Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Come, O Lord (Maranatha)

Good Morning Folks,

I hope that you are doing well at the reading of this message.  Today, I do not want to keep your attention long, but I do want to direct it to 1 Corinthians 16:22.  In the King James Version, it says:

If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

If you have ever run across this verse in the Bible you may have been confused by the last two words.  In an effort to help reading and understanding the Word of God we have to understand some of the vocabulary and meanings just like we did when in school.  I did not intend to define the word Anathema, but since I'm here, I will cover it as well.

Anathema:  In the NIV, this word is translated to "a curse be on him".  According to Dictionary.com, it also means "a person or thing detested or loathed".

Maranatha:  If you look on Biblegateway.com under the NIV version, you will find that the word Maranatha means "Come, Oh Lord."  This was an Aramaic expression used by early Christians.  For more information, read the following link in Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maranatha.

Now, if you put it all together the scripture tells you that if any man does not love Jesus Christ, then a curse is on them.  I imagine Maranatha is almost said with a shout to welcome the Lord to Come and/or to Return.

I hope this has helped someone because understanding definitions is apart of our every day living.


Antoine E. Hall

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"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." - 2 Samuel 22:33
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