KEY SCRIPTURE:2 Timothy 2:15 ” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”.
Most children of God do not study the Bible. One main reason is laziness. Others get so busy they don’t have the time. Well the issue is not about not having time or being lazy it is all about priority. We are always able to make time for the things that seem very important to us. There are others who really want to do it, yet they don’t know how. It is such people that I would like to teach how to do some aspects of Bible studies. We would consider word study.
In a word study we consider a particular word. It could be a verb, a noun or adverb. All that matters is that it is a word of interest. We would consider the word diligence. A look at the word diligence from the Concordance gives us about 10 appearances throughout the whole Bible. The meaning from each particular appearance is found within the context of the verse. We see the word diligence in Proverb 4:23. In this verse (using the bible dictionary) it is the Hebrew word “mishmar” and defined as a place of confinement, prison, guard, guard post, watch, observation. Proverbs 4:23 reads “keep thy heart with all DILIGENCE, for out of it are the issues of life”. From the meaning of the usage of the word in Hebrew it is a “place of confinement”, “prison”, “guard post”. This teaches us to keep or protect our hearts like a prisoner is held in prison. A prisoner is strictly confined from all Intruders. Whatever comes to him or her is what the prison authorities chose. This is the idea being carried to us in Proverbs 4:23, about being diligent
Another verse in which we find the usage of the word diligence is Luke 12:58. This time it is a Greek word since it is in the new testament. (The old testament was translated from the Hebrew language and the new testament, from Greek). The word is “ergasia”. This has the following meaning in Greek
1. A working, performing
3. Gain, get by work, profit
4. Endeavour, pains.
The scripture involved is quite long so we would not quote all of it. Luke 12:38 “when thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in thy way give diligence that thou mayest be delivered…”. From the meaning the word diligence in this context means do your possible best or “make every effort”.
Because of space we look at third scripture: Romans 12:8. From the bible dictionary, the word diligence used in the verse means ‘spoude’ from the Greek translation. It means; haste, with haste, earnestness, earnestness in striving after anything. Most earnestly: This word simply means to act with speed.
This study teaches that the usage of words in biblical translations do not have same meanings, but their meanings are according to the context of the verse or passage.
Father, it is time church gets to study your word with more seriousness as we wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus.
Romans 12:8. Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
2 Corinthians 8:7 ” Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also”.