The English language often falls short in its ability to fully and adequately present ancient biblical concepts. This is true for any translation and from any language whether it be Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek. Much of the time the full meaning and nuance are lost when an ancient phrase is converted into a simple, single modern term. In many cases, the word in its original usage has undergone a complete change in definition over the millennia. This is where studying the original biblical language adds an abundance of substance to your Bible reading. You’re much more likely to obtain a complete grasp of what is being said, shared or conveyed.
In these weekly word studies, I’ll share words I have researched and what I have learned. These will be brief and concise, a little snippet to ponder during your day, and maybe recall as you read. If nothing else, these studies have brought a smile to my face and a warmth to my heart. My hope is that they will do the same for you. And, if it intrigues you, please take time on your own to further study not only these words, but any and all concepts you encounter during your private reading time.
Let’s start at the beginning…
For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world
to be holy and blameless in His sight. (Ephesians 1:4 NIV)
Choose/Chose/Chosen – verb – from the Greek, “Eklegō”
From Strong’s (1586): I pick out for myself, choose, elect, select (as in a favorite).
“I pick out for myself.” Doesn’t that make you smile? YOU were specifically chosen by God to be HIS. 1 Peter 2:9 Calls you His special (treasured) possession.
In this world we are often overlooked, forgotten, abandoned, we are given up, divorced, uninvited. This list could go on and on. But, in God’s kingdom, in His heart, YOU were picked, preferred, desired. In a nutshell, you were called, called on, called upon. Ponder that a while.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you
so that you might go and bear fruit–
fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name
the Father will give you. (John 15:16 NIV)
Even though “we” rejected the son of man, He still chose us. Let that sink in a while. We are still so loved, so desired, that despite our contemptuous behaviors, despite our innately sinful ways, God still chooses us. He still wants us.
Vine’s Expository Dictionary expounds on the Strong’s definition a bit further by saying, “to choose for oneself…with the subsidiary ideas of kindness or favor or love.”
YOU are considered a favorite in God’s eyes. His love is predisposed towards you specifically. In kindness and love, He calls you, “mine”. That fills my heart with love and my soul with such comfort, more than any this world can offer.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12 NIV)
God did not haphazardly and with no regard reach out and grasp whatever his hands first fell upon. It was no random act of kindness. God specifically looked upon you and declared, “There. That one. I choose that one for myself”.
You’ve been chosen. You are wanted more than you can conceive or imagine.
There are dozens of occurrences of “chose, chosen” in the New Testament. I encourage you to look these up and discover the full depth and breadth of what it means for God to have chosen you.