Psalm 22:22-30; Romans 4: 13-24; Mark 8:31-38
March 1, 2015
Our reading from Romans deals a lot with faith; ten times the Greek root word for faith is used. The passage talks about the faithfulness of Abraham, and finally our faith. We talk about faith a lot in church, perhaps we don't do such a good job defining faith. I got out my Greek bible to check out the word translated faith in this passage and discovered three different English words that come from the Greek root pisteos. All three English words have this same root, but small variations with meanings we find in English that weren't there in the Greek. The other two words, believe also found in our reading and looking ahead in Romans, in chapter 15 the same root is translated trust. I find word usage very interesting, some of you are already nodding off. Please bear with me as I want to talk about what our faith means and to do that, we need to gain some understanding of what Paul meant by his use of the word translated faith, believe and/or trust.