That’s how we emphasize words with today’s word processing technology. We can use all capital letters to indicate shouting or yelling, we can use bold and italics for emphasis, we can use exclaimation points for excitement.
Did you know that when people were writing the Bible, they didn’t have Microsoft Word or even MS Works? So, they had to emphasize words in another way: they would repeat the phrase for emphasis. For example – “Verily, verily I say unto you” today would be more like “VERILY, I say unto you.” If the writer repeated a word or phrase, it was for emphasis. If they used the word or phrase three times (rare) as in: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty” today, this would be like shouting: “HOLY!!! is the Lord God Almighty!”
Look at verse 6 in today’s chapter:
“I am the LORD, I am the LORD, the merciful and gracious God. I am slow to anger and rich in unfailing love and faithfulness. 7 I show this unfailing love to many thousands by forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. Even so I do not leave sin unpunished, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations.”
Kinds puts a new light on things huh?
The other thing I like in this chapter is the glow face effect:
28 Moses was up on the mountain with the LORD forty days and forty nights. In all that time he neither ate nor drank. At that time he wrote the terms of the covenant – the Ten Commandments – on the stone tablets. 29 When Moses came down the mountain carrying the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face glowed because he had spoken to the LORD face to face. 30 And when Aaron and the people of Israel saw the radiance of Moses’ face, they were afraid to come near him.
Last night in our Wildmen men’s meeting I saw some men whose faces were glowing. We had an opportunity for an extended time of worship and they had spent time with God. Like Moses, I don’t think they knew their faces were glowing, but we could see it.
I want that. I want that. I want that.
(did you catch that?)