We’ve got our sermon prepped in Logos, now let’s look at some analysis.
παράδοσις is the word translated tradition. Para dosis. The root comes from didomi, give or distribute. Para is the prefix meaning, near, around.
I’m going to strongly repeat again, the urging that if you have not had one year of Greek, you avoid doing original language word studies. Seriously. I cannot emphasize that. If you own Logos, trust me, one year of poking at the lemmas in Greek and making no conclusions will get you very clse – and you can get Greek language study lessons inside the program as well. See my previous article about IFB pastors and seminaries.
Trust me when I say that paradosis means traditions, it means traditions. No kidding. It’s not like that word was invented in the New Testament. Quite literally, there are surviving Greek writings that use that word, and in them it means “Traditions”. Paradosis/tradition is used 13 times in the New Testament, most of them in Matthew and Mark.
Technically, the manuscript tense of the word is Paradosin, but that’s a “Walk walking walked” difference – mere tenses.
Hypocrite ὑποκριτής is 17 times in the Bible, all of them in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.
Okay. That suddenly gives me meaning. Looking at tradition shows me it is used mostly when speaking of Pharisees. I’m going to go on a sidebar article soon about Pharisees, and it’s not going to be pretty – because i’m going to level a charge of racism against a LOT of Christians.
Getting way from that, because this article is about Bible study and to a lesser degree, writing a sermon, we now see that since Hypocrite is used almost exclusively in the Synoptic Gospels (Matt., Mark & Luke), it is a minor concern. But when you look at who is saying the word, your priorities now go upside down!
Because the only person who uses that word is the Lord Jesus Christ.
So now, this gives it new emphasis. And since the major aim of our sermon has been, “Relationship not ritual”, we can add a second subpoint to it… “Mean what you say, say what you mean” or “The Lord despises Hypocrisy.”
So, since I brought up truth the other day in connection with this sermon, it’s beginning to be a theme. That’s your third subpoint… “Speak the truth in truth.”
we’re on to a good start! Now we start researching.