Splinter, Chip Off, Crack Off…To Conceive

A glimpse into how our Creator/Potter uses his wrath and power and patience to destroy vessels of wrath to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

The sayings of my mouth.

Expressions that expose what I perceive to be truth and wisdom.

The meditation of my heart.

To earnestly, deeply think and to murmur with tenderness, evoking a strong emotional response.

My soul.
My soul is cast down. My soul is in turmoil within me. Why?
The oppression of my enemy [hating adversary].

Are you aware of your soul?
Are you aware of turmoil within? Do you know it’s cause?

Luke 2:34-35 – and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, ‘Lo, this [one] is set for the falling and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign spoken against — (and also thine own soul shall a sword pass through) — that the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.’ (YLT)

This one is set.
Set. To lie outstretched literally or figuratively. To place in a passive or horizontal posture; utterly prostrate.

That the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.
Revealed. To take the cover off; disclose.

Turmoil and pain related to hearts being revealed

The psalmist David described his experience with being in turmoil and having his heart disclosed:

Ps 38:1-8 –O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me. There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.

My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; all the day I go about mourning. For my sides are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart.

There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation, because of your displeasure with my sin, because of your displeasure with my missing the mark by turning away from what is right, good and true. There is no soundness in my flesh because of my turning away from you, Lord God. There is no soundness in my flesh because I have neglected my soul in turning away from you.

There is no health in my bones because of my sin, because of my foolishness, because of my separation from you, because my neglecting my soul.

There is no soundness in my flesh. There is no health in my bones.
Flesh: body, person, by figure of speech, the pudenda of a man.1
Bones: strength, body, substance, life.2

Sin: to miss the mark; the state in which one remains attached to the passions, ego-centered consciousness rather than God-centered consciousness. Flesh, vessel of wrath versus spirit, vessel of mercy.3

In the body, person, substance, strength of the external human being there is no capacity to produce what the Lord God is seeking, godly offspring. We can’t make ourselves or anyone else to be like God.

O Lord!

“O Lord…” cried David as he became aware of his condition through suffering. “My iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. I groan because of the tumult of my heart.”

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger/wrath;
Anger/wrath: a splinter, as chipped off; rage; strife; to crack off, figuratively burst out in rage.4

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger.
Rebuke. To be right, correct. To argue. To decide, justify or convict; argue, chasten, convince, dispute, maintain, plead, reason together.5

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath
Wrath/hot displeasure: heat; figuratively, anger, poison from its fever. Hot, figuratively, to conceive.6

O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath!
Discipline. Chastise, with blows, with words; hence, to instruct.7

Are you familiar with the kind of pain that David described: the realization that his own failure is the cause of his suffering, but he can’t heal himself?

For my iniquities [wrongdoing] have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. I can’t escape their hold on me. I hurt inside and out. My wounds stink and fester because of my foolishness, silliness, deviating from what is right. I am helpless to cure myself, to rid myself of iniquity, to bridge the separation between you and me, Lord God.

Have you pleaded with the Lord God as David did? “Oh Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger. Don’t discipline me in your wrath.”

How did you feel about yourself as you pleaded with the Lord upon realization of your error and failure and helpless state? What did you expect from the Lord God when you were in that state? Did you expect him to strike you with blows and/or with words? Did you expect his motive for striking you was to punish you? Or did you understand that his purpose was, is always, to instruct and heal you? Were you open to his instruction and correction, or were you insistent upon having your own way?

Anger. Wrath.

A splinter, as chipped off. Rage. Strife. To crack off. Hot displeasure. Heat. Figuratively, to conceive.

What is the Lord God doing through his anger and wrath? Should we be afraid of it, avoid it, fight it? Or should we welcome it?

Ps 39:11 – When you [Lord God] discipline a man with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to him; surely all mankind is a mere breath! (ESV)

Ps 39:12 – With rebukes you discipline people for their guilt; like a moth, you destroy what makes them attractive; yes, everyone is merely a puff of wind. (Selah) (CJB)

When you [Lord God] discipline with rebukes: chastisement; figuratively by words, instruction, to correct, to argue, convince, dispute, plead, reason together, to be right, to decide.

When you [Lord God] discipline people with rebukes for sin, you consume like a moth what is dear to them, what makes them attractive.

