God’s way by Pastor Melissa Scott

October 20, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

My burnt offering I place here and I expect nothing in return. It brings me joy to say “This I put here.” And not like the Pharisee “Let me show what I’m putting here.’ Matthew 6 tells us clearly when you do your alms you do them quietly. Don’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing. The Bible is so clear, this is what’s paining me, I don’t understand why people are not just taking that and teaching the people. There is dignity, there is dignity in giving to God God’s way. God loves a hilarious giver and I’m going to prove that right now. If I haven’t proven it already, I’m going to make a capstone on this.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this word here: hilaron, I’ve said we get our English word ‘hilarious.’ Now you read in Romans – you don’t even need to turn there, I’ll just tell you – Romans 3:25 and Hebrews 9:5. Jot these down, look at them later. Those two places, and I’m going to write it in English for you so you can see. Hilaron, this word here and the word that we have read when we read Jesus was not only the propitiatory, He was the propitiation. The propitiatory, the propitiation, the place which we call the ‘mercy seat,’ He ‘mercy-seated’ Himself. This word here is an adjective. All right. The word for what Jesus did, where He did it and how He did it: hilasterion, I’m writing in English so all the folks can see, is also an adjective.

No complicated stuff today, it’s just simple stuff. Now this is the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, Danker and Bowers. This word hilaron and its derivatives: hilaros, hilara, hilaron, translating ‘to be full of cheer,’ ‘cheerful,’ ‘glad,’ ‘happy things’ – ha, ha, ha, right? The next word down hilaratos, hilaratos: ‘quality or state of cheerfulness.’ It’s the ‘state of being,’ gladness,’ ‘whole-heartedness,’ ‘graciousness,’ et cetera. You keep going down the etymological scale of things and you will come to hilasterion.


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