Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Stripes that bind!

Sometimes I need to be attentive ...

... more so when I read in the old covenant.

We are all familiar with Isaiah 53:4-5. Yet, there is something so purely intimate about this passage and recently I discovered that it comes out so clearly and beautifully in the Hebrew.

It has to be shared!

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.

With some translation issues and words cleared

In verse 4 the word griefs is another one of those unfortunate translations in the English that could have been better translated. 

The word chŏlı̂y actually means suffering. The word also means, sickness, or infirmity.

The word sorrows or in Hebrew, mak'ôbâh refers to our mental and physical pain.

... and then the Mind-blower ...

The word stripes or chăbûrâh means blueness, bruise, hurt, stripe or wound.

... the base-word for stripes, however, in the Hebrew is châbar and means to unite, join, bind together, be joined, be coupled, be in league, heap up, have fellowship with or be compacted with.

... with Whom?

With Christ!

You see, our absolute closeness and joint-together position in and with Yah'shua comes by His wounds ... He bore it for us ... we are joint, bound together with Him, united with Him when He was crushed on our behalves ... in all His sufferings WE ARE HEALED, WE ARE RESTORED!


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