YOU ARE LOVED
Anytime I start crying when I read a word in the original Greek, I know that it is what I should write to you about. But before I go into the word, and what it meant to me, I would like to give you some tips as to reading the Bible in the original Greek or Hebrew, as I believe it will be critical in getting you to the point in which you know God and His Character better. It is my desire you become fully equipped, and reading Jesus’ language will bring you one step closer. Yes, it CAN be done.
If you have studied the Bible for any length of time, you may have heard these two Greek words: Logos and Rhema. Pastors go to schools with these names (ours went to Rhema Bible College in Tulsa).
Logos (G3056) is a Greek word which means: something that has been said.
Rhema (G4487) is a Greek word which means: any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning.
It is our desire then, when we read the Bible, to have the ‘logos’ written word, become ‘rhema’ a word uttered from God- in our lives.
You see, we don’t read the Word in casual observant way and say, “Oh that Jesus, what a cool guy.” Through the Spirit and through our earnest desire to seek Him, we read the Bible and are revealed through rhema all that Jesus did for us. An excellent source for the original Hebrew and Greek reading is found at www.blueletterbible.com.
“Whenever a strong man, fully armed and equipped, is guarding his own castle, he enjoys peaceful possession of his property;” Luke 11:21 WNT
READ THE BIBLE IN JESUS’ LANGUAGE, THE SAME IN WHICH HE SPOKE AND WAS DICTATED:
1. Go to www.blueletterbible.com
2. In the search field type a scripture, in this example: “John 3:16”
3. Click the search button
4. Your scripture will be found at the top of the next page. You will see six blue boxes to the left of the scripture, click on the one that has a ‘C’.
This is where things get really exciting! Jesus and the disciples spoke Greek, what you are looking at is the very SAME language that Paul, Peter, Jesus, Mark, Luke, John spoke in! They chose to speak Greek, though they also knew Hebrew, because it was the language of the time. Just as most native speaking countries now speak English.
5. You will now see before you 4 columns. The English word, the ‘Strong’s’ number, the Root Form, and the tense.
6. Select a word. In this example I will select the word ‘loved’, G25, agapao.
7. Now you are there! You get to see for yourself that ‘When God so LOVED (G25) the world’ the literal translation of loved is agapao and it means: to welcome, entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly. How wonderful!
God didn’t just ‘love’ us like we ‘love’ a shoe… He LOVED us in that He WELCOMED us. That is a love that not many experience, being welcomed by God.
8. Do you see that there is another Strong’s word listed and highlighted in blue (G5368)? Click on that number and you will see that agapao, is a word found in an expanded state, many Greek words are made up of more than one word. Agapao is made up from the root word, phileo/philos.
When He saw His creation and said that “It was good”, He meant it! Even to the point of sending us His Son to slaughter, His creation WAS FOUND THAT GOOD!
WOW! So when we read the word ‘LOVED’ in John 3:16, agapao, has a deeper source and that source is ‘phileo’ and phileo means:
To love, to approve of, to like, sanction, to treat affectionately or kindly, to welcome, befriend, to show signs of love, to kiss, to be fond of doing, be wont, use to do.
‘For God so AGAPAO’d us, that He gave us His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life!”
Can you begin to see now, that the Word comes alive! That there is rhema in the Word and as you read the Greek or Hebrew, you will begin to see the Word like never before! Today we studied just ONE of His words! Strong’s has gone through and given us the direct translation TO EVERY SINGLE WORD IN THE BIBLE! BOY! Do we have work to do!!
Preacher Girl (me) Version: “For God so approved of,[ and welcomed, and was fond of doing for us to the point of kissing and embrace ], us that He desired to send us His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, will NOT perish but have everlasting life!”
God LOVES US THAT MUCH! HE AGAPAO’s US!! He has approved of us! When He saw His creation and said that “It was good”, He meant it! Even to the point of sending us His Son to slaughter, His creation WAS FOUND THAT GOOD!
(P.S.) The word that made me cry was the word forgiveness,
Forgiveness: [Strong’s G859]- Aphesis: forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty. You have been FORGIVEN as if the sins you have done… have never been committed. This is the love in which Christ has died for you. Eph 1:7
A prayer for today,
“Father God, Your Word is a rhema word. It is all that I need in order to live. Your Son Jesus said to the devil that man does not live on bread alone, but on the very rhema of God. (Matt. 4:4) I pray today for your children, that they would GET this. That they would do the work and read the words of Jesus, that they would go beyond what they ‘see’ and begin to ‘hear’ the pulse, and the tap tap tap, of the rhema of God that is found deep within Your Word. God bless Your servant Strong’s for having taken the time to make available to us the completed translations and ‘feelings’ behind Your Word. May Your children be blessed today as the go deep deep deep and are lost in Your Word. In Your Sons name I pray, AMEN.”
God Bless you, I hope that today’s message on reading Jesus’ words will bless you and fully equip you.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Matt 5:14
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