What does Sign mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
σημεῖον a sign 37
לְא֖וֹת sign 4
לְא֣וֹת sign 3
הָא֔וֹת sign 3
א֔וֹת sign 3
הָאוֹת֙ sign 3
לְאוֹת֙ sign 3
לְמוֹפֵ֔ת wonder 2
א֗וֹת sign 2
א֑וֹת sign 2
לְא֥וֹת sign 2
אֽוֹת־ sign 2
א֥וֹת sign 2
κατασείσας to shake down 2
א֖וֹת sign 2
לְאֹ֗ת sign 1
וְכָת֨וֹב to write 1
לְנֵֽס something lifted up 1
הֲמִמֶּ֗נּוּ from 1
מוֹפֵ֖ת wonder 1
νεύσαντος to give a nod. 1
מֽוֹפֶתְכֶ֑ם wonder 1
מוֹפֵ֥ת wonder 1
וּמוֹפֵ֖ת wonder 1
כַּמּוֹפֵ֗ת wonder 1
הַמּוֹפֵ֔ת wonder 1
מוֹפֵת֙ wonder 1
σημεῖόν a sign 1
וְיָ֣ד hand. 1
לְא֜וֹת sign 1
σύσσημον a common sign or concerted signal. 1
הָא֖וֹת sign 1
א֣וֹת sign 1
הָאֽוֹת sign 1
הָא֗וֹת sign 1
לְא֔וֹת sign 1
κατέσεισεν to shake down 1
הָאֹ֥ת sign 1
הָאֹ֣ת sign 1
א֨וֹת sign 1
וְתִרְשֻׁ֣ם to inscribe 1

Definitions Related to Sign

G4592


   1 a Sign, mark, token.
      1a that by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known.
      1b a Sign, prodigy, portent, i.e. an unusual occurrence, transcending the common course of nature.
         1b1 of signs portending remarkable events soon to happen.
         1b2 of miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by him, or by which men prove that the cause they are pleading is God’s.
         

H226


   1 Sign, signal.
      1a a distinguishing mark.
      1b banner.
      1c remembrance.
      1d miraculous Sign.
      1e omen.
      1f warning.
   2 token, ensign, standard, miracle, proof.
   

H4159


   1 wonder, Sign, miracle, portent.
      1a wonder (as a special display of God’s power).
      1b Sign, token (of future event).
      

G2678


   1 to shake down, throw down.
   2 to shake.
      2a to make a Sign, to signal with the hand to one.
      

H3789


   1 to write, record, enrol.
      1a (Qal).
         1a1 to write, inscribe, engrave, write in, write on.
         1a2 to write down, describe in writing.
         1a3 to register, enrol, record.
         1a4 to decree.
      1b (Niphal).
         1b1 to be written.
         1b2 to be written down, be recorded, be enrolled.
      1c (Piel) to continue writing.
      

H5251


   1 something lifted up, standard, signal, signal pole, ensign, banner, Sign, sail.
      1a standard (as rallying point), signal.
      1b standard (pole).
      1c ensign, signal.
      

G3506


   1 to give a nod.
   2 to signify by a nod (of what one wishes to be done).
   

G4953


   1 a common Sign or concerted signal.
   2 a Sign given according to agreement.
   

H3027


   1 hand.
      1a hand (of man).
      1b strength, power (fig.
      ).
      1c side (of land), part, portion (metaph.
      ) (fig.
      ).
      1d (various special, technical senses).
         1d1 Sign, monument.
         1d2 part, fractional part, share.
         1d3 time, repetition.
         1d4 axle-trees, axle.
         1d5 stays, support (for laver).
         1d6 tenons (in tabernacle).
         1d7 a phallus, a hand (meaning unsure).
         1d8 wrists.
         

H7560


   1 to inscribe, Sign.
      1a (P’al) to inscribe, Sign.
      1b (P’al).
         1b1 to be inscribed, be written.
         1b2 to be signed.
         

Frequency of Sign (original languages)

Frequency of Sign (English)

Dictionary

Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Sign
SIGN . Any outward fact which serves as a pledge of a Divine word or a proof of a Divine deed is a sign , whether it be natural or supernatural in its character. The rainbow served as the sign of the Noahic, as the rite of circumcision of the Abrahamic, covenant ( Genesis 9:12 ; Genesis 17:11 ‘token,’ Romans 4:11 ). That God was with, and worked for, the Israelites was shown in the plagues of Egypt ( Exodus 10:2 ). Gideon asks for and receives a sign that it is Jehovah who speaks with him ( Judges 6:17 ), and Saul also receives signs to confirm the words of Samuel ( 1 Samuel 10:7 ). The prophetic word is thus proved from God ( Isaiah 7:14 ; Isaiah 38:7 , Jeremiah 44:29 , Ezekiel 14:8 ). The sign need not be supernatural ( 1 Samuel 2:34 , Isaiah 8:18 ; Isaiah 20:3 ); but the Jews in the time of Christ desired miracles as proofs of Divine power ( Matthew 12:38 ; Matthew 16:1 , John 4:48 , 1 Corinthians 1:22 ), a request which Jesus refused and condemned. The message of the Baptist, though not confirmed by any sign, was seen to be true ( John 10:41 ). It is Jonah’s preaching that is probably referred to when Jesus speaks of him as a sign to his generation ( Matthew 12:39 ). The ‘babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger,’ is the simple and humble sign to the shepherds of the birth of a Saviour, Christ the Lord ( Luke 2:12 ); and He is welcomed by Simeon as ‘a sign which is spoken against’ ( Luke 2:34 ). The Fourth Gospel frequently describes the miracles of Jesus as signs ( Luke 3:2 , Luke 4:44 ), and attributes to them an evidential value which is not prominent in Jesus’ own intention. This confirmation of the gospel was found in the Apostolic Church ( Mark 16:20 , Acts 4:16 ; Acts 6:3 ; Acts 8:6 ; Acts 8:13 ; Acts 15:12 , 2 Corinthians 12:12 ). The last things will be ushered in by extraordinary signs ( Matthew 24:30 , Luke 21:25 , 2 Thessalonians 2:9 the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, Revelation 12:1 ; Revelation 13:13 etc.). The faith that depends on signs, if not altogether condemned ( John 6:26 ), is by Jesus deprecated ( John 4:48 , cf. 1 Corinthians 1:22 ). Cf. also p. 568 b . Alfred E. Garvie.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Sign
1: σημεῖον (Strong's #4592 — Noun Neuter — semeion — say-mi'-on ) "a sign, mark, indication, token," is used (a) of that which distinguished a person or thing from others, e.g., Matthew 26:48 ; Luke 2:12 ; Romans 4:11 ; 2 Corinthians 12:12 (1st part); 2 Thessalonians 3:17 , "token," i.e., his autograph attesting the authenticity of his letters; (b) of a "sign" as a warning or admonition, e.g., Matthew 12:39 , "the sign of (i.e., consisting of) the prophet Jonas;" Matthew 16:4 ; Luke 2:34 ; 11:29,30 ; (c) of miraculous acts (1) as tokens of Divine authority and power, e.g., Matthew 12:38,39 (1st part); John 2:11 , RV, "signs;" John 3:2 (ditto); 4:54, "(the second) sign," RV; John 10:41 (ditto); 20:30; in 1 Corinthians 1:22 , "the Jews ask for signs," RV, indicates that the Apostles were met with the same demand from Jews as Christ had been: "signs were vouchsafed in plenty, signs of God's power and love, but these were not the signs which they sought ... They wanted signs of an outward Messianic Kingdom, of temporal triumph, of material greatness for the chosen people. ... With such cravings the Gospel of a 'crucified Messiah' was to them a stumblingblock indeed" (Lightfoot); 1 Corinthians 14:22 ; (2) by demons, Revelation 16:14 ; (3) by false teachers or prophets, indications of assumed authority, e.g., Matthew 24:24 ; Mark 13:22 ; (4) by Satan through his special agents, 2 Thessalonians 2:9 ; Revelation 13:13,14 ; 19:20 ; (d) of tokens portending future events, e.g., Matthew 24:3 , where "the sign of the Son of Man" signifies, subjectively, that the Son of Man is Himself the "sign" of what He is about to do; Mark 13:4 ; Luke 21:7,11,25 ; Acts 2:19 ; Revelation 12:1 , RV; 12:3, RV; 15:1.
"Signs" confirmatory of what God had accomplished in the atoning sacrifice of Christ, His resurrection and ascension, and of the sending of the Holy Spirit, were given to the Jews for their recognition, as at Pentecost, and supernatural acts by apostolic ministry, as well as by the supernatural operations in the churches, such as the gift of tongues and prophesyings; there is no record of the continuance of these latter after the circumstances recorded in Acts 19:1-20 .
2: παράσημος (Strong's #3902 — Adjective — parasemos — par-as'-ay-mos ) an adjective meaning "marked at the side" (para, "beside," sema, "mark"), is used in Acts 28:11 as a noun denoting the figurehead of a vessel.
Holman Bible Dictionary - Sign
That which points to something else; an object, occurrence, or person through which one recognizes, remembers, or validates something.
Old Testament Oth , the usual Hebrew term for sign, appears in a nontheological sense for a military signal in the fourth Lachish letter and Joshua 2:12 , and for a military standard in Numbers 2:2 and Psalm 74:4 . The other 75 instances of sign carry a theological sense. Three settings predominate: the created order (Genesis 1:14 ; Genesis 9:12-17 ; Isaiah 37:30 ; Isaiah 55:13 ); human history (Jeremiah 44:29-308 ; Deuteronomy 4:34 ; Deuteronomy 6:22 ); and religious ritual (Genesis 17:11 ; Exodus 12:13 ; Exodus 13:9 ,Exodus 13:9,13:16 ; Exodus 31:13 ). With signs, the nature of the object or event, whether commonplace, odd, or miraculous, is not the prime focus. Emphasis falls rather on the function of the sign. Old Testament signs may be classed according to seven somewhat overlapping functions: 1. to impart knowledge; 2. to protect; 3. to motivate faith; 4. to recall significant events; 5. to witness to the covenant; 6. to confirm; and 7. to illustrate by means of prophetic action.
1. Signs which impart knowledge typically characterize God as Lord of history and champion of oppressed Israel. The goal of the Exodus signs is the knowledge that “I am the LORD (in the midst of the earth)” (Exodus 7:5 ; Exodus 8:22 ; Exodus 10:2 ) and that “the LORD is God; there is no other besides him” (Deuteronomy 4:34-35 NRSV). The punishment to befall Pharaoh Hophra was to serve as a sign promoting the knowledge that God's word of judgment would surely stand up against the Judean refugees in Egypt ( Jeremiah 44:29 ). The knowledge imparted by these signs encouraged acknowledgment of Yahweh as the only God, obedience to God's covenant, and trust in God's word. 2. The mark of Cain (Genesis 4:15 ) and the blood upon the doorposts at Passover (Exodus 12:13 ) protected those under the sign. 3. In addition to revealing God, a second goal of the Exodus signs was to motivate faith and worship. Israel's unbelief in spite of signs is often condemned (Numbers 14:11 ,Numbers 14:11,14:22 ; Deuteronomy 1:29-33 ). The signs fulfill their goal when they inspire obedience (Deuteronomy 11:3 ,Deuteronomy 11:3,11:8 ), worship (Deuteronomy 26:8 ,Deuteronomy 26:8,26:10 ), and loyalty to the Lord (Joshua 24:16-17 ). The signs of pagan prophets similarly serve as a challenge to trust in Yahweh (Deuteronomy 13:1-4 ). The reality of wonder-working false prophets underscores the truth that signs themselves are ambivalent; the function of the sign, either to evoke or challenge faith in Yahweh, is the deciding factor. 4. Signs serve as reminders of significant events. The eating of unleavened bread at Passover (Exodus 13:9 ) and the redemption of the first-born (Exodus 13:16 ) are reminders of God's liberation of Israel. The stones at Gilgal (Joshua 4:6-7 ) bore similar witness to God's continuing saving presence as Israel embarked on the Conquest. The covering of the altar served as a reminder of the danger of usurping the role of God's priests (Numbers 17:10 ). 5 . Other signs serve as reminders of a covenant or established relationship. The rainbow witnesses God's covenant with Noah, insuring an orderly creation not threatened by flood (Genesis 9:12-17 ). Circumcision served as areminder of God's covenant with Abraham (Genesis 17:11 ). The Sabbath, likewise, served as a reminder of God's covenant with Moses (Exodus 31:13 ,Exodus 31:13,31:17 ; Ezekiel 20:12 ). 6 . Still other signs serve as confirmation. Such signs often authenticated God's special call (of Moses, Exodus 3:12 ; Exodus 4:8 ; of Gideon, Judges 6:17 ; of Saul, 1 Samuel 10:2-9 ). Elsewhere a sign confirms God's word of judgment (1 Samuel 2:34 ; 1618387267_27 ) or promise of healing (2 Kings 20:8 ). 7 . Other signs take the form of prophetic acts. The names of Isaiah (“Yahweh is salvation”) and his sons Shear-jashub (“A remnant shall return”) and Maher-shalal-hash-baz (“The spoil speeds, the prey hastens”) illustrate Israel's fate (Isaiah 7:3 ; Isaiah 8:3 ). Isaiah's walking naked and barefoot for three years illustrated the coming humiliation of Egypt and Ethiopia (Isaiah 20:3 ). Ezekiel, likewise, illustrated the coming siege of Jerusalem using a brick, earth, and a plate (Ezekiel 4:1-3 ).
New Testament The New Testament employs sign in the full range of Old Testament functions. 1. Signs function simply to identify. Judas' kiss clearly designated Jesus as the One the mob was seeking (Matthew 26:48 ). The sign of Jesus' coming and the end of the age which the disciples requested is, likewise, an identifying mark (Matthew 24:3 ; Mark 13:4 ; Luke 21:7 ); it is not a matter of evoking faith in Christ's coming but of identifying that event when it occurs. The difficult “sign of the Son of Man” is probably an identifying sign as well (Matthew 24:30 ). The above uses approximate the nontheological use of sign by the Old Testament. Other uses of sign are distinctly theological. 2. John's signs generally impart knowledge about Jesus and His relation to the Father. Jesus' first sign, the changing of water into wine at Cana, points to Jesus as the source of the abundant, joyful life which characterizes the anticipated Messianic Age (John 2:1-11 ). The three-fold repetition of the phrase “your son lives” in the healing of the official's son (John 4:46-54 ) points to Jesus as the life-giver. The healing of the sick man at the Sheep Gate Pool (John 5:2-9 ) points to Jesus as the One through whom God is still working (John 5:17 ). Though the just-fed crowd saw Jesus' feeding of the five thousand (John 6:2-13 ) as a sign that Jesus was a prophet (John 6:14 ), the sign points to Jesus as the life-giving bread which alone can satisfy (John 6:35 ). The sign of the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-7 ) illustrates the ambiguity of signs: some took the sign to mean that Jesus was not from God; others, that God was with Him (John 9:16 ). John's conclusion (John 9:35-41 ) points to Jesus as both giver of spiritual insight and judge of spiritual blindness. Finally, the raising of Lazarus (John 11:1 ) points to Jesus as the resurrection and the life (John 11:25 ). 3 . Though the term sign is not used, the seal of God upon the foreheads of the redeemed (Revelation 9:4 ) is a sign of protection. 4. Some signs serve to motivate faith. The signs in the Fourth Gospel were recounted so “tha you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31 ). John previously noted signs leading to faith (John 2:11 ; John 4:53 ; John 9:38 ). The sign of the healing of a lame man led to the praise of God in Acts 4:16 ,Acts 4:16,4:21 . Philip's signs, likewise, evoked the Samaritans' faith (Acts 8:6 ). 5 . Other signs serve to recall God's past saving acts. The paired expression “signs and wonders” (Acts 2:19 ,Acts 2:19,2:22 ; Acts 4:30 ; Acts 7:36-37 ; Acts 14:3 ) recalls the foundational saving events of the Exodus. The “signs and wonders” which Jesus and the apostles performed designate the inauguration of God's new saving event. 6. Paul spoke of circumcision as a witness to the covenant (Romans 4:11 ). 7 . Signs often serve as confirmation or authentication. The humble circumstances of the Christ-child in the manger confirmed the angel's announcement of a Savior to outcast shepherds (Luke 2:12 ). Jesus offered the difficult “sign of Jonah” as His authentication (Matthew 12:39-43 ; Luke 11:29-32 ). God was at work in Jesus' preaching of repentance as God had worked in Jonah. The New Testament often rebukes the demand for a sign to confirm God's work (Matthew 16:1 ; John 2:18 ; John 4:48 ; 1 Corinthians 1:22 ). A sign may evoke faith in a receptive heart, but no sign will convince the hard-hearted. 8. Though the term sign is not used, Agabus' action in binding Paul with his belt (Acts 21:11 ) parallels the acts of the Old Testament prophets.
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Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Sign
See Miracle
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Sign
The word σημεῖον (‘sign’) is used (1) of the autographic part of a letter, the mark of authenticity-2 Thessalonians 3:17 (English Version ‘token’); (2) as meaning a ‘symbol’-Romans 4:11 (the ‘sign of circumcision,’ i.e. circumcision as a sign of the covenant); (3) as an ‘indication’-Matthew 26:48 (Judas’ kiss), Luke 2:12 (to the Shepherds) Luke 2:34 (the child Jesus set for a sign); (4) hence for some wonderful indication-Matthew 24:3; Matthew 24:30, Mark 13:4 (of Christ’s Coming), Matthew 16:1; Matthew 16:4, Mark 8:11, Mark 16:17; Mark 16:20, Luke 11:15; Luke 11:29 (to show Christ’s power), Matthew 16:3 (signs of the times) Matthew 16:4 (sign of Jonah), 1 Corinthians 14:22 (tongues and prophesying as a sign of the power of Christianity); and therefore for a ‘miracle’ or wonderful deed which has instruction as its object. The ‘signs in heaven’ of Revelation 12:1; Revelation 12:3; Revelation 12:15 : are a connecting link between these two shades of meaning. The usual sense of σημεῖον in the NT is a ‘miracle,’ especially in the plural (see article Miracle).
In the English Version the word ‘sign’ is used in two places where σημεῖον does not occur. In Luke 1:62 ‘they made signs’ renders ἐνένευον, a verb used in Proverbs 6:3; Proverbs 10:10 (Septuagint ) of winking with the eye. In Acts 28:11 ‘a ship whose sign was the Dioscuri’ renders πλοίῳ παρασήμῳ Διοσκούροις, where παρασήμῳ is either an adjective (= ‘marked’) or else, less probably, a substantive with Διοσκούροις in apposition (but in that case it means a ship’s flag in classical Greek; see Liddell and Scott, s.v.). A. J. Maclean.
Webster's Dictionary - Sign
(1):
(n.) Any character, as a flat, sharp, dot, etc.
(2):
(n.) Any symbol or emblem which prefigures, typifles, or represents, an idea; a type; hence, sometimes, a picture.
(3):
(n.) A word or a character regarded as the outward manifestation of thought; as, words are the sign of ideas.
(4):
(n.) A motion, an action, or a gesture by which a thought is expressed, or a command or a wish made known.
(5):
(n.) That which, being external, stands for, or signifies, something internal or spiritual; - a term used in the Church of England in speaking of an ordinance considered with reference to that which it represents.
(6):
(n.) To represent by a sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to signify.
(7):
(n.) An objective evidence of disease; that is, one appreciable by some one other than the patient.
(8):
(n.) To make a sign upon; to mark with a sign.
(9):
(n.) A character indicating the relation of quantities, or an operation performed upon them; as, the sign + (plus); the sign - (minus); the sign of division ?, and the like.
(10):
(n.) To assign or convey formally; - used with away.
(11):
(n.) To mark; to make distinguishable.
(12):
(v. i.) To be a sign or omen.
(13):
(v. i.) To make a sign or signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by signs.
(14):
(v. i.) To write one's name, esp. as a token of assent, responsibility, or obligation.
(15):
(n.) A lettered board, or other conspicuous notice, placed upon or before a building, room, shop, or office to advertise the business there transacted, or the name of the person or firm carrying it on; a publicly displayed token or notice.
(16):
(n.) A remarkable event, considered by the ancients as indicating the will of some deity; a prodigy; an omen.
(17):
(n.) To affix a signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting.
(18):
(n.) The twelfth part of the ecliptic or zodiac.
(19):
(n.) An event considered by the Jews as indicating the divine will, or as manifesting an interposition of the divine power for some special end; a miracle; a wonder.
(20):
(n.) Something serving to indicate the existence, or preserve the memory, of a thing; a token; a memorial; a monument.
(21):
(n.) That by which anything is made known or represented; that which furnishes evidence; a mark; a token; an indication; a proof.
(22):
(n.) Hence, one of the gestures of pantomime, or of a language of a signs such as those used by the North American Indians, or those used by the deaf and dumb.
(23):
(n.) A military emblem carried on a banner or a standard.
The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Sign
I should not have paused at this word had it not been with a view to have noticed the five signs of the Jews, which they regarded as so highly important in the first temple, and which they confessed the second temple was destitute of.
First, The Urim and Thummim, by which the High Priest was miraculously instructed in the will of God.
Second, The ark of the covenant from whence the Jews observed JEHOVAH gave answers by revelation.
Third, The fire upon the altar, which was always burning.
Fourth, The Shechinah, or manifestation of glory, to intimate the divine presence.
Fifth, The spirit of prophesy.
Now as these five symbols or signs of the Lord's favour to his church and people were in the first temple, but not in the second, what a blessed prophecy and promise was that of the Lord by Haggai, that the glory of the latter house should be greater than the former! (Haggai 2:9) A circumstance only to be explained by the actual presence of the Lord himself in the temple, which those five signs typified and represented. And what a blessed accomplishment of both prophecy and promise was it, when the Lord Jesus himself came suddenly to his temple in substance of our flesh! (Malachi 3:2) In him all the signs and symbols, shadows, types, and figures, had their whole meaning realized. Oh, the felicity to behold in him "all the fulness of the GODHEAD bodily!" (Colossians 2:9)
Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Sign
The word is used as a type to represent or express some great truth. Here are some of the signs mentioned in Scripture:
Exodus 4:8 (a) Moses, taking the serpent by the tail, represents the power of GOD over Satan and the power of the servant of GOD over the evil powers of earth. Moses' hand in his bosom became leprous. Upon removing it from his bosom it became well. This indicates that man is first wicked within and then through the command and work of GOD he becomes right within.
Exodus 8:23 (a) The plague of flies demonstrated the power of GOD over nature and the purpose of GOD to punish His enemies.
Exodus 13:9 (a) Evidently this refers to the Word of the Lord which was to be bound both upon the hand and the head as a constant reminder of the fulfillment of GOD's Word in delivering Israel from the bondage of Egypt. (See also Deuteronomy 6:8).
Exodus 31:13 (a) The Sabbath was a sign of that blessed rest which would be offered in its fullness through the Lord JESUS and in His blessed Person when He came and said, "I will give you rest."
Numbers 16:38 (a) The brazen censers (of the rebels). which were beaten into broad plates were to remind Israel and also us today that it is fatal to rebel against the Word and the plan of GOD.
Numbers 26:10 (a) The disaster sent upon Korah and his company was ever to remind Israel and us, too, of the punishment of GOD upon those who rebel against His order.
Judges 6:17 (a) GOD saw the genuine desire of Gideon to really know His will and therefore granted him the evidence he requested. It is not always so. Very few servants of GOD ever have asked for a sign to confirm the Word of GOD. JESUS said about this matter. "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign." ( Mark 8:12). We should believe GOD's Word without signs.
Isaiah 7:14 (a) The coming of CHRIST was a sign to the world that no other remedy for sin would avail.
it was a sign of man's helplessness and inability to save himself.
it was a sign of the miraculous gift of a Saviour without human means or device.
it was a sign of GOD's plan and pleasure in sending one who could and would be the Mediator between GOD and men.
It was a sign of GOD's loving interest in the needs of men.
in the first sign they had nothing to drink, and in the eighth one they had nothing to eat. Then JESUS came and their needs were satisfied.
in the second sign the boy was ready to die, and in the seventh sign the man was dead. Then JESUS came and life, and life more abundant was present to defeat death.
in the third sign the man could not walk and in the sixth one the man could not see.
in the fourth sign and the fifth one reveal the presence of fear in the heart. In the fourth one they were afraid of dying of hunger, and in the fifth they were afraid of dying by drowning. Then JESUS came and the fear of death was removed. These eight signs are as follows:
Chapter2 (b) Water into wine. The Lord can take the ordinary things of life and make them unusually profitable for His glory. There can be no joy in the sweetest scenes of earth unless He is present.
Chapter4:54 (b) The young man was at the point of death but was not yet dead. The Lord JESUS is able to sustain and to support the life which He gives. He only can keep us from the second death.
Chapter5:9 (b) This indicates that those who are unable to walk with GOD and have no power to change their condition need the Saviour to touch them and enable them to walk with GOD and to live for His glory.
Chapter6:11 (b) We learn the lesson from this sign that the hunger of the heart and the desires of the soul can only be satisfied and gratified by the presence and power of the Lord JESUS.
Chapter6:21 (b) This sign teaches us that the storms of life and fears of the soul may be quickly and surely calmed by the presence and the word of the sovereign Lord.
Chapter9:7 (b) This reveals that only the Lord JESUS can open blind eyes to see their need and to see the sufficiency of the Saviour. It is interesting to note that the lame man was by the pool and the blind man went to the pool. The pool may represent the Word of GOD or the Spirit of GOD or both. We should note also that both of these "signs" were given on the sabbath to teach us that when we are able to walk with GOD and are able to see the things of GOD as we should, then we have rest in our souls.
Chapter11:44 (b) This is a blessed sign to teach us that only JESUS CHRIST can give life to a dead sinner and only the Word of CHRIST can break open the grave and cause a resurrection. As the young man in joh4was about to die and needed to be kept alive, so in this case the man was already dead and needed to be restored to life. Only CHRIST JESUS can do either or both of these blessed miracles in our lives today.
Chapter21:6 (c) This is to teach us that we cannot be successful in life in the true sense of the word unless the Lord directs our way. We learn also that in the ministry of preaching we shall not gather in a harvest for Him except as He directs both as to the manner and the place. In the first sign, they were lacking wine to drink. Only He could provide. In this, the last sign, they were lacking food to eat and only He could provide. So in these eight signs in John we are told that CHRIST JESUS is GOD's answer to every need of the human heart.
Romans 4:11 (a) The circumcision of the Old Testament was a constant testimony to Israel; first, that they belonged to GOD; and second, that they were not to live according to the lusts and desires of the flesh, but according to the will of GOD. (See also Genesis 17:11).
1 Corinthians 14:22 (a) The gift of tongues was a gift in which the servants of GOD were enabled to instantly speak in a different language from the one they knew. The Spirit of GOD gave them immediately the power to preach the Gospel in foreign tongues which had never been learned. This has never been repeated since the apostles' day. Those who today claim to have that "gift" must always learn the language of the country to which they go as missionaries. The message was always an intelligent message, and understandable to those to whom it was addressed. The gift was not given for Christians, but for the heathen. If today those from this country could go to China or Russia and immediately speak freely and fluently in the language of those countries, though they had never learned those languages, that would be a sign to the natives of that country that GOD was working.
Revelation 15:1 (a) In almost every case the Lord forewarned the earth of impending judgment. He did so in this case. When John saw those seven angels with the seven plagues he knew there was trouble ahead for the inhabitants of the earth. This is written in the Scripture so that all men everywhere will today take heed to this sign and repent and turn to GOD.
Webster's Dictionary - re Sign
(n.) Resignation.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of OT Words - Sign
Ôth (אוֹת, Strong's #226), “sign; mark.” Cognates of this word appear in Aramaic and Arabic. It occurs 78 times in biblical Hebrew and in all periods of the language.
This word represents something by which a person or group is characteristically marked. This is its emphasis in Gen. 4:15: “And the Lord set a mark [1] upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.” In Exod. 8:23 God promises to “put a division between my people and thy people: tomorrow shall this sign be” (cf. Exod. 12:13). Num. 2:2 uses 'ôth to represent a military banner, while Job 21:29 uses the word of the identifying banners of nomadic tribes. Rahab asked her Israelite guests for a trustworthy “mark” (NASB, “pledge of truth”), which they stipulated to be the scarlet cord by which she lowered them out of her window and outside Jericho’s walls (Josh. 2:12, 18).
The word means “sign” as a reminder of one’s duty. This usage first appears in Gen. 9:12: “This [2] is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature …” (cf. vv. 4-15).
A reminding token is represented by 'ôth: “And it [3] shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord’s law may be in thy mouth …” (Exod. 13:9).
A “sign” eventually showing the truth of a statement is indicated by 'ôth: “Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain (Exod. 3:12).
In passages such as Exod. 4:8 'Ôth represents a miraculous “sign”: “And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.” “Signs” are attestations of the validity of a prophetic message, but they are not the highest or final test of a prophet; he must speak in conformity to past revelation (cf. Deut. 13:1-5).
Several passages use 'ôth of omens and/or indications of future events: “But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the Lord hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us (1 Sam. 14:10).
An 'ôth can be a “warning sign”: “The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the Lord therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel” (Num. 16:38).
The first occurrence of 'ôth is in Gen. 1:14. Here it refers to the stars, indicators of the time of day and seasons.
Webster's Dictionary - re Sign
(n.) Resignation.
Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Sign
This word is used in the sense of token and pledge; as, when the Lord gave to Noah the rainbow, as a sign of his covenant, Genesis 9:12-13 ; and when he appointed to Abraham the use of circumcision, as the seal of the covenant he had made with him and his posterity, Genesis 17:11 . Sign is also put for a miracle: "Thou shalt do these signs and wonders in the midst of Egypt," Exodus 4:7-9 , &c. A sign or token is often put for the proof or evidence of a thing: For example, "This shall be a token or sign unto thee, that I have sent thee," Exodus 3:12 .
"Shew me a sign, that thou talkest with me," Judges 6:17 , that is a proof. "What shall be the sign," or evidence, "that the Lord will heal me?" 2 Kings 20:8 . This acceptation agrees with the first above mentioned; as also what is said in Genesis 4:15 , "And the Lord set a mark or sign upon Cain;" he gave him a pledge that his life should not be taken away. The signs of heaven, and the signs of the magicians, are the phenomena of the heavens, and the impostures of magicians, which they made use of for the purposes of deception: "The Lord frustrateth the tokens or signs of the liars, and maketh diviners mad," Isaiah 44:25 . "Be not dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Heathen are dismayed at them," Jeremiah 10:2 . To be a sign was farther to be a type, or prediction, of what should happen. Thus the Prophet Isaiah 8:18 , "Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me, are for signs and for wonders in Israel." See also Ezekiel 4:3 .
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Sign
A token, pledge, or proof, Genesis 9:12,13 17:11 Exodus 3:12 Isaiah 8:18 . Also a supernatural portent, Luke 21:11 ; and a miracle, regarded as a token of the divine agency, Exodus 4:7-9 Mark 8:11 . The "signs of heaven" were the movements and aspects of the heavenly bodies, from which heathen astrologers pretended to obtain revelations, Isaiah 44:25 Jeremiah 10:2 . See SHIP .
1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Sign, the
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1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Sign of the Cross
The most important of the sacramentals. It is a symbol of our deliverance from Satan, and an emblem of God's mercy as manifested through the crucifixion of Our Saviour. It consists in making a movement with the hands, or with some object, in the form of a cross. The ordinary method is to put the right hand to the forehead, and to the breast, and to the left and the right shoulder, saying: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen." The words and the action form a summary of the Catholic faith in God and the Redemption. We say "In the name" - expressing the unity of God; we mention the three Persons of the Trinity; the cross itself, made with the hand, manifests our belief in the Incarnation, death, and resurrection of Our Saviour, and shows that we regard Him not only as God but as man - for otherwise He could not die. The use of this sign goes back probably to the days of the Apostles. The triple sign of the cross was common in the Middle Ages, but is not now generally used except at the beginning of the Gospels at Mass. It is made by marking the forehead, the lips, and the breast, each with a small cross, using the thumb, and reminds us that we should worship God with our minds, our lips, and our hearts. The sign of the cross is made at the beginning and end of public and private prayers, in the administration of all the sacraments, and in all the Church's blessings, over the people, the person, or the objects. In Baptism it is made 14 times; in Extreme Unction, 17 times; in the blessing of holy water, 12 times; and in the Mass, in various waysl 51 times. An indulgence of 50 days is gained every time we make it properly.
The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia - Sign of the Cross
(See CROSS, THE.)
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Sign
The word σημεῖον (‘sign’) is used (1) of the autographic part of a letter, the mark of authenticity-2 Thessalonians 3:17 (English Version ‘token’); (2) as meaning a ‘symbol’-Romans 4:11 (the ‘sign of circumcision,’ i.e. circumcision as a sign of the covenant); (3) as an ‘indication’-Matthew 26:48 (Judas’ kiss), Luke 2:12 (to the Shepherds) Luke 2:34 (the child Jesus set for a sign); (4) hence for some wonderful indication-Matthew 24:3; Matthew 24:30, Mark 13:4 (of Christ’s Coming), Matthew 16:1; Matthew 16:4, Mark 8:11, Mark 16:17; Mark 16:20, Luke 11:15; Luke 11:29 (to show Christ’s power), Matthew 16:3 (signs of the times) Matthew 16:4 (sign of Jonah), 1 Corinthians 14:22 (tongues and prophesying as a sign of the power of Christianity); and therefore for a ‘miracle’ or wonderful deed which has instruction as its object. The ‘signs in heaven’ of Revelation 12:1; Revelation 12:3; Revelation 12:15 : are a connecting link between these two shades of meaning. The usual sense of σημεῖον in the NT is a ‘miracle,’ especially in the plural (see article Miracle).
In the English Version the word ‘sign’ is used in two places where σημεῖον does not occur. In Luke 1:62 ‘they made signs’ renders ἐνένευον, a verb used in Proverbs 6:3; Proverbs 10:10 (Septuagint ) of winking with the eye. In Acts 28:11 ‘a ship whose sign was the Dioscuri’ renders πλοίῳ παρασήμῳ Διοσκούροις, where παρασήμῳ is either an adjective (= ‘marked’) or else, less probably, a substantive with Διοσκούροις in apposition (but in that case it means a ship’s flag in classical Greek; see Liddell and Scott, s.v.). A. J. Maclean.

