“tēlum” or “dart”

From Exercise 176, page 152 (First Year Henle Latin), “We are in Caesar’s camp on account of fear of the enemy.”

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While going over our vocabulary on page 151, the word “tēlum” or “dart” became the topic of conversation.  Christopher related the word “dart” or “tēlum” to the story of David and Absalom in Second Samuel 18:14 which states, “Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak” (KJV).  We also talked about how fear can drive us to take refuge in “safe” places (like Caesar’s camp—see above) that aren’t really safe.

We closed up the conversation with the truth that Jesus is the only, true safe place and Proverbs 18:10, “The Name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (KJV).  Running to Jesus in any given circumstance that incites fear is the “dart” that debilitates the enemy.


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