This is the fourth and final part of Glen Scrivener's year-long trek through the King James Bible of 1611 and some of the many phrases which have passed from it into everyday English.
The previous instalment (July to September) started taking us through phrases in the four Gospels. This final instalment picks up from there and continues with such sayings from the Gospels, as:
- "Practise what they preach" (3 October) - "Signs of the times" (9 October) - "Gave up the ghost" (1 November)
It then continues (from 6 November, if you're following the readings daily) through the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters of Paul and the "General Epistles", and through Revelation (with a brief revisiting of the Gospels' birth narratives during the Christmas period), exploring such sayings as:
- "A law unto themselves" (13 November) - "The powers that be" (19 November) - "God is love" (27 December)
As with the previous instalments, this is a great devotional to use over the course of a year, as each meditation can be read in five minutes, plus an half a chapter to a chapter from the New Testament on which it is based.
For each day's phrase, Glen has much of interest to tell us, both about its etymological history and (more importantly) about what it says to us about the Lord Jesus Christ. There are some real gems in here to get us thinking in ways we hadn't thought before about familiar passages. For example, take this, from the meditation for 13 November ("A law unto themselves"; Romans 2:1-29):
"Question: What would God prefer us to be? Would He rather we lived 'under the law' or would He rather we be 'a law unto ourselves'? The surprising answer is that God wants us all to stop being under the law and instead to be a law unto ourselves!"
Having said that, this final instalment might have benefitted from some additional editorial work: There is a significant number of 'typos' (e.g., "work" instead of "word" in the meditation for 20 November); and the Kindle edition lacks both a front cover (at least when I downloaded it on 1 October 2012) and a contents page. And having read through "The King's English" over the course of 2012, I must admit that, for me, this final part did start to sag a little.
However, it's still a bargain at £1.91 and well worth using as a devotional over the course of a year to get you thinking about the Bible - and the Lord Jesus Christ - in ways you hadn't thought of before.