Meet Together

The real life!

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.

Do we regularly listen critically to the sayings of our mouth to discern whether they agree with the words that the Lord God speaks, words that are Spirit and life?

The meditation of my heart.

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

Do we consistently analyze our deep thoughts, tender murmurings, and emotional responses to understand their origins, our attachments?

Oppressions.

Rom 3:9-18 – Well, then, are we Jews better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all men alike are sinners, whether Jews or Gentiles. As the Scriptures say, “No one is good-no one in all the world is innocent.” No one has ever really followed God’s paths or even truly wanted to. Every one has turned away; all have gone wrong. No one anywhere has kept on doing what is right; not one. Their talk is foul and filthy like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are loaded with lies. Everything they say has in it the sting and poison of deadly snakes. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.  They are quick to kill, hating anyone who disagrees with them. Wherever they go they leave misery and trouble behind them, and they have never known what it is to feel secure or enjoy God’s blessing. They care nothing about God nor what he thinks of them. (TLB)

Oppressions.
Wherever they go they leave misery and trouble behind them,
They have never known what it is to feel secure or enjoy God’s blessing.
They care nothing about God nor what he thinks of them.
And they know not what they do.

Eccl 4:1 – Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. (ESV)

I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun.

Oppressions: tyranny, to press upon, defraud, violate, overflow, get deceitfully, do violence, wrong.1

They had no one to comfort them!

Comforter: to sigh, i.e. breathe strongly; to be sorry, to pity, console, sorrow, regret, to avenge.2

On the side of their oppressors there was power.

Power: to be firm, vigor, force, capacity, means, produce; a large lizard: able, chameleon, force, fruits, might, strength, substance, wealth.3

And there was no one to comfort them.
Oppressed. Tears. There was no one to comfort them.
Oppressors. Power. There was no one to comfort them.
No one to sigh, to breathe strongly, to pity, sorrow, regret, to avenge them.
All have gone wrong.
Every one has turned away.
There was no one to comfort.

Have you felt such oppression, whether you were the oppressed or the oppressor, or even both at the same time?

Silenced in darkness.

1 Sam 2:9-10 – He [Lord God] will guard the steps of his faithful, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness. For it is not by strength that a person prevails — those who fight Adonai [the LORD] will be shattered; he will thunder against them in heaven — Adonai [the LORD] will judge the ends of the earth. He will strengthen his king and enhance the power of his anointed [Messiah].” (CJB)

The wicked.
Those who fight the Lord
Will be silenced in darkness
Will be shattered.
For it is not by strength that a person prevails.

This is the word of the Lord.

Zech 4:6 – Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (ESV)

Ps 20:6-8 – Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him [Messiah] from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. (ESV)

Trust in chariots and horses, collapse and fall. Vessels of wrath.
Trust in the name of the Lord our God, rise and stand upright. Vessels of mercy.

The Lord saves his anointed. The Lord will answer him with the saving might of his right hand.

In what or whom do we trust? What do the sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart reveal about who or what we place our confidence in? Are we fickle and changeable?

The Ninevites were oppressors, a powerful, merciless, and savage people, ruthless and cruel. At the same time, they were also the oppressed, by their natural tendencies, their flesh, vessel of wrath, relying on the wisdom of this world to guide their thinking and ways, trusting in their own might and power.

The verdict: wildly extravagant life-gift.

Rom 5:12-17 – You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in — first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone…But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it.

Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly parallel to the death-dealing sin… There’s no comparison between that death-dealing sin and this generous, life-giving gift. The verdict on that one sin was the death sentence; the verdict on the many sins that followed was this wonderful life sentence. If death got the upper hand through one man’s wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides? (MSG)

Relations with God. Disturbed in everything and everyone.
The verdict on that one sin was the death sentence. Vessels of wrath.
The verdict on the many sins that followed was this wonderful life sentence. Vessels of mercy.

How can this be?

