Friday, September 23, 2011

Is THE ONE Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?

I may not the brightest bulb in the pack but I am a little smarter than a fifth grader.  Unlike someone else who, according to those who claim to know Him best, has an I.Q. of about 160 (mine is only 140), I have to spend a little more time to prepare before I make a public address.  

It is often my privilege to read portions of Scripture in my church.  And whenever I am called on to do that, I always take the time to read it through privately first in order to make sure I know how to pronounce all the words and to be aware of punctuation so that I can communicate the words in an understandable way.  

And, when it comes to reading scripture, I would think the purpose is to engage the attention of the hearers and focus their attention on the very Word of God.  So when the messenger stumbles, the hearer is distracted.  The focus has then been diverted from God to the speaker.

A person who stands before the congregation (or the public) and stumbles over pronunciation is not very smart regardless of His I.Q.  

The mispronounced word was "bow"(at 1:15)

The word has two pronunciations with totally different meanings.  In this case, the proper pronunciation could have easily been known by its meaning.  And the meaning was made clear in its context.  Any fifth grader could have gotten it right by simply reading it first.  The ONE could have avoided a lot of embarrassment had he taken just a couple minutes to do a cursory reading of the Psalm before He stepped up to the podium.

Apparently an I.Q. of 160 doesn't make One smarter than a fifth grader.


Daisy said...

Maybe he thought it was "when the bough breaks"

Jon "Ellery"

Ralph M. Petersen-Always Right; Sometimes Wrong! said...

He would probably think bough is pronounced "buff" which rhymes with rough.