Amazing What One Word Change Can Do

This verse was/is the verse of the day in the YouVersion Bible App.

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Hebrews 13:16 KJV

Now let’s take a look at the definition of communicate before I dive into this.

Communicate:

share or exchange information, news, or ideas.

There was another meaning but it revolves around passing diseases to one another…hence the term communicable.

But what I see in Hebrews 13:16 is not what 90 percent of other variants of scripture say. Instead of communicate they use the term share.

And some versions have so stretched it to mean share what you have with the poor. Well duh…you didn’t have to change the meaning of this verse to tell me that. It is all over scripture.

But anyway, that’s not the point. The point is that by changing the word communicate with share it opens this verse wide open to an array of things not intended by the author.

And because share IS part of the meaning of you disagree with me that is fine…

In Hebrews 13:15 the author is telling us…

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
Hebrews 13:15 KJV

Here we are told to offer a sacrifice of praise to God with our lips and then in 16 we are told to not forget to do good and communicate for God is well please with these sacrifices.

Communicate what exactly? Or even share for that matter? There is NO reference to material things here. But then again there is no reference of what to say…or is there?

It’s there, well for me it is.

I am to do good and to communicate Christ or share Christ with those around me. It does say to continually there mind you…

I’ll play devil’s advocate for a sec.

If you look at some versions it does say to share what you have with the poor.

So if you see a “beggar” on the corner asking for help, do you give them a dollar or two? May be a five. You haven’t sacrificed nothing. That’s pocket change. Heck five dollars now will barely buy them a soft drink and a bag of chips.

But if you give them a ten, twenty, or even a hundred then there is some sacrifice.

BUT, if while you are chatting with the “beggar” you communicate to them the love of God then there is a lot of sacrifice taking place. One with your time. One with your pride and one with your heart. Especially if they ask you how do you know for certain and you share your story.

Trust me it’s a sacrifice to communicate the love of God to a stranger much less a close friend.

And if you pray for and with them right there😮 Man, you done opened the Heavens and the whole angelic army is watching

But the point is we ARE to communicate the Love of God in and through Christ to those around us including those strangers and friends we are doing good to!

May we never lose sight of that!

Have a great week everyone.

5 thoughts on “Amazing What One Word Change Can Do”

  1. Yep, that’s why I love studying God’s Word. As in English, individual Greek (or Hebrew) words can have multiple meanings.
    The word translated “serve” or “communicate” is from koinónia: Usage: (lit: partnership) (a) contributory help, participation, (b) sharing in, communion, (c) spiritual fellowship, a fellowship in the spirit.

    In other words, all what you said. 😊

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