Still Going Strong
His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ."
Is it not precious that the Word of God and the good news that Jesus is the Christ has stood the test of time, when others have failed?! How awesome is it that though many have fought against God, the cause for Christ is still strong and active today?
"In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, "It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word."
This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
~ Acts 6:1-7 (NIV) ~
The Strength & Power of God and His Word
The Hebrew word for perfect is tamiym. It means:1) complete, whole, entire, sound
a) complete, whole, entire
b) whole, sound, healthful
c) complete, entire (of time)
d) sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity
e) what is complete or entirely in accord with truth and fact (neuter adj/subst)
We can know that God's precious word is perfect in all these ways!The Hebrew word for flawless is tsaraph. It means:
1) to smelt, refine, test
1) to smelt, refine
2) to test
3) to test (and prove true)
4) smelter, refiner, goldsmith (participle)
b) (Niphal) to be refined
c) (Piel) to be a refiner
1) refiner (participle)
"For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God?" ~ Psalm 18:31 (NIV)
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights." ~ Psalm 18:32-33 (NIV)Look at the Hebrew word for arms. 'Azar means:
1) gird, encompass, equip, clothe
a) (Qal) to gird, gird on (metaphorical of strength)
b) (Niphal) be girded
c) (Piel) hold close, clasp
d) (Hiphpael) gird oneself (for war)
The Hebrew word for strength is chayil. It means:1) strength, might, efficiency, wealth, army
b) ability, efficiency
d) force, army
Look at how He enables us to stand as the deer on the heights. The Hebrew word for stand is `amad. It means:1) to stand, remain, endure, take one's stand
1) to stand, take one's stand, be in a standing attitude, stand forth, take a stand, present oneself, attend upon, be or become servant of
2) to stand still, stop (moving or doing), cease
3) to tarry, delay, remain, continue, abide, endure, persist, be steadfast
4) to make a stand, hold one's ground
5) to stand upright, remain standing, stand up, rise, be erect, be upright
6) to arise, appear, come on the scene, stand forth, appear, rise up or against
7) to stand with, take one's stand, be appointed, grow flat, grow insipid
1) to station, set
2) to cause to stand firm, maintain
3) to cause to stand up, cause to set up, erect
4) to present (one) before (king)
5) to appoint, ordain, establish
c) (Hophal) to be presented, be caused to stand, be stood before
He sustains us with strength, might, efficiency, wealth in Him, and the force of an army to stand in this crazy world we live in and in Him. How great is that?