Consumed like a moth

What makes you attractive? What is dear to you?

Have you ever tried to take a stand, debating against someone far more knowledgeable and experienced and skilled in debate than you? Were they able, with mere words, to leave you naked, with holes in all your arguments, nothing of substance left to conceal your ignorance, blunders or crimes? That experience is rather like a moth eating holes in your favorite clothes. When moths have done their work, your clothes are no longer attractive, or useful.

Perhaps this experience describes the process of how the Lord God destroys the vessel of wrath. Destroy the outer garment, the death shroud, through challenging, convicting, convincing of errant thinking, speaking, and behaving, while at the same time softening and humbling the heart, mind, and will so they become pliable and malleable, able to hear and receive and respond to truth. Then our potter is able to reshape us without breaking us.

You [Lord God] consume like a moth: dissolve, make to melt, water.

You consume like a moth what is dear to people: You consume beauty, that which is greatly beloved, that which is coveted, that which delights, all that is lusted after.8

Are you aware of the difference between living from a consciousness that is ego-centered and a consciousness that is God-centered?

Everyone is a mere breath, merely a puff of wind: vanity, emptiness, figuratively, something transitory and unsatisfactory.9

Do you see yourself this way? A mere breath. Merely a puff of wind. Emptiness. Something transitory. Something unsatisfactory. Is there anything you can do to give yourself substance? To fill yourself with something eternal and satisfying?

What is the Lord God up to through his rebuke, discipline, anger and wrath? Through them, is he able to do what you and I are unable to do for ourselves? Is he able to heal our stinking, festering wounds and restore to us steadfast love and knowledge of God? Are you willing to trust him, to give him free reign to accomplish his purpose for you in his time and in his way and to his satisfaction?

Splinter, chip off, crack off [the vessel of wrath] …to conceive [the vessel of mercy].

Rom 9:21-25 – Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? (ESV)

Vain. Empty. Transitory. Unsatisfactory. These words describe the vessel of wrath prepared for destruction.

Do you tend to resist and oppose the ways and works and words of the Lord God? Or are you on a path of accepting, willingly receiving everything that the Lord God says and does, trusting that somehow even pain and suffering is for your good; that pain and suffering is for the whole world’s good?

Ps 145:17 – The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. (ESV)

Though we may not be aware yet, the Lord God has so much more in store for us than these vessels of wrath prepared for destruction! There is so much more to experience than vanity, emptiness, and the unsatisfactory, fleeting, illusion that this vessel of wrath is reality.

That what is mortal may be swallowed up by life

2 Cor 5:1-5 – For we know that if the tent, which is our earthly home, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. (ESV)

We know
Do you know?

While we are in this tent, our earthly home, this mortal body
We groan
Longing
Being burdened
That we would be further clothed;
That what is mortal
May be swallowed up by life.
Life!

Prepared.
He who has prepared us
To be further clothed
He who has prepared us
That what is mortal may be swallowed up by life
He who has prepared us
For this very thing
Is God.
God has given us
God has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.
We have a building from God
Our heavenly dwelling
Life.

Vessel of wrath. Vessel of mercy.

We tend to think in terms of either/or, but God sees both/and. He holds both vessels with patience, kindness and mercy as he works to accomplish his purpose through both.

John 3:6 – That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (ESV)

John 6:63 – It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail.

Splinter, chip off, crack off everything that is vain, empty, transitory, and unsatisfactory…to conceive new life, everything that is meaningful, eternal, full, satisfying.

How does God accomplish his purpose?

1 John 4:7-10 – My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love — so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about — not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. (MSG)

Love.

Love each other.
How?

Love comes from God.
You can’t love if you don’t know God.
You can’t know God if you don’t love.

God loved us.
God didn’t just speak pretty words about love
God didn’t just express warm, fuzzy, feel good emotions
God revealed himself
God is love.
God showed his love for us.
God sent his only Son into the world
So that we might live through him.
Through him, the channel of an act.
The passage
The course through which we are carried from ruin, loss, destruction, death
To be swallowed up by Life.
He cleared away our sins
He cleared away the damage our sins have done to our relationship with God.
Relationship.
With God.
Love.

