God Brings Deep Darkness to Light

What can you do? What can you know? Can you find out the deep things of God?

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 is in my heart, revealing 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.

Take time to become aware of the sayings of your mouth and the meditation of your heart that draw out a strong emotional response. Reduce their power by putting them on the back burner.

Prepare your body, mind and spirit to concentrate intently on the Lord God’s words. If we cling to our own words, thoughts, feelings, and purposes, we are unable to open ourselves up to receive the Lord God’s words, thoughts, purposes and Spirit.

Deep calls to deep.

Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7 ESV)

In the fish’s belly, the deep of Jonah’s soul united with the deep that is his Creator and Savior.

John 3:5-6 – Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (ESV)

Born of water and the Spirit.

But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

I will trust the salvation of the Lord. I will be made whole, complete, perfect in him even as I’m being completely undone.

And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land. (Jonah 2:9-10 ESV)

A second chance.

Note Jonah’s actions after the Lord God went to great lengths to persuade him to walk in the path that God had marked out for him.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. (Jonah 3 ESV)

It seems that God does not take no for an answer when he chooses and calls us to share, to participate with him in his righteousness, to save those who are being led to their death and rescue those who are about to be killed!

After the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land,
The word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time.
“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.”
So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord,
“Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”

They believed.

Nineveh was the ancient capital city of the Assyrian Empire, a merciless and savage people.
And Jonah called out to the people of Nineveh the word of the Lord
And the people of Nineveh believed God.
They believed God.

Believed: to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render or be firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; to go to the right hand.1

The people of Nineveh did not question, “Who is the Lord that we should obey his voice?” like Pharaoh did.

Why not?

Was it the messenger? Was it the word, the message that the Lord God gave the messenger to deliver, that caused them to believe? How did they hear the word? By the ear of their flesh or Spirit? Did they hear in that place within that is deeper than their physical ears? Did they receive the word in the deep of their souls, where deep calls to deep? Was their emptiness and vanity that lay below their savageness conquered by the Lord God’s great grace and love, revealing Grace, Love and Fellowship? Were the people of Nineveh overthrown, not through violence or force, or destruction of bodies and material structures, but by the steadfast love of God in the depths of their souls?

Luke 11:30, 32 – For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation [those living when Jesus became flesh and dwelled among humankind] and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. (ESV)

Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh.

A sign. An indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally. Miracle. Sign. Token. Wonder.2
Does belief [trust] in God begin with a sign?

John 6:25-35 – When they [the crowd] found him [Jesus] on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe [trust] in him whom he has sent.”

So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe [trust] you? What work do you perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'”
Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” (ESV)

John 6:35-37 – Yeshua [Jesus] answered, “I am the bread which is life! Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever trusts in me will never be thirsty. I told you that you have seen but still don’t trust. Everyone the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will certainly not turn away. (CJB)

Are you seeking Christ Jesus? Why? What is your motive? Food for your belly? The true bread from heaven? Flesh. Spirit. Which hungers do you seek to satisfy? Flesh. Spirit. Which desires control you? Flesh. Spirit.

What must I do?

Do you find yourself continually asking, “What must I do?”
Why are we so compulsive about doing something? What do we think our “doing” will get us?

Mark 10:17-22 – And as he [Jesus] was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.'” And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept [observed, obeyed] from my youth.” And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. (ESV)

The Father gives you the true bread from heaven. He gives me to you. I am the bread which is life! Whoever comes, follows, trusts in me will be satisfied. And yet we turn away from him sorrowful!

Did this man make the same error Jonah and Cain and the nation of Israel made again and again? It appears that this man did not listen to Jesus. He turned away from the presence of the Lord. What one thing did this man lack? Are you and I in the same predicament as this man?
Find life and obtain favor.

Prov 8:35-36 – For whoever finds me [Wisdom/Messiah] finds life and obtains favor from the Lord, but he who fails to find me injures himself [his own soul]; all who hate me love death.” (ESV)

What vain idol got in this man’s way of finding Wisdom, of finding the Messiah?

Lam 3:24-26 – “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (ESV)

How do we move past the flesh, the natural, the external, the world’s goods, the food that only temporarily satisfies the stomach, the knowledge that tickles the mind, the self-effort to attain eternal life? How do we learn to labor instead to receive the food that satisfies our soul, to intimately know and commune with Love, Grace, and Fellowship with the Spirit?

Let go your vain idols that do not profit and cannot save. Come follow me.

Luke 9:23-25 – And he [Jesus] said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? (ESV)

Let go your vain idols or you’ll lose yourself.

