Word: Good News

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.'” Isaiah 52:7

“And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.” Luke 1:19

Hebrew: 2895. tob
Original Word: בָּשַׂר
Phonetic Spelling: (baw-sar’)
Definition: news; bear good news; proclaim good tidings

Greek: 2097. euaggelizó
Original Word: εὐαγγελίζω
Phonetic Spelling: (yoo-ang-ghel-id’-zo)
Definition: bring good news, preach good tidings, with or without an object, expressing either the persons who receive the good news or the good news itself (the good news being sometimes expressed as a person).

Websters Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition
TI’DINGS, noun plural News; advice; information; intelligence; account of what has taken place, and was not before known.

Word: Fall

for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” Proverbs 24:16

“As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.” Matthew 13:20-21

Hebrew: 5307. naphal
Original Word: נָפַל
Phonetic Spelling: (naw-fal’)
Definition: A primitive root; to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitive or causative, literal or figurative) — be accepted, cast (down, self, (lots), out), cease, die, divide (by lot), (let) fail, (cause to, let, make, ready to) fall (away, down, -en, -ing), fell(-ing), fugitive, have (inheritance), inferior, be judged (by mistake for palal), lay (along), (cause to) lie down, light (down), be (X hast) lost, lying, overthrow, overwhelm, perish, present(-ed, -ing), (make to) rot, slay, smite out, X surely, throw down.

Greek: 4624. skandalizó
Original Word: σκανδαλίζω
Phonetic Spelling: (skan-dal-id’-zo)
Definition: cause to stumble, cause to sin, cause to become indignant, shock, offend.
Cognate: 4624 skandalízō – properly, set a snare (“stumbling-block“); (figuratively) “to hinder right conduct or thought; to cause to stumble” – literally, “to fall into a trap” (Abbott-Smith).

Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition
FALL, verb intransitive preterit tense fell; participle passive fallen. [Latin fallo, to fail, to deceive, Gr.; Heb. to fall Fail agrees better with Heb., but these words may have had one primitive root, the sense of which was to move, to recede, to pass. See Foul.]

 

*4. To depart from the faith, or from rectitude; to apostatize. Adam fell by eating the forbidden fruit.

*6. To come to an end suddenly; to vanish; to perish.

*7. To be degraded; to sink into disrepute or disgrace; to be plunged into misery; as, to fall from an elevated station, or from a prosperous state.

*8. To decline in power, wealth or glory; to sink into weakness; to be overthrown or ruined. This is the renowned Tyre; but oh, how fallen.

*9. To pass into a worse state than the former; to come; as, to fall into difficulties; to fall under censure of imputation; to fall into error or absurdity; to fall into a snare. In these and similar phrases, the sense of suddenness, accident or ignorance is often implied; but not always.

To seem more examples, click here: Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition

 

Word: Persecution

OT: “The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of rulers, that struck the peoples in wrath with unceasing blows,

that ruled the nations in anger with unrelenting persecution.” Isaiah 14:5-6

NT: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” Romans 8:35

Hebrew: 4783 murdaph
Original Word: מֻרְדָּף
Phonetic Spelling: (moor-dawf’)
Definition: chase, pursuit; persecution; hunt; suppress, punish.

Greek: 1375 diógmos
Original Word: διωγμός, οῦ, ὁ
Phonetic Spelling: (dee-ogue-mos’)
Definition: Persecution
From: 7291 radaph
Original Word: רָדַף
Phonetic Spelling: (raw-daf’)
Definition: pursue, chase, persecute

Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition
PERSECU’TION, noun

The act or practice of persecuting; the infliction of pain, punishment or death upon others unjustly, particularly for adhering to a religious creed or mode of worship, either by way of penalty or for compelling them to renounce their principles.

1. The state of being persecuted.

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Word: Covenant

OT: “Consider the covenant [You made with Abraham], For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence. Let not the oppressed return dishonored; Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name.” Psalm 74:20-21

NT: “Blessed (praised, glorified) be the Lord, the God of Israel,
Because He has visited us and brought redemption to His people, And He has raised up a horn of salvation [a mighty and valiant Savior] for us In the house of David His servant— Just as He promised by the mouth of His holy prophets from the most ancient times— Salvation from our enemies, And from the hand of all who hate us; To show mercy [as He promised] to our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant [the promised blessing], The oath which He swore to Abraham our father, To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, In holiness [being set apart] and righteousness [being upright] before Him all our days.” Luke 1:68-75

Hebrew: 1285 Berith
Original Word: בְּרִית
Phonetic Spelling: (ber-eeth’)
Definition: covenant, treaty, alliance

Greek: 1242 Diathéké
Original Word: διαθήκη, ης, ἡ
Phonetic Spelling: (dee-ath-ay’-kay)
Definition: a covenant, will, testament

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828):
COVENANT, noun [L, to come; a coming together; a meeting or agreement of minds.]

1. A mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract; stipulation. A covenant is created by deed in writing, sealed and executed; or it may be implied in the contract.

2. A writing containing the terms of agreement or contract between parties; or the clause of agreement in a deed containing the covenant

3. In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that mans perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die.

The covenant of redemption, is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ.

The covenant of grace, is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel.

4. In church affairs, a solemn agreement between the members of a church, that they will walk together according to the precepts of the gospel, in brotherly affection.

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“Do not go to bed angry”

Every once in a while I think it’s neat to go into my blog statistics and see which entries are the most popular. This particular entry, “Do not go to bed angry” back from April 4, 2011, is at the top with most views since it’s been posted. In fact, I have 1-2 visitors every day who have found my blog searching for the following things:

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I find it so encouraging that this particular entry is being found so frequently because it was something that I dug deeply into for myself during a really rough season in my marriage. It helped to see what the scriptures had to say about what I was going through and what to do. I pray it helps those who are finding it in the same way it did me, in their own search for answers. Since it’s so popular, I figured I’d make it more current so others can benefit from the entry as well. I pray my own personal hardships that I’ve overcome can help another who is in a similar hardship I’ve been in. ❤

Is anyone among you suffering- Let him pray.

