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Passages

October 07, 2017
By Trudy Prins

My curiosity was aroused recently when I heard the Bible reading referred to as a Bible “passage.”  Why do we use the word passage in that context?

So it was off to the dictionary to check it out.  For all their dull reputations, dictionaries can be fascinating places to do historical digs, finding archaic meanings and clues about words, their ancestors and their cousins.

A hall with many doors is a passageway.  Or you can book passage on a ship as part of undertaking a journey to faraway places.  You can use “passage” when describing a short section in a book or in music, because it has the ability to transport you to other places.   A Bible passage can invite you to adventurous living.

When I was a child, I used to love houses, their nooks and crannies, attics and libraries.  Even now, a historic or model home beckons me to explore.  In a good study Bible, the footnotes open tunnels to other passages in the Bible, and so much more to investigate.  The Bible is a key that opens up doors to places in Old Testament times, it’s a pass that admits us backstage in the story of Job, it’s a ticket to Paul’s hazardous missionary journeys.  In its mirrored rooms, we glimpse our own soul.   In heavenly places the door swings briefly open and we see the awesome glory of God in his splendid throne room. 

And the best part of all of this is that God wants us to experience it, to seek and find Him.  We can be at home in His house, as big as all creation.  So take that Bible passage, open that door, set off on that amazing journey!

Wilma C. Guzman says:
November 05, 2017 01:09 PM CST

Well written....making note of our need to look down various passages in the Bible as in life to discover more. And there is so much there when we have an open mind. My first memory is of peeking in the attic of our home in wonder of what could all be there...


Siska DeVries says:
November 19, 2017 03:54 PM CST

If you like language you can be entertained by words, it's meanings and flow. Two of my sons majored in lingustics and do awaken the curiosity and humor in word play. I love that! I also really enjoy the writings of my friend Trudy! It is important to really explore all angles of bible passages and keep an open mind in the interpretations. Siska