Lose: to destroy fully, to perish, die; away from something near of place, time or relation; separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal.3

Separated from the bread which is life is to lose ourselves. Substituting the bread which is life for bread that does not have God’s seal is to lose ourselves, our true selves.

Let go your vain idols or you’ll forfeit yourself.
Forfeit: be cast away, to injure, to experience detriment, receive damage, suffer loss.4
Let go or you’ll lose yourself.

Flesh. Spirit.

Who are you? Who does the Lord God say you are? Who do you want to be? Do you want to be who you say you are? Or do you want to be who God says you are? Do you want what the world offers? Or do you want what the Lord God offers, the bread which is life? Are you conflicted in wanting both?

Come follow me.

John 4:34 – Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. (ESV)

What food satisfies you? What food do you work for? Whose work are you concerned with accomplishing?
Does belief (trust), come through human effort, will, knowledge, and choice? Or is belief (trust), a gift, a sign, a favor from the Lord God? Is belief (trust), a gift that prompts, even demands response when it is encountered and received?
Everyone the Father gives me will come to me.
Whoever comes to me will never go hungry.
Whoever trusts in me will never be thirsty.
Labor for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.
Labor.
Labor for that which the Son of Man will give.
Labor.
To trust.
To receive.
The Son of Man will give.

Rom 9:16 – So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (ESV)

A sign.

Luke 24:45-49 – Then he opened their [disciples] minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (ESV)

Labor.
Labor for that which the Son of Man will give.
Stay…until…
Clothed with power from on high.
Don’t try to do or get by your own efforts what only the Son of Man can give to you.

Acts 1:14 – All these [apostles, disciples] with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. (ESV)

Devoting: to be earnest towards, to a thing, to persevere, be constantly diligent, to adhere closely to as one who serves another.5
Labor.
Devote yourself to prayer.
Jonah became a sign. And Jonah called out to the people of Nineveh the word of the Lord
And the people of Nineveh believed God.

Why did the city of Nineveh respond so very differently than all the people who lived in Noah’s day?

Rom 9:15-16 – For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (ESV)

That doesn’t seem fair!

If you’re like me you’re asking and judging, “Why does God have mercy on some but not on others? That doesn’t appear to be fair!”

And the Lord God responds to me through his word:

Rom 9:20 – But who are you, O man [woman], to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” (ESV)

Jer 17:10 – “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man [woman] according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” (ESV)

Prov 15:11 – Even hell holds no secrets from God — do you think he can’t read human hearts? (MSG)

Heb 4:13 – And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (ESV)

Isa 26:10 – If favor is shown to the wicked [one who is estranged from God], he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals corruptly and does not see the majesty of the Lord. (ESV)

Prov 16:4 – The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. (ESV)

Jer 29:10-14 – “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me. When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes… I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. (ESV)

There are many different paths that lead us to the experience of deep calling to deep to restore us to unity with the Lord God, to wholeness, to perfection.

Which word or thought convicts or convinces you that the Lord God is trustworthy in everything he does in this process?

The Lord God knows what we each need before we can or will seek him with all our heart. So he gives and takes away, disciplines and waits until we’re prepared and ready for him to visit us and fulfill his promise to us to make us whole, complete, perfect.

How mightily the favor, the great grace and love, of the Lord God flowed through a reluctant messenger to pierce and draw the hearts of a merciless and savage people to trust him!

The favor of the Lord.

What did the favor of the Lord God look like for the city of Nineveh?

Jonah 3:6-10 – The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”

What a description of the process of spiritual recovery we encounter here! Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water. Do not labor for food that perishes, that only temporarily satisfies the body! Labor instead for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you!

The king arose from his throne: giving up position of power and control; the king removed his robe: letting go the things of this world that man exalts, becoming naked and exposed before the eyes of him to whom we must give account; the king covered himself with sackcloth: embracing the discomfort and pain of dying to self and the kingdom of this world to find his life in Christ; the king sat in ashes: returning to dust, humbly admitting his helplessness, aware of his just deserts but hoping for mercy; the king turned his face fully toward the Lord God; he called out mightily to God: crying out like a desperate, defenseless, helpless newborn babe. Crying urgently. Calling continually with intense longing that his soul’s needs be met. Earnestly waiting. Hoping. Absolutely dependent upon the Lord God and his judgment of steadfast love and grace.

Call

Let them call
Call: through the idea of accosting a person met; to call out to, address by name.6
Let them call out mightily to God
Mightily: with vehemence. Acting or moving with great force, intense feeling or strong passion; fervent.7
Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.
God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”
Relent/repent: To sigh, breathe strongly; to be sorry; to pity, console. Unfavorably to avenge oneself.8

“Who knows?
God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”
Salvation belongs to the Lord!

