Friday, January 17, 2014

Are You Ready for Hundreds?

"And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life." - Mark 10:29-30 (KJV)

This scripture all by itself is pretty amazing, even in the King James Version. But I took it apart and went back to the Greek and I discovered something pretty awesome. So I thought I'd share it with you.

"Speaking again, Jesus taught them:
This truth I say to you all: No one is who has given up a residence or brothers or sisters or a father or a mother or a wife or children or farms  (i.e. sources of income) on account of me and the gospel but not will take hundreds of times more now in this time, residences and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms (i.e. sources of income) right in the middle of persecutions and in the coming eternity, eternal life."

There are a few things of note here. First, Jesus said that these things will be taken, not given. He's already done the work. It's finished. Now it's up to us to take it!

Second, He says we will take it NOW. He even uses two phrases to clarify His point. He says now and in this time. That's not just put in there by the translators. That's in the original Greek.

Third, the Greek word used for hundredfold in the KJV is actually PLURAL. There is a singular form which means "a hundred times." So, that means the plural form means "HUNDREDS of times." This just keeps getting bigger and better!!!

Fourth, the word "lands" actually refers to "farms." Even in Jesus' day, the people of Israel were dependent on agriculture. Their farms were their livelihood. So, when Jesus said that they've given up their farms, He meant they gave up their income source. For us, He'd say "jobs" because that's what most people in "first world" countries use for their provision. But Jesus says that if you give up your source that He will replace it with hundreds of times more than what you had!

And finally, I want you to see that when the KJV says "with persecutions," it's the same "with" as used in Philippians 2:12, which I talked about in this post. As I said there, "the concept is similar to being at the mall 'with' other shoppers. You are there. They are there. But you aren't really 'together' per se."

In other words, if you've given up things in service to the Lord, you can be sure that you have the right to take hundreds of times more than what you lost! And you can do that NOW! And that includes EVERYTHING - house, family and/or jobs! And you're going to have all that right in the middle of trouble and calamity and destruction and famine and economic disaster!

A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you!