Friday, November 11, 2011
We CAN Be Perfect-Part 1
Can any of us live up to that definition? Hardly-my hand would have to be the first one in the air to admit to my own lacking. Yet Jesus says in Matthew 5:48, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." I never got that. So God directed me in a biblical study of the word perfect. In the Bible there are different definitions of 'perfect' in the Hebrew and Greek. Let's look at some Old Testament examples. In 2 Samuel 22:33 (refer to picture above) perfect [Hebrew: tamiyn] means complete, whole, entire and what is in accord with truth and fact. 1 Kings 8:61 says, "Let your heart therefore be perfect [Hebrew: shalem] with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day." Perfect here means 'safe, peaceful, whole.' Hezekiah, in 2 Kings 20:3, prays to God and reminds him that he (Hezekiah) has walked with a 'perfect' heart. God hears and adds 15 years to his life and performs the miracle of reversing the sun's path. Noah, Abram, David, and Job are also described as having a 'perfect' heart.
So what does this mean to us? We are lacking, yes, but when we bind our hearts to God he completes us, and fills those gaps, buffs out the imperfections, and makes us complete, safe and peaceful. What great hope and joy that gives me!
So can we be perfect? What do you think? Post a comment below. Part 2 will talk about the definition of 'perfect' from the New Testament.
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