A turning on Nineveh’s part and a turning on God’s part at the same time. To sigh. To breathe strongly.

Deep calls to deep.

2 Cor 5:18-19 – All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (ESV)

Reconciling: to change mutually, i.e. figuratively to compound a difference.9

Compound: to make by combining parts or elements; a substance containing two or more elements chemically combined in fixed proportions; distinguished from mixture in that the constituents of a compound lose their individual characteristics and the compound has new characteristics.10

What does reconciliation look and feel like?

John 17:4-5; 22-26 – I [Jesus] glorified you [Father] on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (ESV)

Perfectly one. The love with which you have loved me may be in them. I in them. Combined. To change mutually. New characteristics. How I long to experience this reconciliation more fully!

Isa 30:15 – God, the Master, The Holy of Israel, has this solemn counsel: “Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me — The very thing you’ve been unwilling to do. (MSG)

Turn back to me.
Your salvation requires you to turn back to me…settling down in complete dependence on me—the very thing you’ve been unwilling to do.

Why are we unwilling?
Breathe after me as I breathe after you.

Deep calls to deep.

How did God respond to the king of Nineveh and the whole city?

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, trusted him, no longer ruled by the addictions and illusions of ego and self-interest and seeking what they wanted through violence, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7 ESV)

Rom 9:16 – So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy. (ESV)

Deep calls to deep. Destroying the vessel of wrath by awakening and enlightening the vessel of mercy.

Job 11:7-8 – “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know? (ESV)

Job 12:22 – He uncovers the deeps out of darkness and brings deep darkness to light. (ESV)

Deep calls to deep. Uncovering. Revealing. Making known.

What can you do? What can you know?
He, the Lord God, uncovers the deeps out of darkness
He, the Lord God, brings deep darkness to light.

Dan 2:22 – he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. (ESV)

Ps 139:11-12 – If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. (ESV)

Ps 107:14-15 – He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of men! (ESV)

Deep calls to deep.
Salvation belongs to the Lord!

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

Read the Lord God’s words. Read slowly. Read reflectively. Not just with your mind but with your heart and spirit. Let his words sink in and take root. Ruminate upon his words. Take from them what he wants to give to you.

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.

Respond to the Lord God’s words by setting your thoughts and emotions aside and let your heart speak to God without words.
Then move beyond logic and reason; move from head to heart to spirit. Contemplate. Sit quietly without thinking, without murmuring. Simply be. Become conscious of your companions. Longing for you. Your longing for them.

Simply rest in God’s words. Listen to God at the deepest level of your inner being. Listen as Love speaks with a still small voice that moves you to silence and an ever-deepening listening in which the Word becomes active and alive in you, gradually transforming you from within.11

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)

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, so it miraculously combines your spirit with God’s Spirit. 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, with life.

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)

 

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

Ask the Lord God to make you aware of the breath of the Almighty in you. Believe him when he says his breath makes you understand.

Follow the example of the king of Nineveh in laboring for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you:

Arise from your throne.
Remove your robe.
Cover yourself with sackcloth.
Sit in ashes.
Do not feed or drink water.
Turn your eyes fully upon the Lord God and thus turn away from all that is displeasing to him.
Call out mightily to God.
Breathe after him as he breathes after you.
Labor.
Devote yourself to prayer.
Labor for the food that does not perish.
Labor for that which the Son of Man will give.
The food that endures unto eternal life.
Labor by staying in his presence.
Labor by waiting for him
Waiting until you are clothed with power from on high.
Reconciled.
Perfectly one with him.
Labor.

The Lord God alone knows and understands what is hidden in the dark recesses of your heart, the vain idols that you regard that cause you to give up your source of mercy, that come between you and him.

Read the following scripture text and note what word or words catch your attention. What questions immediately come to mind? What emotions, desires, fears… surface?

Prov 23:12 – Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. (ESV)
Prov 23:12 – Apply your mind to discipline and your ears to words of knowledge. (CJB)
Prov 23:12 – Give yourselves to disciplined instruction; open your ears to tested knowledge. (MSG)

Ask the Lord God to empower you to give yourself up to the Word of God, who is the bread that is life, who gave himself up for you.

Perhaps advice from the apostle James will provide insight into how this laboring for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you works.

James 1:19-21 – Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted [engrafted] word, which is able to save your souls. (ESV)

Implanted/engrafted: fixed position in place, time or state and by implication instrumentality (medially or constructively, i.e. a relation of rest between the point where action or motions proceeds and the point reached.12

Or maybe the recommendation and prayer of the psalmists will provide guidance.

