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Word studies in the Bible

One of the exciting things about Bible study is to look at various words or phrases that may catch your attention while reading. This month I have been looking at 3 specific words/phrase and want to share this with you in this email. Sometimes it is a bit like being a detective in which you are given clues and then you see where it leads. Often I find these are the kinds of things that bring me to even a greater appreciation of God and His word.

Here are the three word searches I have been working on:
1. WORSHIP - the main word that we have in the New Testament is the Greek word "proskuneo" Here is the definition according to Strong's - from 4314 and a probable derivative of 2965 (meaning to kiss, like a dog licking his master’s hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (literally or figuratively) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore): — worship.

As you look in the New Testament this word appears 44 times in Matthew-Acts and in Revelation 25 times. Here is what I find interesting the apostle Paul only uses this word 1 time in his epistles. And the word is never mentioned by Peter or James. Why would the New Testament writers who are writing to help the church be all that it can be from a Christ-centered perspective be devoid of the teaching of this word? There is a good reason but it would take up more of your reading than you may have time for at the moment. My point is that in researching words there are spiritual nuggets that God is waiting to give that often manifest in "glory bumps."

2. DISCIPLE - OK, now here is an important word for the 21st Century church right? How many books, tapes, conferences and sermons have been as to the importance of the why and how of being a disciple of Christ. Well then let's do a little research on this word and see what we can discover.
The Greek word for disciple is mathetes, math-ay-tes´; from 3129; a learner, i.e. pupil: — disciple.
This word occurs 261 times in the New Testament but all of those occurrences are in Matthew-Acts. Never one time does this word appear in the 21 epistles that we have in the New Testament.
You might know that I have an opinion on this but I will leave you to the question "why do you suppose after Acts we hear no more about this word?"

3. KINGDOM OF GOD or KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (same thing) - this phrase appears approximately 98 times in the New Testament and 90 of those times are in Matthew-Acts with only 8 mentions in the epistles. Also Jesus comes out in His public ministry "preaching the kingdom of God." And yet nowhere do we find in the gospels that Jesus ever hints a definition of this phrase. Do you suppose it was because His readers knew exactly what He was talking about. Have you read your Old Testament enough to the point that you would feel comfortable giving a good working definition of the "kingdom of God?"

These kinds of word searches will lead you to depths of Bible revelation that will thrill the socks right off of you. That is unless you are like Pat Jones and don't where socks because you are cool to the max! But I think you know what I mean.

Anyway, I will be posting in the coming days or weeks a method to search for words and phrases that is internet friendly and can be part of your devotion or study time.
Remember we are trying to bathe, saturate, and become full immersed in God's word to the point that we are transformed into the likeness of His Son Jesus. One way that you can do this is through frequent word searches that will take you all over the Bible. Be prepared for the God of this universe to meet you at the very place where you find Him in the most glorious state and that is in His word!

researching with you unto the glory of God,