It is not by strength that a person prevails.
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.
The Lord will strengthen his king and enhance the power of his anointed, the Messiah.
This grand setting-everything-right
Recovery, sovereign life
In those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift that the one man, Jesus Christ, the anointed, provides.

How do we grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift?

He [Lord God] will guard the steps of his faithful, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.

Silenced in darkness. Is this what Saul [apostle Paul] experienced when he first encountered the Messiah?

Acts 9:1-9 – But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. (ESV)

Might this have been Saul’s experience with the deep calling to deep?

Light from heaven.
See. Turn.

Turn! From darkness to light. Turn! From the power of the Adversary to God. Turn! From relying on your own judgment and reasoning to rely by inward certainty on God. Turn! From trusting religion, law, family or cultural traditions to trusting God through Christ Jesus.

And thus receive, to take, to get hold of, forgiveness. Recovery, sovereign life. To know what it is to feel secure. To put confidence, trust, in God.

Open their eyes.

Acts 26:17-18 – …I [God] am sending you [apostle Paul] to open their eyes; so that they will turn from darkness to light, from the power of the Adversary to God, and thus receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who have been separated for holiness by putting their trust in me.’ (CJB)

To open the eye: vision; figuratively envy (from the jealous side-glance). To gaze with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable. Appear, look, see.4

Before encountering the Messiah, was Saul seeing from a perspective of envy? Oppression?

I [God] am sending you [apostle Paul] to open their eyes.

How did apostle Paul carry out his mission?

1 Cor 1:17 – For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. (ESV)

Gal 1:15-17 – But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. (ESV)

Eph 3:2-3 – assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. (ESV)

Called by God’s grace.
God was pleased to reveal his Son to me.
In order that I might preach him.
God’s grace given to me for you.
The mystery was made known to me by revelation.

From silenced in darkness to serving the Lord God.

2 Tim 2:24-26 – and a slave [servant] of the Lord shouldn’t fight. On the contrary, he should be kind to everyone, a good teacher, and not resentful when mistreated. Also he should be gentle as he corrects his opponents. For God may perhaps grant them the opportunity to turn from their sins, acquire full knowledge of the truth, come to their senses and escape the trap of the Adversary, after having been captured alive by him to do his will. (CJB)

See. Turn.

Be gentle in correcting opponents. Paul changed his methods in persuading people to change their thoughts and ways. No more fighting, binding and dragging them to prison or killing them!

Eph 1:16-17 – I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, (ESV)

I pray for you
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation
In the knowledge of him.
For God may perhaps grant them the opportunity to turn from their sins
Acquire full knowledge of the truth, come to their senses
And escape the trap of the Adversary.

The ruler of this world will be expelled.

What will cause us to turn when we see, when we can gaze with wide-open eyes like apostle Paul did?

John 12:31-33 – Now is the time for this world to be judged, now the ruler of this world will be expelled. As for me [Jesus Christ], when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.” He said this to indicate what kind of death he would die.  (CJB)

Now!
Is the time for this world to be judged.
Now!
The ruler of this world will be expelled.
Now!
Released from the power of the Adversary to turn to God. Drawn by the one man, Jesus Christ, to himself.
Now!

Draw: to drag; to coil or wrap; fold up; roll together; to take for oneself; prefer; choose; to lift up; to take up or away; to raise; to expiate sin; remove.5

God’s purpose.

1 Tim 2:5-6 – For God is one; and there is but one Mediator between God and humanity, Yeshua the Messiah, himself human, who gave himself as a ransom on behalf of all, thus providing testimony [evidence] to God’s purpose at just the right time. (CJB)

Jesus the Messiah gave himself
A ransom on behalf of all
Providing evidence to God’s purpose

Eph 1:9-10 – making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)

God’s purpose
Which he set forth in Christ
To unite all things in him
To gather all things together in one
One

In Christ Jesus.

