For in Him we live and move and exist,
I truly love to unpack a passage of scripture. It’s like opening a treasure box and looking through it. I remember going in to my Mom’s room, as a child, and looking through her jewelry box. I loved all the shiny things and looked forward to wearing jewelry one day myself. funny, but now that I’m grown up, I hardly ever where any jewelry at all. My hair is long so earrings just get lost amidst all the hair. I don’t really like things hanging around my neck, and the only rings I wear are my wedding ring and occasionally the small opal ring my husband gave me as well. But every once in a while, i will pile on the bracelets.
God’s word is like opening up a treasure trove, a jewelry box, and pawing through all of its contents. Big difference though, it’s not someone else’s jewels, they’re all ours, all of them.
When i look through his Word, He’ll touch on a word or passage or single verse, and then i begin to unpack it. I read the whole context of the verses, then I highlight the key words and begin to look up the original Greek or Hebrew meaning. I than restate the verse with all of its new colors nuances and vibrancy.
I just unpacked this one yesterday. Let me just put the whole unpacking out here in front of you:
22 So Paul stood in the midst of the [s]Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. 24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and [t]exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’ 29 Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. 30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge [u]the world in righteousness [v]through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men [w]by raising Him from the dead.
28 for in Him
am primary idea of rest in any place or thing. May be translated as ON, AT, BY
live =2198 to be warm, to have life, to be alive, used of natural living, spiritual living
eternal living, from whom all living things derive their life.
move= 2795 to go, to stir
exist (have our being) = 2070 we are, be, have our being, have hope,+
As I thought about this wonderful verse, I began to realize that to be in Him, to live and move and have our being; was like being in a womb. it’s like god is pregnant with us, His children, and we are growing inside Him, safe, secure, nourished, protected. I was so blessed when I realized this. I have carried three children in my own womb for nine months each (some longer), and I realize just how close you can feel to someone before you have even met them. God is even closer to each one of us. so reflect, ponder, rest in these wonderful original meanings of this tiny little verse in the midst of one of the most precious sermons ever given. Truly, “IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND EXIST.”
AMEN AND AMEN