Word: Unclean/Defiled

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days. As at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean. And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. Then she shall continue for thirty-three days in the blood of her purifying. She shall not touch anything holy, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed. But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation. And she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for sixty-six days.'” Leviticus 12:1-5

“While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father.” Luke 9:42

Hebrew: 2930. tame
Original Word: טָמֵא
Phonetic Spelling: (taw-may’)
Definition: Unclean; defiled; polluted

Greek: 169. akathartos
Original Word: ἀκάθαρτος, ον
Phonetic Spelling: (ak-ath’-ar-tos)
Definition: not clean; not purged; adulterated; not pure; wrong mix

[The antonym, 2508 /kathaírō (“clean“), means “free from wrong mixture” (unadulterated, unmixed).]

Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Online Edition

UNCLE’ANadjective 1. Not clean; foul; dirty; filthy. 2. In Jewish law, ceremonially impure, not cleansed by ritual practices. 3. Foul with sin. 4. Not in covenant with God. 5. Lewd; unchaste.

DEFILEDparticiple passive Made dirty, or foul; polluted; soiled; corrupted; violated; vitiated.

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As I was reading through these definitions of the words unclean and defiled, I began to see them in a different light. The word unclean means altered from it’s original state/plan/design. It means not in its pure form. This can mean clean vs. dirty, but it can also mean that it’s been altered in some way… even adding a squirt of lemon to water makes it impure. It doesn’t always mean something bad… but not what was. Thinking deeper on that… I saw how a sexual abuse victim was considered defiled because they were violated and have been changed in some way – be it fearful, alert, lonely, ashamed, etc. A sinful person, whether committing theft, adultery, or murder, becomes impure/unclean because it was not God’s best offer for their lives.

What if this also references birthing, because all the work that goes into birthing a child can alter the hormonal state of the woman’s body. Because of this, the time after a child is born is set aside to allow the women to return to their pure state – unaltered, unchanged, whole.

I’m just going to mull over this until I learn more about it, but I couldn’t ignore it either… I had to write it down!

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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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