Love: agapao (<START GREEK>a)gapa/w<END GREEK>, NT:25)… “Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. God’s love is seen in the gift of His Son… But obviously this is not the love of complacency, or affection, that is, it was not drawn out by any excellency in its objects… It was an exercise of the divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself…

“Love had its perfect expression among men in the Lord Jesus Christ… Christian love is the fruit of His Spirit in the Christian…

“Christian love has God for its primary object, and expresses itself first of all in implicit obedience to His commandments… Selfwill, that is, self-pleasing, is the negation of love to God.

“Christian love, whether exercised toward the brethren, or toward men generally, is not an impulse from the feelings, it does not always run with the natural inclinations, nor does it spend itself only upon those for whom some affinity is discovered. Love seeks the welfare of all… and works no ill to any… love seeks opportunity to do good to ‘all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith,’…

In respect of agapao as used of God, it expresses the deep and constant “love” and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects, producing and fostering a reverential “love” in them towards the Giver, and a practical “love” towards those who are partakers of the same, and a desire to help others to seek the Giver.10

God is love

Love can be known only from the actions it prompts.
God’s love is seen in the gift of his Son.
The gift of his Son, is an exercise of the divine will
Caused by that which lies in God’s nature.
Love
Is not an impulse from the feelings
Love
Does not always run with the natural inclinations
Unless one’s nature is love.
Love
Does not spend itself only upon those for whom some affinity is discovered
Love
Seeks the welfare of all
Love
Works no ill to any
Love
Seeks opportunity to do good to all
Love
Expresses the deep and constant interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects.
This deep and constant love and interest from a perfect Being
Produces and fosters a reverential love for the perfect Being in the unworthy objects
As they become aware of this deep and constant love and interest in them from the perfect Being.
This deep and constant love and interest from the perfect Being
Produces and fosters a desire to help others to seek the perfect Being.

Self-will, self-pleasing, ego-consciousness is the negation of love to God.

Rom 8:13-14 – For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (ESV)

Do you actively, consciously, diligently work to be aware of what drives you; emotions, thoughts, imagination, senses, desires? Are you seeking opportunity to do good to all or self?

If you live according to the flesh, self-will, self-pleasing, ego-consciousness, separated from Love, you will die.

By the Spirit

By the Spirit
The channel of an act
The passage
The course through which we are carried from ruin, loss, destruction, death.
By the Spirit
Put to death the deeds of the body
And you will live.
By the Spirit.
All who are led by the Spirit of God are sons and daughters of God.

Are you led by the Spirit of God? How do you know? How do we know the difference between being led by the Spirit of God and being led by our own self-will, self-pleasing, and ego-consciousness? Can we discern the difference between ego-consciousness and God-consciousness?

Love
Seeks the welfare of all
Love
Works no ill to any
Love
Seeks opportunity to do good to all

Love comes from God.
God loved us.
God sent his only Son into the world
So that we might live through him.
Through him, the channel of an act.
He cleared away our sins
He cleared away the damage our neglect of soul has done to our relationship with God.
Relationship.
Love.

Love comes from God.
Repaired and restored relationship with God
Produces and fosters a desire to help others to seek God
To experience repaired and restored relationship with God.

You can’t love if you don’t know God.
You can’t know God if you don’t love.

God loved us.
Receive his love.
Trust his love.
Trusting love keeps the channel clear, the relationship open, cherished, guarded, protected.
Trusting love allows God’s love to freely flow in and through and out again, in and out, through and around, encompassing, including all.

1 Thess 5:16-19 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. (ESV)

Love comes from God.
God showed his love for us.
God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him
God sent his only Son into the world
To clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
Relationship.
Love.
So…

Do not quench the Spirit

Rejoice always!
Be cheerful always. Be calmly happy always. Be well-off always.11
Give thanks. Be grateful always.
For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Relationship.
Love.

Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not extinguish the Spirit.
Do not suppress the Spirit.
Do not cool the Spirit
Through self-will, self-pleasing, ego-consciousness.
Instead, love.
Let flow out of you the gift that the perfect Being has given to you,
Deep and constant love and interest.
Let Love produce and foster in you a reverential love for the one who loves you and gives life to you.
Let Love produce and foster a desire in you
To seek the one who loves you and gives life to you.
Let Love produce and foster a desire in you
To help others to seek the Giver of Love and Life.
For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Relationship.
Love.

