Posts Tagged ‘God’s Word’

1 Thessalonians 2:13-14

“Another reason we regularly thank God is that when you heard the Word of God from us, you received it not merely as a human word, but as it truly is, God’s Word, which is at work in you believers. For, brothers, you came to be imitators of God’s congregations in Y’hudah that are united with the Messiah Yeshua ….”

In Hebrew the word ‘thank’ is תודה or todah and means ‘giving thanks.’ Hoda’ah is another word that means ‘thanks or thanksgiving.’ The word Yehudi for Jew also has its root in ‘thanks.’

The Hebrew word for ‘heard’ is שמע or shema and means ‘to hear or listen with the intent of obeying.’ Deuteronomy 6:4 is known as The Shema, the foundation of Jewish life and faith, and begins with “Hear, O Isra’el.”

The Hebrew word for ‘receive’ is קבל and means ‘to accept and undertake.’

In Hebrew ‘word’ is דבר or devar and means ‘saying or commandment.’ Word of God is Devar Elohim.

The word devarim, the plural of devar, is the Hebrew word for Deuteronomy. In this book, Moshe reiterates all of the commandments God gave to the Israelites when they first entered the wilderness to the second generation entering the Promised Land.

Yeshua is called the Devar Elohim, the Word of God that became flesh (John 1:14). The Devar Elohim at that time included the Torah, Prophets and Writings or Tenak.

The Devar Elohim is “at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword — it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

The Amplified Version, expands ‘at work in you’ to “brings forth superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it [Devar Elohim].”

In Hebrew, the word for ‘imitator’ is חקין or chakyan and means ‘to mimic.’ In Greek, the word ‘imitator’ is mimetes and means “a mentor, setting a proper example.”

‘Judah’ in Hebrew is יהודה or y’hudah. Sha’ul (Paul) says that Greek followers of Messiah Yeshua are imitating God’s congregation of Jewish followers of Messiah Yeshua because they are worthy of emulating.

“Another reason we regularly confess thanks to God is that when you heard and listened to the Devar Elohim from us, you accepted and undertook obeying it not merely as a human word, but as it truly is, the Devar Elohim which brings forth superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it. For, brothers, you emulated the Jewish congregations who are united with Messiah Yeshua who set the example for you.”

November 22, 2020

Gratitude for God’s Word

God of Israel, my strength and refuge:

I thank you that in this world of change and decay, when pleasure and pain, rejoicing and remorse interchange abruptly, You have given me an immovable basis for my faith and life in Your Word, which tells that you never change.  Forgive the sins and blindness that have tempted me to find other foundations for my life or have left me cold and indifferent to the marvelous mercy contained in Your Word.  Rather open our eyes to the treasury of divine truth preserved in Your Word and let the message of salvation of my ever-living Redeemer become and remain my greatest glory.  As I praise You for helping me show my gratitude for Your Word by spreading its lessons of love so that through Your Spirit, Ruach, the careless sinner may be called to repentance and faith, the sorrowing be comforted, the tempted be strengthened.  To this end, be with all who bring the Bread of Life to the nations, Your servants who serve You in sincerity and Truth.  Grant all, both those in the gloom and despondency and the flush of carnal confidence, the faith to believe Your Word – especially the promise of salvation through Messiah, Yeshua.  Omen.

©Concordia Theological Seminary, 1950