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​Dr. W. C. Gaither, Jr., Pastor

​​​​Lyerly Evangelical Church

The Pastor Writes...

             Just for Laffs...


“Mamma Mia”

From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.     -Isa. 49:1 (NKJV)

​Have you ever been in the matrix? Well, apparently you have, at least according to the New King James translators of the Bible. And there were 150 of them, by the way, made up of Baptists and Presbyterians, who translated the Bible into the NKJV, first published in 1982. That’s three times as many scholars as translated the original KJV in 1611, not using the word “matrix” in Isa. 49:1, but choosing, instead, the word “bowels.” There is quite a difference in these two words to our 21st century understanding, especially in light of the turn-of-the century movie franchise starring Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss. So which translation gets the closest to what Isaiah was originally saying?

The word in question in Isa. 49:1 is the Hebrew word me’ah, which simply means the uterus. But in the verse, Isaiah uses it in reference to “my mother,” which in Italian is “mamma mia,” usually used as an expression of joy and exasperation. Whether we go with the original Old English interpretation of the uterus as being part of the “bowels” or the modern interpretation of the uterus as being a “matrix” there is one solid conclusion we can draw from all this. It’s found in the rest of the verse, where Isaiah says, “The LORD has called me from the womb... He has made mention of my name.” This alludes to the idea of a conversation based on a relationship going on with God and unborn babies inside their mother’s womb. That sounds like there is sanctity to human life that needs to be recognized and celebrated at Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. God has a plan for our life that He has discussed with us before we ever entered this world through the birth canal. It not only involves our being born once, but being born again. And for that we can all say, “Mamma Mia!”

From My mother's womb You have been My God. -Psa. 22:10 (NKJV)

The Pastor came to visit the other day. He said that at my advanced age I should be thinking of the hereafter.

I told him, "Oh, I do it all the time." 

"No matter where I am - in the living room, upstairs, in the kitchen, or down in the basement, I am always asking myself: 'Now, what am I here after?'"

Most everyone visits the church at least three times in their lives:  When they're hatched, matched, and dispatched.