Splinter, chip off, crack off [the vessel of wrath] …to conceive [the vessel of mercy]. Splinter, chip off, crack off everything that is vain, empty, transitory, and unsatisfactory…to conceive new life, everything that is meaningful, eternal, full, satisfying.

Consume like a moth what is dear, but vain, empty, transitory, and unsatisfactory. Consume like a moth to dissolve, make to melt, water, to make pliable and malleable.

Gaze intently into this brief glimpse into how our Creator/Potter uses his wrath and power and patience to destroy vessels of wrath to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy. Lie prone. Lean face downward into the channel, into Love, into Grace, into Fellowship. Breathe in Love.

Then as you breathe out, let go your illusions that cause you to resist and reject love. Receive the life and love that the Lord God freely gives to you, the life and love that cannot be taken away from you, the life and love that will never come to an end in you, the life and love that is in and through God’s Son in you.

Become aware of love. Know the Son of God. Know Life. Know Love. Don’t just hear words. Don’t just think about them. Let the love of God come to life in you. Feel, perceive yourself as you really are, the object, the person to which the deep and constant love and interest, thought, feeling and action of a perfect Being is directed. He gave his Son so that you may live and love.

You are deeply and profoundly loved!

Become aware of being loved, even and especially in the places of your deepest pain, loss, and failure. In those lonely, hopeless, hidden places in you, where you’ve shut out even the Lord God, receive God’s gift. Let Love flow. Love seeks your welfare. Love seeks opportunity to do good to you.

Acknowledge the damage that neglect has done to your soul. Admit how neglect of soul shows itself in your everyday life; in the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart, and then spreads out into your actions and reactions.

Gently hold the pain that accompanies neglect of soul. Acknowledge it. Give it a voice. Respond to it with compassion and forgiveness. If you don’t, if you hate the pain, if you will it to just go away and leave you alone, if you stuff and ignore it, pain will burrow deep into your conscious and unconscious where it will continually fester and rage and ooze and spew, distorting your perception of yourself, others, God, and life. Do not let pain accuse, belittle, guilt, shame, or blame. Don’t let pain dominate and separate you from love and life any longer.

Embrace pain as a gift that provides opportunity for you to know and love and live at a depth of intimacy that you otherwise never could. Be willing to patiently hold pain as you wait for the Lord God to use it to transform you and give birth to new life, new understanding, fresh perspective, deeper revelation of his deep and constant love and interest in you. Invite the Lord God to do what you cannot do for yourself, heal the damage that your ignorance, misunderstanding, and ego-consciousness has done to relationship with Love. Then let the Lord God’s deep and constant love and interest in you flow out from you to love another human being in the way that you are being loved.

As you develop a practice, a discipline, that regularly brings you into the circle of love, you will become aware that a reverential love for the Lord God is being produced and fostered in you. As you come to know the Lord God, you will discover that you love. And as you love, you’ll find that you know the Lord God.

And more and more you’ll find that you are living into the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Rejoice always.
Pray without ceasing.
Give thanks in all circumstances.
Do not quench the Spirit.

Interact with the words of Scripture through deep, careful study.

Then move beyond logic and reason; move from head to heart to spirit. Anticipate unifying of body, mind and spirit to mirror and imitate the mind and life of Jesus.

Meditate. Experience the word of Scripture bodily by moaning, growling, uttering, speaking aloud each word, syllable by syllable. Experience the words of Scripture expressing the longing and desire and hope in the depth of your own soul. Become acquainted with your longing. Anticipate that your soul’s longing will be satisfied, its hunger will be filled with good things, and it will be healed and made complete again. Let the inspired word of God arouse feelings of awe.

2 Cor 13:14 – the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, [is] with you all! Amen. (YLT)

Contemplate. Sit quietly without thinking, without murmuring. Simply be. Become conscious of your companions. Relinquish all that you have and all that you are to Holy Spirit’s convicting, enlightening, restorative ministrations.

Stay in this place of rest and fellowship for as long as you can.

