I’m a study nerd; I always have been. I love word studies because it seems like that’s where the real gold of the Bible is found.
The Bible was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. Centuries later, Martin Luther translated it into German to make the Word of God accessible to his contemporary, common man. Now multiple versions of the Bible are available in every language around the World.
Let’s look at the word “love” as an example.
- I love chocolate, and I show my love by eating it.
- I love my daughter, and I show my love by hugging her.
- I love my husband, and – well, he knows I love him!
- I love my guinea pig, and I show that love by petting him.
One word, so many meanings, and confusing them could get you in prison! The Greek language has 6 words for love, so as long as you use the right version of “love” in the right context, you will never have to post bail.
This is where word studies come in. I’ve heard so many incredible sermons that profoundly impacted me because I learned what the original Biblical text truly said. You will find incredible treasures when you take the time to investigate the language.
I’d like to provide a word of caution. Many of us love to open our Bible and see what it has for us today. It’s so encouraging to read a verse and determine how it applies to our day, our circumstances, and our life.
Guess what? The Bible is not about you. It’s about God and what He wants to teach you. During any type of Bible study, including word studies, it’s important to consider literary clues and historical facts to determine first what the Word of God says, and only then to determine how that message applies to you, whether it’s encouragement, conviction, or to bring you into better understanding or intimacy with God.
I pray that the word studies on this blog will help you grow in your knowledge of God.