Have you ever wondered why there are so many words in the Bible that seem to mean the same thing but when applied to the passage it doesn’t mean what you think you should? The author of this translation spent more than 30 years carefully researching word meanings and applying that this work. His work comes from the fact that the Bible was translated over 600 years ago and the words used then are not the same as they are now. Word meanings change over time and with that it becomes difficult to know what a word meant 600 years ago and how it applies to life today. If you want to check this out head over to http://www.breakthroughversion.com and check out the comparison charts. They are informative and give an excellent picture of how the author researched to make this a usable resource.
With that said let me say that I, personally, believe in the total inerrancy of the Word. I believe that it is and was totally ‘God-breathed’ as it says in 2 Timothy 3:16. I also believe it is totally our responsibility, as believers, to check out any passage or translation that does not ‘ring true’ for us with all the resources we have. So when I had a question about a passage I went to my Key Word Hebrew-Greek Study Bible, any or all of the commentary’s I could find, a variety of other study Bibles, and did on-line research when necessary. Guess what? I never found a time when this translation was inaccurate or not applicable.
I received a copy of this Bible from Breakthrough Bible Publishing for the sole purpose of reading and review. The thoughts and comments in this review are totally my own and influenced only by my personal and life experiences. I have spent the past 6 months using this translation in teaching, study and worship experiences. It has shed light on some passages and taken me to new thoughts on things I already thought I knew. It is an excellent resource for any Bible teacher and I am delighted to add it to my library and highly recommend it for yours.
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Have you ever noticed how many times water is used to describe a Biblical concept throughout the Word? The Old and New Testament use this metaphor. I’m going to focus today on a few of the ways water is connected to Jesus, the Living Water.
Turn to John 1:29-34 and let’s take a look at Jesus’ Baptism. John makes a clear distinction between baptizing (The Greek word here is baptizo and means getting totally wet) with water and the Baptism of the Spirit. Water baptism is obedience to the Lord’s call with a public affirmation of faith. The symbolism here regards the complete washing away of our sin and rising to eternal life from the watery grave. The baptism of the Spirit is what we receive when we acknowledge Christ as our personal Savior. The Spirit completely indwells and covers us, never to leave. It represents us to the world as God’s own.
The first miracle recorded in the Word is His turning the water into wine. This account is found in John 2:1-10. Mary tells Jesus the wine has run out. Not a good thing to happen in a wedding celebrations. It would have been very embarrassing because hospitality was a very big part of life in that time. It is interesting that He appears to say no to His mother. In reality He followed through. On the surface of this miracle it would seem that turning water to wine is the main issue. I think Jesus was starting the pattern of signs that would lead to our understanding that He is the Jehovah Jirah, the God who provides. He wanted us to understand that as the Living Water He alone will provide all our needs.
Jesus uses water again to show the Woman at the Well that she needs to turn away from her sin and start a new life. (Hm-m-m-m-m I see hints of our Baptism concept.) John 4:5-26 tells the whole story. Water is the true fountain of life. One can live longer without food than they can without water. As Jesus speaks to the Samarian Woman she understands and asks where she can get some of this Living Water. Jesus explains His place in the metaphor and she gets it! If you read the next few verses you find that she left her waterpot (a physical manifestation of the need for water) and went into the city to tell the men. They came to see Him. She filled Christ’s desire for us to ‘go and tell’. (Perhaps she is the first missionary…)
There are many water metaphors. Consider Luke 22:10 – You will see a man carrying a pitcher of water….John 19:34 – Water poured out of the wound left by the piercing of His side…Revelation 22:17 – The invitation to freely take the Water of Life.
Water is a visible representation of life from Genesis to Revelation. Such a simple commodity, such an eternal function.
Heavenly Father, Giver of Eternal Life, I have tasted the Living Water. Give me more. Let me feast at your table…Let me drink of the Water. Make it so!