Volume 12

October 2014

Issue 10  Page 1

Published By Central Church of Christ Women
Editor: Mary Ellen Evans

Table of Contents:

About this Ministry
   o Planning Team
   o Past Newsletters
   o Our Church's Web

Page 1:
    o Seeking and Finding

Page 2:
  o What Daughters and
      Sons Need to Know

Page 3:
  o Dorcas House

Page 4:
  o News Bites
      o Ladies Bible
      o Sister Saturday
      o October session
      o Thursday morning
      o Sewing Sisters

Page 5:
   o Nickson Recipe
      o Chicken Pot Pie
   o Everyone Will Hoot

Page 6:
   o Grannyís Cocoa
      Cream Pie
   o What is al dente Pasta?

        Healthy &

Seeking and Finding

Latayne C. Scott June 22, 2014
(used by permission)

People wonder how the mind of an author works. (In circles, mainly.) But one thing I have always wondered about-- and tried to research in Bible study aids, concordances, lexicons, and my trusty Greek Interlinear:

When in Luke 4:17, Jesus went into His hometown synagogue and picked up the scroll and "found" (infinitive, heurisko) the passage He read, did that mean He searched through the scroll to find it? Or that He happened on it, because it was rolled together at that point (and perhaps the synagogue leaders intended for the next reader who'd take it up to read publicly would pick up where the last reader left off?) In other words, did He go find that scripture, or did He find it as one who stumbles upon buried treasure discovers it?

This has always intrigued me. I have never seen anyone address this issue. I know it's minor, but I told you, this is the way my mind works, thinking about such things.

Imagine my delight when I was slogging through reading Acts in Greek (and the older I get, the harder it is to keep up with that but I'm convinced I grow closer to Jesus through reading His Spirit's words in Greek), I read something that, after all these years, addressed that issue. In Acts 21:4, there is another word translated "find" which is a derivative of the original word, sort of intensified. It means to search for and then find. So, if the intensive means search for and find, then I can conclude the herisko verb means just to happen upon. Sure enough, that's born out in many instances of the use of that less-intensive word, where someone comes upon something, such as in Matthew 12:43-44.

I couldn't wait, then to look up Matthew 7:8, where Jesus says that whoever seeks will find. Did that mean you would find after intensive searching? How interesting to discover that all the hard work of seeking is followed upon by a verb that means you'll happen upon the solution. In other words, God will supply the solution to your seeking, and though I must be faithful to the seeking, He will put in my path the finding. (Editorís emphasis)

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