Scripture and a Picture – How Can the Holy Spirit Help Us to Snatch and Catch?
Last weekend as I looked at my Scripture to memorize for this week, God moved me from one Scripture to another and I ended up picking 1 Peter 1:8-9, HCSB to memorize for this week.
You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
While I listened to God I heard the word, “catch”. My mind instantly went to football, catching the ball and running with it towards the goal.
Because of my fascination with the word “catch” I looked it up on line in Greek. There were 2 meanings that interested me.
agreuó – original word -ἀγρεύω (Strongs 64) means catch and capture
harpazó – original word -ἁρπάζω (Strongs 726) means to snatch
For the first one – capture. I see this as CATCH HIS FIRE, His Holy Spirit. And we can do that as we read His Word.
They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us (Luke 24:32, NIV)?”
For the second one – snatch. I see us snatching ourselves and others out of the fire.
Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh (Jude 1:22-23, NIV).
I found two other instances of the word “snatch” – snatching from the fire. Amos 4:11 and Zechariah 3:2-5.
I believe we are called to be disciples of men (as in human beings). As we grow in God’s Word, we become stronger in our faith and can help others along the way.
As we run the race, clutching onto the Holy Spirit, dodging the world’s traps, we can also reach out to others and help them towards the goal, too.
As we memorize God’s Word, the Holy Spirit works in us to teach and change us. He also brings people into our paths whom we can encourage.
Father, Help us to learn Your Word. Help us not only to memorize but chew on it until it becomes part of who we are. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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