Oxford Word of the Year Emoji in the Bible


Face with Tears of Joy emojiFor the very first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year (2015) is not a word, but a pictograph. It is the emoji of what is officially called the “Face with Tears of Joy”. It was selected as the judges felt that it best represented the ethos, mood and preoccupations of 2015. Other contenders included the word on fleek (extremely good, attractive), refugee, Dark Web and the word they.

Noteworthily, the New Living Translation of the Bible has the phrase “Tears of Joy” recorded in Jeremiah 31. It is the chapter in which the restoration of the tribes of Israel is mentioned and starts out with God’s promise of being the God of all Israel (current day Church) and ‘they’ shall be his people. No longer shall God’s people wander waywardly in the ‘Dark Web’ of deceit spun by the devil (Revelation 12:9) but they shall take refuge in the Lord God (‘refugees’), for God shall redeem them from those too strong for them (Jeremiah 31:11). Why, because God is ‘on fleek’.

Points to ponder:
Though Oxford Dictionary chose their word of the year 2015 due to what they felt reflected the times, only those who are God’s people, i.e., those who have believed in the on fleek Jesus Christ as God’s Son, and their Lord and Savior shall have Tears of Joy. Do you?

Jeremiah 31:9 (NLT)
9 Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care. They will walk beside quiet streams and on smooth paths where they will not stumble. For I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim (meaning the Fruitful One) is my oldest child.

Word of the Year information & image source: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2015/11/word-of-the-year-2015-emoji/

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