Grace revealed? Much of the “Christian” world thinks of grace as something that covers over us and shields us from evil.
We use the term divine grace, especially in Protestant, Evangelical, and Pentecostal denominations.
According to the OED (online etymology dictionary), from the late 12th century the noun grace is said to be, “God’s unmerited favor, love, or help” from Old French grace “pardon, divine grace, mercy; favor, thanks; elegance, virtue” (12c., Modern French grâce), from Latin gratia “favor, esteem, regard; pleasing quality, good will, gratitude” (source of Italian grazia, Spanish gracia; in Church use translating Greek kharisma), from gratus “pleasing, agreeable,” from PIE *gwreto-, suffixed form of root *gwere- (2) “to favor.”
I have often wondered about the way we talk about this word “grace”! How has the Lord revealed his grace toward mankind? Was there grace in the beginning, if so how? Was it grace that stayed the execution of the word of Jehovah, when the first couple rebelled against his word? If you remember in my last blog about the necessity of a promise, the Lord keeps his word! How did mankind escape the execution of the commandment, “that in the day that you eat of it you will surely die.” (Gen. 2) Man lost more that day than what we call unmerited favor! There was a consequence to the first man’s actions, and it has a price!
The Disposition of Grace
We were fortunate that day that our Father has a disposition toward life and not death. Man did eventually die, and the consequence of his action came to pass. Mankind did lose grace that day, but it is more than simply mere favor. When we go back to the original language of the Torah, the Writings, and the Prophets, we find our English word being used to translate the Hebrew “chen” (pronounced Khane). It is derived from a primitive root “chanan” (pronounced khaw-nan’). Properly to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior.” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance #H2603)
I want to share with you what I have found in my study of the Ancient Hebrew and the pictograph’s that defined the language in that day. The first picture is of a wall, and a picture of a seed, combined these mean “wall continues”. Jeff Benner in his Ancient Hebrew Lexicon describes the word as such, “A nomads camp consisted of many family tents, which make up the clan camp. The camp can have as many as fifty tents or more in it. The tents are placed in a circular configuration, forming one continuous wall surrounding the camp.” The Strong’s reference #H2580 corresponds to this word meaning “Beauty”.
Beauty in Grace Revealed
Within the walls of the camp we find the family, compassion, and safety, as you would feel when you came home. Mankind has lost his inheritance! His place in the household of Jehovah or kingdom if you prefer. We find very little family, compassion or safety in the world or “households” of men. The world is filled with violence and destruction and very little inheritance. We are always talking about legacy and heritage in the framework of our existence. Fortunes and Family names have come and gone, just like the nations and kingdoms in which they lived. How many Monarchs, how many family names hold to the ancient world?
The only grace revealed to man is that which Jesus brought, “my kingdom is not of this world”! Regaining our inheritance or place in the household of the Father (grace) is only found in our repentance. The gift of life eternal was given as the summit of the Father’s work in the earth, but our place in the household is not without merit or condition. There were conditions upon Adam and his conduct in the earth as a part of his Father’s kingdom and household. Jesus lived up to those conditions and fulfilled his Father’s will. We must live by the standard of those same conditions if we are to be called Son’s and Daughters of the Most High! We should consider ourselves most fortunate that we have a Father that chooses to give his creation and opportunity to repent, even though we are under the penalty of death, and do not deserve it. But, if we have found the Way of truth then in order to have eternal life we must live accordingly and accountable. Amen.