It’s All Greek to Me …

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We often hear the terms Alpha and Omega.

In fact very near the end of the His Word, the Lord calls Himself the Alpha and Omega.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. (Revelation 22:13)

We know what those words mean (I think most of us do) — but do our kids? Maybe they’ve heard them, but to them “It’s all Greek.” (I heard one child quote this verse by saying, “I am the Alphalpha and Omega.”

And, of course, alpha and omega really are Greek words — letters of the Greek alphabet.

The Lord was telling us in Revelation 22 that He is the beginning of everything and the end of everything. (The Bible is not like the Constitution with new amendments added every few years.)

Some additional thoughts about alpha and omega …

… Revelation 22:13 say that the words mean, not only the beginning and the end, but also the first and the last.

… Revelation 22:13 expresses the eternality of the Lord.

… This is not only a New Testament concept but is also found in Isaiah 44:6

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel
    and His Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
“I am the first and I am the last;

… Jewish rabbis also used alpha and omega to show that something was completed. (The beginning and the end were in place.)

… The New Testament was written in Greek, that’s why John used the Greek alphabet to explain the concept.

,,, Other verses in the Bible reiterate the same concept but with different words. For instance, Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Christ is the founder and perfecter of our faith.

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

To best explain this to your kids, show them the Greek alphabet and explain that the letters are like A and Z, but in a different language.

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TO DO: While you’re talking about the Greek alphabet, why not have some fun and learn it together with your kids?


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