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Preparations are well underway for the Scripture Dedication celebrating the publication of the New Testament and Genesis in Makonde. Emmanuel mission partners Benjie and Rhoda Leach, along with many others, have been working on the translation in Northern Mozambique for many years, so the Scripture Dedication on 26th July is a great cause for rejoicing for them; the million-plus speakers of Makonde in Mozambique and Tanzania; and for the church family at Emmanuel too.

 

Part of the build-up to the celebration has been the preparation and selection of songs for the show and sing day on 12th July. Benjie reports that 'the first crop of songs registered were predominantly relishes of woe on an evil generation, Sodom and Gomorrah figuring largely', but among them the two singer-choirmasters for the dedication, Cardial and Alberto, have produced a marvellous reflection on Hebrews 8:10–12.

 

Benjie writes of the composition process:

 

No writing was involved – it just seemed to stream out of their hearts as they pored and hummed over Hebrews 8:10-12. It now haunts the recesses of my thoughts, and my tears, as I wander distractedly from one job to another. 

 

You can listen to the song by clicking here and read the words below, reproduced with kind permission of the authors:

 

As for their lack of righteousness,

And their sin,

I will remember it no more.

 

(Chorus)

"They won’t need to teach,

Neighbour and brother saying, ‘Know the Lord’

For all of them will know me

From child to grandparent."

 

(Chorus... brother)

“They won’t need to teach,

Neighbour and brother saying, ‘Know the Lord, brother, know the Lord’

For all of them will know me,

From child to grandparent.”

 

"For this is the covenant that I will make,

With the group of the children of Israel,

After those days,” says the Lord,

“I will put my law in their minds,

To stay in their hearts,

I will be their God,

And they, they will be my people.”

 

(Chorus x2 ...father ...sister)

“They won’t need to teach,

Neighbour and brother saying, ‘Know the Lord, father/sister, know the Lord’

For all of them will know me,

From child to grandparent.”

Paul Sutton, 21/07/2014

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