As I have written many times, it is imperative that we look at the Greek or Hebrew meaning of words as we study the Bible, as sometimes the English translation does not convey the true meaning.
For example, in Isaiah 53 v 10 it says that it pleased the Lord to bruise Jesus; bruise means to pulverise, crush and destroy, so bruise really does not express the magnitude of what it pleased the Lord to do to His Son for our salvation.
Another example like this is found in Genesis 1 v 1.
The Hebrew word for God here is Elohim, and it is a plural noun.
Yes, it is plural, talking about a God that is more than one.
The English translation does not express this, but right here in the first verse of the Bible we have a word describing the Trinity, one God yet three.
I am just starting to study out some of the names of God, to preach at church in the coming weeks, and I spent some time meditating on this word today.
It is marvellous to know that as well as God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were involved in creating the universe and everything in it.
I am especially in awe of the fact that Jesus, the main agent of creation (see Colossians 1 v 16 and 17 and Hebrews 1 v 1 to 3) would come to this earth (that He created) in order to become a man and save us (the pinnacle of His creation).
Read that sentence again and meditate upon it.
This is a truth that if you allow it, will change your whole view and mind-set about God.
God is of course the Creator, yet at the same time is interested in you and me, interested enough to come to this earth and deal with the sin issue through His finished work on the cross.
Take time to think about that this evening.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus and thank you that even as Creator he chose to come to His earth to save me”.
Genesis 1 v 1…..In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth