Personal stuff – and Luke 1:37 word study – impossible

Tuesday, April 26, 2005
I love Tuesdays, Morning – women’s Bible study, evening, Bible study, and in between I am getting to help out with sewing class in the middle school for the next few weeks.

This morning I was reading Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing will be impossible.” What an awesome promise of God.

What surprised me is the teaching I came across that let me realize that it is such a packed full promise.

I checked it out with the pastor of the church where the Women’s Bible study is to make sure it is accurate.

The word nothing is numbers 3756, 3956, and 4487 in Strongs.

The Word Impossible is 101 in Strong’s.

3756 is ou – which means full and direct negation

3956 is Pas, which means oneness, totality, whole.

But the real surprise is 4487 which is Rhema, to speak, that which is spoken, a statement, word uttered by a living voice.

I love the Rhema word of God which is so alive, and so full of promise.

The word Impossible is 101, adunateo, which is the opposite of the word Dunami which is power (dynamite power).

So, just like Genesis begins with the Word, John begins with the Word, the virgin birth of Jesus begins with a Word and she gives birth to the Word (Jesus)

The amplified Bible states the verse as, “For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”

The ASB Bible says, “For no word from God shall be void of power.”

In discussing with this with Pastor Malcom, I found out he reads Greek!!!! and when we looked at this in Greek, he stated that it is a very far reaching word, way beyond Mary and her situation, but implying on all levels at all times.

In a book about Luke, he read a quote that was incredible by J. J. Van Oosterzee, “The laws of nature are not chains which the Divine legislates his hand upon himself; they are threads which he holds in his hand, and which he shortens or lengthens at will.

Kind of implying that we cannot put God in a box, that if He wants to circumvent seemingly impossible situations like virgin births or Elizabeth’s late life birth of John the Baptist, He can do it, for he is the one who holds the threads.

I am always excited when I find a verse that goes beyond my usual reading of it, and this is one that is usually read at Christmas pageants, but how pregnant (pardon the pun) with meaning it is.

Hope you have a blessed day. I will try to put up notes for tonight’s Bible study either late tonight, or early tomorrow.

For those who wonder at my phenomenal memory, please know that I basically frantically write and then have to interpret scribbles. I find it so helpful to take notes though, for I think I learn and remember much more.

If you haven’t seen them yet, go down a few entries and see the pictures of the Seder and the explanation of some of the symbolism. Pastor Don’s picture is there, as is one that has our whole family in it, so you can see a picture of Jim who so many of you have been praying for.

I found out from my daughter the reason Jim decided to go back on his medicine (he had told her not to tell me, but she told me anyway), that his blood pressure was 220 over 120, way too high, and I keep praying that he puts this together, loses weight and can come off the pills with the Doctor’s help.

Pastor Don told me to begin working on my weight, so that Jim is inspired to work on his. So I am asking for prayers for that with me, as weight is a tough issue.

Based on my past (posts beginning March 15) when I start losing weight, emotions and memories come up, and I find that weight has been a way to protect myself, but it should not be necessary now, given where I am. So please, pray that I can really work towards this weight loss.

Have a great day, it is sunny here, and finally short sleeve weather.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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