A Good Ambition
Every pastor who can should study the Bible in its original languages. That does not mean every pastor should become a language expert or feel guilty about one more thing in an already punishing schedule. What I mean is that, within the time and opportunities available, pastors should study the text of the Bible in its original languages. Here’s why:
1. Because you love God.
People can be interested in biblical languages and not love God. People can love God and be useless at learning languages. People can also love God and have their time so full of things God is calling them to do that they do not have time to study the biblical languages. But you cannot love God and not be interested in what he says. What we need to live by is ‘every word that comes from the mouth of God’ (Matt. 4:4). Truly loving God therefore involves being obsessed by the detail of what he actually says; in other words, it is an…