem Yeshua HaMashiach . . . and ‘להיזהר בלשון הרעה’.