Hey Friends! I need your help. I’m working on a new book idea that is a 5 minute Bible Study/Devotional called Bite of Bread: Daily Soul Nourishment One Bite at a Time.
Bite of Bread is made up of 52 topical reading plans. The daily devotions incorporate a Hebrew or Greek word-study from the day’s verse. A short devotion will work those new meanings into the scripture much like I do on Word Wednesdays. Here’s a sample. Let me know what you think and if you’d buy it. I couldn’t format it as it would be in a book, but the definitions would be to the side rather than before the devotion.
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. ~Zephaniah 3:17 NIV
Word Study (This will be in a sidebar next to the devotion.)
LORD: (Notice all caps.) Yehova: A noun meaning God. The word refers to the proper name of the God of Israel, particularly the name by which he revealed himself to Moses (Ex. 6: 2,3). The divine name has traditionally not been pronounced, primarily out of respect for its sacredness (cf. Ex. 20:7; Dt. 28:58). Until the Renaissance, it was written without vowels in the Hebrew text of the OT, being rendered YWHW.
God: Elohiym: A masculine plural noun meaning God, gods, judges, angels . . . . When the word is used in the generic designation of God, it conveys in Scripture that God is the Creator (Ge 5:1).
Quiet: Charash: A primitive root; to scratch, that is (by implication) to engrave, plough: figuratively to devise (in a bad sense); hence (from the idea of secrecy) to be silent, to let alone. . . . be quiet, rest, practice secretly, keep silence, be silent, speak not a word, be still, hold tongue, worker.
Singing: Rinnah: properly a creaking (or shrill sound), that is shout for joy or grief): cry, gladness, joy, proclamation, rejoicing, shouting, sing (-ing), triumph.
I LOVE THE NAMES OF GOD. Elohiym, the creator, and YWHW, the unpronounceable name that can only be breathed, resonate in my soul. But Elohiym is more than a great name. He is also YWHW, the God who freed his people from slavery. With the knowledge of the Hebrew words and definitions, I wonder if rather than his love “quieting” me, it “marks” me. I am marked by his love— his love engraved on my heart.
And rather than him singing over me, though that would be amazing, I picture him wailing as a parent thrilled to hold his child who was lost and now is found. It’s a joyous cry, yet its shrill sound cuts to my heart. What kind of God does that?
Our God does.
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Thank you for being my test-audience. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Praying you are having a great week and standing of the promises of God! I’m missing ya’ll on my Periscope! I’ll try to get on either this morning (Wednesday) around 8:20 ET or tomorrow. Remember, you are marked.
Finding Purpose in knowing God loves us,