Monday, March 30, 2020 -
Today I spent the majority of my day studying the Bible with “W.” He’s gotten really into digging into the meaning of the original Greek and Hebrew text and cross-referencing Scriptures in his Bible as I do since we have no concordance or other reference resources other than the Word Study New Testament and Word Study Old Testament and their respective Word Study dictionaries that my dad put together and my mom had sent to me.
He discovers the meaning as the Holy Spirit speaks to him during his own reading, which he then rushes to share with me – several things I had never really thought about before. For example, we spent about an hour this morning going through the different things Agur brings up in terms of what one thing that will not say “Enough” is actually satisfied (Proverbs 30:15-17). Or, of the four things he understands, which one is not too wonderful for him (Proverbs 30:18-20). Of the four things that the earth cannot bear up, what once does not shake the earth (Proverbs 30:21-23)? Of the four things which are stately in their walk, which is not stately in its march (Proverbs 30:29-31)?
These are things I may have read hundreds of times, but I never really thought about it from his perspective. We’ve also been studying the book of James together in the same way.
The other day we looked up all the Scriptures about the circumcision of the heart after studying Romans 2 together. That got him very enthused to the point that he’s telling everyone in the unit about it, as well as the guards! When people say that his denunciation of his addiction is temporary, he says, “No, you don’t understand! My heart’s been circumcised! How can you undo that? It’s impossible to reverse! You can’t ever put that foreskin back!” Think about that for a moment. The thought of undoing a circumcision had never occurred to me! But when we are truly born again, it’s permanent! It’s irreversible. God is going to use this man to lead many, many to Christ, I have no doubt. It has made the extra month of having to stay in prison worthwhile, to see this miracle of transformation. Already, our prayer circle in the evenings has doubled in size. I am praying a soon doubling once again!