Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

Hintawa man to ngadan nu? 
Como se llama usted? 
Ano ang pangalan mo? 
What is your name? 

So many languages and so many ways of saying things!  Languages both unify and divide people, as we see from Genesis to the end of history described in the book of Revelation.

1.  At the tower of Babel, the single language that had unified the whole earth was suddenly split into many, giving people no alternative but to obey God’s command to inhabit the entire globe.

2. Thousands of years later in Jerusalem, Jews who had adopted the languages of many other countries were startled to hear God’s message, each in their own language.

3.  Since Jesus returned to heaven, His disciples have carried his message to the far corners of the globe, to thousands of language communities.  However, there are still 1919 languages that do not have any part of that message.  People are still waiting to hear!

4.  John the apostle saw the final outcome of this linguistic diversity.  Around the throne of God in heaven, speakers of every language will be joyfully united again with one common purpose:

…a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.  And they were shouting with a mighty shout, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”  (Rev 7:9-10)

I suspect that we’ll all understand one another’s languages as we blend them in that great cry of victory and praise to our Maker and Redeemer.

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