Sunday, November 07, 2010

Some Staying Awake Thoughts

This past week I was doing a little research on the word "awake" in the Scripture. If I recall correctly, this was due to all the instances I ran across it while reading the Tynedale New Testament. Which, by the way, has been a blast reading even with the challenge of translating the Old English language (maybe that challenge is part of what is making it a blast).

Obviously, the word "awake" has some significance to me since it is the name of the blog. There are many stories throughout the Bible about the importance of staying awake, but the one that probably strikes me the most as a good example is Mark 13:33-37:
33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake."

While reading the NT these past couple weeks we read the story of Jairus' daughter (Luke 8:49-56) who had died (or as Jesus indicates, she is only sleeping - which could take us off into a whole 'nother blog entry about what that means).  Jesus proceeds to raise her with the command, "Child, arise."

This story got me to thinking about how Jesus brought others back from death and of course, he himself came back from death as well.  And if death is "sleep", then part of his goal for us is to awaken us from that sleep.  Which led me to the realization that "staying awake" could also refer to the idea of being with God for eternity.  That is, we hope to stay awake in Heaven for all eternity.  This means the title of the blog could be a double-meaning from what I had originally based it on.  It is also part of my effort to walk in the path of Jesus that I may spend my eternal life with him - that I might stay awake!

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