Monday, December 10, 2007

exceedingly


"..when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy." - Matt 2.10
I love this verse so much. It makes me laugh every time i read it. It's talking about the wise men when they saw the star stop above the place where Jesus was born. What makes me smile is the way it's described... "they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy".... surely whenever you rejoice it's with 'joy' and if you rejoice 'exceedingly' then it's going to be with 'great' joy... it's like they state the same thing twice for emphasis. I think i just love the word exceedingly too! I wonder what the wise men did when they 'rejoiced exceedingly with great joy'? ... did they do a little jig or sing and leap around or shout out with loud exclamations?! When you think about it, the whole of what they had been waiting for throughout generations of people was being fulfilled at that moment... no wonder they rejoiced so fervently... it makes me happy just thinking about it.... 

1 comment:

Hannah said...

"Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads" (Isaiah 35:10)

"The joy of God has gone through the poverty of the manger and the distress of the cross; therefore it is invincible and irrefutable" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer