In the 8th grade class I teach every year, we study a Mock Trial. Inside this notebook are rules for the Mock Trial students will compete in, along with evidence that pertains to the trial. It’s a fascinating process! As the students read through the material, they will find evidence to support the defense side AND the prosecution side. We will actually present both sides of the case, in two separate rounds of the competition. As their teacher, I play the role of coach. I ask important questions that help them see the evidence in different ways. I never point out anything to them, but help lead them to discover the evidence in the homework they are given each week.
As I am preparing for a new case in Mock Trial next semester, I’m thinking a LOT about “Evidence”. You see, everything about the case hinges on the evidence.
What exactly is “evidence”?
As defined in Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
ev·i·dence | \ ˈe-və-dən(t)s , -və-ˌden(t)s \
Definition of evidence
(Entry 1 of 2)1a: an outward sign : INDICATION b: something that furnishes proof : TESTIMONY specifically: something legally submitted to a tribunal to ascertain the truth of a matter 2: one who bears witness especially: one who voluntarily confesses a crime and testifies for the prosecution against one’s accomplices in evidence 1: to be seen : CONSPICUOUS trim lawns … are everywhere in evidence— Amer. Guide Series: N.C.2: as evidence
evidence verb evidenced; evidencing
Definition of evidence (Entry 2 of 2)
transitive verb: to offer evidence of : PROVE, EVINCE
What does the Bible say about “evidence”?
When I searched the Bible for the word “evidence”, the most common verses were:
- Matthew 26:59 (NIV)The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death.
- Mark 14:55 (NIV)The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any.
But my favorite verses about evidence are these found in Hebrews and 1 Samuel:
- Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
- 1 Samuel 12:7 (NIV)Now then, stand here, because I am going to confront you with evidence before the Lord as to all the righteous acts performed by the Lord for you and your ancestors.
Just look at that last verse again! “All the righteous acts performed by the Lord for you and your ancestors .“ Y’all! That should make you want to shout for joy! If you look, you will find evidence not only in your life but in the lives of your ancestors!
I’m challenging you to grab a paper and pen, and begin making a list of the EVIDENCE of God’s blessings in your life! It’s time for us to get away from the negative mindset and start focusing on the good; the blessings God has given us. You woke up today! You can see! You can hear! I challenge you to begin to thank HIM!
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