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Token - KJV term meaning, “sign” (Genesis 9:12-17 ; Psalm 65:8 ; Psalm 135:9 ). See Sign
Portent - , that which portends evil; a Sign of coming calamity; an omen; a Sign
Denote - ) To mark out plainly; to Signify by a visible Sign; to serve as the Sign or name of; to indicate; to point out; as, the hands of the clock denote the hour. ) To be the Sign of; to betoken; to Signify; to mean
Beckon - ) A Sign made without words; a beck. ) To make a Significant Sign to; hence, to summon, as by a motion of the hand
Prognostic - ) Indicating something future by Signs or symptoms; foreshowing; aiding in prognosis; as, the prognostic symptoms of a disease; prognostic Signs. ) That which prognosticates; a Sign by which a future event may be known or foretold; an indication; a Sign or omen; hence, a foretelling; a prediction. ) A Sign or symptom indicating the course and termination of a disease
Ithiel - Sign
Virgo - ) A Sign of the zodiac which the sun enters about the 21st of August, marked thus [1] in almanacs. ) A constellation of the zodiac, now occupying chiefly the Sign Libra, and containing the bright star Spica
Wonder - See Miracles, Sign
Denotement - ) Sign; indication
Etham - Their strength; their Sign
Sign - The word σημεῖον (‘sign’) is used (1) of the autographic part of a letter, the mark of authenticity-2 Thessalonians 3:17 (English Version ‘token’); (2) as meaning a ‘symbol’-Romans 4:11 (the ‘sign of circumcision,’ i. circumcision as a Sign of the covenant); (3) as an ‘indication’-Matthew 26:48 (Judas’ kiss), Luke 2:12 (to the Shepherds) Luke 2:34 (the child Jesus set for a Sign); (4) hence for some wonderful indication-Matthew 24:3; Matthew 24:30, Mark 13:4 (of Christ’s Coming), Matthew 16:1; Matthew 16:4, Mark 8:11, Mark 16:17; Mark 16:20, Luke 11:15; Luke 11:29 (to show Christ’s power), Matthew 16:3 (signs of the times) Matthew 16:4 (sign of Jonah), 1 Corinthians 14:22 (tongues and prophesying as a Sign of the power of Christianity); and therefore for a ‘miracle’ or wonderful deed which has instruction as its object. The ‘signs in heaven’ of Revelation 12:1; Revelation 12:3; Revelation 12:15 : are a connecting link between these two shades of meaning. ...
In the English Version the word ‘sign’ is used in two places where σημεῖον does not occur. In Luke 1:62 ‘they made Signs’ renders ἐνένευον, a verb used in Proverbs 6:3; Proverbs 10:10 (Septuagint ) of winking with the eye. In Acts 28:11 ‘a ship whose Sign was the Dioscuri’ renders πλοίῳ παρασήμῳ Διοσκούροις, where παρασήμῳ is either an adjective (= ‘marked’) or else, less probably, a substantive with Διοσκούροις in apposition (but in that case it means a ship’s flag in classical Greek; see Liddell and Scott, s
Sign - This word is used in the sense of token and pledge; as, when the Lord gave to Noah the rainbow, as a Sign of his covenant, Genesis 9:12-13 ; and when he appointed to Abraham the use of circumcision, as the seal of the covenant he had made with him and his posterity, Genesis 17:11 . Sign is also put for a miracle: "Thou shalt do these Signs and wonders in the midst of Egypt," Exodus 4:7-9 , &c. A Sign or token is often put for the proof or evidence of a thing: For example, "This shall be a token or Sign unto thee, that I have sent thee," Exodus 3:12 . ...
"Shew me a Sign, that thou talkest with me," Judges 6:17 , that is a proof. "What shall be the Sign," or evidence, "that the Lord will heal me?" 2 Kings 20:8 . This acceptation agrees with the first above mentioned; as also what is said in Genesis 4:15 , "And the Lord set a mark or Sign upon Cain;" he gave him a pledge that his life should not be taken away. The Signs of heaven, and the Signs of the magicians, are the phenomena of the heavens, and the impostures of magicians, which they made use of for the purposes of deception: "The Lord frustrateth the tokens or Signs of the liars, and maketh diviners mad," Isaiah 44:25 . "Be not dismayed at the Signs of heaven, for the Heathen are dismayed at them," Jeremiah 10:2 . To be a Sign was farther to be a type, or prediction, of what should happen. Thus the Prophet Isaiah 8:18 , "Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me, are for Signs and for wonders in Israel
Sign - The word σημεῖον (‘sign’) is used (1) of the autographic part of a letter, the mark of authenticity-2 Thessalonians 3:17 (English Version ‘token’); (2) as meaning a ‘symbol’-Romans 4:11 (the ‘sign of circumcision,’ i. circumcision as a Sign of the covenant); (3) as an ‘indication’-Matthew 26:48 (Judas’ kiss), Luke 2:12 (to the Shepherds) Luke 2:34 (the child Jesus set for a Sign); (4) hence for some wonderful indication-Matthew 24:3; Matthew 24:30, Mark 13:4 (of Christ’s Coming), Matthew 16:1; Matthew 16:4, Mark 8:11, Mark 16:17; Mark 16:20, Luke 11:15; Luke 11:29 (to show Christ’s power), Matthew 16:3 (signs of the times) Matthew 16:4 (sign of Jonah), 1 Corinthians 14:22 (tongues and prophesying as a Sign of the power of Christianity); and therefore for a ‘miracle’ or wonderful deed which has instruction as its object. The ‘signs in heaven’ of Revelation 12:1; Revelation 12:3; Revelation 12:15 : are a connecting link between these two shades of meaning. ...
In the English Version the word ‘sign’ is used in two places where σημεῖον does not occur. In Luke 1:62 ‘they made Signs’ renders ἐνένευον, a verb used in Proverbs 6:3; Proverbs 10:10 (Septuagint ) of winking with the eye. In Acts 28:11 ‘a ship whose Sign was the Dioscuri’ renders πλοίῳ παρασήμῳ Διοσκούροις, where παρασήμῳ is either an adjective (= ‘marked’) or else, less probably, a substantive with Διοσκούροις in apposition (but in that case it means a ship’s flag in classical Greek; see Liddell and Scott, s
Whale - —See Jonah, Ninevites, Sign
Signed - ) of Sign...
Signation - ) Sign given; marking
Ithai - Strong; my Sign; a plowshare
Mahazioth - Seeing a Sign; seeing a letter
Signing - ) of Sign...
Beckoned - Having a Sign made to
Segno - ) A Sign
Beckoning - Making a Significant Sign, as a hint
Preindesignate - ) Having no Sign expressive of quantity; indefinite. See Predesignate
Significant - ) Deserving to be considered; important; momentous; as, a Significant event. ) Fitted or designed to Signify or make known somethingl having a meaning; standing as a Sign or token; expressive or suggestive; as, a Significant word or sound; a Significant look. ) That which has Significance; a Sign; a token; a symbol
Alepole - ) A pole set up as the Sign of an alehouse
Bloody Sweat - The Sign and token of our Lord's great agony (Luke 22:44 )
al Segno - A direction for the performer to return and recommence from the Sign /
Uniliteral - ) Consisting of one letter only; as, a uniliteral word or Sign
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2: σημεῖον (Strong's #4592 — Noun Neuter — semeion — say-mi'-on ) "a Sign, mark, token" (akin to semaino, "to give a Sign;" sema, "a Sign"), is used of "miracles" and wonders as Signs of Divine authority; it is translated "miracles" in the RV and AV of Luke 23:8 ; Acts 4:16,22 ; most usually it is given its more appropriate meaning "sign," "signs," e. , Matthew 12:38,39 , and in every occurrence in the Synoptists, except Luke 23:8 ; in the following passages in John's Gospel the RV substitutes "sign" or "signs" for the AV, "miracle or miracles;" John 2:11,23 ; 3:2 ; 4:54 ; 6:2,14,26 ; 7:31 ; 9:16 ; 10:41 ; 11:47 ; 12:18,37 ; the AV also has "signs" elsewhere in this Gospel; in Acts, RV, "signs," AV, "miracles," in Acts 6:8 ; 8:6 ; 15:12 ; elsewhere only in Revelation 13:14 ; 16:14 ; 19:20 . See Sign , TOKEN , WONDER
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(1) the horoscope, or Sign which arose at birth,...
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Charact - ) A distinctive mark; a character; a letter or Sign
Consignatory - ) One of several that jointly Sign a written instrument, as a treaty
Sign - Sign . Any outward fact which serves as a pledge of a Divine word or a proof of a Divine deed is a Sign , whether it be natural or supernatural in its character. The rainbow served as the Sign of the Noahic, as the rite of circumcision of the Abrahamic, covenant ( Genesis 9:12 ; Genesis 17:11 ‘token,’ Romans 4:11 ). Gideon asks for and receives a Sign that it is Jehovah who speaks with him ( Judges 6:17 ), and Saul also receives Signs to confirm the words of Samuel ( 1 Samuel 10:7 ). The Sign need not be supernatural ( 1 Samuel 2:34 , Isaiah 8:18 ; Isaiah 20:3 ); but the Jews in the time of Christ desired miracles as proofs of Divine power ( Matthew 12:38 ; Matthew 16:1 , John 4:48 , 1 Corinthians 1:22 ), a request which Jesus refused and condemned. The message of the Baptist, though not confirmed by any Sign, was seen to be true ( John 10:41 ). It is Jonah’s preaching that is probably referred to when Jesus speaks of him as a Sign to his generation ( Matthew 12:39 ). The ‘babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger,’ is the simple and humble Sign to the shepherds of the birth of a Saviour, Christ the Lord ( Luke 2:12 ); and He is welcomed by Simeon as ‘a Sign which is spoken against’ ( Luke 2:34 ). The Fourth Gospel frequently describes the miracles of Jesus as Signs ( Luke 3:2 , Luke 4:44 ), and attributes to them an evidential value which is not prominent in Jesus’ own intention. The last things will be ushered in by extraordinary Signs ( Matthew 24:30 , Luke 21:25 , 2 Thessalonians 2:9 the working of Satan with all power and Signs and lying wonders, Revelation 12:1 ; Revelation 13:13 etc. The faith that depends on Signs, if not altogether condemned ( John 6:26 ), is by Jesus deprecated ( John 4:48 , cf
Crutched - ) Marked with the Sign of the cross; crouched
Crouched - ) Marked with the Sign of the cross
Sign - ...
Old Testament Oth , the usual Hebrew term for Sign, appears in a nontheological sense for a military Signal in the fourth Lachish letter and Joshua 2:12 , and for a military standard in Numbers 2:2 and Psalm 74:4 . The other 75 instances of Sign carry a theological sense. With Signs, the nature of the object or event, whether commonplace, odd, or miraculous, is not the prime focus. Emphasis falls rather on the function of the Sign. Old Testament Signs may be classed according to seven somewhat overlapping functions: 1. to recall Significant events; 5. Signs which impart knowledge typically characterize God as Lord of history and champion of oppressed Israel. The goal of the Exodus Signs is the knowledge that “I am the LORD (in the midst of the earth)” (Exodus 7:5 ; Exodus 8:22 ; Exodus 10:2 ) and that “the LORD is God; there is no other besides him” (Deuteronomy 4:34-35 NRSV). The punishment to befall Pharaoh Hophra was to serve as a Sign promoting the knowledge that God's word of judgment would surely stand up against the Judean refugees in Egypt ( Jeremiah 44:29 ). The knowledge imparted by these Signs encouraged acknowledgment of Yahweh as the only God, obedience to God's covenant, and trust in God's word. The mark of Cain (Genesis 4:15 ) and the blood upon the doorposts at Passover (Matthew 12:39-43 ) protected those under the Sign. In addition to revealing God, a second goal of the Exodus Signs was to motivate faith and worship. Israel's unbelief in spite of Signs is often condemned (Numbers 14:11 ,Numbers 14:11,14:22 ; Deuteronomy 1:29-33 ). The Signs fulfill their goal when they inspire obedience (Deuteronomy 11:3 ,Deuteronomy 11:3,11:8 ), worship (Deuteronomy 26:8 ,Deuteronomy 26:8,26:10 ), and loyalty to the Lord (Joshua 24:16-17 ). The Signs of pagan prophets similarly serve as a challenge to trust in Yahweh (Deuteronomy 13:1-4 ). The reality of wonder-working false prophets underscores the truth that Signs themselves are ambivalent; the function of the Sign, either to evoke or challenge faith in Yahweh, is the deciding factor. Signs serve as reminders of Significant events. Other Signs serve as reminders of a covenant or established relationship. Still other Signs serve as confirmation. Such Signs often authenticated God's special call (of Moses, Exodus 3:12 ; Exodus 4:8 ; of Gideon, Judges 6:17 ; of Saul, 1 Samuel 10:2-9 ). Elsewhere a Sign confirms God's word of judgment (1 Samuel 2:34 ; Jeremiah 44:29-30 ) or promise of healing (2 Kings 20:8 ). Other Signs take the form of prophetic acts. ...
New Testament The New Testament employs Sign in the full range of Old Testament functions. Signs function simply to identify. Judas' kiss clearly designated Jesus as the One the mob was seeking (Matthew 26:48 ). The Sign of Jesus' coming and the end of the age which the disciples requested is, likewise, an identifying mark (Matthew 24:3 ; Mark 13:4 ; Luke 21:7 ); it is not a matter of evoking faith in Christ's coming but of identifying that event when it occurs. The difficult “sign of the Son of Man” is probably an identifying Sign as well (Matthew 24:30 ). The above uses approximate the nontheological use of Sign by the Old Testament. Other uses of Sign are distinctly theological. John's Signs generally impart knowledge about Jesus and His relation to the Father. Jesus' first Sign, the changing of water into wine at Cana, points to Jesus as the source of the abundant, joyful life which characterizes the anticipated Messianic Age (John 2:1-11 ). Though the just-fed crowd saw Jesus' feeding of the five thousand (John 6:2-13 ) as a Sign that Jesus was a prophet (John 6:14 ), the Sign points to Jesus as the life-giving bread which alone can satisfy (John 6:35 ). The Sign of the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-7 ) illustrates the ambiguity of Signs: some took the Sign to mean that Jesus was not from God; others, that God was with Him (John 9:16 ). Though the term Sign is not used, the seal of God upon the foreheads of the redeemed (Revelation 9:4 ) is a Sign of protection. Some Signs serve to motivate faith. The Signs in the Fourth Gospel were recounted so “tha you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31 ). John previously noted Signs leading to faith (John 2:11 ; John 4:53 ; John 9:38 ). The Sign of the healing of a lame man led to the praise of God in Acts 4:16 ,Acts 4:16,4:21 . Philip's Signs, likewise, evoked the Samaritans' faith (Acts 8:6 ). Other Signs serve to recall God's past saving acts. The paired expression “signs and wonders” (Acts 2:19 ,Acts 2:19,2:22 ; Acts 4:30 ; Acts 7:36-37 ; Acts 14:3 ) recalls the foundational saving events of the Exodus. The “signs and wonders” which Jesus and the apostles performed designate the inauguration of God's new saving event. Signs often serve as confirmation or authentication. Jesus offered the difficult “sign of Jonah” as His authentication (Exodus 12:13 ; Luke 11:29-32 ). The New Testament often rebukes the demand for a Sign to confirm God's work (Matthew 16:1 ; John 2:18 ; John 4:48 ; 1 Corinthians 1:22 ). A Sign may evoke faith in a receptive heart, but no Sign will convince the hard-hearted. Though the term Sign is not used, Agabus' action in binding Paul with his belt (Acts 21:11 ) parallels the acts of the Old Testament prophets
Signal - ) A token; an indication; a foreshadowing; a Sign. ) Noticeable; distinguished from what is ordinary; eminent; remarkable; memorable; as, a Signal exploit; a Signal service; a Signal act of benevolence. ) A Sign made for the purpose of giving notice to a person of some occurence, command, or danger; also, a Sign, event, or watchword, which has been agreed upon as the occasion of concerted action. ) Of or pertaining to Signals, or the use of Signals in conveying information; as, a Signal flag or officer. ) To communicate by Signals; as, to Signal orders. ) To notify by a Signals; to make a Signal or Signals to; as, to Signal a fleet to anchor
Dal Segno - A direction to go back to the Sign / and repeat from thence to the close
Polyphone - ) A character or vocal Sign representing more than one sound, as read, which is pronounced red
Merk - ) A mark; a Sign
Clonus - ) A series of muscular contractions due to sudden stretching of the muscle, - a Sign of certain neuropathies
Dispositor - ) The planet which is lord of the Sign where another planet is
Sign - ) A word or a character regarded as the outward manifestation of thought; as, words are the Sign of ideas. ) That which, being external, stands for, or Signifies, something internal or spiritual; - a term used in the Church of England in speaking of an ordinance considered with reference to that which it represents. ) To represent by a Sign; to make known in a typical or emblematic manner, in distinction from speech; to Signify. ) To make a Sign upon; to mark with a Sign. ) A character indicating the relation of quantities, or an operation performed upon them; as, the Sign + (plus); the Sign - (minus); the Sign of division ?, and the like. ) To assign or convey formally; - used with away. ) To be a Sign or omen. ) To make a Sign or Signal; to communicate directions or intelligence by Signs. ) To affix a Signature to; to ratify by hand or seal; to subscribe in one's own handwriting. ) Hence, one of the gestures of pantomime, or of a language of a Signs such as those used by the North American Indians, or those used by the deaf and dumb
Vestige - ) The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a Sign; hence, a faint mark or visible Sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains; as, the vestiges of ancient magnificence in Palmyra; vestiges of former population
Likelihood - ) Appearance; show; Sign; expression
Signpost - ) A post on which a Sign hangs, or on which papers are placed to give public notice of anything
Countersign - ) To Sign on the opposite side of (an instrument or writing); hence, to Sign in addition to the Signature of a principal or superior, in order to attest the authenticity of a writing. ) The Signature of a secretary or other officer to a writing Signed by a principal or superior, to attest its authenticity. ) A private Signal, word, or phrase, which must be given in order to pass a sentry; a watchword
Dung-Hill - To sit on a, was a Sign of the deepest dejection (1 Samuel 2:8 ; Psalm 113:7 ; Lamentations 4:5 )
Angusticlave - ) A narrow stripe of purple worn by the equites on each side of the tunic as a Sign of rank
Significative - ) Having Signification or meaning; expressive of a meaning or purpose; Significant. ) Betokening or representing by an external Sign
Diminuendo - , or the Sign
Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz - ) As Immanuel, Isaiah's (Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 8:1-4) first son by the virgin, was the Sign of Judah's deliverance, so Maher-shalal-hash-baz the second son is the Sign of destruction to Judah's enemies, Syria and Samaria. Shearjashub (Isaiah 7:3, "a remnant shalt return") was another Sign that Judah should not be utterly destroyed, notwithstanding its terrible defeat by Pekah of Israel, and notwithstanding Syria's confederacy with Israel against it (Isaiah 7:17-25; Isaiah 8:6-9)
Sackcloth - Garment of rough texture, like hair cloth, worn next to the skin to do penance, or as a Sign of contriteness and humiliation
Cockbill - ) To tilt up one end of so as to make almost vertical; as, to cockbill the yards as a Sign of mourning
Decrescendo - ), or indicated by the Sign
Barefoot - To go barefoot was a Sign of great distress (Isaiah 20:2,3,4 ), or of some great calamity having fallen on a person (2 Samuel 15:30 )
Bonnet Rouge - The red cap adopted by the extremists in the French Revolution, which became a Sign of patriotism at that epoch; hence, a revolutionist; a Red Republican
Taber - The word is used in Nahum 2:7 of women beating their breasts in Sign of grief
Lamech - He was the first to take two wives (sign of corruption); his sons were noted for making musical instruments, and working in brass and iron. Lamech acknowledged his vengeance (sign of violence), for some injury he had received, but intimated his belief that God would watch over him as He had over the life of Cain
Abomination of Desolation, - Mentioned by our Saviour, (Matthew 24:15 ) as a Sign of the approaching destruction of Jerusalem, with reference to (Daniel 9:27 ; 11:31 ; 12:11 ) The prophecy referred ultimately to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and consequently the "abomination" must describe some occurrence connected with that event. It appears most probable that the profanities of the Zealots constituted the abomination, which was the Sign of the impending ruin; but most people refer it to the standards or banners of the Roman army
Oose Egg - In games, a zero; a score or record of naught; - so named in allusion to the egglike outline of the zero Sign 0
Virgo - A Sign of the zodiac which the sun enters in August a constellation, containing according to the British catalogue, one hundred and ten stars
Signify - 1: σημαίνω (Strong's #4591 — Verb — semaino — say-mah'ee-no ) "to give a Sign, indicate" (sema, "a Sign:" cp. Sign, No. 1), "to Signify," is so translated in John 12:33 ; 18:32 ; 21:19 ; Acts 11:28 ; 25:27 ; Revelation 1:1 , where perhaps the suggestion is that of expressing by Signs. ...
2: δηλόω (Strong's #1213 — Verb — deloo — day-lo'-o ) "to make plain" (delos, "evident"), is translated "to Signify" in 1 Corinthians 1:11 , RV, "it hath been Signified" (AV, "declared"); Hebrews 9:8 ; 12:27 ; 1 Peter 1:11 , AV (RV, "Point unto"); 2 Peter 1:14 , RV, "sifnified" (AV, "hath showed"). ...
3: ἐμφανίζω (Strong's #1718 — Verb — emphanizo — em-fan-id'-zo ) "to manifest, make known," is translated "signify" in Acts 23:15 ; Acts 23:22 , RV (AV, "hath showed"). ...
Note: In Acts 21:26 , AV, diangello, "to announce," is rendered "to Signify" (RV, "declaring")
Castor - It is said that the vessel which carried Paul to Rome had the Sign of Castor and Pollux, Acts 28:11 . Luke does not mention the name, but the Sign, of the ship. By the word Sign, the sacred writer meant a protecting image of the deity, to whom the vessel was in some sort consecrated; as at present in Catholic countries, most of their vessels are named after some saint, St
Emini - ) A constellation of the zodiac, containing the two bright stars Castor and Pollux; also, the third Sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters about May 20th
Signet - ) A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the sovereign in sealing private letters and grants that pass by bill under the Sign manual; - called also privy Signet
Sackcloth - People put on sackcloth as a Sign of mourning, whether for those who had just died (Genesis 37:34; 2 Samuel 3:31), for some personal distress (Job 16:15), or for a national disaster (Esther 4:1; Lamentations 2:10). They also put on sackcloth as a Sign of sorrow for personal sins (1 Kings 21:27-29; Nehemiah 9:1-2) or urgency in prayer (Daniel 9:3)
Neck - To put one's feet on the neck of an enemy is a Sign of complete victory (Joshua 10:24 ). To fall upon someone's neck with weeping or kissing is a special Sign of tenderness (Genesis 33:4 ; Genesis 45:14 ; compare Luke 15:20 )
Superscription - Usually the Romans identified a person's crime by writing it on a wooden Sign, carrying it before the condemned person, and finally nailing it to their cross. However, they do not speak of the Sign being carried before Jesus as He walked to the place of crucifixion
Coronis - ) In Greek grammar, a Sign [1] sometimes placed over a contracted syllable
Apostolic Expeditors - They draw up and Sign the necessary documents, and receive and forward the answers given
Spider - The spider's web is usually used as a Sign of frailty
Expeditors, Apostolic - They draw up and Sign the necessary documents, and receive and forward the answers given
Sign - Here are some of the Signs mentioned in Scripture:...
Exodus 4:8 (a) Moses, taking the serpent by the tail, represents the power of GOD over Satan and the power of the servant of GOD over the evil powers of earth. ...
Exodus 31:13 (a) The Sabbath was a Sign of that blessed rest which would be offered in its fullness through the Lord JESUS and in His blessed Person when He came and said, "I will give you rest. Very few servants of GOD ever have asked for a Sign to confirm the Word of GOD. "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a Sign. We should believe GOD's Word without Signs. ...
Isaiah 7:14 (a) The coming of CHRIST was a Sign to the world that no other remedy for sin would avail. ...
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it was a Sign of man's helplessness and inability to save himself. ...
it was a Sign of the miraculous gift of a Saviour without human means or device. ...
it was a Sign of GOD's plan and pleasure in sending one who could and would be the Mediator between GOD and men. ...
It was a Sign of GOD's loving interest in the needs of men. ...
in the first Sign they had nothing to drink, and in the eighth one they had nothing to eat. ...
in the second Sign the boy was ready to die, and in the seventh Sign the man was dead. ...
in the third Sign the man could not walk and in the sixth one the man could not see. ...
in the fourth Sign and the fifth one reveal the presence of fear in the heart. These eight Signs are as follows:...
Chapter2 (b) Water into wine. ...
Chapter6:11 (b) We learn the lesson from this Sign that the hunger of the heart and the desires of the soul can only be satisfied and gratified by the presence and power of the Lord JESUS. ...
Chapter6:21 (b) This Sign teaches us that the storms of life and fears of the soul may be quickly and surely calmed by the presence and the word of the sovereign Lord. We should note also that both of these "signs" were given on the sabbath to teach us that when we are able to walk with GOD and are able to see the things of GOD as we should, then we have rest in our souls. ...
Chapter11:44 (b) This is a blessed Sign to teach us that only JESUS CHRIST can give life to a dead sinner and only the Word of CHRIST can break open the grave and cause a resurrection. In the first Sign, they were lacking wine to drink. In this, the last Sign, they were lacking food to eat and only He could provide. So in these eight Signs in John we are told that CHRIST JESUS is GOD's answer to every need of the human heart. If today those from this country could go to China or Russia and immediately speak freely and fluently in the language of those countries, though they had never learned those languages, that would be a Sign to the natives of that country that GOD was working. This is written in the Scripture so that all men everywhere will today take heed to this Sign and repent and turn to GOD
Christcross - ) The mark of the cross, as cut, painted, written, or stamped on certain objects, - sometimes as the Sign of 12 o'clock on a dial
Alestake - ) A stake or pole projecting from, or set up before, an alehouse, as a Sign; an alepole
Monomial - ) A single algebraic expression; that is, an expression unconnected with any other by the Sign of addition, substraction, equality, or inequality
i.n.r.i. - Letters found on the "title" or Sign board of crucifix, which are the initials of the superscription placed thereon by order of Pilate: Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews)
i.n.r.i. - Letters found on the "title" or Sign board of crucifix, which are the initials of the superscription placed thereon by order of Pilate: Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum (Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews)
Almon - (al' mahn) Place name meaning, “darkness” or “hidden,” or “small road Sign
Libra - ) The Balance; the seventh Sign in the zodiac, which the sun enters at the autumnal equinox in September, marked thus / in almanacs, etc
Immanuel - ...
When King Ahaz refused to show his faith by asking God for a Sign (Isaiah 7:10-12 ), Isaiah gave him a Sign of the birth of Immanuel, using the traditional form of a birth announcement (Isaiah 7:14 ; compare Genesis 16:11 ; Judges 13:3 ,Judges 13:3,13:5 ). Such a Sign would give hope to a king who trusted God but would be a constant threat to one who followed his own strategy. The double meaning of the Immanuel Sign appears again in Isaiah 8:8 . Jesus' birth showed all humanity that God is faithful to fulfill His promises in ways far beyond human expectations; for Jesus was not just a Sign of God with us
Signs - The lights in the firmament of the heaven are said to be for 'signs' as well as for 'seasons. Of what then are they Signs? it may be asked. The stupendous distance and marvellous regularity in the movements of the heavenly bodies are a Sign of the glory of the One that created them, as is stated of God in Rom, 1:20; "The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead," or divinity. Signs were wrought by Moses, first to convince the children of Israel that God had sent him; and then to attest and enforce on the Egyptians God's demands upon Pharaoh to let the Israelites go that they might serve Him. So in other cases, Signs were given to show the finger of God. When Christ was on earth He wrought miracles, wonders, and Signs, but the Pharisees and Sadducees demanded of Him 'a Sign from heaven,' Matthew 16:1 , and it is added that they did this 'tempting Him. ' He was Himself God's Sign, according to Isaiah 7:14 , as the manna was the Sign of God to Israel in the wilderness. As they had not eyes to see God's Signs, they should have no other Sign than that of Jonah (Matthew 12:39,40 ), that is, of a man who was cast into the overwhelming judgement of God, and found deliverance from Him
Gash - In modern translations to cut the skin as a Sign of mourning (Jeremiah 41:5 ; Jeremiah 47:5 ; Jeremiah 48:37 ) or in the worship of pagan dieties (1 Kings 18:28 )
Semivowel - ) The Sign or letter representing such a sound
Lettering - ) The letters made; as, the lettering of a Sign
Predesignate - ) A term used by Sir William Hamilton to define propositions having their quantity indicated by a verbal Sign; as, all, none, etc. ; - contrasted with preindesignate, defining propositions of which the quantity is not so indicated
Footstep - ) The mark or impression of the foot; a track; hence, visible Sign of a course pursued; token; mark; as, the footsteps of divine wisdom
Arrhabonarii - A sect who held that the Eucharist is neither the real flesh or blood of Christ, nor yet the Sign of them, but only the pledge or earnest thereof
Leo - ) The Lion, the fifth Sign of the zodiac, marked thus [1] in almanacs
Honor - The deferential recognition by an external Sign of another's position or authority, the sensible expression of another's worth; reputation, virtue or dignity; veneration paid to God by worship, or to the saints by prayer asking their intercession
Desolation, Abomination of - A portent of the ruin of the House of God mentioned by Daniel, and referred to by Christ as a Sign to the faithful to flee from Judea; commonly interpreted as a symbol of idolatry in the Temple
Necklace - The gift of a gold necklace is sometimes the Sign of installation to a high office (Genesis 41:42 ; Daniel 5:29 )
Abomination of Desolation - A portent of the ruin of the House of God mentioned by Daniel, and referred to by Christ as a Sign to the faithful to flee from Judea; commonly interpreted as a symbol of idolatry in the Temple
Wonder - Môphêth (מֹפֵת, Strong's #4159), “wonder; Sign; portent. ...
First, this word Signifies a divine act or a special display of divine power: “When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand …” ( Sign which the Lord hath spoken: Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out” (1 Kings 13:3)
Omen - Sign used by diviners to predict the future. The faithful witness of Christians in the face of opposition is likewise an omen or Sign pointed to the salvation of believers and the destruction of God's enemies (Philippians 1:28 )
Sign - 1: σημεῖον (Strong's #4592 — Noun Neuter — semeion — say-mi'-on ) "a Sign, mark, indication, token," is used (a) of that which distinguished a person or thing from others, e. , his autograph attesting the authenticity of his letters; (b) of a "sign" as a warning or admonition, e. , Matthew 12:39 , "the Sign of (i. , Matthew 12:38,39 (1st part); John 2:11 , RV, "signs;" John 3:2 (ditto); 4:54, "(the second) Sign," RV; John 10:41 (ditto); 20:30; in 1 Corinthians 1:22 , "the Jews ask for Signs," RV, indicates that the Apostles were met with the same demand from Jews as Christ had been: "signs were vouchsafed in plenty, Signs of God's power and love, but these were not the Signs which they sought . They wanted Signs of an outward Messianic Kingdom, of temporal triumph, of material greatness for the chosen people. , Matthew 24:3 , where "the Sign of the Son of Man" Signifies, subjectively, that the Son of Man is Himself the "sign" of what He is about to do; Mark 13:4 ; Luke 21:7,11,25 ; Acts 2:19 ; Acts 19:1-200 , RV; 12:3, RV; 15:1. ...
"Signs" confirmatory of what God had accomplished in the atoning sacrifice of Christ, His resurrection and ascension, and of the sending of the Holy Spirit, were given to the Jews for their recognition, as at Pentecost, and supernatural acts by apostolic ministry, as well as by the supernatural operations in the churches, such as the gift of tongues and prophesyings; there is no record of the continuance of these latter after the circumstances recorded in 1618387267_50
Barber - Found only once, in Ezekiel 5:1 , where reference is made to the Jewish custom of shaving the head as a Sign of mourning
Auspice - ) A divining or taking of omens by observing birds; an omen as to an undertaking, drawn from birds; an augury; an omen or Sign in general; an indication as to the future
Consignation - ) A stamp; an indication; a Sign. ) The act of ratifying or establishing, as if by Signing; confirmation; ratification. ) The act of consigning; the act of delivering or committing to another person, place, or state
Signification - ) That which is Signified or made known; that meaning which a Sign, character, or token is intended to convey; as, the Signification of words. ) The act of Signifying; a making known by Signs or other means
Paraph - ) To add a paraph to; to Sign, esp. ) A flourish made with the pen at the end of a Signature
Aquarius - ) The Water-bearer; the eleventh Sign in the zodiac, which the sun enters about the 20th of January; - so called from the rains which prevail at that season in Italy and the East
Baldness - This probably arose from their custom of constantly shaving the head, only allowing the hair to grow as a Sign of mourning. With the Jews artificial baldness was a Sign of mourning (Isaiah 22:12 ; Jeremiah 7:29 ; 16:6 ); it also marked the conclusion of a Nazarite's vow (Acts 18:18 ; 21:24 ; Numbers 6:9 )
Higgaion - In Psalm 9:16 it is a musical Sign, denoting probably a pause in the instrumental interlude
Castor - (cass' tawr); POLLUX (pahl' luhx sons of Jupiter ) In Acts 28:11 , the Sign or figurehead of the ship which carried Paul from Malta toward Rome
Forerunner - ) A messenger sent before to give notice of the approach of others; a harbinger; a Sign foreshowing something; a prognostic; as, the forerunner of a fever
Nettles - These are mentioned in scripture as a Sign that a place was deserted and given up to desolation
Signs - 1: ἐννεύω (Strong's #1770 — Verb — enneuo — en-nyoo'-o ) "to nod to" (en, "in," neuo, "to nod"), denotes "to make a Sign to" in Luke 1:62
Capricorn - ) The tenth Sign of zodiac, into which the sun enters at the winter solstice, about December 21
World: Deception of - AEsop's fable says:: 'A pigeon oppressed by excessive thirst, saw a goblet of water painted on a Sign-board. Not supposing it to be only a picture, she flew towards it with a loud whirr, and unwittingly dashed against the Sign-board, and jarred herself terribly
Crown - One was the crown worn by a king, and as such was a Sign of royalty and glory (Psalms 21:1-3; Isaiah 28:5; Isaiah 62:3; John 19:2-3; Revelation 19:11-16). The other was the circle of leaves placed on the head of the winner of a sporting contest, and as such was a Sign of victory (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; 2 Timothy 2:5)
Kiss - The term “kiss” in the New Testament is used of Judas (Mark 14:44-45 ), of the father to the prodigal as a Sign of acceptance and reconciliation (Luke 15:20 ), of the Ephesian elders to Paul as a Sign of gratitude (Acts 20:37 ), of the woman who kissed the feet of Jesus (Luke 7:38 ), and of the “holy kiss” (1 Thessalonians 5:26 ; 1 Corinthians 16:20 ; 2 Corinthians 13:12 ; Romans 16:16 ). ...
The holy kiss was widely practiced among the early Christians as a manner of greeting, a Sign of acceptance, and an impartation of blessing. The kiss of betrayal from Judas does not belong to the category of the kiss of Joab to Amasa (2 Samuel 20:9 ), but was the Sign of respect from pupil to master. ...
The kiss still survives in the Near Eastern culture as a Sign of love, respect, and reverence
Wonder - 1: τέρας (Strong's #5059 — Noun Neuter — teras — ter'-as ) "something strange," causing the beholder to marvel, is always used in the plural, always rendered "wonders," and generally follows semeia, "signs;" the opposite order occurs in Acts 2:22,43 ; 6:8 , RV; 7:36; in Acts 2:19 "wonders" occurs alone. A Sign is intended to appeal to the understanding, a "wonder" appeals to the imagination, a power (dunamis) indicates its source as supernatural. (2) In Revelation 12:1,3 ; 13:13 semeion, "a Sign," is translated in the AV, "wonder(s)," RV, "sign(s)
Auscultation - ) An examination by listening either directly with the ear (immediate auscultation) applied to parts of the body, as the abdomen; or with the stethoscope (mediate auscultation), in order to distinguish sounds recognized as a Sign of health or of disease
Pisces - ) The twelfth Sign of the zodiac, marked / in almanacs
Vexillum - ) The Sign of the cross
Nineveh, Ninevites - It would seem that on two occasions, the second of which is narrated in these passages, the Pharisees asked for a Sign. || Matthew 16:1-4, where they asked for ‘a Sign from heaven. Matthew, however, adds to the answer words which really belonged to the second occasion—‘except the Sign of Jonah. But the meaning of the explanation which our Lord adds is somewhat obscure: ‘for as Jonah became to the Ninevites a Sign, so shall also the Son of Man be to this generation’ (Lk. It is important to notice that the ‘sign’ did not consist in the preaching of Jonah and of the Son of Man. Jesus had been preaching already, whereas the Sign was still future (‘shall be’). According to the story, therefore, Jonah was in no sense a Sign to the Ninevites. ’ The ‘sign of Jonah’ is thus the Sign of the resurrection
Fig Tree - In that case the leaves were a Sign that there should have been fruit, unseen from a distance, underneath the leaves. The condemnation of this fig tree lay in the absence of any Sign of fruit
Milvian Bridge - Here before the battle Constantine saw a cross in the sky with the inscription "By this Sign you shall conquer
Sar hamashkim - Was incarcerated in the same prison-dungeon as Joseph, where Joseph correctly deciphered a dream he had, interpreting it as a Sign that he would be restored to his original post
Pharaoh's butler - Was incarcerated in the same prison-dungeon as Joseph, where Joseph correctly deciphered a dream he had, interpreting it as a Sign that he would be restored to his original post
Forerunner - A prognostic a Sign foreshowing something to follow
Scorpio - ) The eighth Sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters about the twenty-third day of October, marked thus [1] in almanacs
Virgin - The Sign Virgo
Baldness - (Leviticus 13:29 ; 2 Kings 2:23 ; Isaiah 3:24 ; 15:2 ; Jeremiah 47:5 ; Ezekiel 7:18 ) Artificial baldness marked the conclusion of a Nazarite's vow, (Numbers 6:9 ; Acts 18:18 ) and was a Sign of mourning
Aldine - ) An epithet applied to editions (chiefly of the classics) which proceeded from the press of Aldus Manitius, and his family, of Venice, for the most part in the 16th century and known by the Sign of the anchor and the dolphin
Fish - Among the early Christiansit was used as a secret Sign by which they knew one another in thedays of persecution. The Significance of the fish as a Christiansymbol is set forth under EMBLEMS (which see)
Cheek - ...
Matthew 5:39 (b) This may be taken as a Sign of humbleness and meekness in the presence of those who are the opposite
Adoni-Bezek - Tribe of Judah defeated him and cut off his thumbs and big toes, a Sign of humiliation, before taking him to Jerusalem
Severinus, Pope - He was elected 638, but was unable to secure the imperial confirmation for over a year because he refused to Sign the Ecthesis of Emperor Heraclius
Bush - A branch of a tree fixed or hung out as a tavern Sign. Hence, since the branch has been discontinued, a coronated frame of wood hung out as a tavern Sign, is so called
Trinomial - ) A quantity consisting of three terms, connected by the Sign + or -; as, x + y + z, or ax + 2b - c2
Desolation, Abomination of - These standards, rising over the site of the temple, were a Sign that the holy place had fallen under the idolatrous Romans
Figurehead - The figure (“sign” KJV) in Acts is the Twin Brothers Castor and Pollow, sons of Zeus and Leda, identified with the constellation Gemini
Sackcloth - ), and as a Sign of repentance (Matthew 11:21 )
Barn - A full barn is a Sign of prosperity (Deuteronomy 28:8 ; Proverbs 3:10 ; Luke 12:18 ) while empty barns are Signs of calamity of some kind (either drought, war, etc; Joel 1:17 )
Hiel - His building the city was a marked Sign of insubordination
Empower - ) To give authority to; to delegate power to; to commission; to authorize (having commonly a legal force); as, the Supreme Court is empowered to try and decide cases, civil or criminal; the attorney is empowered to Sign an acquittance, and discharge the debtor
Almon-Diblathaim - (al' mahn-dih luh thay' ihm) Place name meaning, “road Sign of the two figs
Astrology - A system of divination using the positions of stars, planets, and the moon, in the twelve Zodiac Signs, as a means to predict the future. One's birth date falls into a Zodiac Sign and this is used in determining predictive events in relation to the astral body positions
