I didn’t get this written yesterday. It just slipped my mind. I’ve been working steadily on my NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) project — book three following One Choice. I submitted book two to my publisher a few weeks ago.
Today, I’m going to hit a couple of verses I’ve looked into over the last few weeks.
John 10:1 – “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber!” (NLT)
This seems like a simple verse, but I found some interesting things when I looked up some of the words. Like thief and robber. Aren’t they the same thing?
I tell you the truth – This phrase comes from a single word – amén. Look familiar? Yes, it really is amen. When used at the beginning of a phrase it’s meant to get your attention. HELLO? If you’ve read the KJV or heard it read, then this would be translated, verily, verily.
thief – this is someone who comes by night and in stealth to steal. In today’s world we would call this person a petty thief. As an aside, this is also the word used to describe how the Lord will come – with stealth and unexpectedly.
robber – this person comes at any time and is not afraid to use violence to get what he wants. Barabbas and the two men who hung on the crosses next to Jesus were referred to as robbers. This word was also used by Jesus to describe those selling in the temple (a den of robbers – Luke 19:46).
John 10:10 – “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (NKJV)
We’ve all heard this verse many times. It’s one that many like to quote.
The thief here is the stealthy one mentioned above.
steal – kleptó – another familiar looking word – it means to steal by stealth.
kill – to kill and offer as a sacrifice. To whom would this sacrifice be made? Not to God, for sure.
destroy – fully destroy; cut off entirely. Satan’s purpose is to cut us off from God. ‘Nuf said.
abundantly – beyond what is anticipated; exceeding expectations.
Do you have a life full of thievery, death, and destruction or do you live a life full of abundance?