Ps 37:5-7 – Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! (ESV)

Commit: to roll; remove, roll away, down, together, run down, seek occasion, trust, wallow.13

Ps 119:130-131 – The unfolding of your words [Lord God] gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments. (ESV)

Unfolding: Opening, disclosure; entrance.14

Labor for the food that does not perish.
Labor for that which the Son of Man will give.
Labor for the food that endures unto eternal life.
Labor to follow Christ the Messiah who has called you.

Labor for the union of your spirit with the Spirit of the Lord God as he implants his Word in you and calls you to trust and follow him in worship.

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)

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1Believed: OT:539 /m^a* ‘aman (aw-man’); a primitive root; properly, to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (Isa 30:21; interchangeable with OT:541) to go to the right hand: (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.)
OT:541 /m^a* ‘aman (aw-man’); denominative from OT:3225; to take the right hand road: (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.)

2Sign: NT:4592 shmeion semeion (say-mi’-on); neuter of a presumed derivative of the base of NT:4591; an indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally: KJV – miracle, sign, token, wonder.
NT:4591 shmai/nw semaino (say-mah’-ee-no); from sema (a mark; of uncertain derivation); to indicate: KJV – signify. (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.)

3Lose: NT:622 a)po/llumi apollumi (ap-ol’-loo-mee); from NT:575 and the base of NT:3639; to destroy fully (reflexively, to perish, or lose), literally or figuratively: KJV – destroy, die, lose, mar, perish.
NT:575 a)po/ apo (apo’); a primary particle; “off,” i.e. away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literal or figurative): KJV – (X here-) after, ago, at, because of, before, by (the space of), for (-th), from, in, (out) of, off, (up-) on (-ce), since, with. In composition (as a prefix) it usually denotes separation, departure, cessation, completion, reversal, etc.
NT:3639 o&leqro$ olethros (ol’-eth-ros); from a primary ollumi (to destroy; a prolonged form); ruin, i.e. death, punishment: KJV – destruction. (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.)

4Forfeit/be cast away: NT:2210 zhmio/w zemioo (dzay-mee-o’-o); from NT:2209; to injure, i.e. (reflexively or passively) to experience detriment: KJV – be cast away, receive damage, lose, suffer loss.
NT:2209 zhmi/a zemia (dzay-mee’-ah); probably akin to the base of NT:1150 (through the idea of violence); detriment: KJV – damage, loss. (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.)

5Devoting/continued: NT:4342 proskartere/w proskartereo (pros-kar-ter-eh’-o); from NT:4314 and NT:2594; to be earnest towards, i.e. (to a thing) to persevere, be constantly diligent, or (in a place) to attend assiduously all the exercises, or (to a person) to adhere closely to (as a servitor): KJV – attend (giveself) continually (upon), continue (in, instant in, with), wait on (continually). (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.)

6Call: OT:7121 ar*q* qara’ (kaw-raw’); a primitive root [rather identical with OT:7122 through the idea of accosting a person met]; to call out to (i.e. properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications): (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.)

7Mightily: OT:2394 hq*z=j* chozqah (khoz-kaw’); feminine of OT:2392; vehemence (usually in a bad sense): (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.)

8Repent: OT:5162 <j^n* nacham (naw-kham’); a primitive root; properly, to sigh, i.e. breathe strongly; by implication, to be sorry, i.e. (in a favorable sense) to pity, console or (reflexively) rue; or (unfavorably) to avenge (oneself): (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.)

9Reconciling: NT:2644 katalla/ssw katallasso (kat-al-las’-so); from NT:2596 and NT:236; to change mutually, i.e. (figuratively) to compound a difference: KJV – reconcile. (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.)

10Webster’s Dictionary.

11Lectio Divina as described by the 12th century Carthusian monk called Guigo. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guigo_II

12Implanted/engrafted: NT:1721 e&mfuto$ emphutos (em’-foo-tos); from NT:1722 and a derivative of NT:5453; implanted (figuratively): KJV – engrafted.

NT:1722 e)n en (en); a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between NT:1519 and NT:1537); “in,” at, (up-) on, by, etc.:

NT:1519ei)$ eis (ice); a primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases:

NT:1537 e)k ek (ek) or ex (ex); a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote):

13Commit: OT:1556 ll^G* galal (gaw-lal’); a primitive root; to roll (literally or figuratively): KJV – commit, remove, roll (away, down, together), run down, seek occasion, trust, wallow.11

14Unfolding: OT:6608 jt^P@ pethach (pay’-thakh); from OT:6605; opening (figuratively) i.e. disclosure: KJV – entrance. (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.)

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