Time Signature - A Sign at the beginning of a composition or movement, placed after the key Signature, to indicate its time or meter. Also called rhythmical Signature
Pare - The paring of nails served as a Sign of mourning for lost parents (Deuteronomy 21:12 KJV, REB, NRSV)
Tongues, Gift of - Some have argued that it was merely an outward Sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit among the disciples, typifying his manifold gifts, and showing that salvation was to be extended to all nations. Tongues were to be "a Sign to them that believe not
Salute - ) A Sign, token, or ceremony, expressing good will, compliment, or respect, as a kiss, a bow, etc. ) Hence, to give a Sign of good will; to compliment by an act or ceremony, as a kiss, a bow, etc
Token - 1: σημεῖον (Strong's #4592 — Noun Neuter — semeion — say-mi'-on ) "a Sign, token or indication," is translated "token" in 2 Thessalonians 3:17 , of writing of the closing salutations, the Apostle using the pen himself instead of his amanuensis, his autograph attesting the authenticity of his Epistles. See MIRACLE , Sign. ...
2: σύσσημον (Strong's #4953 — Noun Neuter — sussemon — soos'-say-mon ) "a fixed Sign or Signal, agreed upon with others" (sun, "with"), is used in Mark 14:44 , "a token
Ear - To have the ear "bored" through with an awl was a Sign of perpetual servitude (Exodus 21:6 )
Symbol - An abstract or compendium; a Sign or representation of something moral by the figures or properties of natural things. Lancaster's Dictionary of Scripture Symbols; and Bicheno's Symbolical Vocabulary in his Signs of the Times; Faber on the Prophecies; W
Lintel - The people of Israel were to sprinkle the blood of the sacrificial lamb on the lintel and the doorposts as a Sign to the death angel
Polyphony - ) Plurality of sounds and articulations expressed by the same vocal Sign
Denounce - ) To proclaim in a threatening manner; to threaten by some outward Sign or expression
Escalop - ) The figure or shell of an escalop, considered as a Sign that the bearer had been on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Badge - ) A distinctive mark, token, Sign, or cognizance, worn on the person; as, the badge of a society; the badge of a policeman
Note - 1: σημειόω (Strong's #4593 — Verb — semeioo — say-mi-o'-o ) from semeion, "a Sign, token," Signifies "to mark, to note," in the Middle Voice, "to note for oneself," and is so used in 2 Thessalonians 3:14 , in an injunction to take cautionary note of one who refuses obedience to the Apostle's word by the Epistle
Mulberry Trees - The "going" in the tree-tops, which was to be the Sign that God went out before the host, 2 Samuel 5:23-24, may have been the rustle of these leaves, which are proverbial for then- readiness to tremble before the slightest breeze
Form, Sacramental - A theological term used to designate the determining element of a sacrament. The form is composed of words pronounced by the minister over the matter, thereby determining the matter and raising it to the dignity of a sacramental Sign, capable of giving grace from the institution of Christ; e
Langton, Stephen - Combining scholarship and statesmanship, he is noted for his division of the Bible into chapters, and as leader of the barons in their struggle against King John for constitutional liberty, Langton wrote the Magna Carta, and with the barons, forced John to Sign it (1265)
Labarum - It originally consisted of a long gilded spear from which was suspended a purple banner bearing, in Greek, the inscription "in this Sign thou shalt conquer
Neck - Conquerors put their feet on the necks of their enemies as a Sign of their subjection (Joshua 10:24 ; 2 Samuel 22:41 )
Binomial - ) An expression consisting of two terms connected by the Sign plus (+) or minus (-); as, a + b, or 7 - 3
Nettle - Nettles are used as a Sign of desolation and judgment
Scorpion - ) A Sign and constellation
Crouch - ) To Sign with the cross; to bless
Earthy - Relating to earth as an earthy Sign
Confirmation - The Bishop dips his right thumb in holy oil and anoints the person on the forehead by making the Sign of the cross and says, "Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit
Monogram - ) An arbitrary Sign for a word
Resign - ) To commit to the care of; to consign. ) To Sign back; to return by a formal act; to yield to another; to surrender; - said especially of office or emolument
Stephen Langton - Combining scholarship and statesmanship, he is noted for his division of the Bible into chapters, and as leader of the barons in their struggle against King John for constitutional liberty, Langton wrote the Magna Carta, and with the barons, forced John to Sign it (1265)
Sacramental Form - A theological term used to designate the determining element of a sacrament. The form is composed of words pronounced by the minister over the matter, thereby determining the matter and raising it to the dignity of a sacramental Sign, capable of giving grace from the institution of Christ; e
Ashes - [1] Ashes about the person, especially on the head, were used as a Sign of sorrow
Signature - ) To mark with, or as with, a Signature or Signatures. ) Especially, the name of any person, written with his own hand, employed to Signify that the writing which precedes accords with his wishes or intentions; a Sign manual; an autograph. (an abbreviation for the Latin Signa, imperative of Signare to Sign or mark). ) A Sign, stamp, or mark impressed, as by a seal. ) The designation of the key (when not C major, or its relative, A minor) by means of one or more sharps or flats at the beginning of the staff, immediately after the clef, affecting all notes of the same letter throughout the piece or movement. Each minor key has the same Signature as its relative major. ) The printed sheet so marked, or the form from which it is printed; as, to reprint one or more Signatures
Pillar of Cloud And Fire - As a Sign of God's presence, the pillar of cloud and fire was associated with divine actions: salvation (Exodus 14:19-20 ); revelation (Exodus 33:9-10 ; Psalm 99:7 ); judgment (Numbers 12:5 ); commissioning (Deuteronomy 31:15 ). Nehemiah used the pillar as a Sign of God's faithfulness (Nehemiah 9:12 ,Nehemiah 9:12,9:19 )
Head - The hand on the head was a Sign of mourning ( 2 Samuel 13:19 , Jeremiah 2:37 ); so dust or ashes ( 2 Samuel 1:2 , Lamentations 2:10 ); or covering the head ( 2 Samuel 15:30 , Jeremiah 14:3 ). to loose the turban and leave the hair in disorder, was also a Sign of mourning (see AV Dust - Dust on a balance is a picture of something insignificant (Isaiah 40:15 ). To place dust on one's head was a Sign of mourning (Lamentations 2:10 ; Ezekiel 27:30 ; Revelation 18:19 ). Dust on the head may have been a Sign of defeat and shame as well as mourning in Joshua 7:6 . To throw dust was a Sign of contempt (2 Samuel 16:13 ), though to throw it in the air may have been a demand for justice (Acts 22:23 ). ...
For Jews to shake dust off their feet was a Sign that Gentile territory was unclean
Neum - Term in medieval music theory denoting a kind of melody, or a notational Sign. The more important use of the term is that in which it means the Signs used in the notation of Gregorian Chant
J - The Sign for one of the principle sources critical scholars propose for the Pentateuch
Rending of Garments - Tearing or pulling garments apart, often as a Sign of mourning (Genesis 37:34 ; Leviticus 10:6 ; Leviticus 21:10 ; 1 Samuel 4:12 ; 2 Samuel 3:31 ), repentance (Genesis 37:29 ; Joshua 7:6 ; 2 Chronicles 34:27 ; Joel 2:13 ), or as a response to the rejection of God's plan (Numbers 14:6 ) or (perceived) blasphemy (Matthew 26:65 ; Mark 14:63 ; Acts 14:14 )
Ashes - To repent in sackcloth and ashes, or to lie down among ashes, was an external Sign of self-affliction for sin, or of grief under misfortune
Shipping Note - In the case of free goods the shipping notes are the receiving note, addressed by the shipper to the chief officer of the vessel, requesting him to receive on board specified goods, and a receipt for the mate to Sign, on receiving whose Signature it is called the mate's receipt, and is surrendered by the shipper for the bills of lading
Signs - In the Bible mighty works, miracles, wonders and Signs are often linked together. They wanted Jesus to perform some special Sign as added proof that he was the Messiah who had come from God. The only Sign to be given them would be the Sign of Jesus’ resurrection, by which the Father would show clearly that Jesus was his Son (Matthew 12:38-40; Matthew 16:1-4; John 2:18-25; see MESSIAH; MIRACLES). ...
After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension, his apostles did the same sorts of Signs and miracles as Jesus himself had done previously. The enemy of Christ also uses Signs and wonders, but he does so in order to deceive people and lead them to destruction (Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11; Revelation 13:11-14)
Chain - A chain of precious metal was worn as a Sign of rank, as by Joseph and Daniel, or purely as an ornament
Higgaion - ' It is thought by some to refer to a musical Sign or instrument
Denounce - To threaten by some outward Sign, or expression
Lion - A Sign in the zodiac
Sighing - ’ In the second, where a stronger expression is used through the compound, the Pharisees are asking for a Sign, and He ‘sighed in his spirit,’ evidently thinking of the speedy appearance of the Sign for which they asked, and mourning over the terrible nature which it would bear
Mark - Genesis 4:15 (c) Cain received this Sign from GOD which was to tell the world that this man was a sinner, a murderer. This Sign distinguishes the devil's children from GOD's children, and will probably be branded upon all the unsaved during the tribulation days
Gospel in Liturgy - During the reading of the Gospel all stand as a mark of reverence for the Word of God and Sign their foreheads, lips, and breast with the cross as a Sign of readiness to believe, profess, and cherish its truths
Sleep - It is also used as a Sign of laziness (Proverbs 19:15 )
Mulberry Tree - The word baka is supposed to be from a root Signifying 'weeping,' and to refer to some tree that distils an odoriferous gum; but what tree is alluded to is unknown. David was to wait for some secret Sign from God in the mulberry trees before attacking the enemy
Gibeath-Elohim - It is the site where Saul received the third Sign from God that he had been selected king of Israel
Poll - Polling one's hair could be understood as a Sign of mourning
Turban - Removal of one's turban was a Sign of mourning or shame (Isaiah 3:18-23 ; Ezekiel 24:17 ,Ezekiel 24:17,24:23 )
Sundial - The Sign involved the shadow's moving back down ten steps
Sackcloth - A garment of coarse material fashioned from goat or camel hair worn as a Sign of mourning or anguish, also marked by fasting and sitting on an ash heap (Isaiah 58:5 )
Exclamation - ) A mark or Sign by which outcry or emphatic utterance is marked; thus [1]; - called also exclamation point
Sabbatical Year - The Sabbath being the Sign of God's covenant with Israel (See SABBATH), and that He purposed that they should enjoy His rest, even the land must keep its Sabbath every seventh year
Distinct - ) Distinguished; having the difference marked; separated by a visible Sign; marked out; specified
All to Break - The ‘all’ is used for altogether , as in 1 Kings 14:10 ‘till it be all gone’; and the ‘to’ is not the Sign of the infin
Espousals, Spiritual - The name given by mysical writers to designate that mystical union of love between God and some loved souls elevated to the ninth degree of contemplation. During the prayer of rapture God reveals His greatness to these particular spouses, adorns them with graces and gifts, and unites Himself to them as a Sign or pledge of future spiritual marriage
Lunatics - The word refers to some disease affecting both the body and the mind, which might or might not be a Sign of possession
Spiritual Espousals - The name given by mysical writers to designate that mystical union of love between God and some loved souls elevated to the ninth degree of contemplation. During the prayer of rapture God reveals His greatness to these particular spouses, adorns them with graces and gifts, and unites Himself to them as a Sign or pledge of future spiritual marriage
Yonder - ...
Read thy lot in yon celestial Sign
Crossing - ) The act of making the Sign of the cross
Equivocal - ) Uncertain, as an indication or Sign; doubtful. ) Capable of being ascribed to different motives, or of Signifying opposite feelings, purposes, or characters; deserving to be suspected; as, his actions are equivocal. ) (Literally, called equally one thing or the other; hence:) Having two Significations equally applicable; capable of double interpretation; of doubtful meaning; ambiguous; uncertain; as, equivocal words; an equivocal sentence
Crouch - To Sign with the cross to bless
Talisman - ) A magical figure cut or engraved under certain superstitious observances of the configuration of the heavens, to which wonderful effects are ascribed; the seal, figure, character, or image, of a heavenly Sign, constellation, or planet, engraved on a sympathetic stone, or on a metal corresponding to the star, in order to receive its influence
Dioscuri - The Sign or figurehead of the Alexandrian ship in which St
Sign of the Cross - The use of this Sign goes back probably to the days of the Apostles. The triple Sign of the cross was common in the Middle Ages, but is not now generally used except at the beginning of the Gospels at Mass. The Sign of the cross is made at the beginning and end of public and private prayers, in the administration of all the sacraments, and in all the Church's blessings, over the people, the person, or the objects
Domine Quo Vadis - At the urgent request of the Christians, Peter was fleeing the persecution of Nero, when, seeing Christ, he fell at His feet crying "Lord, whither goest Thou?" Christ's reply that He was going to Rome to be crucified anew was interpreted by Peter as a Sign to return to Rome, and he therefore retraced his steps to the city
Fabian, Pope, Saint - A dove descended onto his head, this was considered a Sign from heaven, and he was elected by acclamation
Forehead - The practice common among Oriental nations of colouring the forehead or impressing on it some distinctive mark as a Sign of devotion to some deity is alluded to in Revelation 13:16,17 ; 14:9 ; 17:5 ; 20:4
Tammuz - The wilting of the vegetation at that time of year is seen as a Sign of his death
Miracles, Signs, Wonders - Events which unmistakeably involve an immediate and powerful action of God designed to reveal His character or purposes. Words used in the Scriptures to describe the miraculous include Sign, wonder, work, mighty work, portent, power. ...
Old Testament The two Hebrew words most frequently used for “miracle” are translated “sign” (oth ) and “wonder” (mopheth ). “Sign” may be an object or daily activity as well as an unexpected divine action (Genesis 1:14 ; Exodus 12:13 , RSV; Joshua 4:6 Ezekiel 24:24 . The basic nature of a Sign is that it points people to God. “Wonders” describe God's supernatural activity, a special manifestation of His power (Exodus 7:3 ), but false prophets can perform actions people perceive as Signs and wonders. Wonders can serve as a Sign of a future event. Signs seek to bring belief (Exodus 4:5 ; compare Exodus 10:2 ), but they do not compel a person to believe (Exodus 4:9 ). At times God invites people to ask for Signs (Isaiah 7:11 ). The Signs He has done should make all peoples on earth stand in awe (Psalm 65:8 ). ...
New Testament The phrase “signs and wonders” is often used in the New Testament in the same sense as it is found in the Old Testament and also in Hellenistic literature. ...
“Sign” (semeion ) in the New Testament is used of miracles taken as evidence of divine authority. John was particularly fond of using “sign” to denote miraculous activity (see John 2:11 ,John 2:11,2:18 ,John 2:18,2:23 ; John 3:2 ; John 4:54 ; John 6:2 ,John 6:2,6:14 ,John 6:14,6:26 ; John 7:31 ; John 9:16 ; John 10:41 ; John 11:47 ; John 12:18 ; John 37:1 ; John 20:30 ; Revelation 12:1 ,Revelation 12:1,12:3 ,; Revelation 13:13-14 ; Revelation 15:1 ; Revelation 16:14 ; Revelation 19:20 )...
“Wonders” (teras ) translates a Greek word from which the word terror comes. Although it usually follows “signs,” it sometimes precedes it ( Acts 2:22 ,Acts 2:22,2:43 ; Acts 6:8 ) or occurs alone (as in Acts 2:19 ). Whereas a Sign appeals to the understanding, a wonder appeals to the imagination
Mitre - Priests were prohibited from showing Signs of mourning such as dishevelled hair (Ezekiel 24:17 ; Leviticus 21:10 ). In Zechariah 3:5 the high priest Joshua received a clean mitre as a Sign of the restoration of the priesthood
Sergeant - The duty of these officials was to attend Roman magistrates to execute their orders, especially administering punishment by scourging or beheading; they carried as their Sign of office the fasces (whence "Fascist"), a bundle of rods with an axe inserted
Swaddling Clothes - The infant Jesus was not neglected in this particular, though laid in the manger (Luke 2:7; Luke 2:12); the absence of swaddling bands being regarded as a Sign of extreme poverty or of neglect (cf
Honorary - ) An honorary payment, usually in recognition of services for which it is not usual or not lawful to assign a fixed business price. ) Done as a Sign or evidence of honor; as, honorary services
Circumcision - It was a Sign of the covenant God made with Abraham (Genesis 17:12; Romans 4:11)
Adoration of the Cross - The clergy then remove their shoes, an ancient Sign of reverence, and, kneeling, kiss the crucifix
Ashes - Ashes about the person, especially on the head, were used as a Sign of sorrow
Lunatics - ) It is evident that the word itself refers to same disease affecting both the body and the mind, which might or might not be a Sign of possession By the description of ( Mark 9:17-26 ) it is concluded that this disease was epilepsy
Jonah - ...
Certain of the scribes and Pharisees, not content with our Lord’s many miracles or Signs (cf. John 12:37), some of which were, after all, like those performed by their ‘sons’ (Matthew 12:27, Luke 11:19), demanded of Him a special Sign, most probably, as in Matthew 16:1 || Mark 8:11, from heaven, since such a Sign would at once attest His Divine mission (cf. He replied: ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a Sign; and there shall no Sign be given to it [1] but the Sign of Jonah the prophet: for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. has, ‘For even as Jonah became a Sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of Man be to this generation,’—words which many think refer only to Jonah’s preaching. The reference to Jonah in Matthew 16:4 was obviously made on another occasion; it contains only the words, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a Sign [2]; and there shall no Sign be given unto it, but the Sign of Jonah. Against the verse it is said: (1) It runs counter to the Gospel history, for according to that history Jesus had wrought many Signs, and could not therefore say, ‘No Sign shall be given. ’ (2) The resurrection was not a Sign to the men of that generation, i. (3) The clause is unnecessary, and interferes with the balance which without it exists in Matthew 12:41-42 || Luke 11:31-32, for it was Jonah’s preaching and the consequent repentance of the Ninevites, in contrast with His own preaching and the indifference of the men of His generation, to which Jesus especially alluded; His words without Luke 11:40 are a complete answer to their demand for a Sign: the repentance-preaching Jonah was a Sign to the Ninevites of God’s mercy; the repentance-preaching Jesus of Nazareth was a Sign, though a greater one, to the Jews. ...
To these objections it may be replied: (1) There is no contradiction of the Gospel story, for the scribes and Pharisees plainly demanded a Sign of a different character from those which they had so far witnessed (see above). (2) The resurrection was a Sign, since the Apostles proclaimed it (Acts and Epistles passim), and made it the corner-stone of their teaching about the Christ. (3) Matthew 12:40 is unnecessary only on the gratuitous assumption that Jonah’s preaching was the only way in which he was to be a Sign to the men of Christ’s generation; the introduction in Matthew 12:40 of another particular in which Jonah was to be a Sign does not weaken or interfere with what our Lord says about the prophet’s preaching. ]'>[4] 6 [5] , pp
Oath - An oath may be: ...
assertory, whereby God is called to witness the truth of an assertion of fact, past or present
promissory, whereby God is called upon as a witness to a resolution, a vow, or an agreement made with another party, and as a "guaranty and pledge of future fulfillment
To have a valid oath there must be the intention, at least virtual, of invoking the testimony of God, and a word or Sign by which such an intention is manifested. Such a word or Sign is contained in the formulas, "God is my witness," "I swear by God," "May God destroy me if," etc
Bush - ) A shrub or branch, properly, a branch of ivy (as sacred to Bacchus), hung out at vintners' doors, or as a tavern Sign; hence, a tavern Sign, and symbolically, the tavern itself
Dream - The most Significant use of this word, however, is with reference to prophetic “dreams” and/or “visions. : “If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a Sign or a wonder, and the Sign or the wonder come to pass
Notable, of Note - 1: γνωστός (Strong's #1110 — Adjective — gnostos — gnoce-tos' ) an adjective, Signifying "known" (from ginosko, "to know"), is used (a) as an adjective, most usually translated "known," whether of facts, e. , of money, "stamped, coined," (from epi, "upon," and sema, "a mark, a Sign;" cp. semaino, "to give a Sign, Signify, indicate," and semeioo, "to note;" see below); it is used in the NT, metaphorically, (a) in a good sense, Romans 16:7 , "of note, illustrious," said of Andronicus and Junias; (b) in a bad sense, Matthew 27:16 , "notable," of the prisoner Barabbas
Queen (2) - The Pharisees had demanded of Him a special Sign, and He replied that no such Sign should be given them, but that they should have a Sign in Himself and in His burial and resurrection, as the Ninevites had had in Jonah. But the Ninevites, He added, would in the judgment condemn the men of that generation; for they had repented at the preaching of Jonah, who was a Sign to them, while the men of that generation, He implied, would not repent at the preaching of one greater than Jonah. Without setting aside these suggestions, it is more to the point to observe that our Lord brings into juxtaposition the two characteristics—so strongly emphasized in the case of Jew and Gentile—of the desire for a Sign, and the seeking after wisdom; and it has been suggested that St
Immanuel - He bade Ahaz be quiet and fearless, assuring him that God would frustrate the designs of his foes (Isaiah 7:4 ff. Possibly our present text is somewhat abbreviated, but at any rate Isaiah, either on that or possibly another occasion, offered him a Sign in confirmation of his assurance, placing the universe from Sheol to Heaven at his disposal. Then he proceeds to give the king a Sign from God Himself, namely, the Sign of Immanuel (Isaiah 7:10 ff. Accordingly the terms of the prophecy do not warrant us in interpreting the Sign as the prodigy of a virgin conception. It is clear, in the first place, that the prophet is referring to something in the near future, otherwise the Sign could have conveyed no message to the king, all the more that his difficulty was urgent. In the next place, we must beware of supposing that anything extraordinary is necessarily intended by the Sign. Isaiah walked in captive’s dress for a Sign and a wonder upon Egypt and Ethiopia (Isaiah 20:3), certainly not because of any miraculous character attached to his conduct (cf. With these considerations in mind we may approach the question, What message was the Sign intended to convey? When Ahaz had been bidden ask a Sign, the object was to convince him that his enemies would be overthrown and their alliance against him come to nought. We naturally expect that the Sign volunteered by the prophet will have the same Significance. It may be argued that Ahaz’ refusal to ask a Sign introduced a new element into the situation, especially after the warning in Isaiah 7:9; and if he rejected a Sign assuring him of deliverance, it would not be strange if he received one that was ominous of disaster. And such a Sign, according to our present text, we seem to possess. On the other hand, this is difficult to harmonize with Isaiah 7:16, at any rate in its present form, for that gives as the meaning of the Sign that before the child knows to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings Ahaz abhors will be forsaken. In other words, Isaiah 7:16 interprets the Sign as the desolation of Syria and Ephraim. It is therefore a Sign, not of disaster to Judah, but of deliverance. In that case the Sign is simply one of disaster for Judah. But apart from that, there are other arguments for treating the Sign as favourable. The name Immanuel itself, expressing the conviction that God was with His people, might, of course, be harmonized with either verse, it gains Significance only on account of the distress in which the name was given, the mother’s faith is a Sign only when experience seems to contradict it. It is indeed urged that the Sign of Immanuel would thus be only a duplication of the Sign of Maher-shalal-hash-baz, but there seems to be no reason why such a duplication should be objectionable. Moreover, there is a Significant parallelism between the two which points to such an identification of meaning. Nor is there any reason to suppose that the obstinacy of Ahaz would make any difference to the character of the Sign. Unless we are explicitly warned to the contrary, it is natural to assume that the Sign given possessed the same Significance as the Sign offered. The present writer accordingly takes the view that the Sign is of a favourable character. ...
The question accordingly arises, in what precisely did the Sign consist? The stress may lie either on the עַלְמָה, or the son, or the name given to him, or a combination of these. The traditional interpretation has, of course, thrown the stress on the first of these; for it the Sign lay in the virgin-conception. With the correction of Isaiah 8:8 no reason remains for considering that the personality of Immanuel is an important element in the Sign; it is in harmony with similar cases that it is the name and not the person who bears it that is important. The prophetic Significance both of Shear-jashub and Maher-shalal-hash-baz lies not in the children themselves, but exclusively in their names. The Sign is no prodigy in this case. For against the king’s unbelief and his obstinate refusal to accept a Sign there arises the mother’s impressive faith, which confronted danger without dismay, and uttered her conviction of God’s presence with His people in the name she gave her son. The personality of the mother is equally with that of the son of no importance for the Sign; that consists in the mother’s faith and the son’s name. This will be a Sign, for it will express a faith which triumphs over the appearance of imminent disaster. ]'>[3] The Significance for the doctrine of the Incarnation of the name Immanuel, which might be translated ‘God with us’ as well as ‘God is with us,’ probably first drew his attention to the passage, and then the translation of עַלִמָה by παρθένος would readily be suggested by his belief in the Virgin-conception. 67–100, 191–195; Pfleiderer, Das Urchristentum2 [8] , i
Herd - Herds were regarded as a Sign of wealth (Genesis 13:5 ; Genesis 32:7 ; Genesis 45:10 )
Cathedraticum - (Latin: cathedra, episcopal seat or throne) ...
A moderate tax paid yearly to a bishop by all the churches and benefices subject to his jurisdiction, in Sign of their subjection and for his support
Rainbow - It existed indeed before, but it was then constituted as a Sign of the covenant
Zaphnathpaaneah - ' In the LXX the name stands Ψονθομφανήχan equivalent to the Coptic Psotempheneh, which has been thus explained: p represents the article; sote is 'saviour,' m is Sign of the genitive case; ph the article; and eneh is 'world
Adoni-Zedek - He exposed their bodies on trees, a further Sign of humiliation, since it postponed burial and a way to celebrate victory
Precedent - ) A preceding circumstance or condition; an antecedent; hence, a prognostic; a token; a Sign
Trophy - ) A Sign or memorial of a victory raised on the field of battle, or, in case of a naval victory, on the nearest land
Alexander Vii, Pope - Alexander combated Jansenism by compelling the French clergy to Sign his "formulary
Manual - ) Of or pertaining to the hand; done or made by the hand; as, manual labor; the king's Sign manual
Joy - ) The Sign or exhibition of joy; gayety; mirth; merriment; festivity
Salvation Army - Members are Arminian rather than Calvinistic in doctrine, and in order to be admitted to membership one must Sign a pledge of total abstinence from intoxicating liquors and all harmful drugs
Razors, Shaving - Shaving was practiced as a Sign of mourning (Job 1:20 ; Jeremiah 7:29 ), as a Sign of subservience to a superior (Numbers 8:7 ; Genesis 41:14 ), and as a treatment for a person with leprosy (Leviticus 14:9 )
Muteness - Later He restored Ezekiel's speech (Ezekiel 24:27 ; Ezekiel 33:22 ) as a Sign of the people's receptiveness to hear. An exception is Zechariah's muteness (Luke 1:20 ,Luke 1:20,1:22 ) which served as a Sign of the truthfulness of Gabriel's message as well as a punishment for Zechariah's unbelief
Immanuel, Emmanuel - Jehovah then told Ahaz to ask for a Sign, either in the deep or in the height above; but Ahaz refused to ask; therefore the Lord gave him this Sign, "Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. ...
It has been asked, How could this be a Sign to Ahaz, seeing that this event did not take place till centuries after? The prophetic announcement of the birth of such a child was the present evidence to faith that whatever combinations men might make, the remnant could count on God: see Isaiah 8:9,10 , where they say, "God is with us. When the Lord was in the temple, and speaking of His Father's house, He was asked for a Sign, He said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up," referring to His body
Ceremony - ) A Sign or prodigy; a portent
Inventory of Church Property - If there be more than one administrator, all must Sign it
Granary - Empty granaries was a Sign of God's displeasure (Jeremiah 50:26 ; Joel 1:17 )
Justina, Saint - Justina was a Christian whose virginity was threatened by the magician Cyprian, but the grace of God was so strong in her that she was able to resist his spells by making the Sign of the cross
Funeral Rites - Black, as a Sign of grief, is employed, except when the rank of a feast precludes its use and requires another color; white is used at the burial of infants
Character - The word is used to express the spiritual and indelible Sign imprinted on the soul by the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders
Cain - Angered by the Divine rejection, Cain slew his brother; to avenge his blood God pronounced a curse against Cain, banished him to the land of Nod, and marked him with a Sign as a promise of special protection in his banishment
Obeisance, do - To bow down with one's face to the ground as a Sign of homage and submission
Aaron - The rod of Aaron blossomed as a Sign that he had been chosen by God to be first high priest (Leviticus 8)
Emblem - ) A visible Sign of an idea; an object, or the figure of an object, symbolizing and suggesting another object, or an idea, by natural aptness or by association; a figurative representation; a typical designation; a symbol; as, a balance is an emblem of justice; a scepter, the emblem of sovereignty or power; a circle, the emblem of eternity
Rites, Funeral - Black, as a Sign of grief, is employed, except when the rank of a feast precludes its use and requires another color; white is used at the burial of infants
Cain - But God mingled mercy with judgment; and appointed for Cain some Sign that he should not suffer the death penalty he had incurred at the hand of man, thus Signifying that God only was his judge
Cross - He pretended at a critical moment that he saw a flaming cross in the heavens bearing the inscription, "In hoc Signo vinces", i. , By this Sign thou shalt conquer, and that on the following night Christ himself appeared and ordered him to take for his standard the Sign of this cross
Type - , the design on the face of a medal or a coin. ) A figure or representation of something to come; a token; a Sign; a symbol; - correlative to antitype. ) The mark or impression of something; stamp; impressed Sign; emblem
Circumcise - ...
The physical act of circumcision was introduced by God as a Sign of the Abrahamic covenant: “This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you … Every male among you shall be circumcised. You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the Sign of the covenant between me and you” ( Sign of God’s gracious promise. ” The “circumcision” of the flesh is a physical Sign of commitment to God
Jonah - Christ tells of "the Sign of the prophet Jonah
Black - Often used to denote the color of physical objects: hair (Leviticus 13:31 ,Leviticus 13:31,13:37 ; Song of Song of Solomon 5:11 ), skin (Job 30:30 ; Song of Song of Solomon 1:5-6 ; Lamentations 4:8 ), the sky as a Sign of rain (1 Kings 18:45 ), and animals (Genesis 30:32-43 ; Zechariah 6:2 ,Zechariah 6:2,6:6 ; Revelation 6:5 )
Standards - The Egyptian standards were designed in the same idea as those of the Romans, exhibiting some sacred emblem (5,6,8), or a god in the form of an animal (3,4), a group of victory (7), or the king's name or his portrait as (1), of lower, and (2) of upper, Egypt, or an emblematic Sign, as No
Did - ...
The proper Signification is, made, executed, performed but it is used also to express the state of health. ...
Did is used as the Sign of the past tense of verbs, particularly in interrogative and negative sentences as, did he command you to go? He did not command me
Forehead - , where the mark is the Divine Signet. Shaving the forehead in Sign of mourning is forbidden ( Deuteronomy 14:1 )
Meonenim, Oak of - There is a cognate Arabic word, however, which is used of the hum of insects and the whispering of leaves, and it is tempting, therefore, to connect me‘ônĕnîm with such a phenomenon as the ‘sound of a marching in the tops of the balsams’ of 2 Samuel 5:24 , where the rustling of the leaves is the Sign of the presence of Jahweh, as the rustling of the leaves of the oaks of Dodona proclaimed the will of Zeus
Spit, Spittle - Spitting at or on someone is the strongest Sign of contempt
Bald - ...
Isaiah 3:24 (a) This is a Sign that GOD had forsaken His people and left them to the will of their enemies
Equation - ) An expression of the condition of equality between two algebraic quantities or sets of quantities, the Sign = being placed between them; as, a binomial equation; a quadratic equation; an algebraic equation; a transcendental equation; an exponential equation; a logarithmic equation; a differential equation, etc
Sacramental - The name Signifies that the article blessed has some resemblance to a sacrament, inasmuch as it is a means of grace; but a sacramental differs from a sacrament in this, that the latter always produces grace directly when there is no obstacle on the part of the recipient, while the former produces it only indirectly, by causing devotion in the mind of the user. The sacramentals include: ...
agnus Dei
ashes
bells
candles
cross
crucifix
holy oils
holy water
incense
palms
religious medals
rosary
scapulars
sign of the cross
stations of the cross
vestments
Copy - It Signifies (a) a Sign suggestive of anything, the delineation or representation of a thing, and so, a figure, "copy;" in Hebrews 9:23 the RV has "copies," for the AV, "patterns;" (b) an example for imitation, John 13:15 ; James 5:10 ; for warning, Hebrews 4:11 ; 2 Peter 2:6 (AV "ensample")
Water - In the Church Catechism it is declared that the outwardvisible Sign or form in Baptism is, "Water; wherein the person isbaptized. Water as used in HolyBaptism Signifies "cleansing," The amount of water to be used theChurch has always regarded as matter of indifference
Iron - The availability of iron was a Sign of the richness of the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 8:9 ), and articles of iron were indications of wealth (Deuteronomy 3:11 ; Joshua 6:19 ). Iron chariots were a Sign of great power in warfare (Joshua 17:18 ; Judges 1:19 ; Judges 4:3 ). Related to the hardness of iron it is used as a threat of judgment (Psalm 2:9 ; Revelation 2:27 ) or as a Sign of strength (Isaiah 48:4 ; Daniel 2:40 )
Sacrament - Is derived from the Latinword sacramentum, which Signifies an oath, particularly the oath taken by soldiers to be true to their country and general. By that church, the meaning of the word sacrament is declared to be "an outward and visible Sign of an inward and spiritual grace given unto us, ordained by Christ himself, as a means whereby we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us thereof. "...
Accorcing to this definition, baptism and the Lord's supper are certainly sacraments, for each consists of an outward and visible Sign of what is believed to be an inward and spiritual grace, both were ordained by Christ himself, and in the reception of each does the Christian solemnly devote himself to the service of his divine Master. The other five are, the Sign of the cross, imposition of hands, unction of the sick, holy orders and matrimony
Iron - The availability of iron was a Sign of the richness of the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 8:9 ), and articles of iron were indications of wealth (Deuteronomy 3:11 ; Joshua 6:19 ). Iron chariots were a Sign of great power in warfare (Joshua 17:18 ; Judges 1:19 ; Judges 4:3 ). Related to the hardness of iron it is used as a threat of judgment (Psalm 2:9 ; Revelation 2:27 ) or as a Sign of strength (Isaiah 48:4 ; Daniel 2:40 )
Babe - And it is worth noting that in Luke 2:12 Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885 brings out a Significance of meaning which is lost in Authorized Version. prefixed to βρέφος in this verse; the Sign given to the shepherds was ‘the Sign of a babe. , so that what the shepherds were told was ‘The Sign is a babe
Circumcision - It was practised among various ancient Near Eastern peoples and had certain health benefits, but for the Israelites it had, in addition, a special religious Significance. Circumcision was the Sign of that covenant (Genesis 17:1-11; see COVENANT). Because of its Significance for personal cleanliness, it symbolized also the purity that the covenant demanded of them. ...
Jewish misunderstandings...
If circumcision was a Sign of cleanness, uncircumcision was a Sign of uncleanness (Exodus 6:12; Leviticus 26:41; Isaiah 52:1). ...
In their self-satisfaction the Israelites forgot that circumcision was also intended to be a Sign of obedience (Genesis 17:10). He received circumcision later, as an outward Sign of the inward faith that he already had (Romans 4:1-2; Romans 4:10-11; Galatians 3:17-18). ...
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Circumcision was a Sign of God’s covenant with Abraham, and that covenant reached its fulfilment in Jesus Christ
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4: τεκμήριον (Strong's #5039 — Noun Neuter — tekmerion — tek-may'-ree-on; ) "a sure Sign, a positive proof" (from tekmar, "a mark, Sign"), occurs in Acts 1:3 , RV, "proofs" (AV, "infallible proofs;" a "proof" does not require to be described as infallible, the adjective is superfluous)
Banner - was a Sign carried to give a group a rallying point. ” A third term, “oth (“sign”),” seems related to these, as “ degel ” and “oth ” appear in the same verse (Numbers 2:2 ), “Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard (“degel”), with the ensign (“oth”) of their father's house”. The banner was used as a rallying point for groups with a common interest, such as a call for an army to assemble, or as a Signal that a battle was to begin. The prophet Isaiah used the term in reference to a Signal God would raise against Babylon as a warning of impending destruction (Isaiah 13:2 ). In Isaiah 49:22 God's upraised hand is a Signal (“ nes ”) for the nations to bring the sons of the exiles home to the land of Canaan
Other - Other is used as a substitute for a noun, and in this use has the plural number, and the Sign of the possessive case. ...
With the Sign of the possessive, other is preceded by the, as in the last example
Forbin-Janson, Charles Auguste Marie Joseph, Comte - He was raised to the episcopate, 1824, but had to leave France, as he refused to Sign the Gallican declaration of 1682
Liturgical Use of Bread -
(3) Little loaves or cakes were formerly blessed, and sent by bishops and priests to others in Sign of fraternal affection
Charles Joseph - He was raised to the episcopate, 1824, but had to leave France, as he refused to Sign the Gallican declaration of 1682
Bless - ) To make the Sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self)
Dish - To offer a person a choice piece of food from the common dish was a special Sign of hospitality
Lord's Supper - A memorial celebrated by the early church to Signify Jesus' sacrificial death for humankind's sin. Church groups celebrate the Lord's Supper regularly as a Sign of the new covenant sealed by Christ's death and resurrection
Morrow - Exodus 9 ...
To morrow shall this Sign be
Kneel - Kneeling is also considered a Sign of reverence, obedience, or respect
Lip - 1: χεῖλος (Strong's #5491 — Noun Neuter — cheilos — khi'-los ) is used (a) of the organ of speech, Matthew 15:8 ; Mark 7:6 , where "honoring with the lips," besides meaning empty words, may have reference to a Jewish custom of putting to the mouth the tassel of the tallith (the woollen scarf wound round the head and neck during prayer), as a Sign of acceptance of the Law from the heart; Romans 3:13 ; 1 Corinthians 14:21 (from Isaiah 28:11,12 , speaking of the Assyrian foe as God's message to disobedient Israel); Hebrews 13:15 ; 1 Peter 3:10 ; (b) metaphorically, of "the brink or edge of things," as of the sea shore, Hebrews 11:12 , lit
