Fast forward many decades later to the year I discovered a bible concordance. I was in the very early days of bible reading when a friend suggested that I look up a word in the concordance in the back of my bible. What was a concordance? Oh, a list of bible words and their meanings; you mean like a bible dictionary? Bible study suddenly took a wonderful turn as my helpful friend explained that a concordance was also in the form of a stand-alone book and could be found in any Christian bookstore. Needless to say, I bought a concordance as soon as possible and thus began my journey into the wonderful world of bible words and their etymology: Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, a little Latin and French. My, was I ever excited!
I hope you have access to a concordance for your bible studies and that it has clarified scripture meaning for you. The following isn't homework and, no, there isn't going to be a test either, but if you haven't used a concordance or bible dictionary lately, book or online, find a familiar scripture and go on a little word search. In my next post, I'll explore how this little word exercise has impacted my understanding of God's Word.