Affectation and eccentricities in English speech are constantly present and always changing.
The upper class Englishmen’s “I say” or eccentric Georgian phrases like “Don’t ya know’ and various others have always punctuated our language at sundry times.
Currently the addition of “like” to any statement is rife in the speech of young people, e.g. “When I got home I was “like” really tired”, “Because I missed my lunch I was “like” really hungry”.
You constantly hear this peppering their conversations.
The first thing I would ask is “Either you were or you were not?”There are no third alternatives.
I wish people would speak in absolutes!
The presence of this unnecessary word adds nothing to the statement and only serves to bring the person’s expression into line with everyone else in their age group and culture.
God has condescended to speak to human beings in speech that they can understand. The inherent weakness of human language is that it can never comprehend the being and nature of God and never fully describe the glory and attributes of our Creator.
We can only describe God in terms of what He is like through what he has revealed about Himself: (knowing all the time that He is absolutely far beyond the comparisons used to describe Him.)
God is the great absolute and when He speaks it in an absolute way. Here are no affectations, no superfluous words and no meaningless threats or promises.
All that God has said in His Word, Old and New Testament is to be heard and listened to. His Word is to be studied and reverenced, His Commands are to be obeyed, His promises are to be relied on and His threatening is to be trembled at.
In these latter days God has spoken by His Son Jesus Christ and through His apostles as found in the Bible.
Today we have a real need to go back and hear what they have been inspired to record for our benefit, instead of tweaking it to adapt it to modern expectations and thereby take away its offensiveness to sinful man.
We need to hear what God has said and not merely what we wish He said!
In this famous film James Stewart’s character (due to a broken leg) is limited for entertainment and takes to observing his neighbours in an enclosed block of housing units. Unbeknownst to them, he can see most of what they do in the privacy of their own homes.
What he sees amuses and saddens him and makes him feel embarrassed and ashamed due to his curiosity and obsession with what is going on with these people.
The film culminates when a murderer discovers his spying and comes looking for him.
What we are when people see us is often very different from what we are when we are alone and unobserved. We allow ourselves to do things which would embarrass and shame us if others were to observe us.
The presence of others often serves as a brake to speech and behaviours which would damage our standing and reputation in the perception of our peers.
The Christian has been told again and again that God is ever present and all seeing. He knows our thoughts and sees the motives which lie behind all our actions, even the best.
Despite all this we still try and fool our self that God will turn a blind eye to those things in our lives which are not pleasing to Him and contradict His holy nature and Law.
We tell ourselves that our sins are less sinful because we profess Christianity and God is ever ready to forgive. Also we think that we can hide our sin , extenuate it or be-little it as “venial” and of no account.
God does see!
The Christian sins with a “higher hand”, because he sins against the knowledge and love Christ.
When we think we can forego the constant need for repentance and God’s forgiving ,renewing grace, we are deluding ourselves, because God sees even when we do not.
Quoting Spurgeon, “Preachers and Preaching”; “Old John Stoughton, in his treatise entitled “The Preacher’s Dignity and Duty,” insists upon the minister’s holiness in sentences full of weight “If Uzzah must die but for touching the ark of God, and that to stay it when it was like to fall; if the men of Beth-shemesh for looking into it; if the very beasts that do but come near the holy mount be threatened; then what manner of persons ought they to be who shall be admitted to talk with God familiarly, to stand before him,’ as the angels do, and behold his face continually;’ to bear the ark upon their shoulders,’ to bear his name before the Gentiles;’ in a word, to be his ambassadors? Holiness becometh thy house, O Lord;’ and were it not a ridiculous thing to imagine, that the vessels must be holy, the vestures must be holy, all must be holy, but only he upon whose very garments must be written holiness to the Lord,’ might be unholy; that the bells of the horses should have an inscription of holiness upon them, in Zechariah, and the saints’ bells, the bells of Aaron, should be unhallowed? No, they must be burning and shining lights,’ or else their influence will dart some malignant quality; they must chew the cud and divide the hoof,’ or else they are unclean; they must divide the word aright,’ and walk uprightly in their life, and so join life to learning”.