October 9, 2014

john11-26

Job 29:1, 31:1-23; Acts 15:1-11; John 11:17-29

John Patton was an early missionary to the south sea Pacific islanders. Patton was translating the Gospel of John for the islanders but was having difficulty with one of John’s favorite phrases: “believe in.” “How can I translate this for these people,” he wondered, for they were cannibals and trusted no one. His native servant came in and Patton asked him what he was doing. “Sitting at your desk,” the native replied. Patton leaned back against the wall, tilting his chair and lifting his feet off the floor and again asked what he was doing. In reply, Patton’s servant used a verb which means, “to lean your whole weight upon.” That is the verb he used throughout his translation of John for these people.

Job placed the whole weight of his faith on God. This is what Paul was teaching the gentiles about faith. This is what Jesus was saying to Mary when he said, “Whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” Jesus asked Mary, “Do you believe this?”

Do you believe this? Do you “lean the whole weight of your faith upon” this?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we always place the whole weight of our faith on you, knowing that we will live, even if we die. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Ron Hamm,
Vicar at Peace Lutheran Church, in Edmond, OK.

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