Saturday, August 1, 2015

Visitation In The Greek And Hebrew

Visitation is a great word.

"Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation." - 1 Peter 2:12 KJV

It is a time when God shows up in a special way. It can be a time when people come by and turn someone's solitary time into a 'when two or more are gathered in my name' time.

In the Hebrew the word translated visitation is Pequddah (Strong's H6486) and it is also translated oversight, ordering, account and custody. Visitation is organized and scheduled even if it is as simple as say, 'Ok, Let's all meet at the cafe and go.'

The Greek word is Episkope (G1984) and that is also translated as 'office of a bishop' in 1 Timothy chapter 3 verse 1. In newer translations it is appears as 'overseer'... that person purposes to have sight that looks on the logistics of a situation from above. They get a higher vantage point and survey for the purpose of organizing what it happening.

"The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil." - 1 Timothy 3:1-7 ESV

Yes. Visitation is a beautiful word.

I can't help but think of my friends throughout the world who go to visit people to make them feel loved. They visit with hope in their hearts and words of grace in their mouths.

In the Hebrew scriptures the law required hospitality for those from outside who came to visit. After the cross we are commissioned to go and bring hospitality to people near and far.

"And he said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.' " - Mark 16:15 ESV

Yes. If we have a vision to organize trips to bless then God will show up and bless. Amazing.


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