Abomination of Desolation - " The Lord quotes Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31; Daniel 12:11, in Matthew 24:15 "the abomination of desolation," as the Sign of Jerusalem's coming destruction. Perhaps the Zealots perpetrated some abomination which was to be the Sign of the nation's ruin. ...
Some such desecration within the city, "in the holy place," coinciding with Cestius Gallus' encampment without, "in a holy place," was the Sign foretold by Jesus; noting it, the Christians fled from the city to Pella, and all escaped
Pitcher - Luke 22:10 note) that the Sign of the pitcher was not so accidental as it appears. ...
Whatever the probability of recognizing or of not recognizing the Sign, the most important feature of the whole incident remains unaffected. For all time the pitcher will be a Sign not of the need for secrecy and sealed orders, nor even of the prescience of Christ, though that is abundantly proved, but rather of the faith of the two disciples
Foot - The shaking of dust from the feet ( Matthew 10:14 , Acts 13:51 ) was the Sign of complete rejection; the land was as a heathen land, and its dust unclean. So the sandals were removed as a Sign of reverence ( Exodus 3:5 , Joshua 5:15 ; cf. To remove the sandal was also the Sign of the renunciation of a right ( Deuteronomy 25:9 , Ruth 4:8 ). The use of ointment for this purpose was the Sign of the penitent’s lavish love ( Luke 7:38 , Joh John 12:3 )
Circumcision - This rite, practised before, as some think, by divers races, was appointed by God to be the special badge of his chosen people, an abiding Sign of their consecration to him. ...
It was a Sign and seal of the covenant of grace as well as of the national covenant between God and the Hebrews. The covenant with Abraham was a dispensation or a specific form of the covenant of grace, and circumcision was a Sign and seal of that covenant. It Signified purification of the heart, inward circumcision effected by the Spirit (Deuteronomy 10:16 ; 30:6 ; Ezekiel 44:7 ; Acts 7:51 ; Romans 2:28 ; Colossians 2:11 ). Circumcision was a Sign and seal of membership in both
Immanuel - ...
The birth of Immanuel to the virgin Mary fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 , the Sign given to Ahaz about seven hundred years earlier. 8,10) raise the distinct possibility that the Sign had a near fulfillment that affected Ahaz directly. The birth of a boy who would serve as a Sign to Ahaz appears to be closely linked to the birth of Isaiah's son Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz in 8:1-4. The Sign of Isaiah 7:14 constitutes a blessing on an upcoming marriage, predicting that a virgin who was engaged to be married would be able to have a child early in the marriage
Stool - Randglossen , 19 25), from the realistic representation preserved in an early hieroglyphic Sign for birth, confirmed by literary references
Sacrament - According to common usage, the word ‘sacrament’ refers to some formal religious act that is an outward Sign of an inward spiritual truth
Sun - The Bible recognizes that the sun exercises control over certain processes of life in the world, and it sees this as a Sign that God created the world and continues to care for it (Genesis 1:14-18; Deuteronomy 33:13-14; Matthew 5:45)
Lethargy of Soul - No blaze was ever visible, nor could any remarkable Sign of fire be seen from the Street, yet they died as readily as if they had been burned to ashes by raging flames
Apostrophe - ) The mark [1] used to denote that a word is contracted (as in ne'er for never, can't for can not), and as a Sign of the possessive, singular and plural; as, a boy's hat, boys' hats
Zacharias - Since both were past the age of childbearing, Zacharias asked for a Sign that the birth would occur
Shingle - ) A Sign for an office or a shop; as, to hang out one's shingle
Unblameable - Those who enter a lodge hall are challenged at the door, and must give the Sign required
Last Time or Days - Apostasy from apostolic doctrine was a Sign of the last time (it was not exactly the 'last days,' as in 2Timothy)
Ear - Both in OT and NT the spiritual disposition to attend, which issues in obedience, is thus designated ( e. The perforated ear was a Sign of slavery or dependence, indicating the obligation to attend ( Exodus 21:6 , Deuteronomy 15:16 f
Dung - ( b ) To spread dung upon the face was a Sign of humiliation ( Malachi 2:3 )
Rainbow, - The right interpretation of (Genesis 9:13 ) seems to be that God took the rainbow, which had hitherto been but a beautiful object shining in the heavens when the sun's rays fell on falling rain, and consecrated it as the Sign of his love and the witness of his promise
Immanuel - The birth and naming of the child was a Sign of assurance to the king and his people that God was with them to protect them during an enemy attack (Isaiah 7:10-16; see AHAZ)
Cease - ” This promise became a prophetic Sign of God’s faithfulness: “If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever” ( Sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed” ( Sign of God’s lordship over the creation. ” Thus “rest” and the “sabbath” were eschatological in perspective, looking to the accomplishment of God’s ultimate purpose through the redemption of His people, to whom the “sabbath” was a covenant Sign. They also proclaimed “sabbath” observance as a blessing in the messianic age and a Sign of its fullness ( Cancer - ) The fourth of the twelve Signs of the zodiac. The first point is the northern limit of the sun's course in summer; hence, the Sign of the summer solstice
Order of Servants of Mary - And here is your distinctive Sign: the black scapular, in memory of my sufferings
Seal - A Signet containing a distinctive mark which stood for the individual who owned it. Tamar asked for Judah's Signet as collateral on a pledge he made (Genesis 38:18 ). Jezebel used Ahab's seal to Sign letters asking that Naboth be tried and stoned to death (1 Kings 21:8 )
Query - ) An interrogation point [1] as the Sign of a question or a doubt
Beggars - earthly prosperity was a Sign of blessing
Beard - The law forbade them to 'mar the corners of their beards,' Leviticus 19:27 , and a priest must not shave off the corner of his beard as a Sign of mourning
Eagle - Associated in art with ...
Saint Augustine of Hippo as a symbol of inspiration
Saint Cuthbert, who was fed by an eagle
Saint Florian, whose corpse was protected from abuse by an eagle
Saint John of the Cross as a symbol of inspiration
Saint John the Evangelist as a symbol of inspiration and the Holy Ghost
Saint Juan Diego, whose birth name means "the eagle who speaks"
Saint Medard, who was sheltered from the weather by a hovering eagle
Saint Ruggero of Canne, who was sheltered in his travels by an eagle
Saint Servatus, who was sheltered from the sun by an eagle while he travelled as a pilgrim
Saint Wencelaus
It was used by early Christians as the Sign of Baptism
Lion - ) A Sign and a constellation; Leo
Libel - ) To defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, picture, Sign, etc. ) A malicious publication expressed either in print or in writing, or by pictures, effigies, or other Signs, tending to expose another to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule
Servant Friars - And here is your distinctive Sign: the black scapular, in memory of my sufferings
Servites - And here is your distinctive Sign: the black scapular, in memory of my sufferings
Roch, Saint - Visiting Italy as a mendicant pilgrim, he devoted himself to the care of the plague-stricken, effecting miraculous cures by making the Sign of the cross
Ceremonies of Baptism - He makes the Sign of the cross on forehead and breast, that God may be ever in the child's mind and heart. The priest's stole is laid upon the child, Signifying that he is being led into the Church of Christ. Then comes a renunciation of Satan with all his works and pomps, and an anointing is made with the Oil of Catechumens in the form of a cross on the child's breast and back, Signifying the open profession of the faith of Christ and the patient bearing of life's burdens. An unction is then made on the top of the head with Holy Chrism, as a Sign of consecration to God
Benediction - Among the ancient Jews, as well as Christians, benedictions were attended with the imposition of hands; and Christians, in process of time, added the Sign of the cross, which was made with the same hand, elevated or extended. Hence, in the Romish church, benediction was used to denote the Sign of the cross, made by a bishop or prelate, from an idea that it conferred some grace on the people
Baptism, Ceremonies of - He makes the Sign of the cross on forehead and breast, that God may be ever in the child's mind and heart. The priest's stole is laid upon the child, Signifying that he is being led into the Church of Christ. Then comes a renunciation of Satan with all his works and pomps, and an anointing is made with the Oil of Catechumens in the form of a cross on the child's breast and back, Signifying the open profession of the faith of Christ and the patient bearing of life's burdens. An unction is then made on the top of the head with Holy Chrism, as a Sign of consecration to God
Sacrament - Its outward Sign was the uplifted hand whereby thesoldier pledged himself to loyalty, which may be regarded as thething Signified by that outward gesture. The word came to be usedfor those ordinances of the Christian Church possessing an "outwardsign" and conveying an "inward grace. " Thus the Church Catechismtreating of the two Sacraments "generally necessary to salvation,that is to say, Baptism and the Supper of the Lord," defines asacrament as being an outward and visible Sign ordained by Christ,of an inward and spiritual grace given by Him as its accompaniment
Ensign - Each separate tribe had its own "sign" or "ensign. nes, a lofty Signal, as a column or high pole (Numbers 21:8,9 ); a standard or Signal or flag placed on high mountains to point out to the people a place of rendezvous on the irruption of an enemy (Isaiah 5:26 ; 11:12 ; 18:3 ; 62:10 ; Jeremiah 4:6,21 ; Psalm 60:4 ). This was an occasional Signal, and not a military standard
Ashes - Ashes, mostly from burnt wood, were used as a Sign of sorrow or mourning, either put on the head, 2 Samuel 13:19 , or on the body with sackcloth, Esther 4:1 ; Jeremiah 6:26 ; Lamentations 3:16 ; Matthew 11:21 ; Luke 10:13 ; or strewn on a couch on which to lie, Esther 4:3 ; Isaiah 58:5 ; Jonah 3:6
Hospitality - Exemplified in Abraham, Genesis 18; Lot, Genesis 19; Reuel, Exodus 2:20; Manoah, Judges 13:15; the old man of Gibeah (its inhospitality is instanced as a Sign of how lost to all right feeling its people were), Judges 19:17-21
Sun - The darkening or eclipse of the sun was often interpreted as a Sign of God's displeasure with humans
Ensign - ) A Signal displayed like a standard, to give notice. ), by a crown; thus, any charge which has a crown immediately above or upon it, is said to be ensigned. ) To designate as by an ensign. ) Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment. ) Sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol. , the national flag, or a banner indicating nationality, carried by a ship or a body of soldiers; - as distinguished from flags indicating divisions of the army, rank of naval officers, or private Signals, and the like
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Exodus 4:8 (a) GOD intended that this Sign should carry a message to the hearts of all who observed it
Finger - The finger of God Signifies his power, his operation. Our Saviour says he cast out devils by the finger and Spirit of God, which he intimates was a Sign that the kingdom of God was come; that God's spiritual government of his church was begun to be exercised among the Jews, by the Messiah, Luke 11:20
Mark - ) Badge or Sign of honor, rank, or official station. ) An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a Significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a permanent impression of one's activity or character. ) A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although not regarded as a token or Sign; a scratch, scar, stain, etc. ) A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a Signature by one who can not write. ) A visible Sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp. ) To put a mark upon; to affix a Significant mark to; to make recognizable by a mark; as, to mark a box or bale of merchandise; to mark clothing. ) To be a mark upon; to designate; to indicate; - used literally and figuratively; as, this monument marks the spot where Wolfe died; his courage and energy marked him for a leader
Immanuel - Hence, when the prophet offered him a Sign from God, he refused to accept it, for fear of committing himself to the prophet’s policy of faith and independence. A Sign is, however, given the birth of a child, who shall eat butter and honey ( i. The interpretation of the Sign is by no means clear. Who is the child and what does his name imply? Is the Sign a promise or a threat? It should be noticed, as probably an essential element in the problem, that it is the house or dynasty of David which is being attacked, and which is referred to throughout the chapter ( Isaiah 7:2 ; Isaiah 7:13 ; Isaiah 7:17 ). In what sense, then, was it a Sign to Ahaz? The view runs counter to the modern conception of prophecy, which rightly demands that its primary interpretation shall be brought into relation to the ideas and circumstances of its age. The chronological difficulty would seem to be fatal to ( b ), Hezekiah being almost certainly several years old in 735; and ( c ) makes the Sign merely a duplication of that given in Isaiah 8:3 . The point of the Sign is then the mother’s faith and the period of time within which the deliverance shall be accomplished. Was the Sign favourable or not? The text, as it stands, leaves it very obscure whether Isaiah gave Ahaz a promise or a threat. The fact that the king had hardened his heart may have turned the Sign which should have been of good omen into something different. Others would omit Isaiah 8:17 , and even Isaiah 8:15 , making the Sign a promise of the failure of the coalition
Rizpah - Rizpah spread sackcloth on the rock, a Sign that the land repented, and watched the dead till the anger of Jehovah relented and the rain came
Christ, Resurrection of - This fact was predicted by Christ Himself, and offered by Him as the chief Sign or proof of His Divine mission and Divinity
Knock - " Knocking is used as a Sign of importunity (Matthew 7:7,8 ; Luke 13:25 ), and of the coming of Christ (Luke 12:36 ; Revelation 3:20 )
Ember Days - Others derive it from theAnglo-Saxon word aemyrian, meaning "ashes," because these days areappointed to be kept as fasts, and ashes, as a Sign of humiliationand mourning, were constantly associated with fasting
Beard - The custom was to shave or pluck off the hair as a Sign of mourning (Isaiah 50:6 ; Jeremiah 48:37 ; Ezra 9:3 )
Barren, Barrenness - The barrenness of Sarai, Rebekah, and Rachel (the mothers of the Israelite nation) is Significant in that their ability to finally bare children is a Sign of the grace and favor of God toward His elect people
Guido d' Arezzo - A transcription of the Antiphonarium from Sign to staff notation was his text-book of the system, since called Guidonian, though his employment and improvement of the four-lined stave must not be confounded with the invention of melodic recording
Gregorius (13) i, Bishop of Nazianzus - He was a pillar of the orthodox party, though weak enough to Sign the creed of Ariminum in deference to Constantius, a
Effect - ) Manifestation; expression; Sign
Ensign - EN'SIGN, n. insigne, insignia, from Signum, a mark impressed, a Sign. Any Signal to assemble or to give notice. He will lift up an ensign to the nations. Isaiah 5 ...
Ye shall be left as an ensign on a hill. A badge a mark of distinction, rank or office as ensigns of power or virtue. Naval ensign, is a large banner hoisted on a staff and carried over the poop or stern of a ship used to distinguish ships of different nations, or to characterize different equadrons of the same navy
Vine, Vineyard - One Sign of peace and prosperity was that every man might sit under his own vine
Kiss - This is a Sign of trust and affection, either true or false
Fire - Various things were to be burnt as a Sign of total destruction and divine judgment ( Member - ) Either of the two parts of an algebraic equation, connected by the Sign of equality
Jab'ne-el - (Joshua 15:11 ) There is no Sign, however, of its ever having been occupied by Judah
Ring - As a Sign of reverence the faithful kiss a bishop's ring especially before receiving communion from his hand. The Pope's Signet ring is known as the "Ring of the Fisherman"
Ram - In astronomy, Aries, the Sign of the zodiac which the sun enters on the 21st of March, or a constellation of fixed stars in the figure of a ram. It is considered the first of the twelve Signs
Smalkaldic League - Dissolved after the defeat of Mühlberg (1547), the Smalkaldic League was restored after Charles V was obliged to Sign the Treaty of Passau (1552), favorable to the rebels
Resurrection of Christ - This fact was predicted by Christ Himself, and offered by Him as the chief Sign or proof of His Divine mission and Divinity
Retreat - This is a term used to designate a time of retirement asa means of deepening the Spiritual life of the Clergy, for whosebenefit it is held. It is a cheering Sign of spiritual revival which many willwelcome, to see Bishop and Clergy thus meeting and withdrawing fora season from the world, for prayer, for intercommunion andinstruction
Benediction - And when at length the primitive simplicity of the Christian worship began to give way to ceremony, they added the Sign of the cross, which was made with the same hand as before, only elevated or extended. Hence benediction in the modern Romish church is used, in a more particular manner, to denote the Sign of the cross made by a bishop or prelate as conferring some grace on the people. The spirit of piety, or rather of superstition, has introduced into the Romish church benedictions for almost every thing: we read of forms of benedictions for wax candles, for boughs for ashes, for church vessels, for ornaments, for flags, or ensigns, arms, first fruits, houses, ships, paschal eggs, cilicium, or the hair-cloth of penitents, church-yards, &c. In general, these benedictions are performed by aspersions of holy water, Signs of the cross, and prayers suitable to the nature of the ceremony
Immanuel - " In another oracle, the Prophet offers to give any Sign of God's protection that Achaz may ask. " Then God, through His prophet, gives a Sign, which is not, as many have thought, the birth of Emmanuel, but the devastation of Juda
Sacrament - (ssac' ruh mehnt) an outward and visible Sign of an inward and spiritual grace. This made it particularly appropriate for early Christians to designate their baptism, a confession and induction into the army of Christ. ...
There is strong biblical support for the theological idea of an outward Sign carrying an inward spiritual power
Emmanuel Title - " In another oracle, the Prophet offers to give any Sign of God's protection that Achaz may ask. " Then God, through His prophet, gives a Sign, which is not, as many have thought, the birth of Emmanuel, but the devastation of Juda
Circumcision - In the Old Testament the origin of Israelite practice was founded upon the circumcision of Abraham as a Sign of the covenant between God and the patriarch (Genesis 17:10 ). Physical hygiene and tribal distinction resulted from circumcision, but the aspect of covenant Sign which marked one's entry into the community of Yahwistic faith is the focus in the Hebrew Scriptures. Circumcision was therefore an external Sign of an internal singularity of devotion of Yahweh
Slur - ) A mark, thus [1], connecting notes that are to be sung to the same syllable, or made in one continued breath of a wind instrument, or with one stroke of a bow; a tie; a Sign of legato
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - As a Sign she imprinted her image on the peasant's mantle, which is preserved in the shrine and to the intercession of which many miracles have been attributed
Jan Felix Cieplak - To Sign an agreement acknowledging government ownership of Church property and prohibiting religious instruction. ...
In 1923, Cieplak and Monsignor Budkiewicz were seized and taken to Moscow for trial, with 13 other priests, charged with inciting Catholics to a counter-revolution
Oil - ...
The use of it was a Sign of gladness (Psalm 92:10 ; Isaiah 61:3 ), and its omission a token of sorrow (2 Samuel 14:2 ; Matthew 6:17 )
Right, Right Hand, Right Side - , Matthew 25:33,34 ; Luke 1:11 ; (b) of giving the "right hand" of fellowship, Galatians 2:9 , betokening the public expression of approval by leaders at Jerusalem of the course pursued by Paul and Barnabas among the Gentiles; the act was often the Sign of a pledge, e. ; Ezra 10:19 ; Ezekiel 17:18 ; figuratively, Lamentations 5:6 ; it is often so used in the papyri; (c) metaphorically of "power" or "authority," Acts 2:33 ; with ek, Signifying "on," followed by the genitive plural, Matthew 26:64 ; Mark 14:62 ; Hebrews 1:13 ; (d) similarly of "a place of honor in the messianic kingdom," Matthew 20:21 ; Mark 10:37
Engrave - Signet rings engraved with the Sign or symbol of the owner were quite common throughout the ancient world (Genesis 38:18 ; Esther 3:12 ; Jeremiah 22:24 ). In fact, “like the engravings of a Signet” ring or cylinder is a set phrase used to describe the various engraved gems of the high priest's vestments (Exodus 28:11 ,Exodus 28:11,28:21 ,Exodus 28:21,28:36 ; Exodus 39:6 ,Exodus 39:6,39:14 )
Omen - Is a word which, in its proper sense, Signifies a Sign or indication of some future event, especially of an alarming nature
Redness of the Sky - ) demanded of Christ a Sign from heaven (ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ), He replied by reminding them how, when the sky (οὐρανός, Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885 ‘heaven’) was red at morning or evening, they were able to foretell foul or fair weather, and so showed that they themselves could discern the face of the sky (or the heaven)
Nail - If an Israelite desired to marry a prisoner of war, she was to cut her nails either as a Sign of mourning for her parents or as part of her purification on entering the community of Israel (Deuteronomy 21:12 )
Moon - In Revelation 12:1 the woman who appears as a Sign in heaven has the moon under her feet as a footstool (see Sun)
Guadalupe, Feast of Our Lady of - As a Sign she imprinted her image on the peasant's mantle, which is preserved in the shrine and to the intercession of which many miracles have been attributed
Dial - It was on the "dial of Ahaz" that the miraculous Sign given to Hezekiah for bis recovery from sickness showed itself
Unveiled - Whatever the character of the covering, it is to be on her head as "a Sign of authority" (1 Corinthians 11:10 ), RV, the meaning of which is indicated in 1 Corinthians 11:3 in the matter of headships, and the reasons for which are given in 1 Corinthians 11:7-9 , and in the phrase "because of the angels," intimating their witness of, and interest in, that which betokens the headship of Christ
Scorpion - In astronomy, the eighth Sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters, Oct
Mist - which fell on the sorcerer Elymas, being the outward and visible Sign of the inward spiritual darkness which would be his portion for a while in punishment for his resistance to the truth" (Trench, Syn
Elizabeth - Elizabeth, far from being in any way jealous, was overjoyed, and interpreted the movement of the baby in her womb as a Sign that it too was overjoyed (Luke 1:41-45)
Zechariah - ...
Zechariah could hardly believe the good news and wanted a Sign to confirm it. The Sign he received was also a penalty for his unbelief: he was made dumb till the baby was born (Luke 1:18-23; Luke 1:57-66)
Emmanuel - (Isaiah 30:21) Concerning this blessed name of our adorable Lord, we find that it was given by the Lord himself, and that it was declared to be the Lord's Sign to the house of David. (Isaiah 7:14) "Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a Sign
Quantity - A simple quantity is expressed by one term, as + a, or - abc a compound is expressed by more terms than one, connected by the Signs, + plus, or -minus, as a + b, or a - b + 100 quantities which have the Sign + prefixed, are called positive or affirmative those which have the Sign - prefixed are called negative
Milk - Milk is used figuratively as a Sign of abundance (Genesis 49:12 ; Ezekiel 25:4 ; Joel 3:18 )
Diocesan Court - ;
messengers or beadles, to serve citations on parties to suit;
notaries, who act as secretaries and Sign all official acts of a trial
Rainbow - The Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, another ancient flood account, does not include the Sign of the rainbow
Festal Garments, Festal Robes - In the Ancient Near East possession of sets of clothing was regarded as a Sign of wealth
Lock - As a Sign of their dedication to God, Nazarites were not permitted to cut their locks (Numbers 6:5 ; Judges 16:19 )
Month - Month originally Signified the time of one revolution of the moon, a lunation, or the period from one change or conjunction of the moon with the sun to another, a period of 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes and 5 seconds. But we also apply the term to the space of time in which the sun passes through one Sign, or a twelfth part of the zodiac
Andorra - The republic has a general syndic or president, elected for life by the Council General of twenty-four elected members, which has supreme administrative and judicial power but cannot legislate or Sign foreign treaties without the consent of the Bishop of Urgel and the French prefect
Dare - John 21 ...
In this intransitive sense, dare is not generally followed by the Sign to before another verb in the infinitive though to may be used with propriety
If - IF, It is used as the Sign of a condition, or it introduces a conditional sentence
Sprinkle - Isaiah 32:15 (a) In the days of the tabernacle Moses sprinkled the blood on everything in the tabernacle, and this was a Sign to all others that GOD owned these things and had appointed these things for His own purpose and plan
Frank - ) The privilege of sending letters or other mail matter, free of postage, or without charge; also, the Sign, mark, or Signature denoting that a letter or other mail matter is to free of postage
Eusebius, Saint Martyr - A document condemning Saint Athanasius was drawn up, and Eusebius, because he protested this and refused to Sign it, was exiled, first to Scythopolis in Syria, later to Cappadocia, and finally to the Thebaid
Andrew - There is little recorded of Andrew; he was one of the four who asked the Lord privately when the destruction of the temple should take place, and what would be the Sign when the things spoken of should be fulfilled
Horse - In the period of the eighth-century prophets and following, “horses” became a Sign of luxury and apostasy ( Beckon - , "to give a nod, to Signify by a nod," is used in John 13:24 , of Peter's beckoning to John to ask the Lord of whom He had been speaking; in Acts 24:10 , of the intimation given by Felix to Paul to speak. ...
2: διανεύω (Strong's #1269 — Verb — dianeuo — dee-an-yoo'-o ) "to express one's meaning by a Sign" (No
Word - ) The spoken Sign of a conception or an idea; an articulate or vocal sound, or a combination of articulate and vocal sounds, uttered by the human voice, and by custom expressing an idea or ideas; a single component part of human speech or language; a constituent part of a sentence; a term; a vocable. ) Signal; order; command; direction
Thine - Psalms 71 ...
In some cases, it is preceded by the Sign of the possessive case, like nouns, and is then also to be considered as a substitute
Token - Signum, dialetically varied, or from the same radix. A Sign something intended to represent or indicate another thing or an event
Jehoiachin - To the captive Jews this was a Sign of hope that one day they would all be released (2 Kings 25:27-30)
Will of Man: Adverse to the Gospel - When an Israelite had slain, inadvertently, his fellow, he knew the city of refuge, he feared the avenger of blood, and he fled along the road to the place of safety; but multitudes know the refuge, and every Sabbath we set up the Sign-posts along the road, but yet they come not to find salvation
Leprosy - This name is from the Greek lepra, by which the Greek physicians designated the disease from its scaliness. But wherever he was he was required to have his outer garment rent as a Sign of deep grief, to go bareheaded, and to cover his beard with his mantle, as if in lamentation at his own virtual death. Leprosy was "the outward and visible Sign of the innermost spiritual corruption; a meet emblem in its small beginnings, its gradual spread, its internal disfigurement, its dissolution little by little of the whole body, of that which corrupts, degrades, and defiles man's inner nature, and renders him unmeet to enter the presence of a pure and holy God" (Maclear's Handbook O
Veil - Her veil was perhaps the Sign that she was a marriageable maiden. At Isaiah 47:2 , the removal of one's veil is again a Sign of shamelessness
Ammon - The Egyptians, says Proclus, in the Timaeus of Plato, had a singular veneration for the ram, because the image of Ammon bore its head, and because this first Sign of the zodiac was the presage of the fruits of the earth. Eusebius adds, that this symbol marked the conjunction of the sun and moon in the Sign of the ram
Palm Tree - The palm tree is referred to ( Psalms 92:12 ) as a Sign of prosperity and ( Song of Solomon 7:7-8 ) of beauty. In 1Ma 13:51 we read of the bearing of palm branches as the Sign of triumphant rejoicing an idea also implied in their use in John 12:13 and Revelation 7:9
Circumcision - God enjoined Abraham to use circumcision, as a Sign of his covenant. That the covenant with Abraham, of which circumcision was made the Sign and seal, Genesis 17:7-14 , was the general covenant of grace, and not wholly, or even chiefly, a political and national covenant, may be satisfactorily established. Now, of this covenant, in its spiritual as well as in its temporal provisions, circumcision was most certainly the sacrament, that is, the "sign" and the "seal;" for St. Paul thus explains the case: "And he received the Sign of circumcision, a SEAL of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised. As the covenant of grace made with Abraham was bound up with temporal promises and privileges, so circumcision was a Sign and seal of the covenant in both its parts,—its spiritual and its temporal, its superior and inferior provisions. Circumcision was practised among them all by virtue of its divine institution at first; and was extended to their foreign servants, and to proselytes, as well as to their children; and wherever the Sign of the covenant of grace was by divine appointment, there it was a seal of that covenant, to all who believingly used it; for we read of no restriction of its spiritual blessings, that is, its saving engagements, to one line of descent from Abraham only. It was a confirmation of the temporal blessings of the Abrahamic covenant, now, by a covenant of peculiarity, made over to them, while it was still recognized as a consuetudinary rite which had descended to them from their fathers, and as the Sign and seal of the covenant of grace, made with Abraham and with all his descendants without exception. When the Christ had come, so as fully to enter upon his redeeming offices, he could no longer be the object of faith, as still to come; and this leading promise of the covenant being accomplished, the Sign and seal of it vanished away. Circumcision also as an institution of Moses, who continued it as the Sign and seal of the Abrahamic covenant both in its spiritual and temporal provisions, but with respect to the latter made it also a Sign and seal of the restriction of its temporal blessings and peculiar religious privileges to the descendants of Israel, was terminated by the entrance of our Lord upon his office of Mediator, in which office all nations were to be blessed in him. But when our Lord commanded the Gospel to be preached to "all nations," and opened the gates of the "common salvation" to all, whether Gentiles or Jews, circumcision, as the Sign of a covenant of peculiarity and religious distinction, was also done away. ) It might be taken in the simple view of its first institution, as the Sign and seal of the Abrahamic covenant; and then it was to be condemned as involving a denial that Abraham's Seed, the Christ, had already come, since, upon his coming, every old covenant gave place to the new covenant introduced by him. ) It might be practiced and enjoined as the Sign and seal of the Mosaic covenant, which was still the Abrahamic covenant with its spiritual blessings, but with restriction of its temporal promises and special ecclesiastical privileges to the line of Jacob, with a law of observances which was obligatory upon all entering that covenant by circumcision. The first was that of preserving an ancient national distinction on which they valued themselves; and were a converted Jew in the present day disposed to perform that rite upon his children for this purpose only, renouncing in the act all consideration of it as a Sign and seal of the old covenants, or as obliging to ceremonial acts in order to justification, no one would censure him with severity
Marks of the Church - This visible Sign is what we call a mark of the Church
Mill - The cessation of the sound of grinding was a Sign of desolation (Jeremiah 25:10; Revelation 18:22; Ecclesiastes 12:3-4, "the grinders cease because they are few
Gershom - ” His birth became a further Sign for Moses that he had done right in escaping Egypt, the birth occurring in Midian
Mulberry Trees - ) "sound of a going in the tops" was the Sign of God's "going out before" David's army
Laugh - Laughter can serve as a Sign of contempt (Genesis 38:23 ; 2 Chronicles 30:10 ; Job 22:19 ) or of confidence (Job 5:22 ; Job 39:18 ,Job 39:18,39:22 NAS). Laughter is frequently contrasted with Signs of mourning (Job 8:21 ; Psalm 126:2 ; Luke 6:21 ,Luke 6:21,6:25 )
Rainbow - It is a Sign of the immutability of His Word
Twin - ) A Sign and constellation of the zodiac; Gemini
His - It was formerly used as the Sign of the possessive
Tongues, Gift of - This gift was in the early church, and was a Sign 'to them that believed not,' in fulfilment of Isaiah 28:11,12 : cf
Gideon - Strengthened by a double Sign from God, he reduced his army by the usual proclamation
Baptism, Holy - The outward, visible Sign or form inBaptism is water, with the unfailing use of the words, "In the Nameof the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
Dove - In pictures of the Annunciation it Signifies the Incarnation of Our Saviour by the power of the Holy Ghost. The dove with an olive branch was used on a sarcophagus to Signify peace and hope of Resurrection; in flight, it represents the Ascension of Christ or the entrance of saints into glory. ...
In art it is the emblem of the following saints, ...
Saint Agnes of Rome - woman with a dove holding a ring in its beak
Saint Ambrose of Milan
Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena - Dominican with a dove (the Holy Spirit) whispering in his ear as he preaches
Saint Augustine of Hippo
Saint Basil the Great - the dove is near the supernational fire that indicates descent of the Holy Spirit on Basil
Saint Colman of Lindisfarne - the name Colman means dove
Saint Colomba of Rieti - Dominican tertiary with a dove indicating the Holy Spirit
Saint Dathus - chosen as bishop when a dove descended on him and those present took it as a Sign
Saint David of Wales - as proof of the truth of his preaching, a dove settled on his shoulder as he spoke
Saint Devota - as her martyred body was being taken home, a storm threatened to wreck the boat; a dove emerged from her mouth, and the storm stopped
Saint Dunstan of Canterbury - man writing with a dove (the Holy Spirit) nearby
Saint Eulalia of Merida
Pope Saint Fabian - chosen pope when a dove settled on his head and the people took it as a Sign
Pope Saint Gregory the Great
Saint Ida of Herzfield - woman with a dove hovering over her head
Saint Ivo of Kermartin - lawyer surrounded by doves (the Holy Spirit)
Saint Joachim - elderly man carrying a basket of doves
Saint John Chrysostom
Saint Oliva
Saint Oswald
Saint Remigius
Saint Scholastica - at her death, her brother, Saint Benedict of Nursia, saw her soul ascend to heaven as a dove
Saint Teresa of Avila - Carmelite nun with a dove (the Holy Spirit) nearby while she writes
Saint Thomas Aquinas - Dominican with a dove (the Holy Spirit) speaking in his ear as he writes
Pope Saint Zachary - with a dove and olive branch to indicate his work as a peace maker
Gestures - This Sign of homage the tempter sought from Jesus ( Matthew 4:9 ). A grimace of the lip is a Sign of contempt ( Psalms 22:7 )
Ahaz - ...
It is an undesigned propriety in Isaiah 7, and therefore a mark of truth, that the place of meeting was the pool; for there it was we know, from the independent history in Chronicles, that Hezekiah his son, subsequently in Sennacherib's invasion, with much people stopped the waters without the city to cut off the enemy's supply (2 Chronicles 32:3-5). Isaiah told Ahaz to "ask a Sign," i. To ask a miraculous Sign without warrant would be to tempt (i. put to the proof) God; but not to ask, when God offered a Sign, was at once tempting and distrusting Him. Thereupon God Himself gave the Sign: "a virgin should bring forth Immanuel. The coincidence between Isaiah's book and that of Kings in these names is little obvious and so undesigned that it forms a delicate mark of truth. He adopted the Babylonian sun dial (which he probably erected in the temple, perhaps in "the middle court," where Isaiah saw it and gave its shadow as a Sign to Hezekiah), becoming acquainted with it through the Assyrians (2 Kings 20:11; 2 Kings 20:4; 2 Kings 20:9)
Banner - ...
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A lofty Signal-flag, not carried about, but stationary. ...
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A "sign of fire" (Jeremiah 6:1 ) was sometimes used as a Signal. The banners and ensigns of the Roman army had idolatrous images upon them, and hence they are called the "abomination of desolation" (q
Sandals, Shoes - Going barefoot was a Sign of poverty and reproach
Frontlets - The meaning of the injunction to the Israelites, with regard to the statues and precepts given them, that they should "bind them for a Sign upon their hand, and have them as frontlets between their eyes," was that they should keep them distinctly in view and carefully attend to them
Anabaptists - The principal tenets were: ...
(1) rejection of baptism of infants as unscriptural, and its restriction to adults as a Sign of Christian belief; ...
(2) restoration of what they considered primitive Christianity, abolition of capital punishment, oaths, and the magistracy; ...
(3) scripture as a rule of faith; ...
(4) foundation of a new kingdom of God on communistic grounds
Phylacteries - "And it shall be for a Sign unto thee, upon thine head, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the Lord's law may be in their mouth
Rain - "Early rain" Signifies the rain of the autumn, Deuteronomy 11:14, and "latter rain" the rain of spring. The rainbow was appointed as a Sign that God would not again destroy the earth by a flood
Frontlets - This they do in obedience to the words of Moses: "These commandments shall be for a Sign unto thee upon thy hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes
Cain - Cain still showed no Sign of repentance, only fear of punishment
Oppression - The sense of this oppression could not exist without an earnest desire to be rid of the burden, and it was this desire that was a Sign of a tendency towards a higher life
Paulinus, Bishop of Treves - The letter of condemnation of Athanasius tendered for his Signature he scornfully rejected, exclaiming that he would Sign the condemnation of Photinus and Marcellus, but not of Athanasius (Sulpicius Severus, Hist
Severus Sanctus - 376, which fact, together with the date assigned for Endelechius's teaching, and the possibility that he was the correspondent of St. One of them asserts that his herds have been protected by the Sign of the Cross and by his own belief in Christ
Name, the Christian - In the same way and for the same reason Christiannames have great Significance. They are the Sign that those who bearthem have been brought into covenant with God, that they have been made in their Baptism, "members of Christ, the children of God,and inheritors of the kingdom of heaven
Mark - Any note or Sign of distinction. To make an incision to lop off a part to make any Sign of distinction as, to mark sheep or cattle by cuts in their ears. To mark out, to notify, as by a mark to point out to designate
Last - First, it means “last” as contrasted to the first of two things: “And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first Sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter Sign” ( Hair - )...
Absalom's luxuriant hair is mentioned as a Sign of beauty, but was a mark of effeminacy; its weight perhaps was 20, not 200 shekels, the numeral resh (r) having by a copyist's error been substituted for kaph (k) (2 Samuel 14:26). Nazarites wore it uncut, a Sign of humiliation and self-denial, at the same time of dedication of all the strength, of which hair was a token, to God (Numbers 6:5; Judges 13:5; Judges 16:17)
Symbol - A token or Sign. For Christians, this hideous object comes to be a Sign of God's love for human beings