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8)

 

Be still.
It’s a paradox.
Be still.
It’s a state of being. Am. Is. Stay, remain as in was, were.
Be still.
It’s a process of letting go in order to rediscover Life that was forfeited through neglect of the soul.
It’s a process of ceasing, stopping, to be destroyed, dying in order to experience Abundant Life.
It’s a process of abandoning and neglecting in order to be healed and made whole.
Be still.
It’s a process of opposing, contending, and striving to give up, renounce, leave, and abandon self-interest that is death, forfeiture of Life.
Be still.
It’s a process of becoming weak, feeble, to be wept over to return to the original Life that was forfeited but is bought back by the only One who has Life in himself.

Be still, consequently
Know

Know, not in the sense of accumulating and agreeing with facts and figures, receiving answers about what to do to get a good life, but know as in relationship. Love. Know as in Being. Awareness, consciousness, discernment, recognition, acquaintance, familiar friend, feel, perceive, have respect, have understanding, instruction, presence, fellowship.

Be still.
It’s a process of letting the vessel of wrath prepared for destruction go in order to know the riches of God’s glory for vessels of mercy.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

 

When finished, select just one word or phrase and carry it with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Let it soak deep into your soul. Tomorrow meditate on the entire text again. Select the same word or phrase or a different one to carry with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Do this practice every day. Let God’s Word begin to fill your soul with good things.

I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it. (Ps 119:15-16 MSG)

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Resources/For deeper study:

1Flesh: OT:1320 <START HEBREW>rc*B*<END HEBREW> basar (baw-sawr’); from OT:1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension, body, person; also (by euphem.) the pudenda of a man: KJV – body, [fat, lean] flesh [-ed], kin, [man-] kind,  nakednessself,, skin. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

2Bones: OT:6106 <START HEBREW><x#u#<END HEBREW> `etsem (eh’tsem); from OT:6105; a bone (as strong); by extension, the body; figuratively, the substance, i.e. (as pron.) selfsame: KJV – body, bone,  life, (self-) same, strength,  very.

OT:6105 <START HEBREW><x^u*<END HEBREW> `atsam (aw-tsam’); a primitive root; to bind fast, i.e. close (the eyes); intransitively, to be (causatively, make) powerful or numerous; denominatively (from OT:6106) to crunch the bones: KJV – break the bones, close, be great, be increased, be (wax) mighty (-ier), be more, shut, be (-come, make) strong (-er). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

3Hesychasm: Mitchell B., Liester, “Hesychasm: A Christian Path of Transcendence.” Quest 89.2 MARCH-APRIL 2000):54-59, 65.

4Anger/wrath: OT:7110 <START HEBREW>[x#q#<END HEBREW> qetseph (keh’-tsef); from OT:7107; a splinter (as chipped off); figuratively, rage or strife: KJV – foam, indignation,  sore, wrath.

OT:7107 <START HEBREW>[x^q*<END HEBREW> qatsaph (kaw-tsaf’); a primitive root; to crack off, i.e. (figuratively) burst out in rage: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

5Rebuke: OT:3198 <START HEBREW>jk^y*<END HEBREW> yakach (yaw-kahh’); a primitive root; to be right (i.e. correct); reciprocal, to argue; causatively, to decide, justify or convict: -appoint, argue, chasten, convince, correct (-ion), daysman, dispute, judge, maintain, plead, reason (together), rebuke, reprove (-r), surely, in any wise. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

6Wrath/hot displeasure: OT:2534 <START HEBREW>hm*j@ <END HEBREW> chemah (khay-maw’); or (Dan 11:44) chema’ (khay-maw’); from OT:3179; heat; figuratively, anger, poison (from its fever):

OT:3179 <START HEBREW><j^y*<END HEBREW> yacham (yaw-kham’); a primitive root; probably to be hot; figuratively, to conceive: KJV – get heat, be hot, conceive, be warm. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

7Discipline/Chasten: OT:3256 <START HEBREW>rs^y* <END HEBREW> yacar (yaw-sar’); a primitive root; to chastise, literally (with blows) or figuratively (with words); hence, to instruct: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

8Consume: OT:4529 <START HEBREW>hs*m*<END HEBREW> macah (maw-saw’); a primitive root; to dissolve: KJV – make to consume away, (make to) melt, water. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

Beauty, dear to him, attractive: OT:2530 <START HEBREW>dm^j*<END HEBREW> chamad (khaw-mad’); a primitive root; to delight in: KJV – beauty, greatly beloved, covet, delectable thing, (X great) delight, desire, goodly, lust, (be) pleasant (thing), precious (thing). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

9Breath, puff of wind, vanity: OT:1892 <START HEBREW>lb#h#<END HEBREW> hebel (heh’bel); or (rarely in the abs.) habel (hab-ale’); from OT:1891; emptiness or vanity; figuratively, something transitory and unsatisfactory; often used as an adverb: KJV –  altogether, vain, vanity.

