A writer, scribe: γραμματεὺς – grammateus

And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

(Matthew 13:52) ESV

Deduction is a wonderful thing. When applied to practical life situations it’s as straight forwards as: when one door closes, another door opens. When the doors are closed the conclusion that we may deduce is: it’s time to stay put.

Likewise for a calling. If the Bible says that a pastor should be a man with one wife, then we can deduce that a man with more than one wife, or divorced and remarried, probably isn’t the best candidate. It’s an incredibly powerful tool but a lot of us spend an excessive amount of time trying to figure out why it’s okay to do something which is in direct opposition to the choice which we deduced to be the correct one.

We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

What are we, us, Matty, for example. We can’t be a pastor or deacon, there aren’t any prophets, we’re not a priest or a king. What are we?

We think that we’re on to something that’s significant: a unified theory of everything which ties together first cause, particle physics, time, electromagnetism, gravitation, consciousness and the plan of redemption. This appears to be new because we haven’t found anyone else doing anything comparable.

A Unified Theory of Everything

  1. First cause
  2. Time
  3. Gravitation
  4. Electromagnetism (a unified field theory)
  5. Consciousness
  6. Redemption

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

If we’re bringing out something new, and scribes who are instructed in the kingdom of heaven do that, then are we a scribe? It’s a pleasant thought.

A writer, scribe: γραμματεὺς – grammateus

  • (a) in Jerusalem, a scribe, one learned in the Jewish Law, a religious teacher,
  • (b) at Ephesus, the town-clerk, the secretary of the city,
  • (c) a man of learning generally.
    1. in secular authors and here and there in the O. T. (e. g. 2 Samuel 8:17; 2 Samuel 20:25; 2 Kings 19:2; 2 Kings 25:19; Psalm 44:2), a clerk, scribe, especially a public scribe, secretary, recorder, whose office and influence differed in different states: Acts 19:35
    2. in the Bible, a man learned in the Mosaic law and in the sacred writings, an interpreter, teacher: Matthew 23:34; 1 Corinthians 1:20
    3. universally, a religious teacher: γραμματεύς μαθητευθείς εἰς τήν βασιλείαν τῶν οὐρανῶν a teacher so instructed that from his learning and ability to teach advantage may redound to the kingdom of heaven, Matthew 13:52; and many interpret made a disciple unto the kingdom of heaven (which is personified); see μαθητεύω, at the end).

Twitter didn’t agree so, logically, we must be on the right track.

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.

(John 15:18) ESV
Grammateus is a cool word. Mateus would be our name in Ethiopia. That’s where we received our calling.


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