Lip - The expression ‘honoureth me with their lips’ is explained by some as an allusion to the Jewish custom of putting the tassel of the tallith to the lips during worship, as a Sign that the Law was accepted, not as of duty only, but as the enthusiastic preference of the heart (cf. Job 31:27, where putting the hand to the lips is an act of astral worship; and the Oriental salutations in which putting the hand to the lips is supposed to have been originally a Sign and assurance of sincerity; see Jewish Eneye
Oil - "...
The term yitshar [ 2 Chronicles 32:28 ; Jeremiah 31:12 ; Hosea 2:8,22 ; Joel 2:19,24 ) while the loss or lack of it was a Sign of his judgment (Deuteronomy 28:51 ; Joel 1:10 ; Haggai 1:11 ). Therefore, a good oil supply was a Sign of stability and prosperity (e. The lack of oil was a Sign of the curse of God and agricultural disaster (e. As a Sign of judgment Micah predicted that the nation of Israel "will press olives" but not have the opportunity to "use the oil" (6:15)
Beard - To have one's beard shaved was an insult (2 Samuel 10:4-5 ; Isaiah 50:6 ) or used as a Sign by the prophets of coming destruction (Isaiah 7:20 ; Isaiah 15:2 ; Jeremiah 41:5 ; Jeremiah 48:37 ; Ezekiel 5:1 )
Fish - ) The twelfth Sign of the zodiac; Pisces
Apostolic Signatura - (Latin: Signare, to Sign) ...
(Supreme Tribunal fo the Apostolic Signatura) A tribunal of the Roman Curia, which exercises ordinary jurisdiction in matters referring to: ...
(a) violation of secrecy by the auditors of the Sacred Rota, and damages inflicted by said auditors in consequence of their placing an invalid or unjust act; ...
(b) exception of suspicion against an auditor of the Sacred Rota; ...
(c) complaints of nullity against a rotal sentence; ...
(d) petition of restitution in integrum against a rotal sentence that has passed into a res judicataj; ...
(e) recourses against rotal sentences in matrimonial causes which the Sacred Rota refuses to submit to a new investigation; ...
(f) conflict of competence between certain inferior tribunals. The sentences of the Signatura have full force even jf they do not contain the reasons in fact and in law. The Signatura is composed of several cardinals one of whom acts as prefect, or presiding official. Originally a double Signatura, it was divided in 1492 into two distinct Signaturas, one of grace, and one of justice. Pius X suppressed both and created the Apostolic Signatura in its present form
Scarlet - ...
Matthew 27:28 (c) It is a Sign of royalty, though used here in mockery
Signatura, Apostolic - (Latin: Signare, to Sign) ...
(Supreme Tribunal fo the Apostolic Signatura) A tribunal of the Roman Curia, which exercises ordinary jurisdiction in matters referring to: ...
(a) violation of secrecy by the auditors of the Sacred Rota, and damages inflicted by said auditors in consequence of their placing an invalid or unjust act; ...
(b) exception of suspicion against an auditor of the Sacred Rota; ...
(c) complaints of nullity against a rotal sentence; ...
(d) petition of restitution in integrum against a rotal sentence that has passed into a res judicataj; ...
(e) recourses against rotal sentences in matrimonial causes which the Sacred Rota refuses to submit to a new investigation; ...
(f) conflict of competence between certain inferior tribunals. The sentences of the Signatura have full force even jf they do not contain the reasons in fact and in law. The Signatura is composed of several cardinals one of whom acts as prefect, or presiding official. Originally a double Signatura, it was divided in 1492 into two distinct Signaturas, one of grace, and one of justice. Pius X suppressed both and created the Apostolic Signatura in its present form
Reverence - When quarrels and factions are carried openly, it is a Sign that the reverence of government is lost
Cord - ” In 1 Kings 20:31, we read that the Syrians who fled into Aphek proposed to put sackcloth on their heads as a Sign of repentance for attacking Israel, and to put “ropes” about their necks as a Sign of submission to Israel’s authority
Frontlets - This they do in obedience to these words of Moses: "These commandments shall be for a Sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes. They who believe their use to be binding, observe, that the text of Moses speaks as positively of this as of other precepts; he requires the commandments of God to be written on the doors of houses, as a Sign on their hands, and as an ornament on their foreheads, Exodus 13:16
Let - Let is followed by the infinitive without the Sign to. To suffer to permit with the usual Sign of the infinitive. When the Signal is given to engage, let every man do his duty
Divination -
Tacit invocation by natural Signs, including astrology (Greek: astron, star; logos, knowledge), by the stars; augury (Latin: augur, seer), by birds, men, etc. , which now comprises all foretelling by Signs; omens (Latin: omen, prophetic Sign), by chance words; chiromancy (Greek: cheir, hand), by lines of the hand.
Tacit invocation by artificial Signs, including geomancy by lines or pebbles; drawing of straws; dice; cards, etc
Anointing - Was a custom in general use among the Hebrews and other oriental nations, and its omission was one Sign of mourning, Isaiah 61:3 . This anointing of sacred persons and objects Signified their being set apart and consecrated to the service of God; and the costly and fragrant mixture appointed for this purpose was forbidden for all others, Exodus 30:23-33 Ezekiel 23:41
Teko'a, - (Nehemiah 3:6,27 ) In (Jeremiah 6:1 ) the prophet exclaims, "Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a Sign of fire in Bethhaccerem
Delilah - ...
His strength lay in dedication to God, of which his Nazarite locks were the Sign
Firkin - ‘It is His first miraculous Sign … it must become the type of the fulness of grace and joy and strength which the only-begotten Son brings to the earth’ (Godet on John 2:6)
Represent - ) To serve as a Sign or symbol of; as, mathematical symbols represent quantities or relations; words represent ideas or things
Head - 1: κεφαλή (Strong's #2776 — Noun Feminine — kephale — kef-al-ay' ) besides its natural Significance, is used (a) figuratively in Romans 12:20 , of heaping coals of fire on a "head" (see COALS); in Acts 18;6 , "Your blood be upon your own heads," i. As to 1 Corinthians 11:10 , taken in connection with the context, the word "authority" probably stands, by metonymy, for a Sign of authority (RV), the angels being witnesses of the preeminent relationship as established by God in the creation of man as just mentioned, with the spiritual Significance regarding the position of Christ in relation to the Church; cp
Head - 1: κεφαλή (Strong's #2776 — Noun Feminine — kephale — kef-al-ay' ) besides its natural Significance, is used (a) figuratively in Romans 12:20 , of heaping coals of fire on a "head" (see COALS); in Acts 18;6 , "Your blood be upon your own heads," i. As to 1 Corinthians 11:10 , taken in connection with the context, the word "authority" probably stands, by metonymy, for a Sign of authority (RV), the angels being witnesses of the preeminent relationship as established by God in the creation of man as just mentioned, with the spiritual Significance regarding the position of Christ in relation to the Church; cp
Jude - In fact, immoral behaviour could be a Sign of spiritual maturity
Real Presence - The term "Real Presence"is intended to Signify that the Presence of our Lord in thisSacrament is a reality; that while His Presence is spiritual, itis none the less real, and not simply figurative. The sacrament isnot a mere Sign or token of an absent Christ
Earthquake - Many times God's judgment or visitation is described using the imagery of an earthquake (Psalm 18:7 ; Isaiah 29:6 ; Nahum 1:5 ; Revelation 6:12 ; Revelation 8:5 ; Revelation 11:13 ; Revelation 16:18 ) and is often seen as a Sign of the end of time (Matthew 24:7 ,Matthew 24:7,24:29 ). Many times an earthquake is a Sign of God's presence or of God's revelation of Himself (1 Kings 19:11-12 ; Psalm 29:8 ; Ezekiel 38:19-20 ; Joel 2:10 ; Joel 3:16 ; Acts 4:31 ; Revelation 11:19 )
Gabbatha - When he is asked for a Sign, he is competent to impose the severe Sign of dumbness until the fulfilment of the prediction that has been made. The Gospel mention of Gabriel, then, is as a messenger of the Signal favour of God, at least in connexion with the Messiah and His forerunner
Flat - ) Not having an inflectional ending or Sign, as a noun used as an adjective, or an adjective as an adverb, without the addition of a formative suffix, or an infinitive without the Sign to. ) A platform on wheel, upon which emblematic designs, etc
Cloud - The “cloud” is a Sign and figure of “divine protection” ( Sign that He would never again destroy the earth by a flood: “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth” ( Ordination - Whatever was the Significance of the ceremony in Acts 13:1-3 (see below, 8), the choice of Barnabas and Saul was made by the Holy Ghost-no doubt through the utterance of a Christian prophet. The outward Sign of ordination. (we need not stop to inquire whether these words were addressed to the Ten or to a larger number of disciples) our Lord is said to have ‘breathed’ on those present, whereas the apostles and those who came after them used, without any known exception, laying on of hands as an outward Sign, and to have pronounced a declaratory and imperative formula, whereas the disciples always (till the Middle Ages) used by way of ‘form’ a prayer only. ...
The use of an outward Sign for the admission of men to the ministry follows many analogies. Our Lord had made use of outward Signs in instituting the two great sacraments of the gospel, baptism and the Eucharist. In the OT an outward Sign was used in setting apart for office, and it was to be expected that a similar custom should be found in the Christian Church. As a matter of fact, the only outward Sign found for many centuries in the case of Christian ordination is imposition of hands. We see, then, that the symbol had more than one Signification. No other outward Sign is mentioned in the first three centuries. Yet it is exceedingly unlikely that they used any other outward Sign, or that they refrained from using any outward Sign. Laying on of hands was the Sign universally used in the early Church for ordination; a supposed exception in the case of the ordination of a bishop in the Apostolic Constitutions (circa, about a. ...
In the 4th cent, another outward Sign was introduced, apparently in cases where it was not at first deemed suitable to use imposition of hands-namely, at the admission of men (and women) to minor orders. In the Middle Ages, in the West, this kind of outward Sign almost overshadowed the imposition of hands, especially in the case of the chalice and paten given to one ordained to the presbyterate. ...
The laying on of hands is no magical Sign, effecting a change independently of all spiritual considerations. The utility of an outward and visible Sign is undoubtedly very great, but it is only a minor part of an ordinance, and does not enable those who receive it to neglect the spiritual disposition which is necessary. The outward Sign is the help to faith. It is perhaps due to this Significant passage about the Ephesian presbyters that, as Swete remarks (The Holy Spirit in the Ancient Church, London, 1912, p
Wealth And Materialism - Solomon's wealth was seen as a Sign of God's favor (1 Kings 3:13 ; 1 Kings 10:23 ). ...
These few examples do not allow us to assume that poverty is a Sign of God's disfavor. This was a Sign of his desire to follow Christ
Bitter Water - The woman's hair was unbound as a Sign of her shame
Book of Life - In some cases Rabbinical thought elaborated the figure until each man was to read and Sign his record
Manna - On the morrow they followed Him across the sea to Capernaum, hoping that He would feed them again in some supernatural way, and suggesting the giving of bread from heaven as a suitable Sign in confirmation of His high claims
Hardening - ]'>[2] rightly renders Mark 3:5 ‘being grieved at the hardening of their heart’; grief is the permanent attitude of the Saviour towards all in whom there is any Sign of this ‘process of moral ossification which renders men insensible to spiritual truth’ (Swete, Com, in loc
Radical - ) Of or pertaining to a radix or root; as, a radical quantity; a radical Sign
Cloud - A Sign of the last days is the coming of the Son of Man on a cloud (Luke 21:27 ), just as He went into heaven on a cloud (Acts 1:9 )
Ship - They were often highly ornamented both at the prow and the stern; and the figurehead or "sign," by which the vessel was known, was sometimes an image of its tutelar divinity
Manna - On the morrow they followed Him across the sea to Capernaum, hoping that He would feed them again in some supernatural way, and suggesting the giving of bread from heaven as a suitable Sign in confirmation of His high claims
Marks - In seeking to discover the character of this Sign or mark, the first question that obviously suggests itself is, why should there be any protective efficacy in such a Sign? On the assumption of its being a tribal mark (so Robertson Smith, Gunkel, and others), men would know that any Injury done to its bearer would be avenged by the other members of the tribe (see art. But then again, any mark designed to protect him on account of his being a murderer, would, as proclaiming his guilt, rather have the opposite effect. (2) There is the analogy of circumcision; just as among the Israelites this was the distinguishing mark of the people of Jahweh, so those who, like the prophets, were more especially His close followers also had a special mark, a distinctive Sign, which differentiated them from other men. This was not a Sign of mourning, as is often, but erroneously, supposed; it was an act of homage done to the departed, with the object of inducing the spirit not to molest those left behind. There can be little doubt that originally the Signs on the hand and the memorial between the eyes ( Exodus 13:9 ; Exodus 13:16 ) were marks cut into hand and forehead ; this custom was taken over by the Israelites from non-Jahweh-worshipping ancestors, and was regarded as effectual against demoniacal onslaughts; hence in later days the use and name of ‘phylacteries,’ which took the place of the actual cuttings in hand and forehead ( Deuteronomy 6:8 ; Deuteronomy 11:18 etc
Council, Heavenly - For Jeremiah the Sign of false prophets was that they had not “stood in the counsel of the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:18 )
Wealth - “Wealth” can be good and a Sign of blessing: “Wealth and riches shall be in his [2] house: and his righteousness endureth for ever” ( Significance of the word in its first occurrence: “Thou sellest thy people for nought and dost not increase thy wealth by their price” ( Treaty - ...
A treaty may also have been a Sign of a lack of faith
Potsherd - ...
Isaiah (Isaiah 30:14 ) used the image of a sherd as a Sign of the worthlessness of ancient Judah. ...
Finally, the obscure text in Ezekiel 23:24 assigned Judah the same fate as her sister, Samaria
Veil - It was Mahometanism that introduced the present veiling closely and seclusion of women; the veil on them in worship was the Sign of subjection to their husbands (1 Corinthians 11:4-15)
Kerygma - According to this reconstruction, the preaching of the early church included the following elements: (1) the prophecies of the coming Messiah have been fulfilled, (2) the prophecies were fulfilled by the Davidic descent, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus, (3) Jesus has been exalted to God's right hand as the Head of the new Israel, (4) the Holy Spirit is the Sign of Christ's present power and glory, (5) Christ will return, and (6) a call for repentance
Lift - The lifting of God's face or countenance is a Sign of favor (Numbers 6:26 ; Psalm 4:6 )
Hour (Figurative) - As in the literal sense ‘hour’ Signifies a point in, or part of, the course of a day, so in the NT it is used metaphorically to Signify a point or period in a course of historical development. This is defined (Revelation 13:14-17) as a time of seduction to the worship of the Beast (the Imperial cult); but in 1 John 2:18 the Sign of this ‘last hour’ is already seen in the rise of Antichrist, yea, of ‘many antichrists,’ i
Pledge - ) A promise or agreement by which one binds one's self to do, or to refrain from doing, something; especially, a solemn promise in writing to refrain from using intoxicating liquors or the like; as, to Sign the pledge; the mayor had made no pledges
Section - ) A division of a genus; a group of species separated by some distinction from others of the same genus; - often indicated by the Sign /
Salutation - A modern historian relates, that even upon their public days of transacting business, and where a multitude of concerns is carried on, so much of the whole is done by Sign and gesture, that if a blind person were present, he would be unconscious of any company when perhaps some hundreds were assembled
Anoint - ” From ancient times the priests and kings were ceremonially anointed as a Sign of official appointment to office, and as a symbol of God's power upon them
Covenant - A Sign or witness of the covenant was sometimes framed, such as a gift, Genesis 21:30, or a pillar or heap of stones erected
Almah - עלמה , a Hebrew word Signifying properly, a virgin, a young woman, unacquainted with man. " The Hebrew has no term that more properly Signifies a virgin than almah. Jerom, in his commentary on this passage, observes, that the Prophet declined using the word bethaul which Signifies any young woman, or young person, but employed the term almah, which denotes a virgin never seen by man. This is the import of the word almah, which is derived from a root which Signifies to conceal. ...
The Jews, that they may obscure this plain text, and weaken this proof of the truth of the Christian religion, pretend that the Hebrew word Signifies a young woman, and not a virgin. From the intent of the passage, which was to confirm their faith by a strange and wonderful Sign
Beard - Shaving the beard, or cutting it off, was a Sign of the deepest degradation, Isaiah 15:2; Jeremiah 41:5, hence the threatening in Isaiah 7:20 was full of Significance
Phylacteries - ...
The phylactery, from a Greek word Signifying preservative, was regarded not only as a remembrancer of God's law, but as a protection against demons. Our Savior reproaches the pride and hypocrisy of the Pharisees, shown in making their phylacteries broad as a Sign of their superior wisdom and piety, Matthew 23:5
Nicola'Itans - To hate those deeds is a Sign of life in a Church that otherwise is weak and faithless
Covenant - (Genesis 21:31 ) A Sign or witness of the covenant was sometimes framed, such a gift, (Genesis 21:30 ) or a pillar or heap of stones erected
Tradition - The Sign of the Cross in Baptism and at other times
Martinianus, a Martyr at Rome - They were converted by him in prison, and for their baptism, Peter, by making the Sign of the cross, caused a fountain, still shewn in the Mamertine prison, miraculously to spring from the rock
Owner - Probably the answer which the disciples were instructed to give (‘The Lord hath need of him,’ Luke 19:31; Luke 19:34) was a prearranged Sign between the owners and Jesus
Cross - ) To make the Sign of the cross upon; - followed by the reflexive pronoun; as, he crossed himself. ) The Sign or mark of the cross, made with the finger, or in ink, etc. , or actually represented in some material; the symbol of Christ's death; the ensign and chosen symbol of Christianity, of a Christian people, and of Christendom. ) The crosslike mark or symbol used instead of a Signature by those unable to write
Rephidim - Thus was fulfilled the prophetic Sign which the Lord had given to Moses when he first appeared to him in the burning bush: "This shall be a token unto thee that I have sent thee: when thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain," Exodus 3:12 . The speedy accomplishment, therefore, of this Sign, at the beginning of their journey, was well calculated to strengthen their faith or reliance on the divine protection throughout
Leaven - Jesus' point is that the small, insignificant beginnings of God's reign in himself will one day be great. Mark (8:11-15) presents Jesus' warning following the Pharisees' questioning of Jesus about a Sign from heaven. After Jesus' curt statement that no Sign will be given to this generation, he and his disciples sail across the Sea of Galilee. And Significantly, after Jesus performs a second remarkable process miracle of Jesus' healing the blind man (vv. Matthew records that Jesus' response to the questioning of the Pharisees and Sadducees included some symbolic discussion about weather and a reference to "the Sign of Jonah" (v. And, Significantly, he continues with Jesus' further discussion about the proper fear of God, rather than fearing human persecutors (vv
Gestures - Weeping is not only a Sign of sorrow (Job 16:16 ; Jeremiah 9:10 ; Luke 22:62 ; John 11:35 ), but also of happiness (Genesis 46:29 ). Tearing of one's clothes and heaping of ashes upon one's head Signify deep grief (2 Samuel 1:11 ; 2 Samuel 13:19 ), shocking horror (Numbers 14:6 ; Joshua 7:6 ), and sudden alarm (Matthew 26:65 ; Acts 14:14 ). The eyes, when uplifted in prayer, Signify not only respectful acknowledgment of God, but also devotion to Him (Mark 6:41 ; Luke 9:16 ). The raising of hands in prayer is a gesture Signifying one's request is unto God (Psalm 141:2 ; 1 Timothy 2:8 ). The covering of one's mouth with the hand Signifies silence (Job 29:9 ). The striking or shaking of hands indicates a guarantee or confirmation (Proverbs 6:1 ; Proverbs 17:18 ; Proverbs 22:26 ), while the giving of one's hand to another is a Sign of fellowship (2 Kings 10:15 ; Proverbs 11:21 ). ...
The hand or arm outstretched is a Sign of power and authority (Exodus 6:6 ). To shake the dust off of one's feet is a Sign of contempt and separation (Matthew 10:14 ; Acts 13:51 )
Zacharias - He asked for a Sign (κατὰ τί;), and pointed out the difficulties in the way. She got a Sign too, though she had not asked one; but hers was joyful, Zacharias’ punitive, yet merciful. Columba before the altar at Iona, though for a different reason, Zacharias Signed with his hand the blessing which he could not speak (Numbers 6:22). As soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he returned to his home; the tokens of his wife’s pregnancy soon added a Sign of joy to the Sign of punishment which he bore about with him. ...
Godet remarks on the pleasant picture of family life presented by the scene of the Baptist’s circumcision, It had been a custom since the birth of Isaac (who received his name at his circumcision) to give a child his name on the same day in which he was Signed as one of God’s people: for a similar reason, Christian children are named on the occasion of their entrance by baptism into the Church. Here we need only note in it an evident allusion to his own name (signifying ‘Remembered by Jehovah’) and his wife’s (Elisabeth = Eli-sheba = ‘the oath of God’)—‘to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham’ (Luke 1:72-73)
Communion of the Saints - If they be alive unto God they may in mistaken conscientiousness deny their fellow Christians the outward Sign of communion, but communion itself falls not under any rule or regulation of theirs
Cuneiform - The earliest cuneiform Signs were ideographs (a Sign standing for a word); but as literary needs increased, the Signs were given phonetic values. Unlike any other cuneiform writing, Ugaritic consists of thirty-one Signs or characters used to record documents in a language similar to Phoenician and Hebrew
Flavius Valerius Constantinus - On the resignation of Diocletian and Maximian (305), Constantius was made emperor but died in 306, and Constantine was raised to the dignity of Cæsar, by the army in Britain. Assured by a vision that he would triumph in the Sign of Christ, he marched on Rome and completely defeated Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge, October 28, 312
Covering the Head - To appear in public without a veil was a Sign of immodesty and lack of virtue
Witness - root is to repeat, re-assert, and we find the word used in the following connexions: (1) Witness meaning evidence , testimony , Sign (of things): a heap of stones ( Genesis 31:44 ), the Song of Moses ( Deuteronomy 31:26 ), Job’s disease ( Job 16:8 ), the stone set up by Joshua at Shechem ( Joshua 24:27 ). (2) Witness Signifying the person who witnesses or can testify or vouch for the parties in debate; e
Exorcism - The exorcist first Signs the possessed person with the Sign of the cross, makes him kneel, and sprinkles him with holy water
Catechumens - They were admitted to the state of catechumens by the imposition of hands, and the Sign of the cross. Be opened; as also to anoint their eyes with clay: both ceremonies being in imitation of our Savour's practice, and intended to Signify to the catechumens their condition both before and after their admission into the Christian church
Unclean Spirits - Jesus’ victory over evil spirits was a Sign that the kingdom of God had come and Satan was being conquered (Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 12:28; see KINGDOM OF GOD; SATAN)
Tooth - Although the item of loss was in itself insignificant, the claim connected with it lay within the area and application of a great principle, which by its recognized standard of liability protected both parties, and prevented private abuse. It was also a Sign of evil possession (Mark 9:18), and a manifestation of malignant hatred (Acts 7:54)
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament - Then with his hands covered by a veil pendent: from his shoulders he makes the Sign of the cross over the congregation with the ostensorium; after which the consecrated Host is replaced in the tabernacle. The second Council of Baltimore allows Benediction in churches throughout the United States on Sundays, feasts of the first and second classes, twice a week during Lent, every day during a mission, and at the Forty-Hours' devotion, besides the days designated by the individual bishops
Diadem - English translation of three Hebrew terms designating a head covering symbolizing authority and honor. The plate or rosette is apparently called a nezer (literally, “sign of dedication”) in Exodus 29:6 (“crown” NAS, KJV; “diadem” NIV, NRSV). Tsephirah is a braided crown, garland, or wreath Signifying God's glorious power and authority to come ( Isaiah 28:5 )
Rainbow - When the dread storm, in which the lightnings were Jahweh’s arrows and the thunder His voice, was passing, His bow appeared in the clouds as a Sign that His anger was appeased
Raven - The ravens build their nests in solitary "valleys," hence a Sign of desolation (Isaiah 34:11)
Direct - In astronomy, appearing to move forward in the zodiac, in the direction of the Sign opposed to retrograde as, the motion of a planet is direct
Great, Constantine the - On the resignation of Diocletian and Maximian (305), Constantius was made emperor but died in 306, and Constantine was raised to the dignity of Cæsar, by the army in Britain. Assured by a vision that he would triumph in the Sign of Christ, he marched on Rome and completely defeated Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge, October 28, 312
Age, Aged, Old Age - ‘very aged,’ marks a further advance in years, of which the Sign is a withering of strength
Fat - the internal fat, the "sweet fat" or suet , chelev ; the fat of the kidneys, the Sign of the animal's excellence and vigor
Honor - ) A token of esteem paid to worth; a mark of respect; a ceremonial Sign of consideration; as, he wore an honor on his breast; military honors; civil honors
Weakness - For these reasons Paul boasts of his weakness and views it as a Sign of true apostleship (2 Corinthians 11:30 )
Ahaz - God's mercy lingered over Judah, and to Ahaz was the Sign given that "a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel
Ashes - To repent in sackcloth and ashes, or, as an external Sign of self-affliction for sin, or of suffering under some misfortune, to sit in ashes, are expressions common in Scripture
jo'Nah - He was therefore taught by the Significant lesson of the "gourd," whose growth and decay brought the truth at once home to him, that he was sent to testify by deed, as other prophets would afterward testify by word, the capacity of Gentiles for salvation, and the design of God to make them partakers of it. This was "the Sign of the prophet Jonas
Purification, - The Jew alone was taught by the use of expiatory offerings to discern to its fullest extent the connection between the outward Sign and the inward fount of impurity
Marvel, Marvellous - teras, "a wonder;" semeion, "a Sign;" thambos, "wonder;" ekstasis, "amazement. " ...
B — 1: θαυμάζω (Strong's #2296 — Verb — thaumazo — thou-mad'-zo ) Signifies "to wonder at, marvel" (akin to A); the following are RV differences from the AV: Luke 2:33 , "were marveling" for "marveled;" Luke 8:25 ; 11:14 , "marveled" for "wondered;" Luke 9:43 , "were marveling" for "wondered;" 2 Thessalonians 1:10 , "marveled at" for "admired" (of the person of Christ at the time of the shining forth of His Parousia, at the Second Advent)
Firstfruits - They were a Sign of hope, a guarantee of greater things to come
Horn - Such instruments were perforated horns of the ram or the wild ox used to sound ceremonial or military Signals. Metaphorically, horn Signified the strength and honor of people and brightness and rays. Horns budding or sprouting is a figurative language indication of a Sign of revival of a nation or power. ...
New Testament Christ is called “an horn of salvation” (Luke 1:69 ), which is a methaphorical use of the word Signifying strength
Horse - By contrast, and as a Sign of the peacefulness of the Messiah's kingdom, Jesus rode into Jerusalem upon an ass, not a horse (John 12:12-15 )
Swine - It was the sacrosanct character of swine that lay at the root of the prohibition in Leviticus 11:7 and Deuteronomy 14:8 ; and the eating of swine’s flesh and offering of swine’s blood ( Isaiah 65:4 ; Isaiah 66:3 ; Isaiah 66:17 ) are clearly regarded as a Sign of lapse into paganism
Fig - It was a Sign of peace and prosperity (1 Kings 4:25 ; Micah 4:4 ; Zechariah 3:10 )
Scourge - However He actually used it, the whip was in itself a Sign of authority and judgment
Batanists - "Are your subjects, " said the old man of the mountain to the son-in-law of Amoury, king of Jerusalem, "as ready in their submission as mine?" and without staying for an answer, made a Sign with his hand, when ten young men in white, who were standing on an adjacent tower, instantly threw themselves down
Beard - In consonance with this Egyptian usage, Scripture, with the undesigned propriety of truth, represents Joseph as having "shaved his beard," which he had allowed to grow in prison, before entering Pharaoh's presence (Genesis 41:14). The Arabs trimmed their beard round in Sign of dedication to some idol
Nazirite - Second, they let their hair grow long, as an open Sign to all that they were living under the conditions of a Nazirite vow
Balance - ) The seventh Sign in the Zodiac, called Libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in September
Note - A mark or token something by which a thing may be known a visible Sign
Pole - (d) A barber's pole, a pole painted in stripes, used as a Sign by barbers and hairdressers
Serpent, Brazen - The apocryphal Wisdom (Wisdom of Solomon 16:5-12) says "they were troubled for a small season that they might be admonished having a Sign of salvation
Jacob - He escaped from the angry pursuit of Laban, from a meeting with Esau, and from the vengeance of the Canaanites provoked by the murder of Shechem; and in each of these three emergencies he was aided and strengthened by the interposition of God, and in Sign of the grace won by a night of wrestling with God his name was changed at Jabbok into Israel
Cain - For this crime he was expelled from Eden, and henceforth led the life of an exile, bearing upon him some mark which God had set upon him in answer to his own cry for mercy, so that thereby he might be protected from the wrath of his fellow-men; or it may be that God only gave him some Sign to assure him that he would not be slain (Genesis 4:15 )
Cain - understood the passage to mean, that the Lord gave him a Sign, to assure him that his life should be preserved
Gold - סגור , which may mean "gold in the mine," or "shut up," as the root Signifies, "in the ore,"...
2. כתם , kethem, from כתם , catham, "to Sign," "seal," or "stamp;"...
gold made current by being coined; standard gold, exhibiting the stamp expressive of its value
Circumcision - God commanded Abraham to use circumcision, as a Sign of his covenant; and in obedience to this order, the patriarch, at ninety-nine years of age, was circumcised, as also his son Ishmael, and all the male of his household, Genesis 17:10-12
Seal, Sealing - Seals or Signets were in use at a very early period, and they were evidently of various kind. Some were used as a substitute for Signing one's name, the owner's name or chosen device being stamped by it with suitable ink on the document to be authenticated. Seals to be used for this purpose, with or without the Sign manual, appear to have been worn by the parties to whom they respectively belonged
Anointing - Holy oil was poured over the head of the person as a Sign that he was set apart for the service of God. Originally, such anointing was a physical ceremony, but because of this spiritual Significance, people began to use the word ‘anoint’ solely in a spiritual or metaphorical sense
Cain - It is probably to be connected with a root Signifying to ‘forge’ in metal (cf. When Cain was condemned to be a fugitive and a wanderer, he feared death in revenge for his murder of Abel; but Jahweh ‘appointed a Sign’ for him. And the narrative relates that the settled, agricultural Cainite tribe ruthlessly destroyed members of an adjacent tribe of pastoral habits; that the fear of strict blood-revenge was so great that the Cainites were obliged to leave their country, and become wandering nomads; and that some tribal Sign or badge such as a tattoo, or incisions in the flesh was adopted, which marked its possessors as being under the protection of their tribal god
Hand - ...
The hand is employed in Significant gestures both of ordinary life and of religion. The Odes of Solomon show the early practice of prayer with arms extended in the manner of the cross: ‘I stretched out my hands, and sanctified my Lord; for the extension of my hands is His Sign’ (xxvii. If these passages are approached, as they should be, from the general standpoint of the OT, and from the particular circle of ideas which constitutes primitive and ancient psychology, the imposition of hands will probably be seen to imply more than an outward Sign (contrast Swete, The Holy Spirit in the NT, 1909, p
Of - ...
Hence of is the Sign of the genitive case, the case that denotes production as the son of man, the son proceeding from man, produced from man. What is the price of corn? We say that of, in these and similar phrases, denotes property or possession, making of the Sign of the genitive or possessive case
Hand - ...
The hand is employed in Significant gestures both of ordinary life and of religion. The Odes of Solomon show the early practice of prayer with arms extended in the manner of the cross: ‘I stretched out my hands, and sanctified my Lord; for the extension of my hands is His Sign’ (xxvii. If these passages are approached, as they should be, from the general standpoint of the OT, and from the particular circle of ideas which constitutes primitive and ancient psychology, the imposition of hands will probably be seen to imply more than an outward Sign (contrast Swete, The Holy Spirit in the NT, 1909, p
Nathanael - , does not imply that Nazareth had a bad reputation, but that the insignificant village, so close to his own home, was not a likely birthplace for the Messiah. In any case, Nathanael’s question confirms the statement that the miracle at Cana was the first of Christ’s Signs. Gabriel gave Mary a Sign that he could read her future, for he showed that he knew all about Elisabeth’s prospects of a son; and Jesus gives Nathanael a Sign that He could read his character, for He shows that He knows all about his private conduct (cf. Nathanael at once recognizes the Significance of this knowledge, and in his reply ‘the true Israelite acknowledges his King. In the fulness of his conviction Nathanael quite naturally uses the fullest Scriptural designation of the Messiah with which he was acquainted. This wider basis of ‘greater things’ refers to the public Signs which are to follow, and which seem to be alluded to in ‘the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. And here it is to be noted that, while the ‘Israelite indeed’ enters upon a new life in recognizing his King by the Sign granted to him, the Messiah Himself enters upon a new career in granting the Sign. This private Sign to Nathanael was a prelude to those public miracles in which Christ ‘manifested His glory’ to the Jewish nation and through it to all the world. ...
The change in the designation of the Messiah is Significant
Dash - ) A mark or line [1], in writing or printing, denoting a sudden break, stop, or transition in a sentence, or an abrupt change in its construction, a long or Significant pause, or an unexpected or epigrammatic turn of sentiment. ) The Sign of staccato, a small mark [2] denoting that the note over which it is placed is to be performed in a short, distinct manner
Rainbow - As the covenant is universal, so is its Sign. Perhaps, however, all that is meant is that the rainbow received a new Significance as the symbol of mercy. But there may be a further mythological Significance
Hair - ...
Gray or white hair was a respected Sign of age (Proverbs 20:29 ). Because they seem so unimportant, they can stand for insignificant things (Luke 21:18 )
Bow - God, after the flood, took the rainbow, previously but a natural object of sight shining beautifully in the sky, when the sun's rays are refracted through failing rain at different angles and so produce different prismatic colors, and elevated it to spiritual Significance, to be to Noah and the world the Sign of His love and pledge of His sparing mercy, that He would no more destroy the earth with waters
Apostasy - ...
In biblical prophecy apostasy is an eschatological Sign of the impending day of the Lord, a precursor of the final day of judgment
Abomination That Causes Desolation, the - , the destruction of the temple) and "what will be the Sign of your coming and the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3 )as well as to the destruction of Jerusalem in a
Lip - sâphâm ( Ezekiel 24:17 ; Ezekiel 24:22 , Micah 3:7 , only in the phrase ‘cover the lips’), whose equivalent is ‘moustache,’ it being the Eastern custom to cover this as a Sign of stricken sorrow
Bull - ...
The bull was the symbol of great productivity in the ancient world and was a Sign of great strength
Memorial - ...
Perhaps the single most Significant expression of remembering God rests with God's self-disclosure through his name (Exodus 3:14-15 ). ...
The "memorial" is equivalent to a "sign" in the Bible
Anastasius, a Presbyter of Antioch - Nestorius having commenced a persecution against the Quartodecimans of Asia in 428, two presbyters, Antonius and Jacobus, were dispatched to carry his designs into effect. At Philadelphia they persuaded some simple-minded clergy to Sign a creed of doubtful orthodoxy, attributed to Theodore of Mopsuestia
Silver - It probably was not coined, but bars of silver were probably formed in conventional shapes and marked with some Sign to note their weight
Age, - The disciples also asked what would be the Sign of that completion
ja'Cob - He escaped from the angry pursuit of Laban, from a meeting with Esau, and from the vengeance of the Canaanites provoked by the murder of Shechem; and in each of these three emergencies he was aided and strengthened by the interposition of God, and in Sign of the grace won by a night of wrestling with God his name was changed at Jabbok into Israel
Shall - We still use shall and should before another verb in the infinitive, without the Sign to but Significance of shall is considerably deflected from its primitive sense
Gid'Eon - Strengthened by a double Sign from God, he reduced his army of 32,000 by the usual proclamation
Execution - The dead body was then hung on a tree till evening as a Sign that the executed person was under the curse of God (Deuteronomy 21:23)
Theophilanthropists - Certain moral inscriptions; a simple altar, on which they deposit, as a Sign of gratitude for the benefits of the Creator, such flowers or fruits as the season afford; a tribune for the lectures and discourses, form the whole of the ornaments of their temples. ...
See even in the most ancient writings, that the exterior Signs by which they rendered their homage to the Creator, were of great simplicity. They dressed for him an altar of earth; they offered him, in Sign of their gratitude and of their submission, some of the productions which they held of his liberal hand
Regeneration - The Scriptures do not present baptism as the means of regeneration but as the Sign of regeneration. In other texts ( Acts 2:38 ; Colossians 2:12 ; Titus 3:5 ) we can understand the meaning of the biblical writer by distinguishing between regeneration as an inward change and baptism as the outward Sign of that change
Virgin - ...
Isaiah used this latter word when giving the Judean king Ahaz a Sign of promise at the time of a combined Israelite-Syrian attack on Judah. Not only would this be a Sign to reassure the royal household, but before the child was three years old Israel and Syria would be powerless to trouble Judah further (Isaiah 7:10-16)
Wind - It was life, since breath was the Sign of life; and it was soul, since the animating force left when breathing ceased. ...
