“Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.” Mark 4:1
Mrs. Striker’s ninth-grade-level seventh grade English grammar class comes to mind as I marvel at this verse, chock full of prepositions. Our Lord of language takes care even in the particular wording of the Scriptures, fashioning descriptions that bring truth to light and life, and it makes me smile. The Living Word teaches with words and uses them to their full for our greatest understanding and delight.
“The LORD is faithful in all his words.” “Every word of God proves true.” “It is no empty word for you, but your very life.” “These words are trustworthy and true.” Psalm 145:13; Proverbs 30:5; Deuteronomy 32:47; Revelation 22:6
The glorious prepositional purposes of God are to be savored from Ephesians 2:8-10: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” How thankful I am to be saved by Jesus and able to draw near Him Who is always with me! I am in Christ, forever, bought by His blood; none can snatch me out of His hand.
Lord, none compares with You. There is no God above or beside You; You are Creator of all and over all things. May Your words continue to be to me a joy and the delight of my heart. Keep me abiding in them that I may go to the world with the hope of Christ. (Jeremiah 15:16)