I was introduced to a new word this morning …
Our favourite book word this week is ‘bibliotaph’, meaning ‘one who buries books by keeping them under lock and key’.
— Literary Interest (@InterestingLit) March 19, 2014
One of my first thoughts upon reading this tweet was that Western Christianity has, in too many ways, nurtured and perpetuated the existence of a bibliotaphic church.
We look to lock the Word away. We seemingly shackle the Spirit.
Do you not yet know? The wonders and words of God Almighty can not be contained – not by the likes of us mortal men, not by the structures of this world, not by any spiritual beings, nor by the heavens themself.
It is a fruitless task to tame the Word of God. His wonders and words will endure to all ages.
If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. — Jeremiah 20:9