What is That Supposed to Mean?

“beingtrainedintheway”  What is that supposed to mean?

The URL of my blog is, “beingtrainedintheway.wordpress.com” and I am sure that many of you who visit my blog may be curious about what it means and why I chose it for my URL. And even if you’re not curious I’m gonna tell you anyway. 🙂

Those of us who are familiar with God’s Word, can make an educated guess that “trained in the way” most likely came from Proverbs 22:16 which reads, “ Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” However my reasoning for the choice of my URL goes deeper than child rearing.

Sometime last year the Outreach pastor at my church, Pastor Rodney Wilson, preached a message from Mark 10:32-34. It reads:

32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”

Pastor Rodney’s message was titled, “Loving Like Jesus: A Call to Sacrifice.” It was the first point in his message that inspired my URL.  Here are some of his notes: (Almost all of the extra underlining is my added emphasis) 😉

  • Matthew, Mark and Luke record the same three accounts of Jesus telling the disciples of his death.  However, Mark adds color to the third account where the others do not.
    • Matthew states: “And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem . . . ”” (Matthew 20:17, ESV)
    • Luke states: “And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. (Luke 18:31 ESV)
    • Mark states: “And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them.”” (Mark 10:32 ESV)
  • The mention of “the road” and “going up” to Jerusalem was purposeful to Mark and his readers.  This brings me to my first point for consideration:
  1. As Christians, we should embrace the fact that we are on the road going up to Jerusalem (Prepare to go up)
  1. This mention of “the road” is more than a topographical reference by Mark.  Rather, it is a metaphor used in the Old and New Testament. 
  2. The Greek word for “the road” is hodos – meaning a lifestyle of faith.  It is a difficult Greek word to transcribe in other languages.  Here are Old Testament examples of this metaphor (which would be translated to hodos in the Greek).

To see each Old Testament example click the Scriptures.

  1.  All of these examples use the hodos metaphor of a lifestyle of faith.
  2. Note:  Early believers were not called Christian but The Way (hodos).  They were described not by their “name” but by what they did.  They were of “The Way” which described how they lived.  This “way” was a lifestyle of faith that leads from death to glory—in that order.

So not only are my parents “training me up in the way I should go,” they are also training me in hodos, a lifestyle of faith that leads from death to glory –in that order as you read above. I’m not trying to say that my URL is deep and spiritual, instead I just wanted to share with you a part of a message that I found to be really interesting. If you would like to see or read Pastor Rodney’s sermon scroll up and click the message title to see the video or the word “notes” to see his notes. Thanks for reading this post I hope that you learned something new and even if you didn’t God bless you for your interest. Thanks! ~Mekenna 😀

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