See. Opportunity granted by God. Come to your senses. Turn. Turn from the old way, from the deceit and tyranny and power and trap of the Adversary, from being separated from God, from death. See. Turn to God and receive forgiveness, receive a place among those who have been separated for holiness. Turn to putting your trust in Christ Jesus. Acquire full knowledge of the truth. Rely by inward certainty on God.

Turn and grasp this wildly extravagant life-gift as he draws you to himself, choosing you for himself, rescuing and releasing you from the power of the Adversary’s delusions.

As he gathers all together in one.

Like the people of Nineveh, Jonah was also oppressed, evidenced by his anger at the Lord God’s mercy and compassion extended to people Jonah considered to be his enemies. Are you oppressed like Jonah? Am I? Are we aware of our oppression? When I think in terms of me versus you, or us versus them, rather than we together as one, am I oppressed? Am I fertile ground to become an oppressor, trapped alive by the Adversary to do his will?

Meet together.

Prov 29:13 – The poor man and the oppressor [deceitful] meet together; the Lord gives light to the eyes of both. (ESV)

Meet together: to come in contact with, whether by accident or violence; figuratively, to concur; to combine in having an effect.6

Meet together. To combine in having an effect.
The Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

Rom 9:21-24 – 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)

Meet together. Vessels of wrath prepared for destruction in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy.

Another way to describe this meeting together, this combining in having an effect, to recover this sovereign life in us, to grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift:

Rom 8:13 – For if you live according to your old nature, you will certainly die; but if, by the Spirit, you keep putting to death the practices of the body, you will live. (CJB)

Keep putting to death the practices of the body. Vessels of wrath.
Flesh. Spirit. Meet together. Right relationship.
By the Spirit,
Keep putting to death the practices of the body.
You will live!
Sovereign life.
Wildly extravagant life-gift. Vessels of mercy.

Not only will you discover new life within you, your spirit in communion with God’s Spirit in the depths of your soul, in the inner sanctuary where God dwells, as you surrender body and mind to his Spirit, you will also discover this same wildly extravagant life-gift in everyone around you.

Eph 5:15-21 – Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,  submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (ESV)

Understand what the will of the Lord is.

Be filled with the Spirt

Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thess 5:16-22 – 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. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. (ESV)

Rejoice: to be calmly happy or well-off. Be well.7

It is not by strength that a person prevails
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.
By the Spirit, keep putting to death the practices of the body.
Do not quench the Spirit. Give thanks in all circumstances.
Be filled with the Spirit.
Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery.

Debauchery: Unsavedness. Excess, riot. The opposite of to save, deliver, protect. The opposite of heal, preserve, save, do well, be (make) whole.8

Do not get drunk with wine to cover, hide, deny, or avoid pain and destruction of your old nature. Do not subject yourself to oppression, the power of the Adversary, to do his will. No! Be filled with the Spirit of God, longing for and welcoming ever deeper and more extensive cleansing from everything that darkens your understanding of what the will of the Lord is. Thank him in all circumstances. For he never ceases to work to accomplish his purpose, to unite you together with him, to unite all things together in him. To make every one and every thing One.

Ps 85:10-11 – Grace and truth have met together; justice and peace have kissed each other. Truth springs up from the earth, and justice looks down from heaven. (CJB)

God is one; and there is but one Mediator between God and humanity.

Pause. Breathe. Reflect.

Grace rules.

Rom 5:21 – Sin once used death to rule us, but God gave people more of his grace so that grace could rule by making people right with him. And this brings life forever through Jesus Christ our Lord. (NCV)

Grace rules by making people right with God.
Grace brings life forever through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We will know what it is to feel secure and enjoy God’s blessing.

Christ Jesus calls to us:

Luke 6:36 – Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. (ESV)

And so we cry out to our Father:

Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock!

My rock. My strength. My refuge.9

Ps 9:9 – The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. (ESV)

Stronghold: a cliff or other lofty or inaccessible place, safe, strong; a refuge, defense, high fort, tower10

We will know what it is to feel secure and enjoy God’s blessing.

Do not quench the Spirit. Grace rules, making people right with God. Give thanks in all circumstances.

Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my redeemer!

My redeemer. According to the Oriental law of kinship, i.e. to be the next of kin and as such to buy back a relative’s property.11

My redeemer. Kinship. Family relationship. Trust. Lean on your God.
Jesus the Messiah gave himself
A ransom on behalf of all
To gather all together in one.
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Grace rules, bringing life forever through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Ps 72:12-14 – For he will rescue the needy when they cry, the poor too and those with none to help them.  He will have pity on the poor and needy; and the lives of the needy he will save. He will redeem them from oppression [deceit, fraud] and violence [injustice]; their blood will be precious in his view. (CJB)

We will know what it is to feel secure and enjoy God’s blessing.

We both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Eph 2:13-22 – But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (ESV)

Vessel of wrath. Vessel of mercy. One. In Christ Jesus.
Oppressed. Oppressor. One. In Christ Jesus.
You. Me. Us. Them. One. In Christ Jesus.
Now!
In Christ Jesus
You have been
Brought near by the blood of Christ.
He himself is our peace.
Creating in himself one new people in place of the two, so making peace
Reconciling us both to God in one body through the cross.
Through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
Through Christ Jesus, grace rules.

The real life.

Jude 20-21 – But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in [union with] the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life! (MSG)

Praying in union with the Holy Spirit
Staying right at the center of God’s love
Keeping your arms open and outstretched
Ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ.
This is the unending life, the real life!

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. 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 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.12

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. Desire his breath. Seek his breath. Be cleansed of all that is of self, become detached from all that is of the kingdom of this world as you wait in silence for the breath of the Almighty to awaken you spiritually, to reveal who you really are.

Wait and listen and experience from that place within where deep calls to deep. That place where you discover Being. That place where you find meaning.

Become aware of your breath. The breath of the Almighty in you.

Inhale.

Exhale.

You must rely on the breath of the Almighty, the Spirit of God who lives inside you, to make you understand his words and purpose.

With your inhalation draw the words of the Lord God deep within you.

With your exhalation empty yourself of all your own ideas, plans, thoughts, imaginations and words to make room for the words of God to take possession. Open yourself completely to what the Lord God wants to reveal to you about yourself and about him.

Rom 8:25-27 – But if we continue hoping for something we don’t see, then we still wait eagerly for it, with perseverance. Similarly, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we don’t know how to pray the way we should. But the Spirit himself pleads on our behalf with groanings too deep for words; and the one who searches hearts knows exactly what the Spirit is thinking, because his pleadings for God’s people accord with God’s will. (CJB)

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)

I still wait eagerly with perseverance

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)

The Spirit himself pleads on my behalf in agreement with God’s will

Wait, watch, listen, be still, be willing for the Lord God to transform you from within, revealing who you really are, united together with the Messiah.

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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Resources/For deeper study:

1Oppressions: OT:6217 <START HEBREW>qWvu*<END HEBREW> `ashuwq (aw-shook’); or `ashuq (aw-shook’); passive participle of OT:6231; used in plural masculine as abstractly, tyranny: KJV – oppressed (-ion). [Doubtful.]

OT:6231 <START HEBREW>qv^u*<END HEBREW> `ashaq (aw-shak’); a primitive root (compare OT:6229); to press upon, i.e. oppress, defraud, violate, overflow: KJV – get deceitfully, deceive, defraud, drink up, (use) oppress ([-ion]), -or), do violence (wrong). (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.)

2Comforter: OT:5162 <START HEBREW><j^n*<END HEBREW> 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): KJV – comfort (self), ease [one’sself], repent (-eringself,-,). (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.)

3Power: OT:3581 <START HEBREW>j^K) <END HEBREW> koach (ko’-akh); or (Dan 11:6) kowach (ko’-akh); from an unused root meaning to be firm; vigor, literally (force, in a good or a bad sense) or figuratively (capacity, means, produce); also (from its hardiness) a large lizard: -ability, able, chameleon, force, fruits, might, power (-ful), strength, substance, wealth. (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.)

