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At first I was sorely disappointed, for there didn't seem to be anything marked in his Bible at all. That couldn't be. There must be something marked, and I finally found it. It was in the first chapter of Genesis and he had underlined several times the same repetitious phrases: “And God said... and it was so.”

Emil Pearson

Even before the Lord Jesus saved me from my sins, I enjoyed the company of Emil Pearson and his wife Daisy. They had been missionaries for almost fifty years and had many stories to tell about the Africa they went to in 1920. During his missionary life, he translated the scriptures into two languages, Portuguese and Luchazi, and they were published as a bilingual Bible. This was also the first translation of the scriptures into Luchazi. However, it was after the Lord Jesus Christ had saved me that I took an even greater interest in him.

As a new Christian (32 years old), Emil told me that I needed a concordance to go with my Bible. I didn't know what one was, even though I had gone to church until I was 18. So, I finally was able to buy my own Bible one day with money my folks gave me, and it had a “concordance” in the back. I proudly showed it to him, and he silently smiled, realizing I didn't know what a full concordance was. Eventually, I figured it out, though.

As I continued to go to church, I became like a lot of people and marked Bible verses in several colors that meant something to me. I must say, I was pretty proud of all that marking, and it made me feel pretty knowledgeable as well. Maybe others who saw the doodlings thought I knew a lot too, or I hoped they did. Anyway, on another trip to Emil and Daisy's I was hoping I might get a glance at the Bible he was using to see what great things he had marked. Maybe I could gain some insight into the word of God.

So, as it happened, I went down with my folks to visit, and as they were talking, his Bible was nearby. This was my big opportunity. As they chatted, I reached over and grabbed the Bible with great anticipation. What was I going to find he had underlined in so many places? It was like being given the key to the secrets of the universe. After all, this man had been a missionary, a preacher, a linguist, and a Bible translator. So I opened it up and looked.

At first, I was sorely disappointed, for there didn't seem to be anything marked in his Bible at all. That couldn't be. There must be something marked, and I finally found it. It was in the first chapter of Genesis and he had underlined several times the same repetitious phrases: “And God said... and it was so.” My disappointment was short-lived, however, for what better thing to remember from the Bible scholar than whatever God says - is the way it is. “It” is the way it is, no matter what anyone else says, or what anyone else thinks, or even how it looks!

On another visit to Emil's, I proudly told him I had bought a commentary by Adam Clark. He responded by saying, “Oh, I'm way beyond commentaries.” I understood right away he meant he had developed a real personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ - direct.

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