Thy Kingdom Come, On Earth As In Heaven (RB caption)
Another part of the Lord’s Invisible Jigsaw turned up over the New Year! Readers who are unfamiliar with this blog’s oft-used concept may wish to check that link’s content.
I’m sharing those totally unexpected jigsaw pieces and their insights upon the person of Jesus Christ in the hope of provoking reflection upon the untold depths of scripture.
In contemplating a particular verse I later unintentionally used a different version to the one in mind. But upon checking the original text it then opened up a revelation upon Jesus’ role in Creation that expands our usual understanding – even surprising me in its relevance to my quest for a meeting place between scripture and theories and experiments in quantum mechanics and relativity, especially for space-time!
1st JIGSAW PIECE – HEBREWS 1:2-3
The last Wednesday of 2016, a fortnight ago, I blogged this covering intro to a re-blog from Rationalising the Universe (note my quoted scripture):
‘And there’s me, before getting up this morning, mulling over God’s use of basic science and maths in creating the universe. That’s not, of course, explicit in Genesis but implicit by nature in the opening verses. Moreover, there’s the original text’s alphabetical coding (maybe hinting at quantum coding?). So I searched the New Testament for Jesus Christ’s part in this ‘mystery’: ‘through whom also He (God) made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and UPHOLDING ALL THINGS BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…’ (Hebrews 1:2-3 NKJV) So is today’s excellent overview by Mekhi merely coincidental in hinting at my query’s solution? My own readers know me only too well on that score…’
I never thought of the popular song He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands, for my mind was on a specific scripture – Hebrews 1:3 from the New International Version (NIV):
‘The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of all his being, SUSTAINING ALL THINGS BY HIS POWERFUL WORD…’
So, what had happened was that after my contemplation I continued catching up online after the Christmas-New Year break. An email alert arrived for a new blog by theoretical physicist Mekhi entitled The Dark Side and her eye-catching image immediately plugged into my earlier musing…
Mekhi recounts astrophysicist Fritz Zwicky’s hypothesis and astronomer Vera Rubi’s observational confirmation of the effects of invisible material and energy throughout the known universe. Her article makes this unusual topic easily intelligible to non-scientists.
In my haste to re-blog I grabbed Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance to find that passage’s location and used my New King James Version’s (NKJV) study bible to copy its text (ie. not NIV’s) into my covering note.
ONLY LATER, upon looking at a hardcopy of the re-blog did it dawn upon me that what I’d put was not what I’d intended – DOH!! But why are they different?
The NIV refers to Jesus upholding all the universe, all its seen and unseen contents and energies – and us – ‘by His powerful word’, but the NKJV says it’s ‘by the word of His power’. Seems to mean the same thing – but do they? Are they one and the same thing?
Time to check the original Greek – only to find its literal translation is very different! See how this copy from Scripture 4 All online Greek Interlinear Bible analyses and renders verses 2 and 3:
Greek Interlinear Bible – Hebrews 1:2-3 (click/drag to enlarge)
Here’s the literal reading of verse 3 from the Received Text (phrase in question in bold).: ‘Who being from-radiance (effulgence) of-the esteem (glory) and carving of-the under-standing (assumption) of-him carrying (carrying-on) besides the all to-the declaration of-the ability (power) of-him thru self (through himself) cleansing making of the misses (sins) of-us is seated in right (right-hand) of-the great-togetherness (majesty) in highs (heights).’
Therefore, it seems that in putting into ordinary, dynamic English translators modified the true meaning from: as well as (besides) being a physically carved mirror-image of God (Theos), the Son (huio) is carrying everything (the all) by the spoken statement of HIS ability…ie. by virtue of Jesus’ own personal power as the glorious presence of God.
In other words, it explains who Jesus is and what he can and does do by audible verbal declaration of the holy ability He has, just because of who He is. And so to my covering note for the re-blog I added, ‘NB: NKJV’s correct translation of Greek ‘declaration of the ability of-him’ gives better and different rendition to NIV’s ‘by His powerful word’!!’
2nd JIGSAW PIECE – ‘REVISIONIST’ PROPHETIC WORD
The following weekend, on the first day of this new year, pastor John Kilpatrick revealed what the Lord had told him about 2017 en-route to church:
“This is going to be a year of revision!” What He meant by that was, the story that’s already been written is going to be revised. What’s already determined is going to be revised – everything’s going to be rewritten. You can’t go by the old ‘cue cards’, the Holy Ghost is going to be spontaneous in giving you new cue cards.”
I shared my reflections upon that word in this post and blogging only the previous week I’d had a personal example of that ‘revisionist’ word and hinted at more to tell more another time, as I’m doing now.
3rd JIGSAW PIECE – PROPHETIC DECLARATION
Another thing about the Greek hit me! It is the emphasis upon ‘declaration’ because this relates it to the full meaning and practicable usage of speaking scripture and decisions aloud during prophetic prayers and intercession. The biblical basis for this practice is briefly outlined in An Introduction to Prophecy, but full details from Dr Sharon Stone’s teaching upon decrees and declarations appears in my Mentoring Day Part 2 and is based upon the highly instructive account of Queen Esther’s request of her husband in his court in ancient Persia.
Furthermore, and as world be expected, the Greek connects directly into Jesus’ role in Creation as stated in the first chapter of the Gospel according to John, ‘
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made by and through him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life and that life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it…
‘That was the true light, which gives light to every man coming into the world. He was in the world and the world was made through him, and the world did not know Him…
‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth…
‘No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.’ (1:18 emphasis added)
That reiterates and gloriously magnifies the opening verses in Genesis of God having actually spoken aloud to perform the act of universal creation,
‘Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness….’
Does that not give us a hint about dark energy being part of Creation? I think it may.
4th JIGSAW PIECE – SCIENTIFIC ASPECT OF ‘WORLDS’ (verse 2)
This ‘revisionist’ approach to holy writ harmonises with those foundational verses AND with our scientific understanding of time and space! Read all about this in the next post.
OR, fulfill that ‘revisionist’ prophecy by rewriting scripture, as normally known! Check it out yourself by dipping into Strong’s Concordance and examine the couple or so Greek words, and their meanings, used for ‘world’ in the New Testament and in Hebrews 1:2 specifically.
5th JIGSAW PIECE – A SCIENTIST’S FAITH
After all the preceding events after Christmas and into the New Year, you may be able to appreciate my delight a week ago today in reading about a scientist’s faith in the centrality of truth of Christianity as he marvels at Creation? (See previous post.)
- Flying puzzles by Nokhoog Buchachon
- Puzzle Globe and Book by Thanunkorn,
- both courtesy of Freedigitalphotos.net