Meaning of Words and Meaning Them
The true meaning of a word or the thought in it depends on how it is used by the speaker or the writer; there are words colloquial, legal, idiomatic, and many more. But words used in a colloquial manner may imply a very different meaning when it is used in a biblical way.
One good example is the English word, "know." In a court of law, the presiding judge may ask someone in the witness stand, "Do you know the accused?" A judge sometimes is satisfied when a witness points with his index finger to somebody inside the courtroom.
Colloquially, someone may say, "I know the President because he, with his family,were our neighbors ten years ago."
These are the common uses of the word "know".
Biblically, the word "know," yâda‛ in Hebrew and ginōskō in Greek, may mean a deeper thing especially when used between a man and a woman.
GENESIS 4:1, 25
1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bore a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
It is clear in theses verses that the word "know" or "knew" implies sexual intercourse.
Joseph had known Mary, contrary to the belief of the Catholic Church that Mary was forever a virgin. In fact, he bore at least six children with Mary.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
The phrase, "knew her not till" implies that after the birth of the Firstborn Jesus, Mary was known to Joseph, having at least six children with him.
Jesus was described as the firstborn, strengthening the idea that there were other children born to Mary.
Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
The phrase, "are not his sisters here with us?" implies that Jesus Christ has at least two sisters making his brethren at the very least six!
What about election?
The word "election," as we know colloquially, is a democratic process whereby people of a nation, like the Philippines, elect or vote for a candidate for a particular government office.
In the Bible, God elects. Election in the Bible means to choose somebody to be given or to be gifted of a particular office.
I THESSALONIANS 1:4
Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
It is for a particular function that a Christian is elected by God.
II PETER 1:10
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Why is it that in the Bible, God is the person that elects or that chooses someone for a particular office? The logic is wise and sensible. God knows a man and everything in him.
24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
God knows the deepest secret of the most intricate part of our being.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
God's choices are sure and he does it without repentance.
THE ROMANS 11:29
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
However, it is different with mankind: our choices are not always sure.
We humans choose or elect, but sometimes and most of the time we end up in repentance because we made the wrong choice. At times, the repentance is made when the one we elected proves the contrary to our hopes.
The Filipino people after voting for a particular candidate to the highest office in the land end up grieving and complaining because of frustrations and broken promises made by politicians. Our choices are not always sure, and many things factor into the fulfillment of those promises. We can only hope they mean what they promised.
The overwhelming mandate and trust given to President elect Rodrigo Duterte, according to some analysts, is because of his promise to the electorate that he will curve criminality, drug addiction, and corruption within a period of six months. Such is the expectation of a people longing for justice and genuine reform in government. Honestly speaking, I am one of them.
Mabuhay ka Presidente! We are praying for you and for the entire nation!