Joined

Draw Near, Part II

“To bring near, to join one thing to another, to draw or come near to, to approach.” *  Tucked inside the obvious meanings for engizo, the Greek word for “draw near“, is the more compelling phrase, “to join one thing to another” which harkens back to the Old Testament idea expressed in the previous post in the description of leviathan’s scales being so near to one another no air could get in.  The Hebrew word in the Old Testament can also mean sexual relations.

With “to join one thing to another” in mind, read the following–

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16, ESV)

For the law made nothing perfect, and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God. (Heb 7:19-25 NIV)

Since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith. (Heb 10:21-22 NIV)

Our High Priest and Better Hope is Jesus.  On the basis of His substitutionary death and glorious resurrection, we are able to draw near to God, to join ourselves to Him, without fear and with confidence.  And more than that, God wants us to!  (Remember James 4:8!)

(*Strong’s Concordance and Bible Dictionary #1448)

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~ by cathyhowie on March 16, 2010.

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