OT:1891 <START HEBREW>lb^h*<END HEBREW> habal (haw-bal’); a primitive root; to be vain in act, word, or expectation; specifically to lead astray: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

10LOVE: agapao (<START GREEK>a)gapa/w<END GREEK>, NT:25) and the corresponding noun agape (B, No. 1 below) present “the characteristic word of Christianity, and since the Spirit of revelation has used it to express ideas previously unknown, inquiry into its use, whether in Greek literature or in the Septuagint, throws but little light upon its distinctive meaning in the NT. Cf, however, Lev 19:18; Deut 6:5.

“Agape and agapao are used in the NT (a) to describe the attitude of God toward His Son, John 17:26; the human race, generally, John 3:16; Rom 5:8, and to such as believe on the Lord Jesus Christ particularly John 14:21; (b) to convey His wiil to His children concerning their attitude one toward another, John 13:34, and toward all men, 1 Thess 3:12; 1 Cor 16:14; 2 Peter 1:7; (c) to express the essential nature of God, 1 John 4:8.

“Love can be known only from the actions it prompts. God’s love is seen in the gift of His Son, 1 John 4:9,10. But obviously this is not the love of complacency, or affection, that is, it was not drawn out by any excellency in its objects, Rom 5:8. It was an exercise of the divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself, Cf. Deut 7:7,8.

“Love had its perfect expression among men in the Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Cor 5:14; Eph 2:4; 3:19; 5:2; Christian love is the fruit of His Spirit in the Christian, Gal 5:22.

“Christian love has God for its primary object, and expresses itself first of all in implicit obedience to His commandments, John 14:15,21,23; 15:10; 1 John 2:5; 5:3; 2 John 6. Selfwill, that is, self-pleasing, is the negation of love to God.

“Christian love, whether exercised toward the brethren, or toward men generally, is not an impulse from the feelings, it does not always run with the natural inclinations, nor does it spend itself only upon those for whom some affinity is discovered. Love seeks the welfare of all, Rom 15:2, and works no ill to any, 13:8,9,10; love seeks opportunity to do good to ‘all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith,’ Gal 6:10. See further 1 Cor 13 and Col 3:12-14.”

From Notes on Thessalonians, by Hogg and Vine, p. 105.

In respect of agapao as used of God, it expresses the deep and constant “love” and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects, producing and fostering a reverential “love” in them towards the Giver, and a practical “love” towards those who are partakers of the same, and a desire to help others to seek the Giver. See BELOVED.

Noun: agape (<START GREEK>a)ga/ph<END GREEK>, NT:26), the significance of which has been pointed out in connection with A, No. 1, is always rendered “love” in the RV where the KJV has “charity,” a rendering nowhere used in the RV; in Rom 14:15, where the KJV has “charitably,” the RV, adhering to the translation of the noun, has “in love.”

Note: In the two statements in 1 John 4:8 and 16, “God is love,” both are used to enjoin the exercise of “love” on the part of believers. While the former introduces a declaration of the mode in which God’s love has been manifested vv. 9,10, the second introduces a statement of the identification of believers with God in character, and the issue at the Judgment Seat hereafter v. 17, an identification represented ideally in the sentence “as He is, so are we in this world.” (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

11Rejoice: NT:5463 <START GREEK>xai/rw<END GREEK> chairo (khah’-ee-ro); a primary verb; to be “cheerful”, i.e. calmly happy or well-off; impersonally, especially as salutation (on meeting or parting), be well: KJV – farewell, be glad, God speed, greeting, hall, joy (-fully), rejoice. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

1 thought on “Splinter, Chip Off, Crack Off…To Conceive

  1. “To have nothing to do but abandon yourself to God and love God! Silence and solitude are the supreme luxuries of life!” – Merton – Sign of Jonas

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