"In my own language please."
I heard some commotion in the living room this afternoon.
My oldest son Judah was extremely frustrated with his brother Jesse. They had been watching a dvd together and at first I couldn't figure out what the problem was. For some reason the show wasn't as engaging as it had been on previous occasions. TV still on: check, volume still good: check, sippy cups in sight: check....so what was the deal with all the racket??
Then as I listened closer I realized that my youngest son must have hit something on the game controller (yeah...we're pretty ghetto and use an old ps2 as our dvd player:) because the animated characters on the screen were no longer speaking in English.....and Judah quickly realized that he didn't understand French!!
As a preacher, I continually find myself asking God for His Grace to to keep this principle in mind whenever I am preparing to communicate His Word.
The Levites involved in the work of the ministry during Ezra's day seemed to get this principle down....the principle of communicating God's Word in a way that their audience to understand it, internalize it and have a chance to apply it.
God help all of us preachers!! What an amazing challenge and privilege...to present the most timeless and transformative text in a language our culture can comprehend.