Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Enough Said . . .

Chiastic structure is method of writing that the Hebrews used to express parallel ideas or to explain things in detail. I was first introduced to chiastic structure by Beth Moore when studying the book of Esther.

There are probably many examples in the Bible. But I can only come up with two verses right now. The best that I understand—which may or may not be correct is illustrated below.

In the verse from Matthew 19:30, draw a line from the word first in the first line, to the same word first in the second line. Okay, this is not as confusing as it may sound. Then draw a line from the word last in the first line to the word last in the second line, you will have drawn an X.

Now, I am not studying Greek. To be perfectly clear, I never have studied Greek. Even so, I pretty sure that Beth said that chiastic structure gets its name from Chi a Greek letter that looks like an X.

So here are a few more examples:

And he said unto them,
The Sabbath was made for man,
and not man for the Sabbath.
— Mark 2:27

Ask not what your country can do for you;
Ask what you can do for your country.
— President John F. Kennedy

He came to pay a debt He didn’t owe,
Because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.
— from a Christmas card

We should certainly count our blessings,
but we should also make our blessings count.
— Neil A. Maxwell

Put everything in God's hand,
You will see God's hand in everything.
— from sister Donna’s blog on September 8, 2009

Short term gain equals long term pain.
Short term pain equals long term gain.
— from Rebecca’s blog

Don’t fear your doubts
Doubt your fears.
— from my Pastor Rob Bugh

Los estudiantes hacen la marca.
Yo sólo marco a los estudiantes.
— de mi maestro español, el Sr. Samper

When we are in the Prison of Self-Absorption,
. . . . . . . . . . we want others to spend on us
but what we need is to spend on others.
Beth Moore, video, Living Beyond Yourself
Session 7

Do you live to eat or
do you eat to live?
Wanda, Moments of Mine

And others that I do not know the origin . . .

There's no disaster that can't become a blessing,
and no blessing that can't become a disaster.

It is not the years in your life
But the life in your years.

Never . . .
Let a fool kiss you
Or a kiss fool you.

I am going to conquer Spanish
Before Spanish conquers me.

I am giving up blogging for a short time because . . .

When all is done and said,
More is said than done.