Metaphorically speaking, pneuma could be extended to mean a kind of breath that blew from the invisible realms; thus, it could designate spirit, a Sign of the influence of the gods upon persons, and the source of a relationship between humankind and the divine. Sometimes opinions differ whether the meaning is best served by translating the word as “wind” (breath) or “spirit” when it is specifically designated the ruah of God
Madness - In the OT madness is due to the influence of a spirit from God (1 Samuel 16:14; 1 Samuel 18:10), in the Gospels to a demon; in the OT it is conceived of as being closely connected with the ‘spirit of prophecy’ (which likewise came from God); this is clear from such passages as 1 Samuel 10:6; 1 Samuel 10:10-13; 1 Samuel 19:23-24, Hosea 9:7, 2 Kings 9:11, Jeremiah 29:26; there is no Sign of this in the Gospels. ]'>[1] It was, no doubt, owing to the belief that madness was a Sign of the indwelling of a spirit from God that a madman was looked upon (in the OT) as, in some sense, sacred;† Sacrament - (Latin: sacra res, a sacred thing) ...
Among profane writers, the word sacrament designates a sacred thing, such as a soldier's oath. Theologically a sacrament is a sensible Sign, instituted by Christ, to Signify and produce grace. The essentials of a sacrament are: ...
an external rite,
significative and productive of grace, and
Divine institution. Protestants generally teach that there are two sacraments of the Gospel, Baptism and the Lord's Supper, and the others "have no visible Sign of ceremony ordained by God. ...
Matter and Form ...
The sacrament is composed of two elements ...
matter, the determinable element, and
form, words which determine the matter
Both together Signify and produce grace
Miracles - Three distinct New Testament Greek words represent miracles: seemeion , "a Sign"; teras , "a prodigy"; dunamis , "a mighty work. Seemeion, "sign," views the miracle as evidence of a divine commission: John 3:2, "no man can do these Signs (Greek) which Thou doest except God be with him" (John 9:30; John 9:33; John 15:24; Luke 7:19-22); teras , "prodigy" or "wonder," expresses the effect on the spectator; dunamis , "mighty work," marks its performance by a superhuman power (Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:9). The "sign" is God's seal, attestation, or proof of a revelation being genuine. Jesus' miracles were not merely wonders but Signs; Signs not merely of His power, but of the nature of His ministry and of His divine person. That they are out of the ordinary course of nature, so far from being an objection, is just what they need to be in order to be fit Signs to attest a revelation. they are infrequent, they are Signs attesting a revelation; and probably have other laws as yet unknown. Many miracles were typical; as the "tongues" manifested the universality of the Christian dispensation designed for every tongue, so counterworking the division of man from man through the confusion of tongues at Babel; the casting out of demons symbolizes Christ's coming "to destroy the works of the devil. When asked for a startling "sign from heaven" He refused (Luke 11:16). ...
But the miracles were designed to attract the witnesses to His kingdom. They were symbolical of spiritual needs met by the Redeemer; vehicles of instruction as well as Signs of His divine commission. The "sign" of Jonah in his virtual burial and resurrection, and the Sign of their destroying the temple of His body and His raising it in three days (John 2:18-21; Matthew 16:4), were the only Sign which remained to convince them. He would give them no such Sign as they craved, a startling phenomenon in the sky visible and indisputable to all. He would still give such Signs of unobtrusive mercy as hereto; if they not only still reject them but also His resurrection, there only remains the last condemning Sign, the Son of man coming with the clouds of heaven (Revelation 1:7; Daniel 7:9-13). His gestures, laying hands on the patient, anointing the blind eyes with clay, putting His finger into the deaf ear and touching the dumb tongue, creating much bread out of little not out of nothing, condescending to use means though in themselves wholly inadequate, all are tokens of His identifying Himself with us men, Signs of His person at once human and divine and of His redeeming and sympathizing work for us. Also Matthew 24:24; Matthew 24:29, "false Christs and prophets shall show great Signs and wonders, inasmuch that if it were possible they shall deceive the very elect
Earrings - ...
God does not say that His law was to be written upon scrolls, but to be "for a Sign upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes," i
South - The designation of a large district of Judah; the Νegeb . " Walls of solid masonry remain; fields and gardens surrounded with goodly walls, every Sign of human industry, remains of wells, aqueducts, reservoirs; mountain forts to resist forays of the sons of the desert; desolated gardens, terraced hill sides, and wadies dammed to resist the torrent; ancient towns still called by their names, but no living being, except the lizard and screech owl, amidst the crumbling walls
Serpents - The author of Ecclesiasticus says of the Israelites, "They were troubled for a small season that they might be admonished, having a Sign of salvation to put them in remembrance of the commandment of thy law
Hair - Regarding the latter (a) it is used to Signify the minutest detail, as that which illustrates the exceeding care and protection bestowed by God upon His children, Matthew 10:30 ; Luke 12:7 ; 21:18 ; Acts 27:34 ; (b) as the Jews swore by the "hair," the Lord used the natural inability to make one "hair" white or black, as one of the reasons for abstinence from oaths, Matthew 5:36 ; (c) while long "hair" is a glory to a woman (see B), and to wear it loose or dishevelled is a dishonor, yet the woman who wiped Christ's feet with her "hair" (in place of the towel which Simon the Pharisee omitted to provide), despised the shame in her penitent devotion to the Lord (slaves were accustomed to wipe their masters' feet), Luke 7:38,44 (RV, "hair"); see also John 11:2 ; 12:3 ; (d) the dazzling whiteness of the head and "hair" of the Son of Man in the vision of Revelation 1:14 is suggestive of the holiness and wisdom of "the Ancient of Days;" (e) the long "hair" of the spirit-beings described as locusts in Revelation 9:8 is perhaps indicative of their subjection of their satanic master (cp. The word is found in 1 Corinthians 11:15 , where the context shows that the "covering" provided in the long "hair" of the woman is as a veil, a Sign of subjection to authority, as indicated in the headships spoken of in 1 Corinthians 11:1-10 . ...
B — 1: κομάω (Strong's #2863 — Verb — komao — kom-ah'-o ) Signifies "to let the hair grow long, to wear long hair," a glory to a woman, a dishonor to a man (as taught by nature), 1 Corinthians 11:14,15 . 1, Signifies "hairy, made of hair," Revelation 6:12 , lit
Blasphemy - ...
If people today are distressed through thinking they cannot be forgiven because of some blasphemy they have spoken, they should realize that their distress is a sure Sign that they have not committed the sin Jesus referred to
Ahaz - (Concerning God’s Sign of assurance given to Ahaz in Isaiah 7:10-25, see IMMANUEL; VIRGIN
Sop - Its Significance. make Jesus say that the betrayer should be the one who dipped his hand with Him in the dish [6]), comes before us with a double Significance. (a) It was a Sign given to the beloved disciple, in response to his question, ‘Lord, who is it?’ that Judas was the one of the company who was about to betray his Master (John 13:25-26). He did not make a show of friendliness to Judas merely for the sake of giving John a private Sign. And so Judas, ‘having received the sop, [8], ‘went out straightway: and it was night
Stretch Out - ” This act was to be done as a Sign. The pointed staff was a visible Sign that God’s power was directly related to God’s messengers: “… Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds … ,” over all the water in Egypt ( Signet, and thy bracelets, and thy staff that is in thine hand. This noun is often used elliptically instead of “the rod of the tribe of”; the word Signifies “tribe” (cf
Cloud, Cloud of the Lord - The rainbow in the clouds is a Sign of the covenant (Genesis 9:13-14,16 ), and clouds themselves are presented as witnesses to the surety of the covenant with David (Psalm 89:37 ). Deuteronomy 28:23-24 ), and the restoring of rain after drought is the Sign of God's removing the covenant curse from Israel (1 Kings 18:44-45 ; cf. This Sign of God's presence is termed variously: pillar of cloud (Exodus 13:21-22 , ; plus eleven times), pillar of fire and cloud (Exodus 14:24 ); a thick cloud (Exodus 19:9,16 ), the cloud (Exodus 14:20 , plus thirty-three times); and the cloud of the Lord (Exodus 40:38 ; Numbers 10:34 ). ...
The pillar of cloud motif-set forth in the exodus account and expanded in the prophetic announcements of a new exodus after the Babylonian exile-encompasses a rich complex of theological meanings and functions: guidance/leading (of Israel out of Egypt and through the wilderness to Canaan, Exodus 13:21 ; Numbers 14:14 ; Nehemiah 9:12 ; Psalm 78:14 ); a Signal for movement (breaking and setting up camp, Exodus 40:36-37 ; Numbers 9:17-23 ); protection from danger (as a barrier of darkness between Israel and the Egyptians, Exodus 14:19-20 ); the sustained, immediate, personal presence of Yahweh/the angel of the Lord (Exodus 13:22 ; 14:19,24 ; 40:38 ; Numbers 9:15-16 ); an agency of summons (to battle, Numbers 10:34-35 ; and to worship, Exodus 33:10 ); both a concealment and manifestation of divine glory (Exodus 16:10 ; 19:9,16 ; 20:21 ; 24:15-18 ; 34:5 ; Deuteronomy 4:11 ; 5:22 ); the place of propositional revelation (as an oracular cloud, Exodus 33:9 ; Psalm 99:7 ); the dwelling place/throne of divinity (over the tabernacle, Numbers 9:18,22 ; 10:11 ; and in particular, over the mercy seat, Leviticus 16:2 ); the locus of cultic theophany (for the investiture of the seventy elders and Joshua, Numbers 11:25 ; Deuteronomy 31:15 ; for the inauguration of the tabernacle, Exodus 40:34-35 ); shade/protection from the sun or storm (Numbers 10:34 ; Psalm 105:39 ; Isaiah 4:5 ); illumination (as a pillar of fire by night, Exodus 14:20 ; Numbers 9:15 ); and an agency of legal investigation and/or executive judgment (against Israel's enemies, Exodus 14:24 ; and against rebels within Israel, Numbers 12:5,10 ; 16:42 )
Head, Headship - Removal of the veil was a Sign of disgrace (3Macc 4:6). This might explain why Paul says "a woman ought to have a Sign of authority on her head" (1 Corinthians 11:10 ). She is covered as a Sign that she is accessible to none but him
Influence - In all these cases it is to be noted that the impression is made not by any miracle or Sign, but by what Christ was and what He said. A little later there follows the first Sign,—the changing of water into wine,—and with it the natural deepening of the hold Christ had on His disciples (John 2:1 ff. John (John 13:27) adds the Significant words, ‘After the sop, then entered Satan into him,’ and the disciple was lost. They like to have some Sign from heaven which will save them the trouble of thinking, and be a short cut to a difficult conclusion. And the Jews were always seeking this (Matthew 12:38); always hoping that He would either show that His claims were invalid and that He was unable to give a Sign, or satisfy their curiosity by some miracle. Our Lord tells them that, even if He gave them a Sign, the Sign of a man risen from the dead, it would have no effect in changing their lives (Luke 16:31). If men were too dull to believe in Him for what He was, then there was still the Sign of His works. They were then to influence the world not primarily by intellectual power or by wonderful Signs, but by that which is deeper than thought or gifts, namely, their own personality. of Assent5 [1] , 463 ff
Jonah - "The Sign of the prophet Jonah, for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights (both eases count the day from, and that to, which the reckoning is) in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:39-41). ...
Jonah's being in the fish's belly Christ makes a "sign," i. ...
CANONICITY, DESIGN. ...
TYPICAL SignIFICANCE. " Jonah, himself a living exemplification of judgment and mercy, was "a Sign (an embodied Significant lesson) unto the Ninevites" (Luke 11:30). To the Pharisees who, not satisfied with His many Signs, still demanded "a Sign (Messiah coming gloriously) from heaven," Christ gave a Sign "out of the belly of hell" (Jonah 2:2), i
Christ, Divinity of - Finally, in confirmation of the prophecies which He pronounced when the Jews sought from Him a Sign of His Divine power, Christ rose from the dead on the third day
Divinity of Christ - Finally, in confirmation of the prophecies which He pronounced when the Jews sought from Him a Sign of His Divine power, Christ rose from the dead on the third day
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Because it was so easy to soil one's feet, to remove the shoes was a Sign of getting rid of dirt and so indicated holiness in worship (Exodus 3:5 )
Infant Baptism - Those who interpret baptism as the Sign of God's new covenant reserve the rite for the children of believers (compare 1 Corinthians 7:14 )
Hang - ) To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without support from below; - often used with up or out; as, to hang a coat on a hook; to hang up a Sign; to hang out a banner
Andrew - Andrew was one of the four who asked Jesus privately, "When shall these things be, and what is the Sign of Thy coming and the end of the world?" Andrew was not elsewhere admitted to the private interviews which Peter, John, and James enjoyed: at the raising of Jairus daughter, the transfiguration, and Gethsemane
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In the teaching of the Son of Man the illuminating Sign of God’s presence in the world is human example and personal witness, as, e
Forty Martyrs, the - They were immersed for a whole night in a frozen pond, a hot bath being placed within sight for any who might choose to avail themselves of it, their doing so, however, being the Sign of apostasy
Uncircumcised - Circumcision was a Sign of obedience and confidence
Authority - Here Authorized Version gives ‘power,’ Revised Version ‘a Sign of authority,’ with ‘have authority over’ in the margin. ...
In several passages ἐξουσία is used to designate a created being superior to man, a spiritual potentate, viz
Baptism - An outward token, or Sign, of an inward and spiritual grace
Anointing - In Psalm 23:5 , "Thou anointest my head with oil," Signifying made fat, the oil used plentifully. To neglect this was a Sign of mourning 2 Samuel 14:2 ; Daniel 10:3
Virgin - 8:3) who served as a Sign to Ahaz that his enemies would be defeated by God
Brazen Serpent - Numbers 16:4-12 , in which are these remarkable words:—"They were admonished, having a Sign of salvation," that is, the brazen serpent, "to put them in remembrance of the commandments of thy law
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Jesus’ power over demons was a Sign that the kingdom of God had come (Matthew 12:28; see KINGDOM OF GOD)
Healing - However, in those cases where the suffering is a direct result of personal sin, God’s healing is a Sign also of his forgiveness (Psalms 32:1-5; Psalms 41:3-5; Psalms 41:11-12; John 5:13-14; James 5:15-16; see SUFFERING)
Covenant - In conformity with human custom, God's covenant is said to be confirmed with an oath (Hebrews 6:13-20 ; Psalm 89:3 ), and to be accompanied by a Sign (Genesis 9 ; 17 ). The term covenant is also used to designate the regular succession of day and night (Jeremiah 33:20 ), the Sabbath (Exodus 31:16 ), circumcision (Genesis 17:9,10 ), and in general any ordinance of God (Jeremiah 34:13,14 ). ...
A "covenant of salt" Signifies an everlasting covenant, in the sealing or ratifying of which salt, as an emblem of perpetuity, is used (Numbers 18:19 ; Leviticus 2:13 ; 2 Chronicles 13:5 ). ...
The "tree of life" was the outward Sign and seal of that life which was promised in the covenant, and hence it is usually called the seal of that covenant
Wonders - —The two terms ‘signs’ and ‘wonders’ are frequently joined in the OT, and this usage is carried over into the NT. The word τέρας, ‘wonder,’ never occurs in the NT except in connexion with σημεῖον, ‘sign’ (wh. Jesus used the conjoined terms twice in His recorded sayings—once when He foretold that false prophets would come and ‘show great Signs and wonders’ (Mark 13:22, Matthew 24:24), and once when He complained that the people demanded such things of Him before they would have faith in Him—‘Except ye see Signs and wonders, ye will in no wise believe’ (John 4:48). From the use of the word made by Jesus we might conclude that He did not esteem Signs and wonders very highly, and that He freely granted that they were possible to false prophets as well as to Himself. Origen is disposed to concede that Signs and wonders are wrought among the heathen. ...
On the other hand, Celsus is willing to acknowledge that Signs and wonders were wrought by Jesus, but he thinks the inference from these is unwarranted. ...
It was easy for Origen to answer that Jesus never wrought His Signs and wonders only for show, as magicians did, and that His constant aim was the reformation of character, as that of the magicians most evidently was not. Jesus made use of Signs and wonders to authenticate His mission, but His chief emphasis was always upon His ‘word and character’ rather than upon His miracles. Both Origen and Celsus, however, as these passages show, are willing to grant that Signs and wonders were wrought by Jesus and by false prophets alike. It had to do merely with the outward effect or the temporary impression caused by the marvel, and some other term was added to show that the marvel was an exhibition of Divine power and a Sign of a Divine presence among men
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"And for a Sign that shall be spoken against. And with that awful warning, and after nineteen centuries of His grace and truth, no man of any individuality, and talent, and initiative for good, can, to this day, do his proper work without straightway becoming a Sign to be spoken against. "And for a Sign that shall be spoken against," said Simeon, as he returned the Holy Child to His mother
Feeding the Multitudes - (4) Besides, it seems to be in contradiction of His avowed purpose not to give the Jews what would be to them a convincing Sign. The fourth assumes that the miracles of healing would not, but that a miracle such as the feeding would convince the Jews, and so be just the kind of Sign the Jews demanded. But, in fact, the Sign the Jews required and Jesus refused to grant was some miracle performed to order, and regardless of human need. ...
The Significance of the feeding of the multitude for the humaneness of Jesus is not less great than that of the healings
Phylacteries, Frontlets - phylactçrion ) literally Signifies a ‘safe-guard,’ as safe-guarding the wearer against the attacks of hurtful spirits and other malign influences such as the evil eye in other words, an amulet . These, being themselves ‘signs,’ rendered the phylacteries unnecessary for this purpose ( Exodus 13:9 ; cf. ‘these words which I command thee this day,’ Deuteronomy 6:6 ‘for a Sign upon thine hand, and they shall be for frontlets between thine eyes. 1, 5, tôtepheth Signifies an ornament in a lady’s head-dress. On the other hand, if the literal interpretation is followed, we should have to recognize another of the numerous instances in the Hebrew legislation, in which a deeply rooted and ineradicable practice of heathen origin and superstitious associations was adopted and given a religious Signification, precisely as was done with the kindred Sign of the tassels on the corners of the mantle (see Fringes, end). 90) distinctly mentions (§ 159 ) the binding of ‘the Sign upon the hand’ (see Thackeray’s tr. We may, therefore, with some confidence assign the introduction of the phylacteries to the period of the domination of the Pharisees in the reign of John Hyrcanus (b
John the Baptist - " Zacharias for unbelief in withholding credit without a Sign was punished with dumbness as the Sign until the event came to pass. ...
At 30, when "the word of God came to" him (Luke 3:2), he went forth, his very appearance a Sign of the unworldliness and legal repentance
Hiram - Another Sign of friendliness was their joint enterprise in sending ships to Ophir to procure gold ( 1 Kings 9:26-28 ; 1Ki 10:11 , 2 Chronicles 8:17-18 ; 2 Chronicles 9:10 ; 2 Chronicles 9:21 )
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Wealth is not necessarily a Sign of divine reward for godliness
Laodicea - This need was met by bringing water six miles north from Denizli through a system of stone pipes (another Sign of Laodicea's wealth)
Seraphim - " Thus he was inaugurated in office, as the disciples were by the tongues of fire resting on them, the Sign of their speaking of Jesus in various languages; his unfitness for the office, as well as his personal sin, were removed only by being brought into contact with the sacrificial altar, of which Messiah is the antitype
Sabbath - The Sabbath was the Sign of God's covenant with them, and it may be that the Lord in repeatedly offending the Jews by (in their view) breaking the Sabbath by acts of mercy foreshadowed the approaching dissolution of the legal covenant. ...
The Christian's Sabbath is designated the LORD'S DAY — and is as distinct in principle from the Jewish legal Sabbath as the opening, or first day of a new week is from the close of a past one
To - ) As Sign of the infinitive, to had originally the use of last defined, governing the infinitive as a verbal noun, and connecting it as indirect object with a preceding verb or adjective; thus, ready to go, i. Where the infinitive denotes the design or purpose, good usage formerly allowed the prefixing of for to the to; as, what went ye out for see? (Matt. Its sphere verges upon that of for, but it contains less the idea of design or appropriation; as, these remarks were addressed to a large audience; let us keep this seat to ourselves; a substance sweet to the taste; an event painful to the mind; duty to God and to our parents; a dislike to spirituous liquor
To - ) As Sign of the infinitive, to had originally the use of last defined, governing the infinitive as a verbal noun, and connecting it as indirect object with a preceding verb or adjective; thus, ready to go, i. Where the infinitive denotes the design or purpose, good usage formerly allowed the prefixing of for to the to; as, what went ye out for see? (Matt. Its sphere verges upon that of for, but it contains less the idea of design or appropriation; as, these remarks were addressed to a large audience; let us keep this seat to ourselves; a substance sweet to the taste; an event painful to the mind; duty to God and to our parents; a dislike to spirituous liquor
Sandals - The poor of course often went barefoot but this was not customary among the rich, except as a Sign of mourning, ...
2 Samuel 15:30 Isaiah 20:2-4 Ezekiel 24:17,23
Gestures - ’ Adopting these definitions, we may consider the Significance of the gestures recorded or implied in the Gospels. —In most of these cases the gesture is probably intended to confirm faith; a visible Sign accompanies the action. Here the gesture is of a different nature; our Lord, still using an outward Sign, makes it Signify that which is bestowed—the gift of the Spirit (πνεῦμα ἅγιον, without the article). ...
The use by our Lord of an outward gesture or Sign in His ministerial acts was only in accordance with Jewish thought. It may be thought that this usage of Jesus in His ministry paved the way for His afterwards appointing outward Signs in Baptism and the Eucharist, and for the Apostles’ employing them for other Christian rites, such as ordination. On the other hand, no special Significance must be attached to passages where our Lord’s ‘look’ is mentioned, but where it was merely that He might see, as Mark 5:32 (and || Mt. ]'>[2] (Mark 11:25, where see Swete’s note, Luke 18:11; Luke 18:13), we must interpret this kneeling or prostration as specially Signifying deep distress, as in the early Church it Signified special penitence, being forbidden by the 20th canon of Nicaea on festival occasions like Sundays and Eastertide (so Tertullian, de Cor. And so it was Significant of deep distress in the case of St. To Signify reverence the gesture of kneeling or prostration is frequently practised in the Gospels. (c) An isolated gesture is the stooping to write on the ground in the ‘Pericope adulterae’ (John 8:6; John 8:8), apparently Signifying ‘intentional inattention. This is not only when no other is possible, as when dumb Zacharias makes Signs (Luke 1:22) and the people make Signs to him (Luke 1:62 : perhaps he was also deaf); just as in Acts, St. Peter has to make Signs to procure silence in Acts 12:17, and St. ; this is our Lord’s command to the Twelve), to Signify the dissociating of oneself from an offender. Smiting the breast as a Sign of grief we find in Luke 23:48 (where D Moses - Moses posed his demands to the Pharaoh, announced a Sign that undergirded the demand, secured some concession from the Pharaoh on the basis of the negotiations, but failed to win the release of the people. They despoiled the Egyptians, a Sign of victory over the Egyptians. The Sign of his kingship included the golden calves of Aaron
Tongues, Gift of - The Alexandrinus manuscript confirms Mark 16:9-20; The Sinaiticus and Vaticanus manuscripts, omit it; "they shall speak with "new" ("not known before", kainais ) tongues"; this promise is not restricted to apostles; "these Signs shall follow them that believe. ...
Thus, Isaiah (Isaiah 28:9-14) shows that "tongues are for a Sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not. " Tongues either awaken to spiritual attention the unconverted or, if despised, condemn (compare "sign" in a condemnatory sense, Ezekiel 4:3-4; Matthew 12:39-42), those who, like Israel, reject the Sign and the accompanying message; compare Acts 2:8; Acts 2:13; 1 Corinthians 14:22; "yet, for all that will they not hear Me," even such miraculous Signs fail to arouse them; therefore since they will not understand they shall not understand
Josiah - Upon hearing the message of the book, Josiah tore his clothes, a Sign of repentance, and humbled himself before God
Miracle - Semeion, Sign, by which a divine power is made known and a divine messenger attested. John 4:48; Acts 2:22; Acts 2:43; Acts 7:36; Romans 15:19; usually in connection with "signs
Vinegar - ’s ἄφες may be the Hellenistic Sign of Imperat
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Meaning of the Signs (Matthew 24:4-8 ) The opening remarks warn against misplaced belief in deceptive Signs which do not in any way Signal the end of the world. These Signs occurred in Jesus' day and preceded the destruction of Jerusalem, the event uppermost in Jesus' mind and for which He sought to prepare His disciples. The Sign of His parousia is obscure in its meaning
Sandal - A Sign of mourning (2 Samuel 15:30; Ezekiel 24:17); humiliation (Isaiah 20:2; Isaiah 20:4; Ezekiel 16:10), "I shod thee with badgers' skins" or seal skins, and skins of other marine animals of the Red Sea; the material of the Hebrew shoes and of the tabernacle covering
Staff - The staff is a Sign or a figure of this transient character
Aaron - Their excuse was that he had married an Ethiopian woman (sign of the same sovereign grace that goes out to Gentiles who have no claim to it)
Anoint - As far as we are informed, however, unction, as a Sign of investiture with the royal authority, was bestowed only upon Saul and David, and subsequently upon Solomon and Joash, who ascended the throne under such circumstances, that there was danger of their right to the succession being forcibly disputed, 1 Samuel 10:24 ; 2 Samuel 2:4 ; 2 Samuel 5:1-3 ; 1 Chronicles 11:1-2 ; 2 Kings 11:12-20 ; 2 Chronicles 23:1-21
Foot - Nakedness of feet was a Sign of mourning
Child - Love for the spectacular is another Sign of immaturity
Pastor - 65); and priests of both tituli Sign in the Roman council of 499
Proclus, Saint Patriarch of Constantinople - Proclus replied (437) in the celebrated letter known as the Tome of Proclus, which he sent to the Eastern bishops asking them to Sign it and to join in condemning the doctrines arraigned by the Armenians
Fast, Fasting - The parallelism makes clear that the fast in view is a formal, community event, one involving all the people in an act of worship on a stated day and in a designated place. ...
Fasting also appears as a Sign of mourning. Such behavior was a Sign of his mourning over them (v
Circumcision - Its Significance is, the cutting the outside flesh of the organ of generation denotes corruption as inherent in us from birth, and transmitted by our parents, and symbolizes our severance from nature's defilement to a state of consecrated fellowship with God. While on our brow the priest, with finger cold, Traced with the hallowed drops the saving Sign; While Thou, unsparing of Thy tears, the old And sterner ritual on Thyself didst take: Meet opening for a life like Thine, Changing the blood to water for our sake. ...
The reason of the omission of circumcision in the wilderness (Joshua 5:5-6) was, while suffering the penalty of their unbelief the Israelites were practically discovenanted by God, and so were excluded from the Sign of the covenant. Christianity did not interfere with Jewish usages, as social ordinances (no longer religiously Significant) in the case of Jews, while the Jewish polity and temple stood
Gideon - Gideon requires a Sign: he brings an offering of a kid and unleavened cakes, the Angel touches these with his staff, whereupon fire issues from the rock on which the offering lies and consumes it. On his return to his own camp Gideon divides his men into three companies; each man receives a torch, an earthen jar, and a horn; at a given Sign, the horns are blown, the jars broken, and the burning torches exposed to view, with the result that the Midianites flee in terror
Lord's Supper - It is called a sacrament, that it, a Sign and an oath. An outward and visible Sign of an inward and spiritual grace; an oath, by which we bind our souls with a bond unto the Lord. The subjects of this ordinance should be such as make a credible profession of the Gospel: the ignorant, and those whose lives are immoral, have no right to it; nor should it ever be administered as a test of civil obedience, for this is perverting the design of it. A variety of other treatises, explanatory of the nature and design of the Lord's supper, may be seen in almost any catalogue
Appear, Appearing - A — 1: φαίνω (Strong's #5316 — Verb — phaino — fah'ee-no ) Signifies, in the Active Voice, "to shine;" in the Passive, "to be brought forth into light, to become evident, to appear. " ...
It is used of the "appearance" of Christ to the disciples, Mark 16:9 ; of His future "appearing" in glory as the Son of Man, spoken of as a Sign to the world, Matthew 24:30 ; there the genitive is subjective, the Sign being the "appearing" of Christ Himself; of Christ as the light, John 1:5 ; of John the Baptist, 5:35; of the "appearing" of an angel of the Lord, either visibly, Matthew 1:20 , or in a dream, Matthew 2:13 ; of a star, Matthew 2:7 ; of men who make an outward show, Matthew 6:5 ; 6:18 (see the RV); Matthew 23:27-28 ; 2 Corinthians 13:7 ; of tares, Matthew 13:26 ; of a vapor, James 4:14 ; of things physical in general, Hebrews 11:3 ; used impersonally in Matthew 9:33 , "it was never so seen;" also of what appears to the mind, and so in the sense of to think, Mark 14:64 , or to seem, Luke 24:11 (RV, "appeared"). 1 but differing in meaning, epi Signifying "upon," is used in the Active Voice with the meaning "to give light," Luke 1:79 ; in the Passive Voice, "to appear, become visible. 1, Signifies, in the Active Voice, "to manifest;" in the Passive Voice, "to be manifested;" so, regularly, in the RV, instead of "to appear. It has another, secondary meaning, "to make known, Signify, inform. See INFORM , MANIFEST , SHEW , SignIFY. ...
A — 7: ὀπτάνομαι (Strong's #3700 — Verb — optano — op-tan'-om-ahee, op'-tom-ahee ) in the Middle Voice Signifies "to allow oneself to be seen
Jericho - They were to offer it as the firstfruits, a Sign that they received the whole land as a fief from His hand. Six successive days the armed host marched round the city, the priests bearing the ark, as symbol of His presence, in the middle between the armed men in front and the rereward or rearguard, and seven priests sounding seven ramshorn (rather Jubilee) trumpets, the Sign of judgment by "the breath of His mouth"; compare the seven trumpets that usher in judgments in Revelation, especially Revelation 11:13; Revelation 11:15
Profession (2) - The Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885 , in substituting ‘confession’ for ‘profession’ in the translation of ὁμολογία, for the owning of the Christian faith (Hebrews 3:1) or the faith which the Christian owns (4:14), has logically followed the rendering of ὁμολογέω in its specific Christian Significance, and has helped to put the distinction between the two terms in clearer light. ), mainly because it was the Sign of loyalty and steadfastness of faith. So He prized the bold testimony of Peter at Caesarea Philippi as being a Sign of the rock-fast loyalty of His disciple (Matthew 16:17-19); so also He mourned over the later weakness of the disciples and the verbal denial of Peter, as betokening a certain diminution of their allegiance (Mark 14:27; Mark 14:30, Luke 22:61)
Blood - The special Significance of blood in the Bible is that it commonly Signifies death; not death through natural causes, but death through killing or violence. ...
The life of the flesh...
Blood has this special Significance because ‘the life of the flesh is in the blood’ (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:11; Deuteronomy 12:23). However, the Bible’s emphasis is not on blood circulating through the body, but on shed blood; not on blood’s chemical properties, but on its symbolic Significance. ...
This symbolic Significance of blood was clearly illustrated at the time of the Passover in Egypt. The sprinkling of the blood around the door was a Sign that an animal had died in the place of the person who was under judgment. This blood was a Sign of a life laid down in atonement for sin, so that the barrier to God’s presence through sin might be removed (Leviticus 16; Hebrews 9:7; Hebrews 9:25; for details of the ritual see DAY OF ATONEMENT)
Homosexuality - 1618387267_6 considers homosexuality to be a Sign of God's wrath upon blind sinfulness
Noah - The words of his father Lamech at his birth (Genesis 5:29 ) have been regarded as in a sense prophetical, designating Noah as a type of Him who is the true "rest and comfort" of men under the burden of life ( Sign and witness of this covenant, the rainbow was adopted and set apart by God, as a sure pledge that never again would the earth be destroyed by a flood
Sargon - ) Then, according to the inscriptions, he invaded Egypt and Ethiopia, and received tribute from a Pharaoh of Egypt, besides destroying in part the Ethiopian No-Amon or Thebes (Nahum 3:8); confirming Isaiah 20:2-4, "as Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a Sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia, so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot," etc
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The observation of the seventh day of the week, enjoined upon Israel, was a Sign between God and His earthly people, based upon the fact that after the six days of creative operations He rested, Exodus 31:16,17 , with Exodus 20:8-11 . ...
2: προσάββατον (Strong's #4315 — Noun Neuter — prosabbaton — pros-ab'-bat-on ) Signifies "the day before the sabbath" (pro, "before," and No
Footwashing - As a Sign of exceptional love, a disciple might wash a master's feet (contrast John 13:13-14 ) or a wife volunteer to wash her husband's (Joseph and Asenath John 20:1-5 )
Tongue - Paul regards chiefly as a Sign to unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:21 f
Temptation - “The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting (peirazo ) desired him that he would show them a Sign from heaven” (Matthew 16:1 )
Sabbath - The day of rest, considered holy to God by His rest on the seventh day after creation and viewed as a Sign of the covenant relation between God and His people and of the eternal rest He has promised them
Back - To back a warrant, is for a justice of the peace in the county where the warrant is to be executed, to Sign or indorse a warrant, issued in another county, to apprehend an offender
Balance - As balance Signifies equal weight, or equality, it is by custom used for the weight or sum necessary to make two unequal weights or sums equal that which is necessary to bring them to a balance or equipoise. In astronomy, a Sign in the zodiac, called in Latin Libra, which the sun enters at the equinox in September
Between - ” The word may represent “the area between” in general: “And it shall be for a Sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes …” ( Signifies a metaphorical relationship. ...
This word is used to Signify an “interval of days,” or “a period of time”: “Now that which was prepared for me was … once in ten days
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The hand when it is given is a Sign of friendship, confidence and trust2Ki10:15. ...
The hand when it is GOD's hand may Signify divine power
Abraham - Even after another covenantal assurance (Genesis 17:1-21 ) in which the rite of circumcision was made a covenantal Sign, Abram and Sarai still questioned God's promise of an heir
General - Lax in Signification not restrained or limited to a particular import not specific as a loose and general expression. ...
In logic, a general term is a term which is the Sign of a general idea
Hand - To lift the hand to God Signified a vow ( Genesis 14:22 ). To smite the hands together was a Sign of anger ( Numbers 24:10 ). Left-handedness seems to have been common among the Benjamites ( Judges 20:16 ), and once it was of Signal service ( Judges 3:15 ; Judges 3:21 ). ‘The hand of the Lord upon’ the prophet Signifies the Divine inspiration ( Ezekiel 8:1 ; Ezekiel 37:1 etc
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Finally, the axe is not only the Sign-manual of the mission of the forerunner and the Fulfiller, it is that of reformers in general
Annas (2) - The Evangelist, speaking with technical accuracy, refrains from calling him high priest, and assigns as a reason for Jesus being led before Annas the relationship between Annas and Caiaphas. ‘The Lord Himself is questioned, but there is no mention of witnesses, no adjuration, no sentence, no Sign of any legal process’ (Westcott, ad loc
Cloud - The cloud by its motions gave the Signal to the Israelites to encamp or to decamp. When the cloud appeared upon the tent, in front of which were held the assemblies of the people in the desert, it was then indicated that God was present; for the tent was a Sign of God's presence
Phylacteries - The making and wearing these phylacteries, as the Jews still do in their private devotions, is owing to a misinterpretation of those texts, on which they ground the practice, namely, God's commanding them "to bind the law for a Sign on their hands, and to let it be as frontlets between their eyes," &c, Deuteronomy 6:8 . The Targum of Onkelos calls them כרוספדין , which has so near an affinity with the Greek word κρασπεδον , that there is no doubt but it Signifies the same thing; which is, therefore, an evidence that the κρασπεδα were the ציצית
Hair - The Apostle's remark on this subject corresponds entirely with the custom of the east; as well as with the original design of the Creator: "Does not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given her for a covering," 1 Corinthians 11:14 . Cutting off the hair was a Sign of mourning, Jeremiah 7:29 ; but sometimes in mourning they suffered it to grow long
Cross - Though the cross is the Sign of ignominy and sufferings, yet it is the badge and glory of the Christian
Will - What is your will, Sir? In this phrase, the word may also Signify determination, especially when addressed to a superior. Will is used as an auxiliary verb, and a Sign of the future tense. It has different Signification in different persons
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In 1 Corinthians 11:10 it is used of the veil with which a woman is required to cover herself in an assembly or church, as a Sign of the Lord's "authority" over the church. , "dynasty,") Signifies "a potentate, a high officer;" in Acts 8:27 , of a high officer, it is rendered "of great authority;" in Luke 1:52 , RV, "princes, (AV, "the mighty"); in 1 Timothy 6:15 it is said of God ("Potentate"). 1, Signifies "to exercise power," Luke 22:25 ; 1 Corinthians 6:12 ; 7:4 (twice). ...
B — 3: αὐθεντέω (Strong's #831 — Verb — authenteo — ow-then-teh'-o ) from autos, "self," and a lost noun hentes, probably Signifying working (Eng. " In the earlier usage of the word it Signified one who with his own hand killed either others or himself
Tongue - Paul regards chiefly as a Sign to unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:21 f
James, the General Epistle of - The object is:...
(1) To warn against prevalent Jewish sins: formalism as contrasted with true religious "service" (threskeia , cult); the very ritual "services" of the gospel consist in mercy and holiness (compare James 1:27 with Matthew 23:23; Micah 6:7-8); in undesigned coincidence with James's own decision against mere ritualism at the council, as recorded in the independent history (1618387267_5); against fanaticism which, under the garb of religious zeal, was rending Jerusalem (James 1:20); fatalism (James 1:13); mean crouching to the rich (James 2:2); evil speaking (James 3:3-12; James 4:11); partisanship (James 3:14); boasting (James 2:5; James 4:16); oppression (James 5:4). " This Sign accompanied miraculous healings wrought by Christ's apostles. To use the Sign now, when the reality of miraculous healing is gone, is unmeaning superstition. Oil as Sign of divine grace was appropriate in healing