“Do not go to bed angry”

April 4, 2011

There’s a quote I’ve heard often, “Don’t go to bed angry”. It has been used to express the importance of resolving issues before laying your head down to sleep. However, Biblically speaking, this is not all that this scripture passage is saying in regards to this issue. This phrase can be extracted from part of the verse, Ephesians 4:26 (do not let the sun go down on your wrath). However, the verse in its entirety states, “Be angry, and DO NOT SIN’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (emphasis mine)

It’s important to note that the first part of this passage is referencing the Psalm where it states “Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah” (verse 4:4)

Breaking this verse down we read that should we be experiencing anger, rage, or provocation, we are not to cause harm and bear the blame. We are to challenge and command ourselves to work through it inside our hearts and wait in silence. (Bible.cc)

Continuing on with the passages in Ephesians carries this even deeper.

“‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil” Ephesians 4:26-27

The word angry in the first part of this passage is from orgizó and it’s what is considered “unnecessary anger” that punishes the offender rather than the moral content of the offense. The second part of this passage states “do not let the sun go down on your wrath”, wrath is from the Greek word parorgismos which means irritation, bitterness, exasperation. Thus we see that not allowing the sun to go down on our anger is intensely simplifying God’s Word and misses the mark altogether.

It’s been understood in the world that the phrase “Don’t go to bed angry” means that we are to resolve all issues before we lay our heads down at night. However, this does not mean that we “fight it out and allow ourselves to be out of control and hurt one another until we get somewhere with it.” NO. Reading further we see this:

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29-30

Let no worthless and useless expression of thought burst forth in your speech, but speak good according to God (from agathos meaning God empowering one’s life in their faith), to help build up to be a suitable dwelling place for God, that it comes as kindness, favor, and grace to the one you are speaking with. (Bible.cc)

So, we do not fight and argue and call names in our out of control state. We take control and we challenge ourselves to work through our anger silently so as to speak forth helpful truths to those we speak with. But it doesn’t stop there.

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and slander be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

Do not hold onto resentment in your spirit, remove the impulsive outbursts of passion, control your passionate feelings against sin, end the loud screaming against one another, and do not be slow to call something good that is good and bad that is bad along with all viciousness and spite. Instead! Be useful to one another, compassionate and merciful, show favor and pardon one another, just as God has forgiven you! (Bible.cc)

“Do not go to bed angry” is an understatement and vastly loses the meaning in these powerful passages. “Do not go to bed angry” leaves too much room for sin to reside and for men and women to distort it for their own benefits. God’s Word says it best and THIS is a healthy portrayal of what relationships should look like.

The Woman as the Keeper of the Home

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5

Would God really suggest that the woman is just mere “keeper at home” in the Bible?  Well, wait… what does that even mean?  You’ll see it’s a whole lot more than being the modern day view of a housekeeper.

The Greek word translated “keepers at home” is “oikourous“. This word is derived from two Greek words. The first, “oikos“, means a house, a dwelling, or, by metonymy, a household or family. The second, “ouros“, refers to a keeper, watcher or guardian, i.e., one who has the oversight and responsibility for something.

Therefore, it can be concluded that oikourous, a keeper at home, is one who watches over a household and family, seeing to it that all members are cared for, and all things maintained in good order.

Does our word “housekeeper” and “homemaker” really capture the impact of the God breathed Greek here? Is “keeper”/ouros– (a guard, be “ware”, guardian, a watcher, a warden) truly captured by the modern woman in their understanding of their valuable role?

Understanding that being a keeper at home translates to a watchman (rather a watch”woman”) changes the understanding of the views of many in regards to the “stay at home” wife and mother.  Modern day cleaning house and supervising children is not the intended job!  This misinterpretation and depreciation of the phrase “keeper at home” would certainly make it acceptable of her working outside the home as long as she could fulfill these two things.   Unfortunately this view is deceptive and as it is shown in the Word, her role is so crucial to the family and its needs, her responsibility so demanding that it would be impossible to truly fulfill the task of “keeper at home” in it’s true context unless devoted to it, in its entirety.  She cannot do what God has called her to do unless she abides at home.

But we’re capable women!  Why would God designate US to stay at home and not the husbands.  For the very reason so many women fight to work outside the home – because “we’re capable women!”  This job is hard and requires hard work and steadfast commitment – and WE are capable!  We should not be seeking after successes in wealth and a career; and what this role accomplishes is the success of our husbands, children, and our own character development… when this is practiced, such successes far outdo the success of any job done outside of the home.

Enemy

En”e*my, n. One hostile to another; one who hates, and desires or attempts the injury of, another; a foe; an adversary; as, an enemy of or to a person; an enemy to truth, or to falsehood.

Hebrew: 340. ayab – to be hostile to, opposite of, to hate
Greek: 2190. echthros – hated, hostile, an enemy

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12 ESV

~LOVE~

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48 ESV

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 ESV

For*give” v. t. To give up resentment, to remit the penalty of; to pardon

Hebrew: 5547. selichah – forgiveness, pardon, spare
Greek:

“They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.” Nehemiah 9:17

“Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.” 2 Corinthians 2:5-11

“forgive, and you will be forgiven” Luke 6:37

“and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” Matthew 6:12,14

“Treat your friend as if he will one day be your enemy, and your enemy as if he will one day be your friend.”