Every Word Matters

It is written:

“Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “AND TO YOUR SEED,” who is Christ.” (Galatians 3:16)

The Apostle Paul is here describing how the blessings of God will only be upon the seed of Abraham, ie, those individuals who submit to God’s plan of salvation and become members of the church (carefully study Galatians 3:7 and 26-29). He makes this argument based on the importance of a single word in the Old Testament: the word “seed.”

Paul thus clearly believed that every word of Scripture is important and worthy of careful study and consideration.

“Having decried the potential overemphasis of philology or etymology, we must, however, recognize that the choice of individual words was indeed significant to the writers of Scripture. The interpreter is thoroughly justified in asking, “Why did the writer choose this term as opposed to one of its synonyms?” The choice of word made a difference to the writer, who was superintended by the Holy Spirit (2 Pet. 1:21), so it ought to make a difference to us. So, we ask again: Why pursue word studies? Because the Spirit-superintended writer of the Scriptures chose his words with care and purpose. It made a difference to him and to the Spirit of God. It is the reader’s obligation to discover the reason for one word’s choice over another. Sometimes the reason is due to a different meaning. Sometimes it is due to a need for variety to expand the scope of the concept being described. Sometimes it is due to the need for poetic assonance or the constraints of an acrostic. Whatever the word, there is at least one good reason for its choice—a reason that is key to a fuller understanding of the biblical text itself.” (Dr. J.D. Watson, A Hebrew Word For The Day: Key Words From The Old Testament, 207-213 (Kindle Edition); Chattanooga, Tennessee; AMG Reference)

When we approach the Word Of God, we should give it careful attention and study.

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