Scattering the Church

15th April, 2013 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

“All but the apostles were scattered.” After the death of Stephen, persecution against the believers in Jesus intensified. Tthe believers left Jerusalem and scattered throughout Judea and Samaria to escape men like Saul of Tarsus.

There are two Greek words for the English word “scatter.”  The first Greek word refers to something that is scattered and from that point on doesn’t exist. An example of this would be scattering a deceased person’s ashes into the ocean. The ashes are gone, never to be seen again. The second Greek word refers to scattering something so that it can be planted and grow. A farmer scatters seed, and after times, the field produces a rich harvest of wheat, barley, or corn.

The Greek word in Acts 8:1 is the second meaning.  The Lord used the persecution in Jerusalem to spread out the believers in every direction, and as they went, they planted gospel seeds that produced new believers in villages and cities throughout Palestine. In God’s Kingdom persecution of the true church causes it to grow. In countries today where persecution is greatest, the church is multiplying not just in numbers, but in depth of commitment and faith to the Lord Jesus.

Scripture speaks to us in many ways, and understanding the meaning of the original Greek or Hebrew words in one way to make in come alive. As I study and write God’s Great Covenant: New Testament 2 I’m rediscovering how important it is to know the original Greek text.  As I gain new insights, I’ll share them with you here.  If these insights help you, too, please give me your thoughts.

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