The Power of Verbs and the Gospel of Matthew Part 1

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In “Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing” by Constance Hale, the use of verbs meant not just aesthetics but power in writing. This should be one lesson every blogger needs to consider in writing a post that will make it rich and pulsating. Are you using verbs in your articles? What effects does it bring to you and your readers?

Let’s check the book out. On page 4 Hale writes:

Caesar got them. Saint Matthew got them. Hamlet got them. Saul Bellow got them. Even my dog Homer got them.

Got what?

Verbs.

Vital, vibrant, voluptuous, and, yes, sometimes vexing verbs.

Saint Matthew, when he got the chance to record his gospel of the New Testament, reminded us, “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not.”

 

Hale quoted Matthew 7: 25 as example of the use of verbs to boost an idea. Clearly it gave a vivid picture of a chronological event in one sentence. Matthew (inspired by the Holy Spirit) gave it an astounding emphasis by using verbs that will strike the mind and heart of readers. It brings life to it by adding verbs to create a certain drama. It controlled the sentence and steered it in a more robust feel on it. Without verbs it won’t move readers to see a graphic description that will produce emotions of either terror or triumph. That’s how verbs played a big part of the verse.

 

Closing the Sermon of the Mount, Jesus takes the listener (or reader) to a comparison between those who abide in His Word and to those who do not. We don’t just see the power of verbs but the power of obedience to God. Faithfulness to God will make us unmovable. Adding to this is that we are wise if we cling to His Words and do it. To understand it more lets read from verse 24 to 29:

 

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (KJV)

 

Let God’s Word rule moment by moment in your life. Stand on the rock that is Jesus Christ to be counted wise in God’s eye and joyful doers of His Word!

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