Sunday, February 27, 2011
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
a. Amplified Bible: Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it.
1. Enter ye in at strait gate…”
a. strait [4728 * stenos] [Vine: from a root sten--, seen in stenazo, "to groan," stenagmos, "groaning" (Eng., "stenography," lit., "narrow writing"), is used figuratively in Matthew 7:13, 14, of the gate which provides the entrance to eternal life, "narrow" because it runs counter to natural inclinations, and "the way" is similarly characterized; so in Luke 13:24 (where the more intensive word agonizomai, "strive," is used); RV, "narrow" (AV, "strait") in each place. Cp. stenochoreo, "to be straitened," and stenochoria, "narrowness, anguish, distress.] [Don Costello: This particular word is used only three times in the N.T., but variations of it are used in other N.T. uses.]
b. American Heritage Dictionary: A narrow passage of water joining two larger bodies of water, a position of difficulty, perplexity, distress, or need, narrow or constricted, strict, rigid.
c. Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter in at the strait gate…”
1). strive [75 * agonizomai] [Thayer: to enter a contest, contend in the gymnastic games, to contend with adversaries in a fight, contend, struggle with difficulties, to endeavor with strenuous zeal.]
2). The passage in Luke provides wonderful commentary about what Jesus was referring.
a). Luke 13:24-30 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
d. Entering into this gate will take great effort. The Greek word translated “strive”, is a derivative of a word where we get the word agony.
2. “…for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction…”
a. wide [4116 * platys] [Thayer: broad.] [Don: used only one time in N.T.]
b. broad [2149 * eurychoros] [Thayer: spacious, broad] [Don: used only here in the N.T.]
c. leadeth [520 * apago] [Thayer: to lead away, esp. of those who are led off to trial, prison, or punishment.]
d. destruction [684 * apoleia] [Vine: indicates loss of well being not of being, of persons signifying their spiritual and eternal perdition.]
e. The wide, broad gate and way that leads to destruction can be shown in the following verses.
1). Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
2). Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
3). Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
a). If we are doing our own thing, then we are astray from God.
b). Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…”
3. “…and many there be which go in thereat:”
a. many [4183 * polys] [Thayer: many, much, great, large.]
b. The contrast in the words, “many” and “few”, lead me to believe that most will choose “the wide gate” and the “broad way”, i.e., hell.
Friday, February 04, 2011
And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,
1. “And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land…”
a. land [776 * erets] [Strong: land, earth, whole earth (as opposed to a part), earth (as opposed to heaven), earth (inhabitants), land, country, territory, district, region, tribal territory, piece of ground, land of Canaan, Israel, inhabitants of land.]
1). This is obviously speaking of the geographical tribal allotments handed out by God to the 12 tribes. In Joseph’s case, he himself did not get section of Canaan, yet in another sense he received two, in that his sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, each got one. His land would be blessed by God.
2. “…for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath.”
a. precious things [4022 * meged] [Gesenius: something very precious or noble.] [AMG: a choice thing, the best thing, fruit and all kinds of produce from the land and heaven, it indicates precious valuables or gifts of all kinds.]
b. deep [8415 * tehowm] [Strong: deep, depths, deep places, abyss, the deep, sea, deep (of subterranean waters), deep, sea, abysses (of sea), primeval ocean, deep, depth (of river), abyss, the grave.]
c. coucheth beneath[7257 * rabats] [Strong: to stretch oneself out, lie down, lie stretched out, to lie down, to cause to lie down, laying (stones).]
d. If words mean anything then this is speaking of precious valuable things that are lying deep under the earth in the tribal area of Ephraim and Manasseh.
1). On a side note, we must see in this that not only in Israel but all over the earth God has strategically placed an abundance of precious things under the earth. The purpose being that man would extract it from the earth by means of the technology that God would give man and man would be blessed by it. This includes all types of metals, minerals and petroleum. I am fully persuaded that this is part of the witness of God referred to by the Apostle Paul in his preaching to the people of Lystra.
a). Acts 14:17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.