Daily Topic for July 02, 2013
It is easy to think that just because we “know” the right answers to the questions of life or even know’ the meaning of the Scriptures that we are not in need of help. However, new life comes not just from the words themselves, but rather the words illuminated by the Holy Spirit of God, which brings repentance resulting in obedience. Obedience leads to a transformed life!
Pray that the Holy Spirit will work in our hearts so that conviction and repentance would cause total life transformation.
Edgar hired a wild-looking old man to help him learn the Gyalrong language. The old man agreed, and they set to work. Together they translated a Tibetan-English lexicon into Gyalrong.
They composed a tract about the love of God, and then they produced a Tibetan Christian catechism. Edgar added a chapter on the devil, at which point his assistant became very excited, saying he knew much about the devil because he was a devil worshipper.
When they translated the Lord’s Prayer, the man was very interested in the Christian concept of the Creator being the father of all mankind. The idea of an Almighty God being pure and holy also impressed him greatly, as did the prayer that God’s will should be done in earth as in Heaven. But when they came to the petition, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us,” the man began to tremble. Putting down his pen and rolling up his writing materials, he said, “This is holy; I am a sinful man; I dare not translate that.” He was afraid because he had been a robber and had killed many of his enemies.
Such is the power of the written Word of God to convict hearts. Each year Edgar distributed about 30,000 copies of Scripture, and many were carried into Tibet.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Much of this translation work was lost when the communists took over China in October 1950, so pray for new translation efforts into the mother tongue of every group on the Tibetan Plateau.