4To open: NT:3788 <START GREEK>o)fqalmo/$<END GREEK> ophthalmos (of-thal-mos’); from NT:3700; the eye (literally or figuratively); by implication, vision; figuratively, envy (from the jealous side-glance): KJV – eye, sight.

NT:3700 <START GREEK>o)pta/nomai<END GREEK> optanomai (op-tan’-om-ahee); a (middle voice) prolonged form of the primary (middle voice) optomai (op’-tom-ahee); which is used for it in certain tenses; and both as alternate of NT:3708; to gaze (i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable; and thus differing from NT:991, which denotes simply voluntary observation; and from NT:1492, which expresses merely mechanical, passive or casual vision; while NT:2300, and still more emphatically its intensive NT:2334, signifies an earnest but more continued inspection; and NT:4648 a watching from a distance): KJV – appear, look, see, shewself. (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.)

5Draw: NT:1670 <START GREEK>e(lku/w<END GREEK> helkuo (hel-koo’-o); or helko (hel’-ko); probably akin to NT:138; to drag (literally or figuratively): KJV – draw. Compare NT:1667.

NT:1667 <START GREEK>e(li/ssw<END GREEK> helisso (hel-is’-so); a form of NT:1507; to coil or wrap: KJV – fold up.

NT:138 <START GREEK>ai(re/omai <END GREEK> haireomai (hahee-reh’-om-ahee); probably akin to NT:142; to take for oneself, i.e. to prefer: KJV – choose. Some of the forms are borrowed from a cognate hellomai (hel’-lom-ahee); which is otherwise obsolete.

NT:142 <START GREEK>ai&rw<END GREEK> airo (ah’-ee-ro); a primary root; to lift up; by implication, to take up or away; figuratively, to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind), specially, to sail away (i.e. weigh anchor); by Hebraism [compare OT:5375] to expiate sin: KJV – away with, bear (up), carry, lift up, loose, make to doubt, put away, remove, take (away, up). (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.)

6Meet together: OT:6298 <START HEBREW>vg^P*<END HEBREW> pagash (paw-gash’); a primitive root; to come in contact with, whether by accident or violence; figuratively, to concur: KJV – meet (with, together). (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.)

7Rejoice: 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.)

8Debauchery: NT:810 <START GREEK>a)swti/a<END GREEK> asotia (as-o-tee’-ah); from a compound of NT:1 (as a negative particle) and a presumed derivative of NT:4982; properly, unsavedness, i.e. (by implication) profligacy: KJV – excess, riot.

NT:4982 <START GREEK>sw/zw<END GREEK> sozo (sode’-zo); from a primary sos (contraction for obsolete saoz, “safe”); to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): KJV – heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole. (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.)

9Rock/Strength: OT:6697 <START HEBREW>rWx<END HEBREW> tsuwr (tsoor); or tsur (tsoor); from OT:6696; properly, a cliff (or sharp rock, as compressed); generally, a rock or boulder; figuratively, a refuge; also an edge (as precipitous): (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.)

10Stronghold: OT:4869 <START HEBREW>bG*c=m!<END HEBREW> misgab (mis-gawb’); from OT:7682; properly, a cliff (or other lofty or inaccessible place); abstractly, altitude; figuratively, a refuge: KJV – defence, high fort (tower), refuge.

OT:7682 <START HEBREW>bg^c*<END HEBREW> sagab (saw-gab’); a primitive root; to be (causatively, make) lofty, especially inaccessible; by implication, safe, strong; used literally and figuratively KJV – defend, exalt, be excellent, (be, set on) high, lofty, be safe, set up (on high), be too strong. (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.)

11Redeemer: OT:1350 <START HEBREW>la^G*<END HEBREW> ga’al (gaw-al’); a primitive root, to redeem (according to the Oriental law of kinship), i.e. to be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relative’s property, marry his widow, etc.): (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.)

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

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