Genesis, Theology of - Since the stories in Genesis presumably circulated among the Israelites in Egypt log before Moses, one must ask what Significance the stories would have had to them. The third text (17:1-27) introduces circumcision as the Sign of the covenant. He rejects the suggestion that Ishmael may be the heir, and demands that Abraham and all his male descendants undergo circumcision as the Sign of the covenant. They also learned of the origin and meaning of the covenant Sign of circumcision, a Sign that for Israel had the same importance as does baptism and communion for the church
Tongues, Gift of - In NT we read of ‘speaking with tongues’ or ‘in a tongue’ as a remarkable Sign of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; but the exact meaning of the phenomenon described has been much disputed. In itself it is addressed to God, and unless interpreted it is useless to those assembled; it is a Sign to believers, but will not edify, but rather excite the ridicule of, unlearned persons or heathens ( 1 Corinthians 14:23 )
Circumcision - In Romans 2:25-29 he shows that circumcision was an outward Sign of being one of the chosen people, but that it was of no value unless accompanied by obedience, of which it was the symbol. Circumcision followed as the token or Sign of the promise, so that he might be the father of all believers whether they were circumcised or uncircumcised
Messiah - The Greek word Χριστος , from whence comes Christ and Christian, exactly answers to the Hebrew Messiah, which Signifies him that hath received unction, a prophet, a king, or a priest. The king then asked him what Sign he could show to confirm his mission. He gave this for a Sign of it, that he had been leprous, and had been cured in the course of one night
Type - This word is not frequently used in Scripture; but what it Signifies is supposed to be very frequently implied. This is sometimes declared by express verbal prophecy; sometimes by specific actions performed by divine command; and sometimes by those peculiar events, in the lives of individuals, and the history or religious observances of the Israelites, which were caused to bear a designed reference to some parts of the Gospel history. If the first event be declared to be typical, at the time when it occurs, and the second correspond with the prediction so delivered, there can be no doubt that the correspondence was designed. It may not, from this fact, follow, that the two events were connected by a design formed before either of them occurred; but it certainly does follow, that the second event, in some measure, had respect to the first; and that whatever degree of connection was, by such a prophet, assumed to exist, did really exist. But, if we know, from other sources, that his words are the words of truth, our only inquiry will be, if he either distinctly asserts, or plainly infers, the existence of a designed correspondence. The whole people of Israel were also made, in some instances, designedly representative of Christ: and the events, which occurred in their national history, distinctly referred to him. In a still later age, the miraculous preservation of the Prophet Jonah displayed a Sign, which was fulfilled in the resurrection of Christ. And when the temple was rebuilt, Joshua, the son of Josedech, the high priest, and his fellows, were set forth as "men of Sign," representatives of the Branch, which should, in the fulness of time, be raised up to the stem of Jesse, Zechariah 3:8 ; Isaiah 11:1
Circumcision - In Romans 2:25-29 he shows that circumcision was an outward Sign of being one of the chosen people, but that it was of no value unless accompanied by obedience, of which it was the symbol. Circumcision followed as the token or Sign of the promise, so that he might be the father of all believers whether they were circumcised or uncircumcised
Divination - " This tests and condemns modern spiritualism, the Sign of "the latter times and the last days" (1 Timothy 4:1), "seducing spirits and doctrines suggested by demons" (2 Timothy 3:1-8). Satan's design in spiritualism is, judging from the alleged spirit communications, to supersede Scripture with another authority (namely, spirit communications) in matters of faith. " Ηobreb shamaim , "dividers of the heavens," watching conjunctions and oppositions of the stars; in casting a nativity they observed the Sign which arose at the time of one's birth, the mid heaven, the Sign in the west opposite the horoscope, and the hypogee
Baptism - It is not, however, essential to salvation; for mere participation of sacraments cannot qualify men for heaven: many have real grace, consequently in a salvable state, before they were baptized: besides, to suppose it essential, is to put it in the place of that which it Signifies. ...
They observe that the meaning of the word in Greek Signifies immersion, or dipping only; that John baptized in Jordan; that he chose a place where there was much water; that Jesus came up out of the water; that Phillip and the eunuch went down both into the water. viii 12; that as children were admitted under the former; and that as baptism is now a seal, Sign, or confirmation of this covenant, infants have as great a right to it as the children had a right to the seal of circumcision under the law. It is generally acknowledged, that, if infants die (and a great part of the human race do die in infancy, ) they are saved: if this be the case, then, why refuse them the Sign in infancy, if they are capable of enjoying the thing Signified? "Why, " says Dr. Owen, "is it the will of God that unbelievers should not be baptized? It is because, not granting them the grace, he will not grant them the Sign. If God, therefore, denies the Sign to the infant seed of believers, it must be because he denies them the grace of it; and then all the children of believing parents (upon these principles)dying in their infancy, must, without hope, be eternally damned. True; but he was baptized in honour to John's ministry, and to conform himself to what he appointed to his followers; for which last reason he drank of the sacramental cup: but this is rather an argument for the Paedobaptists than against them; since it, plainly shows, as Doddridge observes, that baptism may be administered to those who are not capable of all the purposes for which it was designed; could not be capable of that faith and repentance which are said to be necessary to this ordinance. ...
They believe that the word in Greek Signifies to dip or to plunge; but that the Greek term, which is only derivative of another Greek term, and consequently must be somewhat less in its Signification, should be invariably used in the New Testament to express plunging, is not so clear. Owen observes, that it no where Signifies to dip, but as denoting a mode or, and in order to washing or cleansing: and, according to others, the mode of use is only the ceremonial part of a positive institute; just as in the supper of the Lord, the time of the day, the number and posture of communicants, the quality and quantity of bread and wine, are circumstances not accounted essential by any party of Christians. As to the Hebrew word Tabal, it is considered as a generic term; that its radical, primary, and proper meaning is, to tinge, to dye, or wet, or the like: which primary design is effected by different modes of application. There is no object whatever in all the New Testament so frequently and so explicitly Signified by baptism as these divine influences, Matthew 3:11 . Jesus, it is said, came up out of the water; but this is said to be no proof of his being immersed, as the Greek term often Signifies from; for instance, "Who hath warned you to flee from, not out of, the wrath to come. The Greek preposition translated into, often Signifies no more than to or unto. It is not the Sign but the thing Signified that is here alluded to. As Christ was buried and rose again to a heavenly life, so we by baptism Signifying that we are cut off from the life of sin, that we may rise again to a new life of faith and love
Rebekah - He prays that God may prosper him and give him a Sign by which he may recognize the woman Providence has set apart for Isaac
Tabernacles, Feast of - (The reason was perhaps a desire to avoid the unseemly scenes of the Canaanite vintage-festival, by omitting such a Significant point of resemblance; cf. Thus Zechariah 14:16 names as the future Sign of Judah’s triumph the fact that all the world shall come up yearly to Jerusalem to keep this festival
Care - In 1 Samuel 10:2 , when Samuel anoints Saul as king, a series of Signs are predicted by Samuel to prove God's favor on Saul, culminating in the indwelling of God's Spirit. The first Sign is that two men will say to Saul, "The donkeys that you went to seek are found, and now your father has stopped worrying about them and is worrying about you" (NRSV)
Gibeon - ” This “great city” (Joshua 10:2 ) played a Significant role in Old Testament history—especially during the conquest of Canaan. Originally, the city was assigned to the tribe of Benjamin following Israel's victory in Canaan (Joshua 18:25 ) and made a city for Levites (Joshua 21:17 ). Gibeon's power was strong as archaeology has found no Sign of the city's destruction
Face - ) Ten degrees in extent of a Sign of the zodiac
Hezekiah, King of Judah - ...
What naturally followed this worship was the removal of all Signs of idolatry. Though he had witnessed a great deliverance of the Lord, his faith was weak and he asked for a Sign. Hezekiah piously resigned himself to the will of Jehovah
Bond - Its technical use is for ‘a note of hand, a bond or obligation, as having the “sign manual” of the debtor or contractor’ (Lightfoot, Col. No stress is to be laid on the fact of the law being written or not written (the autograph idea in χειρόγραφον) by the sinner, though, if the primary reference be to the Jews, they might be said to have Signed the contract in giving assent to the law as represented in Deuteronomy 27:14-26
Cross - The ensign of the Christian religion and hence figuratively, the religion itself. The mark of a cross, instead of a Signature, on a deed, formerly impressed by those who could not write. Behold the cross and unlucky issue of my design. To make the Sign of the cross, as catholics in devotion. To thwart to obstruct to hinder to embarrass as, to cross a purpose or design
Affection - It is no Sign that our affections are spiritual because they are raised very high; produce great effects on the body; excite us to be very zealous in externals; to be always conversing about ourselves, &c
Come - ) has the same Significance as its Hebrew counterpart, while the Phoenician root (starting around 900 B. In the causative stem, this verb can Signify “cause to enter” or “bring into” ( Sign predicted by a false prophet ( Circumcision, Uncircumcision, Circumcise - , "a cutting round, circumcision" (the verb is peritemno), was a rite enjoined by God upon Abraham and his male descendants and dependents, as a Sign of the covenant made with him, Genesis 17 ; Acts 7:8 ; Romans 4:11 . ...
The rite had a moral Significance, Exodus 6:12,30 , where it is metaphorically applied to the lips; so to the ear, Jeremiah 6:10 , and the heart, Deuteronomy 30:6 ; Jeremiah 4:4
Calf - The "calves of the lips," mentioned by Hosea 14:2 , Signify the sacrifices of praise which the captives of Babylon addressed to God, being no longer in a condition to offer sacrifices in his temple. Having been conducted through the wilderness by a pillar of cloud and fire, which preceded them in their marches, while Moses was receiving the divine commands that cloud covered the mountain, and they probably imagined that it would no longer be their guide; and, therefore, applied to Aaron to make for them a sacred Sign or symbol, as other nations had, which might visibly represent God
Anointing - Abstinence from it was a Sign of mourning
Exodus - ...
Significance of the exodus...
The actual going out from Egypt was but one part of a series of events that gave the exodus its great Significance in Israel’s history. The exodus was a Sign to the people of this Redeemer-God’s love (Deuteronomy 4:37; Deuteronomy 7:8; Hosea 11:1), power (Deuteronomy 9:26; 2 Kings 17:36; Psalms 81:10) and justice (Deuteronomy 6:21-22; Joshua 24:5-7)
Maximus of Ephesus - But when Aedesius, compelled by increasing infirmity, resigned Julian to the tuition of his two followers, Chrysanthius and Eusebius, Julian began to be struck with the terms in which these two spoke of their old fellow-pupil Maximus. He sent for Chrysanthius and Maximus; they consulted the sacrificial omens; the Signs were unfavourable, and dissuaded them from accepting the invitation. Chrysanthius trembled, and refused to go; the more ambitious Maximus declared it unworthy of a wise man to yield to the first adverse Sign, and went
Forgiveness - This is more than a Sign of their gratitude to God
Covenant - The ability to use such expressions as synonyms probably indicates that the Hebrews did not hear any Significant difference in meaning when they heard the varying expressions. The rainbow stands eternally as a Sign of God's promise. For Abraham, the rite became a sacrifice to God and a Sign of his devotion to the rite even when attacking birds threatened to spoil it. Genesis 17:1 shows the initiation of circumcision as the Sign of the covenant. It may have reflected on understanding of salt as something eternal and thus as a Sign of the everlasting effect of the agreements reached in a covenant relationship (compare Numbers 18:19 ; 2 Chronicles 13:5 )
Miracles - oth , 'a Sign,' as it is often translated, and in some places 'token. God gave him three Signs to perform before them: his rod became a serpent, and was again a rod; his hand became leprous, and was then restored; and he could turn the water of the Nile into blood. ...
The other miracles, wrought by him in Egypt, were to show to Pharaoh the mighty power of God, who said, I will "multiply my Signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt . The ten plagues followed, which were miracles or Signs of the power of God — Signs not only to the Egyptians, but also to the Israelites, as is shown by the reference to them afterwards. is always thus translated and often associated with the word 'signs:' 'signs and wonders. σημεῖον, 'a Sign. ' This word is translated 'signs,' 'miracles,' 'wonder,' and in 2 Thessalonians 3:17 'token': it is the word invariably used in John's gospel. They were 'wonders' that arrested the attention of the people; they were 'signs' that God had visited His people, and that the acts of the Lord Jesus identified Him with the promised Messiah; and they were 'powers,' for they were superhuman. The cursing of the fig-tree differs from the others: it was a Sign of God's judgement on the Jews. While the Christians were being persecuted, such Signs would be a visible evidence of the power of God and the value of the name of the Lord Jesus. By the time the emperors professed Christianity, followed by the masses (the 4th century), Christ had been well accredited on the earth: hence there was no further need of such Signs
Apocalyptic - The first sentence of the Book of Revelation is noteworthy in this connection: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ , which God gave to him , to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass ; and he sent and Signified it by his angel unto his servant John : who bare record of all things that he saw . ” The italicized expressions illustrate the fundamental features of the genre of apocalyptic: these writings claim to originate from God ; they most frequently tell of a divine intervention soon to take place; their authors often use Sign language—i. they “sign-ify,” employing pictorial language which is also parabolic; an angelic intermediary commonly explains to the prophet the meaning of the message conveyed to him; and the prophet makes known to others his visions (“all that he saw”). ...
Significance The chief importance of the apocalyptic literature was its enabling the prophetic faith in God and hope for His kingdom to burn brightly in oppressive times
Martinus, Bishop of Dumium - His theory is that the fallen angels or demons assumed the names and shapes of notoriously wicked men and women who had already existed, such as Jove, Venus, Mars; that the nymphs, Lamias, and Neptune are demons with power to harm all who are not fortified with the Sign of the cross, and who shew their faithlessness by calling the days of the week after the heathen gods. The Sign of the cross is to be the remedy against auguries and all other diabolical Signs
Law - The eternal law is manifested to us through the evolution of reason (natural or moral law), or through a certain sensible Sign or positive act of the legislator (positive law). ...
Law must be designed: ...
for the common good, which is realized through a just political community, one that is productive and conservative of happiness and special kinds of happiness;
to produce and conserve happiness and particular kinds of happiness, i
Fire - Fire was to be continually burning upon the altar as a visible Sign of the continuous worship of God
Breath - Breath is regarded as a Sign of life ( Genesis 7:15 )
Oaths - The use of oaths was not restricted to judicial procedure, but was also connected with a variety of everyday matters; to swear by the name of Jahweh was regarded as a Sign of loyalty to Him (cf
Shame - The return of shame is a Sign of true repentance: ‘then shalt thou remember thy ways and be ashamed’ ( Ezekiel 16:61 , cf
Face - Covering the face in 2 Samuel 19:4 is a Sign of mourning (cf
Hand, Right Hand - As a symbol of divine power and salvation the hand is remembered at the Passover celebration in which a staff is to be held in the hand and the event described as a "sign on your hand" (12:11; 13:9,16). Writing on the hand can Signify allegiance or ownership (Isaiah 44:5 ; Revelation 13:16 ). In Hebrew, the direction "south" is designated by the word for "right hand" (yamin [1])
Anoint - Rome vainly continues the Sign, when the reality, the power of miraculous healing, is wanting. Isaiah 61:1; Messiah, twice so designated in the Old Testament (Psalms 2:2; Daniel 9:25-26), at once Prophet, Priest, and King, the Center of all prophecy, the Antitype of all priesthood, and the Source and End of all kingship (Luke 4:18; Acts 4:27; Acts 10:38)
Oath - ...
Putting the hand under the thigh of the superior to whom the oath was taken in Sign of subjection and obedience (Aben Ezra): Genesis 24:2; Genesis 47:29; or else because the hip was the part from which the posterity issued (Genesis 46:26) and the seat of vital power. ) In Genesis 15:8-17 Abram was there, and God Signified His presence by the burning lamp which passed between the pieces (Jeremiah 34:18)
Salt - It Signifies the imperishableness of Jehovah's love for His people; as an antiseptic salt implies durability, fidelity, purity. Salt as expressing purity was the outward Sign Elisha used in healing the waters (2 Kings 2:20-21)
Condemnation - ...
Little difficulty attaches to the use of the term in the sense of ‘destruction’ in the case of Sodom (2 Peter 2:6), to the reference to the ark as a visible Sign of the destruction about to come upon the unbelieving (Hebrews 11:7), or to the denunciation by James (James 5:6) of men who unjustly ascribe blame to others and exact penalty for the imagined fault
Horn - ...
Daniel 7:7 (b) Here and throughout this book horns are a Sign of both men and nations in their power to rule or misrule
Evil Spirits - His coming to a man was a Sign that God’s patience with him was approaching exhaustion, and a prelude of doom
Fierceness - They are a ‘faithless and perverse generation,’ or ‘a wicked and adulterous generation’ seeking after a visible and tangible Sign of spiritual things (Matthew 16:4); they shall lose the Kingdom of God (Matthew 21:43); the heathen of Nineveh shall show themselves better judges of eternal realities (Luke 11:32); there is more hope for Tyre and Sidon (Luke 10:14) or for Sodom and Gomorrah than for the spiritually blind (Matthew 10:15); ‘Ye are of your father the devil’ (John 8:44)
Isaacus Ninivita, Anchorite And Bishop - Isaac's fame as an anchorite became so great that he was raised to the bishopric of Nineveh, which, however, he resigned on the very day of his consecration, owing to an incident which convinced him that his office was superfluous in a place where the gospel was little esteemed. 694, 14 and 24); That it is wrong without necessity to desire or expect any Sign manifested through us or to us (do. A book, de Causa Causarum or Liber Generalis ad Omnes Gentes , treating of God and the creation and government of the universe, has been assigned to this Isaacus; it really belongs to Jacobus Edessenus (fl
Scale - ) The Sign or constellation Libra
Companion - However, rêa‛ may also Signify “illegitimate partners”: “… If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou has played the harlot with many lovers (rêa‛); yet return again to me, saith the Lord” ( Sign of foolishness ( Tongue - "Tongues" were for a Sign, not to believers, but to unbelievers, 1 Corinthians 14:22 , and especially to unbelieving Jews (see 1 Corinthians 14:21 ): cp
Cross - After an execution, they hung the body of the victim on a tree as a Sign to all that he was under the curse and judgment of God (Deuteronomy 21:22-23)
Heaven - This was also a Sign of respect for God, for it prevented them from using his name irreverently (Daniel 4:26; Matthew 19:23-24; Luke 15:18; John 3:27; see KINGDOM OF GOD)
Salutations - Again, ‘All the saints salute you’ (2 Corinthians 13:13), where the word ‘saints’ is to be interpreted as equivalent-without losing its religious Significance-to our word ‘members. This Significance held long in magic. ] In ancient Rome the kiss was a Sign of family relationship, so that there developed a formal law of the kiss (ius osculi) between relatives, going as far as those between whom marriage was forbidden. It was also a Sign of peace or agreement. If so, it was, as Cabrol says, a Sign of the purity of morals among Christians
Alexander, of Alexandria - This letter, which he caused his clergy to Sign, probably preceded the "Tome" or confession of faith which he referred to as having been Signed by some bishops, when he wrote to Alexander, bp. Eusebius of Nicomedia, who had a strong influence over the emperor Constantine, persuaded the latter to write, or to adopt and Sign, a letter to Alexander and Arius, in which the controversy was treated as a logomachy (Eus
Dioscorus (1), Patriarch of Alexandria - His patron, the chamberlain Chrysaphius, applied to Dioscorus for aid, promising to support him in all his designs if he would take up the cause of Eutyches against Flavian (Niceph. He peremptorily commanded the bishops to Sign the sentence, and with a fierce gesture of the hand exclaimed, "He that does not choose to Sign must reckon with me . They afterwards protested that they had Signed under compulsion. " "The Egyptians," says Tillemont, "who Signed willingly enough, did so after the others had been made to Sign" (xv. At Nicaea, on his way to the court, he caused ten bishops whom he had brought from Egypt to Sign a document excommunicating pope Leo (Mansi, vi. The Egyptians and some other bishops shouted, "Turn out the teacher of Nestorius!" Others rejoined, "We Signed a blank paper; we were beaten, and so made to Sign. "Not one of us Signed voluntarily. " Dioscorus coolly said that if the bishops had not understood the merits of the case, they ought not to have Signed. "If you taught in such a Catholic tone," said the magistrates, "why did you Sign the deposition of Flavian?" Basil pleaded the compulsory authority of a council of bishops. " "But," said the magistrates, "you said at first that you had been forced to Sign a blank paper. " "Was Flavian," asked Paschasinus, "allowed such freedom of speech as this man takes?" "No," said the magistrates Significantly; "but then this council is being carried on with justice" ( ib. 744) Basil afterwards, with Onesiphorus, described the coercion used as to the Signatures ( ib. At last they came to the Signatures; then the magistrates proposed that as the deposition had been proved unjust, Dioscorus, Juvenal, Thalassius, Eusebius of Ancyra, Eustathius, and Basil, as leaders in the late synod, should be deposed; but this, it appears ( ib
Vine, Vineyard - The failure of the vintage was looked upon as one of God’s terrible punishments ( Psalms 78:47 , Jeremiah 8:13 , Habakkuk 3:17 ), and a successful and prolonged vintage as a Sign of blessing ( Leviticus 26:5 ). The vine-leaf was a favourite design on Jewish coins
Miracle - An event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God, operating without the use of means capable of being discerned by the senses, and designed to authenticate the divine commission of a religious teacher and the truth of his message (John 2:18 ; Matthew 12:38 ). ...
In the New Testament these four Greek words are principally used to designate miracles: ...
Semeion, a "sign", i. He boldly says, "God bears me witness, both with Signs and wonders, and with divers miracles
Rod - It was a Sign and proof to all Israel that Aaron was his chosen high priest to lead the people in their worship, and was His chosen mediator between Himself and the people of Israel
Fertility Cult - Both skin and earth were cut as a Sign of mourning (prohibited by Deuteronomy 14:1 )
Southcotters - One night she heard a noise as if a ball of iron was rolling down the stairs three steps; and the Spirit afterwards, she says, told her this was a Sign of three great evils which were to fall upon this land, the sword, the plague, and the famine. Joanna gives those who profess belief in her mission, and will subscribe to the things revealed in her "WARNING, " a sealed written paper with her Signature, and by which they are led to think they are sealed against the day of redemption, and that all those who are possessed of these seals will be Signally honoured by the Messiah when he comes this spring
Suffering - They often interpreted their own suffering as a Sign of God's wrath and punishment for sin in their lives. Ultimately, the writers consigned themselves to trust in God's sometimes hidden wisdom (Job 42:2-3 ; Psalm 135:6 )
Courage - But the meek temper is not the Sign of weakness
Curse - ’ (a) In its higher application this word Signifies a thing devoted—wholly or in part, permanently or temporarily, voluntarily or by Divine decree—to a use (or an abstinence) exclusively sacred. ) is probably to be taken as a Sign given to impress His warning of impending judgments (Matthew 21:41; Matthew 21:43; Matthew 23:37 f
Flavianus (16), Bishop of Antioch - Xenaias having gathered the bishops of Isauria and others, induced them to draw up a formula anathematizing Chalcedon and the two natures, and Flavian and Macedonius, refusing to Sign this, were declared excommunicate, a
Fig - On Olivet too was spoken the parable of the budding fig tree, the Sign of coming summer (Luke 21:29-30)
Heraldry, Ecclesiastical - Divided into various branches, principally, the arms of religious corporations and other bodies; the insignia of ecclesiastical dignity, rank, or office; the charges, terms, and forms of general heraldry having a religious or ecclesiastical origin, usage, or character; the emblems or devices attributed to or typifying particular saints or other beings venerated by the Church. The crosier is another external ornament to the shield, widely made use of by ecclesiastics and as a Sign of episcopal dignity is said to be traceable to the 4th century. Behind the shield are placed a Latin crosier and a Greek crosier in saltire, the shield is ensigned by a miter and in pale is a cross with a double traverse
Gideon - But his small though true faith wanted a Sign from God that He would save Israel by him
Face - In Luke 12:56 the face of the sky is referred to as conveying to those who could read it a Sign of its intentions
Foot - To walk barefoot was the Sign of a captive prisoner (Isaiah 20:4), and as a voluntary act of self-infliction often forms part of a personal vow
Ecclesiastical Heraldry - Divided into various branches, principally, the arms of religious corporations and other bodies; the insignia of ecclesiastical dignity, rank, or office; the charges, terms, and forms of general heraldry having a religious or ecclesiastical origin, usage, or character; the emblems or devices attributed to or typifying particular saints or other beings venerated by the Church. The crosier is another external ornament to the shield, widely made use of by ecclesiastics and as a Sign of episcopal dignity is said to be traceable to the 4th century. Behind the shield are placed a Latin crosier and a Greek crosier in saltire, the shield is ensigned by a miter and in pale is a cross with a double traverse
Foot - " To be at any one's feet, Signifies obeying him, listening to his instructions and commands. To be under any one's feet, to be a footstool to him, Signifies the subjection of a subject to his sovereign, of a slave to his master. Describing his introduction to the king, he says, "The removal of the curtain was the Signal of our obeisances. Nakedness of feet was a Sign of mourning
Ability, Able - It is sometimes used of the miracle or Sign itself, the effect being put for the cause, e. ...
A — 2: ἰσχύς (Strong's #2479 — Noun Feminine — ischus — is-khoos' ) connected with ischo and echo, "to have, to hold" (from the root ech, Signifying "holding"), denotes "ability, force, strength;" "ability" in 1 Peter 4:11 , AV (RV, "strength"). In 2 Thessalonians 1:9 , "the glory of His might" Signifies the visible expression of the inherent personal power of the Lord Jesus. " ...
B — 3: δυνατέω (Strong's #1414 — Verb — dunateo — doo-nat-eh'-o ) Signifies "to be mighty, to show oneself powerful," Romans 4:14 ; 2 Corinthians 9:8 ; 13:3 . ...
Note: Hikanoo, corresponding to the adjective hikanos (see below) Signifies "to make competent, qualify, make sufficient;" in 2 Corinthians 3:6 , AV, "hath made (us) able;" RV, "hath made us sufficient;" in Colossians 1:12 , "hath made (us) meet. 1, Signifies "powerful. " When said of things it Signifies "enough," e
Mourning - Frazer’s Adonis, Attis, Osiris3, 1914) may not be without Significance for the study of this feature of the Lord’s Supper. Sinners are bidden, as a Sign of humble penitence, to be afflicted, mourn, and weep. On the other hand, it is Significant that the parting of St
Lord's Supper - The designation occurs only in 1 Corinthians 11:20. If the bread were changed into the body, where is the Sign of the sacrament? Romanists eat Christ in remembrance of Himself. The Lord's Supper is the seal of the new covenant in His blood, the Sign that "we were all made to drink into one Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:13), the pledge that He who once loved us so dearly as to give Himself for us still loves us as intensely as ever
Messiah - The rite of anointing was the outward Sign of his authority to function as God's representative. ...
The final stage of development in regard to the title Messiah came in the way that Paul used the word more as a personal name than as an official designation (seen in Romans 9:5 , “Christ”). In Pauline thought, “Christ” is a richer term than “Messiah” could ever be, and one pointer in this direction is the fact that the early followers of the Messiah called themselves not converted Jews but “Christians,” Christ's people (Acts 11:26 ; 1 Peter 4:16 ) as a Sign of their universal faith in a sovereign Lord
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Shaking the garments, or shaking the dust from off them, was a Sign of renunciation (Acts 18:6 ); wrapping them round the head, of awe (1 Kings 19:13 ) or grief (2 Samuel 15:30 ; casting them off, of excitement (Acts 22:23 ); laying hold of them, of supplication (1 Samuel 15:27 )
Head - “Head” designated one in authority in the sense of the foremost person. Wagging the head expressed derision (Mark 15:29 ), but bowing the head was a Sign of humility (Isaiah 58:5 )
Hand - Thus, in Genesis 41:42 , when Pharaoh took his Signet ring “from his hand” and placed it “upon Joseph's hand,” “hand” was used in the place of “finger. The movement of the hand was interpreted as a Sign of contempt and displeasure, or lack of respect. ...
The numerous passages in the Bible in which “hand” appears is evidence of the Significance of the term
Seal - A Signet ring was also called a seal. ...
The Significance of the act of sealing is dependent on the importance of the one doing the sealing. Ahasuerus's solemn decree to annihilate the Jews (Esther 3:12 ) and then to bless them (8:8,10) was sealed with his Signet ring. God takes covenant-keeping Signs and vows seriously. A God-ordained Sign entered into by faith makes certain the grace that it Signifies (Romans 4:16 ). "The Lord knows those who are his" and "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness" (2 Timothy 2:19 ), the insignias etched into the seal placed on "God's firm foundation, " are at the same time a blessing and a warning. His name, "Holy" Spirit, is not without Significance
Doubt - The Pharisees doubted Christ's messiahship and asked for another Sign (Matthew 12:38-42 )
Colour - It was a crimson thread that Rahab was to bind on her window as a Sign that she was to be saved alive (Joshua 2:18 ; 6:25 ) when the city of Jericho was taken
Immanuel - ) Ahaz, king of Judah, received this as a Sign given by the Lord Himself, when the king refused to ask one, that Pekah of Israel and Rezin of Damascus, who had already "smitten him with a great slaughter," so that "his and his people's heart was moved as the trees of the wood with the wind" (2 Chronicles 28; Isaiah 7:1-2), should nevertheless not subdue Jerusalem, but be themselves and their land subdued. ...
Isaiah 8:18; "behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for Signs . Call His name Immanuel" means not mere appellation, for this was not the designation by which men ordinarily named Him, but His revealed character shall be what Immanuel means
Slaughter - In this case the sacrificial lamb provided the main food for the passover meal, and its blood was sprinkled on the doorposts of the Israelite homes as a Sign to the death angel
Bread, Bread of Presence - The giving of bread to another is a major element of hospitality and serves as a Sign of respect and concern (Genesis 14:18 ; 18:6 ; 19:3 ; Deuteronomy 23:4 ; Ruth 2:14 ; 1 Samuel 25:18 ; 28:24 ; 2 Samuel 16:1-2 )
Blessing - Second, the blessing is a Sign of special favor that is intended to result in prosperity and success (Deuteronomy 10:8 ). ...
In a general sense, the terms for blessing in the New Testament are used to designate that one is favored by God
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In addition to its common use as a condiment or preservative of food, salt from early times had religious and social Significance. Among Eastern peoples, ‘to eat of his salt’ is a Sign of enduring friendship and peace. (2) There is also a suggestion of its Significance as a symbol of concord in the counsel, ‘Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace one with another’ (Mark 9:50); for it is given in connexion with disputes or discussions as to which of the disciples should be the greatest (Mark 9:33-37). 9 [3] ; E
King, Christ as - Pilate recognized more than he knew when he created the Sign, King of the Jews, for the charge against Jesus
Hear, Hearing - The recovery of hearing by deaf people serves as a Sign of the messianic kingdom (Isaiah 29:18 ; 35:5-6 ; cf
Prostitution - The terms qades and qedesa ( Deuteronomy 23:17 ) designate male and female sacral prostitutes. Hosea entered into an elaborate Sign act in order to preach to the northern kingdom about its sin of spiritual harlotry
Jezebel - ]'>[1] The passage goes on to say that her misdoing was of some standing, that the woman gave no Sign of amending her ways, and that therefore she and her companions in sin would be cast into a bed, or triclinium, defined as great affliction, while her children would be smitten with death. It is of course always possible that Jezebel is not a personal name at all, but a scornful designation of a Gnostic group inside the Christian community at Thyatira, whose action and doctrine the author regarded as being like those of the OT Jezebel-religion, in that it tended to seduce its followers from the ‘form of sound words
A - Before participles, it may be a contraction of the Celtic ag, the Sign of the participle of the present tense as, ag-radh, saying a saying, a going. ...
The Romans used A to Signify a negative or dissent in giving their votes A standing for antiquo, I oppose or object to the proposed law. ...
In pharmacy, a or aa, abbreviations of the Greek ana, Signify of each separately, or that the things mentioned should be taken in quantities of the same weight or measure
Chastisement - Such treatment is not a Sign of antipathy or rejection, but an evidence of true love. On the other hand, Grotius, followed by Ellicott, Alford, and many others, declares: ‘παιδεία hic Significare videtur institutionem per poenas; νουθεσία autem est ea institutio quae fit verbis
Economics - For him the pursuit of wealth was a Sign of the elect
Excommunication - Paul's writings we learn that the early excommunication was effected by the offender not being allowed to "eat" with the church, that is, to partake of the Lord's Supper, the Sign of communion
Breastplate - This ornament was never to be separated from the priestly garment; and it was called the memorial, because it was a Sign whereby the children of Israel might know that they were presented to God, and that they were had in remembrance by him. These words Signify lights and perfections, and are mentioned as in the high priest's breastplate; but what they were, we cannot determine. Some think they were two precious stones added to the other twelve, by the extraordinary lustre of which, God marked his approbation of a design, and, by their becoming dim, his disallowance of it; others, that these two words were written on a precious stone, or plate of gold, fixed in the breastplate; others, that the letters of the names of the tribes, were the Urim and Thummim; and that the letters by standing out, or by an extraordinary illumination, marked such words as contained the answer of God to him who consulted this oracle. " His own oracle bears, therefore, an inscription which Signifies lights and perfections, or the shining and the perfect; or, according to the LXX, manifestation and truth
Dreams - Sleep impressed primitive savages as a great mystery; and they consequently attributed a peculiar Significance to the dreams of sleepers, as phenomena which they could not control by their will or explain by their reason. In both Testaments we find Significance attached to dreams ( Genesis 37:6 ; Genesis 37:9 ; Genesis 41:25 , Judges 7:13 , Daniel 2:28 ; Daniel 7:1 ff. ), though Numbers 12:6-8 treats them as an inferior medium; but there are false dreams and lying dreamers, against whom precautions are necessary; and the idea that habitual dreaming is a certain Sign of Divine inspiration is stoutly combated (cf
To - To, as a Sign of the infinitive, precedes the radical verb
Will, Would - A — 1: θέλημα (Strong's #2307 — Noun Neuter — thelema — thel'-ay-mah ) Signifies (a) objectively, "that which is willed, of the will of God," e. , Matthew 18:14 ; Mark 3:35 , the fulfilling being a Sign of spiritual relationship to the Lord; John 4:34 ; 5:30 ; 6:39,40 ; Acts 13:22 , plural, "my desires;" Romans 2:18 ; 12:2 , lit. versions; Galatians 1:4 ; Ephesians 1:9 ; 5:17 , "of the Lord;" Colossians 1:9 ; 4:12 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:3 ; 5:18 , where it means "the gracious design," rather than "the determined resolve;" 2 Timothy 2:26 , which should read "which have been taken captive by him"
A — 3: βούλημα (Strong's #1013 — Noun Neuter — boulema — boo'-lay-mah ) "a deliberate design, that which is purposed," Romans 9:19 ; 1 Peter 4:3 (in the best texts). 6, usually expresses "desire" or "design;" it is most frequently translated by "will" or "would;" see especially Romans 7:15,16,18-21 . In 1 Timothy 2:4 , RV, "willeth" Signifies the gracious "desire" of God for all men to be saved; not all are "willing" to accept His condition, depriving themselves either by the self-established criterion of their perverted reason, or because of their self-indulgent preference for sin
Petrus, Patriarch of Jerusalem - The emperor's edict was confirmed by a synod convened by Mennas, and was sent for Signature to Peter and the other patriarchs, a. No one of them, however, was disposed to Sign a document which seemed to disparage the conclusions of Chalcedon. Mennas yielded first; Peter's Signature was obtained after a longer struggle. On the first publication of the edict he solemnly declared, before a vast crowd of turbulent monks clamouring against its impiety, that whoever Signed it would violate the decrees of Chalcedon. But Justinian's threats of deposition outweighed Peter's conscientious convictions, and, with the other equally reluctant patriarchs, he Signed the document (Facundus, lib
Proverbs, Book of - Proverbs are designed to make one wise, but they require wisdom to be used correctly. Silence can be a Sign of wisdom (Proverbs 17:27 ) or a cover-up (Proverbs 17:28 ). A “friend” (Hebrew, rea' ) can be trusted (Proverbs 17:17 ), but not always (Proverbs 17:18 ; “neighbor” = rea' )!...
Wealth can be a Sign of God's blessing (Proverbs 3:9-10 ), but some saints suffer (Proverbs 3:11-12 )
