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Nuggets of Truth from Seinfeld

Troy Sundermeyer l NTS Class of 2016
Master of Divinity Degree Program

“For such a time as this.”[1]  The wisdom of Mordecai bridges the expanse of time presenting, in fact, challenging us with fulfilling the purposes of God for each of us in our present circumstances.  Political divisiveness, wars and rumors of war, sickness and famine, spirituality versus religion, objective truth versus subjective truth; these are but a few of the circumstances in which we currently find ourselves.  It is these which present us with the challenge, “For such a time as this.”  The question for each of us is whether or not we will enter the throne room unannounced and risk all for the sake of God in the midst of these circumstances.

The following is an excerpt from a weekly post in the course Minor Prophets:[2]

In the late 1990s, the television show Seinfeld popularized the phrase, “Yada, yada, yada.”[3]  The meaning of this phrase was slang for “blah-blah-blah” or “talk or language that is boring or that offers little information.”[4]  The term yada, יָדַע (yādaʿ), had an entirely different meaning for the people of Hosea’s day.  Establishing the foundation for the understanding of ‘knowledge’ in the days of the New Testament, the Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (TDNT) writes concerning yada, “This knowledge is the knowledge of God (דעת יהוה).  This does not mean that it is a knowledge of God’s eternal essence.  On the contrary, it is a knowledge of His claim, whether present in direct commands or contained in His rule.”[5]  TDNT continues to provide clarity concerning the meaning of this term in the days of Hosea when it states, “The ‘knowledge of God’ (Hos. 4:1; 6:6; Is. 11:2, 9), or ‘knowledge’ in the absolute (Hos. 4:6; Prv. 1:7; 9:10), is almost identical with the fear of God with which it is linked in Is. 11:2, and it implies the doing of what is right and just (Jer. 22:16).”[6]

I believe Nazarene Theological Seminary exists to prepare each student with the “yada,” knowledge of God, empowering each to boldly stand and enter the throne room of our present circumstances, unannounced when necessary, and proclaim the revelation of Jesus Christ while doing what is right and just.  Is God calling you, “For such a time as this?”

 


[1] Ester 4:14 (NASB95)

[2] Sundermeyer, Troy, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Minor Prophets, Course OTL634N, Posted via NTS Moodle on May 27, 2014 in partial fulfillment of course requirements.

[3] The show’s catchphrase originally appeared in Season 8, Episode 19, entitled “The Yada Yada,” originally airing on April 24, 1997.  Seinfeld Scripts, accessed online May 26, 2014.  Available online at http://www.seinfeldscripts.com/TheYadaYada.htm  also confirmed via http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/yada_yada_yada accessed online May 26, 2014.

[4] Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online.  Accessed Ma 26, 2014.  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yada+yada+yada.  Dictionary Online.  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/yada+yada+yada?qsrc=2446

[5] Gerhard Kittel, Geoffrey W. Bromiley, and Gerhard Friedrich, eds., Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1964–), 698.

[6] Ibid.

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