Dead - Shaving, however, was, on some occasions, a Sign of joy; and to let the hair grow long, the practice of mourners, or persons in affliction. In this way Tamar Signified her distress, after being dishonoured by Amnon, "She put ashes on her head;" and when Mordecai understood that the doom of his nation was sealed, he "rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes. To cover the lips was a very ancient Sign of mourning; and it continues to be practised among the Jews of Barbary to this day
Covenant - The rainbow was the Sign, or witness, that sealed the covenant (Genesis 6:18; Genesis 9:8-17; see GRACE). The rite of circumcision, which God gave as the Sign and seal of the covenant, gave Abraham and his descendants the opportunity to demonstrate such faith and obedience
Baptism - The outward Sign of an inward sorrow for sin was in John's baptism; but there was not the inward spiritual grace conferred as in Christian baptism. It is His shed blood which gives water baptism its spiritual Significancy. The same union of the Sign and the grace Signified, repentance and faith being presupposed, occurs (John 3:5; Acts 22:16): "Be baptized, washing away thy sins, calling upon the name of the Lord" (Ephesians 5:26; Titus 3:5; compare 1 Corinthians 10:1-2). in connection with the laying on of hands (Acts 2:38; Acts 10:47; Acts 19:5-6); proving that the water Sign and the Spirit are not inseparably connected. At the same time, there being but one preposition to govern both nouns, "born of water and the Spirit" implies the designed close connection of the two in the case of penitent believers (John 3:5)
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Money also could be used to affirm one's status as a subordinate who owed allegiance to another: it was humiliating for the kings of Israel and Judah to pay tribute to foreign monarchs (2 Kings 15:19-20 ; 18:14 ; 23:33,35 ), but it was a Sign of Israel's high standing when other nations paid annual tribute to her (2 Chronicles 27:5 ). Of course, rulers could pay such money only if they had taxed their own people (2 Kings 15:20 ), and hence taxes were (and still are) a Sign of the individual's submission to the government. Nevertheless, lending freely to those in need was a Sign of the godly person, and loans, even to the poor, were an accepted part of life governed by ideals that would prevent humiliation (Deuteronomy 24:10-13 )
Abel - His name Signifies vapour, vanity, and might be given either because our first parents now began so to feel the emptiness and vanity of all earthly things, that the birth of another son reminded them painfully of it, although in itself a matter of joy; or it was imposed under prophetic impulse, and obscurely referred to his premature death. The respect which God was pleased to show to Abel's offering, appears from the account to have been sensibly declared; for Cain must have known by some token that the sacrifice of Abel was accepted, the absence of which Sign, as to his own offering, showed that it was rejected. " Thus he argues that Abraham believed God, "and it was accounted to him for righteousness,"—"that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness,"—"that he received the Sign of circumcision, a seal," a visible confirmatory, declaratory, and witnessing mark "of the righteousness which he had by faith. In both, sinful men are placed in the condition of righteous men; the instrument in both cases, is ...
faith; and the transaction is, in both cases also, publicly and sensibly witnessed, —as to Abraham, by the Sign of circumcision; as to Abel, by a visible acceptance of his sacrifice, and the rejection of that of Cain. " That which vitiated the offering of Cain was the want of this faith; for his offering was not Significant of faith:...
that which "pleased God," in the case of Abel, was his faith; and he had "respect" to his offering, because it was the expression of that faith; and upon his faith so expressing itself, God witnessed to him "that he was righteous. His faith had respect to some previous revelation, and the nature of the revelation is to be collected from the Significant manner in, which he declared his faith in it
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2: ἀναδείκνυμι (Strong's #322 — Verb — anadeikumi — an-ad-ike'-noo-mee ) Signifies (a) "to lift up and show, show forth, declare" (ana, "up," and No. ...
3: ἐνδείκνυμι (Strong's #1731 — Verb — endeiknumi — en-dike'-noo-mee ) Signifies (1) "to show forth, prove" (Middle Voice), said (a) of God as to His power, Romans 9:17 ; His wrath, Romans 9:22 ; the exceeding riches of His grace, Ephesians 2:7 ; (b) of Christ, as to His longsuffering, 1 Timothy 1:16 ; (c) of Gentiles, as to "the work of the Law written in their hearts," Romans 2:15 ; (d) of believers, as to the proof of their love, 2 Corinthians 8:24 ; all good fidelity, Titus 2:10 ; meekness, Titus 3:2 ; love toward God's Name, Hebrews 6:10 ; diligence in ministering to the saints, Hebrews 6:11 ; (2) "to manifest by evil acts," 2 Timothy 4:14 , "did (me much evil)," marg. 1, Signifies (a) "to exhibit, display," Matthew 16:1 ; 22:19 ; 24:1 ; Luke 17:14 (in some Luke 1:51 ; "to show (mercy)," Luke 1:72 , RV (AV, "perform"); "showed (mercy)," Luke 10:37 ; John 6:30 , AV, "showest Thou," RV, "doest Thou (for a Sign);" Acts 7:36 , AV, "showed," RV, "wrought;" James 2:13 , "showed (no mercy);" in Mark 13:22 in the best texts (some have didomi), "shall show (signs). 17; (2) anangello ("to declare"), Matthew 11:4 , "tell;" John 16:13-15 , "declare;" John 16:25 , "shall tell;" Acts 19:18 ; 20:20 , "declaring;" (3) katangello, Acts 16:17 ; 26:23 ; 1 Corinthians 11:26 , "proclaim;" in the last passage the partaking of the elements at the Lord's Supper is not a "showing forth" of His death, but a proclamation of it; (4) phaneroo, John 7:4 ; 21:1 (twice),14; Romans 1:19 , "to manifest;" (5) deloo, ("to make plain"), 2 Peter 1:14 , "signify;" (6) diegeomai ("to recount"), Luke 8:39 , "declare;" (7) emphanizo ("to manifest"), Acts 23:22 , "hast Signified;" (8) euangelizo, Luke 1:19 , "to bring glad tidings;" (9) katatithemi ("to lay up"), Acts 24:27 , "to gain;" (10) lego ("to tell"), 1 Corinthians 15:51 , "I tell;" (11) energeo, Matthew 14:2 ; Mark 6:14 , "work;" (12) ophthe (lit
Eusebius, Bishop of Vercellae - The practical question was whether the bishops present should Sign a condemnation of Athanasius
Struggles of Soul - Soon after, when asked for a Sign, He ‘sighed deeply in spirit’ (ἀναστενάξας τῷ πνεύματι, Mark 8:12), distracted by His desire to win the nation and His purpose not to use any illegitimate means (cf
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The place on Christ's right hand in the kingdom, desired by Zebedee's sons, was reserved for the penitent thief, first in the kingdom of suffering, then in the kingdom of glory, His case proves that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law, yet not by a dead faith, for his faith evidenced its vitality by confession of sin and of Christ crucified, by faithful reproof of the scorner if haply he too might be led to repent, by humility, and by hope in the Saviour looking beyond present pain to the eternal state; also that baptism is only "generally "necessary to salvation, a baptized man may be lost and an unbaptized man may be saved; the baptism of blood supplied the place of the outward Sign of regeneration (Hilary, de Trin
Security of the Believer - The natural gulf between the invisible, infinite God and finite, fallible humanity makes the quest for assurance and security a very Significant theological issue. In raising His Son Jesus, God provided Christians with the Sign of the destinies and the basis for their security
Mark of the Beast - Revelation 16:2,19:20 cite the "mark of the beast" as a Sign that identifies those who worship the beast out of the sea ( Revelation 13:1 ). ...
The contextual Significance of marking those who worship the beast may be accounted for by noting how this motif answers to the seal on the foreheads of those who worship the Lamb (Revelation 7:3 ; 14:1 )
Perfect, Perfection - The former connotes wholeness, soundness, integrity, and often takes on ethical Significance; the latter connotes completeness, perfection, and can carry the aesthetic sense of comeliness or beauty. His followers know perfection as they abide in the bright shadow of this same Sign
Greetings - To kiss upon the cheek is a Sign of warm affection (Luke 15:20), of the love and esteem of friends
Helladius, Bishop of Tarsus - " The firmness of Helladius rejoiced Alexander, who wrote that he intended to hold a synod himself, begging Helladius, whom he regarded as his leader, to attend it and Sign its decrees ( ib. This was sent round to obtain the Signatures of other bishops ( ib. He, Alexander, Theodoret, and Maximian were ordered to accept the concordat or resign their sees
Ship - The bow and the stern were much alike, except that on each side of the bow was painted "the Sign" (paraseemon ), as for instance "Castor and Pollux" (Acts 28:11)
Hand - “Placing one’s hands with” Signifies “making common cause with someone” ( Signify a “part” or “fraction”: “And he took and sent [7] unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s [8] was five times so much as any of theirs” ( Signify a “monument” or “stele”: “… Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place [9], and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal” ( Israel, Kingdom of - --The prophet Ahijah of Shiloh, who was commissioned in the latter days of Solomon to announce the division of the kingdom, left one tribe (Judah) to the house of David, and assigned ten to Jeroboam. Almost the first Sign of the restoration of their strength was a war between them; and Jehoash, the grandson of Jehu, entered Jerusalem as the conqueror of Amaziah
Mourning (2) - Mourning is associated in the Gospels (1) with ‘the appearance of the Sign of the Son of Man,’ Matthew 24:30; (2) with the removal of the visible presence of the Saviour, Matthew 9:15; (3) with the death of friends. It was allowable, however, to have a business carried on, if he assigned it to another before the departure of the soul
Paulinus, Missionary to Northumbria - He laid his hand upon Edwin's head, and asked him if he remembered that Sign and his pledge. In the autumn of 633 he received from the pope, who had not heard of the great disaster in the north, a pall designed for his use as archbp
Petrus, Surnamed Fullo - In 485 for the last time Peter was replaced on his throne by Zeno on his Signing the Henoticon (Theophan. He at once resumed his career of violence, expelling orthodox bishops who refused to Sign the Henoticon and performing uncanonical ordinations, especially that of the notorious Xenaias (Philoxenus) to the see of Hierapolis (Theophan
Miracles - But the limits assigned preclude a general investigation of the a priori credibility of miracles as such. Of these, σημεῖον, ‘sign,’ denotes that which conveys spiritual and symbolic instruction; τέρας, ‘wonder’ or ‘prodigy,’ denotes a work above the ordinary working of nature; δύναμις denotes a work showing ‘power’; while ἔργον, ‘work,’ is in itself a neutral word, the context of which in many passages, especially in Jn. It is noteworthy that the mighty deeds of our Lord and His disciples are never called ‘prodigies’ (τέρατα) alone; the only apparent exception to this rule is in Acts 2:19 (‘I will show wonders in heaven’), which, however, is a quotation from Joel 2:30, and ‘wonders in heaven’ are coupled with ‘signs on earth,’ and both are interpreted by St. Peter as ‘powers and wonders and Signs’ in Joel 2:22. ’ In Authorized Version it often represents σημεῖον (in the singular in Luke 23:8, John 4:54, Acts 4:16; Acts 4:22, and in the plural in John 2:11; John 2:23; John 3:2; John 6:2; John 6:26; John 7:31; John 9:16; John 11:47; John 12:37, Acts 6:8; Acts 8:6; Acts 15:12, Revelation 13:14; Revelation 16:14; Revelation 19:20); in these passages Revised Version rightly substitutes ‘sign’ except in the text of Luke 23:8, Acts 4:16; Acts 4:22, where ‘miracle’ is with some inconsistency retained. ), walking on the sea (John 6:19), the miraculous draught of fishes (John 21:8); also the Resurrection (20, 21) and ‘many other Signs’ (John 20:30). ) the Signs which would follow believers are said to be casting out devils in Christ’s name, speaking with new tongues, taking up serpents, drinking poison without hurt, and healing the sick by laying on of hands. We have it at first hand that the Jews expected such Signs of Christian preachers (1 Corinthians 1:22). Peter in his speeches attributes to our Lord ‘power and wonders and Signs’ (Acts 2:22), and the healing of demoniacs (Acts 10:38). Then, Signs and wonders, healings of the sick and of demoniacs, are attributed to the apostles generally (Acts 2:43, Acts 5:12; Acts 5:16). In Acts 6:8 Stephen works wonders and Signs; in Acts 8:6; Acts 8:13 Philip works Signs and powers at Samaria
Marks Stigmata - These Signs of ownership were impressed upon certain classes of the community. So some Christians marked their hands and arms with the name of Christ or the Sign of the cross (Deyling, Observationes sacrae, Leipzig, 1720-26, iii. It is Significant that in the Epistle to the Romans, written soon after the Galatian letter, St. These words were paraphrased afterwards by Aquinas as follows: ‘portabat insignia passionis Christi,’ but what he says subsequently proves that he did not accept the view of Bonaventura. It is alleged that in some cases all the marks were present; in others some were visible and the rest caused pain but produced no outward Sign; in others, again, there was no visible mark at all, but local pains were felt
Abram - The covenant was now made more definite: Sarai was included in the promise; the names of the pair were changed to Abraham and Sarah; and the Sign of circumcision was added, to be a token throughout all generations that God had been with and was blessing Abraham his friend. It was very grievous to Abraham; but God commanded him to yield; and Hagar and Ishmael went forth, a Sign of the call of the Gentiles, and proving the best means of fulfilling the promise that Ishmael should become a great nation
Deluge - ]'>[3] have been combined; the verses are assigned by Driver as follows: J [3] alone gives the directions with regard to the size and construction of the ark, the blessing of Noah, the commands against murder and the eating of blood, and the covenant with the Sign of the rainbow. It is part of an epic in 12 parts, each connected with a Sign of the Zodiac; the Flood story is the 11th, and is connected with Aquarius, the ‘water-bearer
Passover - The blood was a Sign that an innocent life had been taken in place of the one under judgment (Exodus 12:5; Exodus 12:7; Exodus 12:12-13; Exodus 12:21-23; cf
Cyprus - They adopted what was probably in origin a Hittite alphabet, in which every syllable is represented by a separate Sign, and this lasted till the 4th century
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At the wedding in John 2:1-12Jesus appears to reject his mother's request and then immediately does what she asks! However, she is there as his first disciple to behold his first miraculous Sign
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The divine Sign in his view confirmed his words, which were uttered before, and which now after the earthquake were committed to writing in an orderly summary. The two forces from God acted simultaneously by His appointment, the invading hosts from without arresting Israel's attention for the prophet's message from God within the land, and the prophets showing the spiritual meaning of those invasions, as designed to lead Israel to repentance. Reference to agricultural life and the phenomena of nature abounds, in consonance with his own former occupation, an undesigned propriety and mark of truth: Amos 1:3; Amos 2:13; Amos 3:4-5; Amos 4:2; Amos 4:7; Amos 4:9; Amos 5:18-19; Amos 6:12; Amos 7:1; Amos 9:3; Amos 9:9; Amos 9:13-14
Gilgal - So now He did not require the renewal of circumcision, the covenant Sign of subjection to the law (Galatians 5:3), until He had first showed His grace in giving them victory over Og and Sihon, and in making a way through Jordan, a pledge that He would fulfill all His promises and finally give them the whole land
Humour - —Humour in its highest form is the Sign of a mind at peace in itself, for which the contrasts and contradictions of life have ceased to jar, though they have not ceased to be; which accepts them as necessary and not without meaning and value, indeed as giving an added charm to life, because it looks at them from a point above them
Manger - In any case, φάτνη, as its derivation implies, designates a feeding-place for animals. ...
The former view, which has the weight of persistent tradition, is due to Justin Martyr, who tells us that Christ was born ‘in a certain cave near the village,’ which cave, he says, had been pointed out by Isaiah as ‘a Sign. It is, moreover, Significant that the earliest Christian artists represent the Nativity as in an open courtyard. In Luke 2:7; Luke 2:12 the definite article is not used; for, though it appears in the Textus Receptus and a few Manuscripts of minor importance, in which it was probably inserted to designate the well-known φάτνη, preponderating evidence is altogether against it
Judas Iscariot - He might naturally have grown impatient under the delay, and dissatisfied also with Jesus for openly discouraging all ambitious views among his disciples; and, therefore, he might have devised the scheme of delivering him up to the sanhedrim, or great council of the nation, (composed of the chief priests, scribes, and elders,) in order to compel him to avow himself openly as the Messiah before them; and to work such miracles, or to give them the Sign which they so often required, as would convince and induce them to elect him in due form, and by that means enable him to reward his followers
Phrygia - while Roman writers assigned it to Lycaonia. did the Phrygians show any Sign of expansion
Genesis - God then confirmed the covenant with Abraham, giving the rite of circumcision as the Sign and seal of the covenant (17:1-27)
Baptism - The design of this institution, which was to express faith in Christ on the part of those who were baptized, and to declare their resolution of openly professing his religion, and cultivating real and universal holiness, appears from Romans 6:3-4 ; 1 Peter 3:21 ; Ephesians 5:26 ; and Titus 3:5 . Tertullian is the first who mentions the Signing with the Sign of the cross, but only as used in private, and not in public worship; and he particularly describes the custom of baptizing without it. They made several Signings with the cross, they used lighted candles, they gave salt to the baptized person to taste, and the priest touched his mouth and ears with spittle, and also blew and spat upon his face. Of expressions like these we find some traces in the Old Testament also, where waters often denote tribulations, Psalms 69:1 ; Psalms 124:4-51 ; 1618387267_85 ; and where to be swallowed up by the waters, and to pass through the great waters, Signify to be overwhelmed with miseries and calamities. " Others think it Signifies, "In hope of blessings to be received after they are numbered with the dead. As to the mode, they observe that the meaning of the word βαπτιζω Signifies to immerse or dip, and that only; that John baptized in Jordan; that he chose a place where there was much water; that Jesus came up out of the water; that Philip and the eunuch went down both into the water; that the terms, washing, purifying, burying in baptism, so often mentioned in the Scriptures, allude to this mode; that immersion only was the practice of the Apostles and the first Christians; and that it was only laid aside from the love of novelty, and the coldness of climate. They believe that, as the Abrahamic and Christian covenants are the same, Genesis 17:7 ; Hebrews 8:12 ; that as children were admitted under the former; and that as baptism is now a Sign, seal, or confirmation of this covenant, infants have as great a right to it as the children of the Israelites had to the seal of circumcision under the law, Acts 2:39 ; Romans 4:11 . Finally, it is generally acknowledged, that if infants die, (and a great part of the human race die in their infancy,) they are saved: if this be the case then why refuse them the Sign of union with Christ, if they be capable of enjoying the thing Signified?...
11. As to the mode, the Paedobaptists deny that the term βαπτιζω , which is a derivative of βαπτω , and, consequently, must be something less in its Signification, is invariably used in the New Testament to express plunging. It nowhere Signifies to dip, but in denoting a mode of, and in order to, washing or cleansing; and the mode or use is only the ceremonial part of a positive institute; just as in the Lord's Supper, the time of day, the number and posture of the communicants, the quantity and quality of bread and wine, are circumstances not accounted essential by any part of Christians. ...
Jesus, it is said, came up out of the water; but this is no proof that he was immersed, as the Greek term, απο , often Signifies from: for instance, "Who hath warned you to flee from," not out of, "the wrath to come?" with many others that might be mentioned. The preposition εις , translated into, often Signifies no more than to, or unto: see Matthew 15:24 ; Romans 10:10 ; Acts 28:14 ; Matthew 3:11 ; Matthew 17:27 : so that from none of these circumstances can it be proved that there was one person of all the baptized, who went into the water ankle deep. It is not the Sign, but the thing Signified, that is here alluded to. As Christ was buried, and rose again to a heavenly life, so we by baptism Signify that we are separated from sin, that we may live a new life of faith and love
Jesus Christ - He healed all kinds of persons, a Sign of God's ultimate healing. He raised some from the dead, a Sign that He would bring God's resurrection life to all who would receive it
Patriarchs, the - Later God renewed His covenant with Abram and instituted the Sign of circumcision for Abram's household. He was circumcised as a Sign of convenant membership, and owed his life to timely divine intervention when a youth (Genesis 22:12-14 )
Cosmetics - The wide rim was usually decorated with incised geometric designs. Anointing one's head with oil was a Sign of gladness (Psalm 45:7 )
Circumcision - On the second occasion, God again promised lands and offspring to the still childless patriarch, and gave him the Sign of circumcision, which was to be imposed upon Abraham and his descendants as a token of covenant membership (Genesis 17:10 ). The spiritual Significance of circumcision had been achieved by divine grace without the performance of the physical rite, thus making the latter obsolete. To counter the Judaizers' position he conceded that, while circumcision was of great value for the old covenant, it carried no Significance for the "covenants of promise" (Ephesians 2:12 )
Covenant - But the covenant, on God's part gratuitous, requires man's acceptance of and obedience to it, as the consequence of His grace experienced, and the end which He designs to His glory, not that it is the meritorious condition of it. The seal, the sacrament of the Lord's supper, the Sign of His blood, wherewith the testament is sealed
Ship - The "sign" of that ship, (Acts 28:11 ) was Castor and Pollux; and the symbols of those heroes were doubtless painted or sculptured on each side of the bow. To an ancient vessel, of which the hull was more clumsy and the yards could not be braced so tight, it would be safe to assign seven points as the limit
Joy - charis , ‘grace’); ( b ) a term Signifying excited, demonstrative joy, exultation as noun rendered ‘gladness’ ( Luke 1:14 , Acts 2:46 , Hebrews 1:9 ; ‘exceeding joy’ in Judges 1:24 ), as vb. , James 5:13 , a similar term Signifying cheerfulness or high spirits . ) come under this head, as they set forth the objective conditions, spiritual or material, of religious happiness; while ‘peace’ designates the corresponding inward state forming the substratum of joy, which is happiness in its livelier but fluctuating emotional moods. Psychologically, joy is the index of health , resulting from the adequate engagement of the affections and the vigorous and harmonious exercise of the powers; it is the Sign that the soul has found its object
Georgius, Arian Bishop of Alexandria - His installation was a Signal for new inflictions on Alexandrian church-people. 38), by Leontius of Antioch, although he afterwards "compelled" the Arian bishops of Egypt to Sign the decree of the Acacian synod of Constantinople of 360 against Aetius (Philost
Alexander, Bishop of Hierapolis Euphratensis - As soon as the Alexanders discovered Cyril's intention to open the council before John of Antioch's arrival they, on June 21, united with the other bishops of the East in Signing a formal act demanding delay (Labbe, Concil. When John at last arrived, June 27, Alexander joined in the counter-council held by him and the prelates of his party in his inn, and Signed the acts which cancelled the proceedings of the former council, deposing Cyril and Memnon, bp. The former renewed his charge of Apollinarianism and refused to Sign the deposition of Nestorius ( ib. In a vehement letter to Andrew of Samosata, he bitterly complained of Acacius's fickleness and protested that he would rather fly to the desert, resign his bishopric, and cut off his right hand than recognize Cyril as a Catholic until he had recanted his errors ( ib
Lamaism - He returns not the least Sign of respect, nor ever speaks, even to the greatest princes; but only lays his hand upon their heads, and they are fully persuaded that they thereby receive a full forgiveness of their sins
Job - Job’s sufferings were not a Sign of God’s judgment on him, but proof of God’s confidence in him (Job 1:8; Job 2:3)
Julianus, Flavius Claudius, Emperor - He here learnt to know some of the more mystical of the heathen party, to whom paganism was still a reality and the gods living beings, visions of whom were to be seen by night and whose power still worked Signs and wonders. Pegasius, who delighted him by omitting the Sign of the cross in the temples, and otherwise shewing heathen sympathies (Jul. 6, 355, Julian received the insignia in the presence of the army at Milan, and was given control of the prefecture of Gaul (i. Julian produced a spirited panegyric upon the reign and just actions of Constantius, which it seems right to assign to this date ( Or. He had specially to contend with the avarice of Florentius, the praetorian prefect, who desired to increase the capitatio , and who, on Julian's refusal to Sign the indiction, complained of him to Constantius (Amm. At another time he declared he would rather die than Sign the oppressive edict brought him by Florentius (Amm. Julian, according to his own account, was quite unprepared for such a step, and would not accede till Jupiter had given him a Sign from heaven. This Sign was no doubt the vision of the Genius of the Empire, who declared that he had long been waiting on his threshold and was now unwilling to be turned away from it
John the Baptist - —The Significance of John the Baptist for the history of Christianity is shown by the place given him in the Gospel records by every one of the four Evangelists. ]'>[2] 2 [3] ii. A tradition as early as the Crusades assigns the honour to Ain Karim, a village which lay between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. ]'>[5] 3 [3] ). John’s withdrawal into the wilderness indicated his disapproval of society as he found it, it Signified more especially an absolute break with the prevalent Pharisaic type of piety. Matthew 3:3 ||), and a deep intuitive reading of the Signs of the times, would gradually bring him to a clear knowledge both of his function as a prophet and of the time when he must begin to exercise it. ) as an authenticating Sign which he received that He was the Messiah; and this incident is represented by the other three as following immediately upon the baptism, though the first two, and probably the third also, describe the visible Sign as bestowed upon Jesus Himself along with the approving voice from heaven (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10 f. On the other hand, the ‘I knew him not’ of the last Gospel, as the context shows, only means that John did not know that Jesus was indeed the Messiah until he received the promised Sign (John 1:32 f. ...
It is true that in the Fourth Gospel John is made to bear a witness to Jesus by the banks of the Jordan (John 1:15-36) which finds no parallel in the earlier narratives; but if we follow the ordinary view of students of the chronology of our Lord’s life—that the narrative of the Fourth Evangelist comes in after the forty days of the Temptation have intervened, and that John now sees Jesus in the light not only of the authenticating Sign given at the baptism, but of his own reflexion ever since upon the subject of the character of Jesus and the fulfilment of the Messianic promise—the fulness and explicitness of his testimony upon this later occasion appear perfectly natural. But the designation of Jesus as ‘the Lamb of God’ (John 1:29; J
Abortion - Although only a handful of Old Testament texts, all in Genesis, explicitly portray humankind as God's image-bearer, this handful can hardly be described as insignificant. These terms designate humanity, over and against the rest of creation, as somehow modeled after God. ...
Conception as a Sign of God's Blessing Numerous narrative texts, especially in Genesis, depict God's active role in conception and childbirth. In the New Testament, Luke portrays Elizabeth's remarkable conception of John the Baptist as a Sign of the Lord's magnified mercy toward her (1:25,58), and in the angel's words to Mary foretelling the conception of "the Son of the Most High, " blessings of the Messiah's arrival and of promised fertility stand together (1618387267_56 ). But within a cultural context that valued childbirth and children so highly as a tangible Sign of God's blessing it is more likely that, for the Jewish family, the intentional termination of pregnancy was unknown, distasteful, or even unconscionable than that their stance was casual, tolerant, or positive toward the practice
Miracle - Here too appear thirteen of the eighteen Old Testament uses of "signs and wonders, " an expression that focuses on the miracles' redemptive Significance. Further Signs are promised to encourage him that he can overcome Pharaoh and the Egyptians (4:1-17). The two other major miracles that occur in the Old Testament historical books involve the leprosy with which faithless Uzziah is afflicted and the sundial shadow's retreat as a Sign to portend Hezekiah's recovery from illness (2 Kings 15:1-8 ; 20:1-11 ). The psalms frequently recount and reflect on God's past Signs and wonders. The prophets speak of present and future Signs, some more supernatural than others, to corroborate their message. On other occasions they seem more designed to instill faith where it has been lacking (e. In explaining the Significance of his exorcisms, Jesus makes this claim explicit (Matthew 12:28 ). Immediately following his death, nature heralds its unusual Significance with an earthquake, the rending of the temple veil, and the opening of tombs of certain Old Testament saints, who would then be raised following Jesus' resurrection (Matthew 27:51-54 ). Whereas the Synoptics use "signs" in a negative sense as that which unbelieving skeptics demand but do not receive save for the resurrection as the "sign of Jonah" (Matthew 12:38-42 ), John consistently speaks of Jesus' miracles as "signs" meant to lead people to faith in Christ (2:11; 4:54; Signs with seven discourses to form the first major half of his Gospel (1:19-11:57). The Signs require interpretive teaching even as they legitimate Jesus' claims. Apostolic preaching picks up the Old Testament phrase "signs and wonders" to stress the redemptive Significance of Christ's ministry (2:22) and to describe how the first Christians continued that work (4:30; 5:12), as commissioned earlier by Jesus himself. O'Reilly, Word and Sign in the Acts iof the Apostles ; L
Jehoram - Their conscience and superstitious feelings were so roused (probably a divine Sign visibly accompanying this feeling) that they gave up the siege and the subjugation of Moab. The tale of a mother who had slain her child for food, and complained of another mother having hidden hers contrary to agreement, roused Jehoram to rend his clothes; then appeared the hair sackcloth of mourning penitence "within" (mibaait ), a bore Sign without the real repentance of heart, as his threat of murdering Elisha proves, Romans 12:31. He thinks the 25 distinct years assigned to Jehoshaphat a mistake, that 22 is the real number, three being added for the three last years of Asa his father, when incapacitated by disease in the feet he devolved the kingly duties on Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 16:12). The undesigned propriety of the same names appearing as they would naturally do in the allied royal houses of Judah and Israel, e
Touch - —Christ habitually established outward contact with the sick as a Sign and means of healing. ’ It might at first be supposed that there was a slightly more mediatorial Significance about the latter phrases, as though our Lord were rather acting as the delegate of another than on His own authority, but it will be found, on examination of parallel passages, that this distinction cannot be observed. There we see what might be called the victorious vitality of the Incarnate Saviour, whose touch represents not only a Sign of friendliness, but the opening of a channel of life imparting power. 85a), then even to the self-consciousness of Jesus there must have been something deeply Significant about the deliberate touch or imposition of hands on others. —The most vivid instance of this is in the story above referred to of the woman with an issue of blood, where, in the different Gospels, no less than four Greek words are used to depict the thronging of the multitude, so finely distinguished from the Significant touch of faith which brought healing to the sufferer
Gideon - "Angel of Jehovah," but manifested as JEHOVAH) replied, "Go in this thy might (the might now given thee by ME, Isaiah 40:29), and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites; have not I sent thee?" Then followed the requested "sign," the Angel of the Lord with the end of the staff in His hand consuming with fire Gideon's "offering" (minchah ), not a strict sacrifice but a sacrificial gift), the kid and unleavened cakes (compare Genesis 18, the theophany to Abraham very similar). At his prayer the Sign followed, the woolen fleece becoming saturated with dew while the earth around was dry, then the ground around being wet while the fleece was dry. of Jordan, the mount in eastern Palestine cannot be meant; but the phrase was a familiar designation of the Manassites
Monnica - It is a Sign of the popular Christian opinion and usage at the time that she did not bring him as an infant to baptism but merely to the initiation of a catechumen ( Conf. 16), the Sign of the cross and the salting with salt. But Ambrose had forbidden the usage, partly because it was much abused to intemperance, partly (a Significant fact) because it so closely resembled the pagan parentalia
Haggai - Haggai, along with Zechariah, helped Zerubbabel gain the support and help he needed from the returning exiles to carry out his assigned task. Haggai may have viewed the restoration of order by Darius and the appointment of Zerubbabel as a Sign of the end of Gentile rule and preparation for the messianic kingdom
Sabbatical Year - A public ceremony took place which Signified his acceptance of the position in perpetuity. In Deuteronomy 15:1-3 the 7th year is assigned as the period at which all the liabilities of a Jew were suspended (or possibly, as Josephus supposes, entirely cancelled); this provision was to be of universal operation. The reason assigned is that the land, being Jehovah’s land, must keep Sabbath, i. The purposes underlying the ordinances above catalogued may be classified under 4 heads: but it is practically impossible to assign any certain priority of time to any one of the classes. ...
In general we have no Sign that the sabbatical and jubilee provisions were ever strictly observed in Biblical times
Reconcile, Reconciliation - ;" that we were "enemies" not only expresses man's hostile attitude to God but Signifies that until this change of attitude takes place men are under condemnation, exposed to God's wrath. Anger, where there is no personal element, is a Sign of moral health if, and if only, it is accompanied by grief
Sabbath - The day was set apart especially for God and was, in fact, a Sign that the people were bound to God by covenant
Tabernacle - This tabernacle was the symbol of God’s presence, a Sign that God dwelt among his people. ...
The tabernacle was designed so that it could be easily put together, taken apart and transported
Fire - ...
The same imagery of fire as a Sign of God's anger and judgment continues in the New Testament
Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit - Overt, verbal, and conscious repudiation of the fact that God is at work in Jesus Christ accomplishing his designs through the power of the Holy Spirit. ...
Furthermore, the Spirit is the Sign of the new age and the reception of the Spirit is the focus of hope in some Old Testament visions
Tim'Othy - Timothy, though reckoned as one of the seed of Abraham, had been allowed to grow up to the age of manhood without the Sign of circumcision
Nicodemus - " By an undesigned coincidence marking genuineness, Jesus' discourse is tinged, as was His custom (John 6:26-27; John 4:7-14; John 4:35), with a coloring drawn from the incidents of the moment: cf6 "this is the condemnation that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light", etc. working Teacher is not enough for seeing the kingdom of God, Jesus with a twice repeated Amen solemnly declares; there must be new birth from above (margin John 3:3; John 3:5; John 3:7), "of water (the outward Sign) and of the Spirit" (the essential thing, not inseparably joined to the water baptism: Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38 (See BAPTISM)), so that, as an infant just born, the person is a "new creature"; compare Naaman the type, 2 Kings 5:14; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ezekiel 36:25-26
Water (2) - ) its symbolical reference in connexion with the new birth is admitted, but its Significance is uncertain, ‘Except a man be born of water and spirit (ἐξ ὕδατος καὶ πνεύματος), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God’ (John 3:5). ) As a Sign of hospitality or respect (see Genesis 24:32; Genesis 43:24). The act was full of Significance
Confession - John regards a true confession of Christ as a Sign of the presence of the Divine Spirit ( 1 John 4:2 ), a proof of the mutual indwelling of God in man and man in God ( 1 John 4:15 )
Look - The first natural request of a child—‘You are going to tell me about Jesus, then tell me what He was like’—puts a question the Evangelists do not even begin to answer; and in a tale generally so frank and childlike this fact is not without Significance. It is as though every mental image of Christ’s outward appearance were designedly excluded. They were an outward Sign of a lifelong inward attitude
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The following are instances from the Gospels of this way of expressing certainty:—‘Fear ye not, for I am certain that ye are seeking Jesus who was crucified’ (Matthew 28:5); ‘Master, we are certain that thou speakest and teachest straightforwardly’ (Luke 20:21); ‘We speak what we are certain of, and bear evidence of what we have seen’ (John 3:11); ‘No longer do we believe through thy report, for we ourselves have heard and are certain’ (John 4:42); ‘What Sign doeat thou that we may feel certainty, and may trust thee?’ (John 6:30); ‘This is Jesus the son of Joseph; we are certain of his father and mother’ (John 6:42, cf
Lama, Grand - He returns not the least Sign of respect, nor ever speaks even to the greatest princes; but only lays his hand upon their heads, and they are fully persuaded they receive from thence a full forgiveness of all their sins
Fasting (2) - Alluding to a Rabbinic ordinance that all mourning be suspended during the marriage-week, He says that fasting, which is a Sign of mourning, would be inconsistent with the joy which ‘the children of the bride-chamber’ experience ‘while the bridegroom is with them
Fellowship - One Sign of this fellowship is mutual intercession (2 Corinthians 1:11, Colossians 4:3, 2 Thessalonians 3:1), another is the kiss of peace (2 Corinthians 13:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:26)
Turn - The turn may be inverted so as to begin with the lower note, in which case the Sign is either placed on end thus /, or drawn thus /. ) A fall off the ladder at the gallows; a hanging; - so called from the practice of causing the criminal to stand on a ladder which was turned over, so throwing him off, when the Signal was given. ) Form; cast; shape; manner; fashion; - used in a literal or figurative sense; hence, form of expression; mode of Signifying; as, the turn of thought; a man of a sprightly turn in conversation
a'Braham - Thirteen years elapsed, during which Abram still dwelt in Hebron, when the covenant was renewed, and the rite of circumcision established as its Sign. This most important crisis in Abram's life, when he was 99 years old, is marked by the Significant change of his name to Abraham, "father of a multitude;" while his wife's from Sarai became Sarah
Conflagration - The astrologers account for it from a conjunction of all the planets in the Sign Cancer; "as the deluge," say they, "was occasioned by their conjunction in Capricorn
Precious Stones - Moreover, it is very improbable that the stones in the Hebrew ephod were in all instances so precious as the Greek names assigned to them in the Ptolemaic period would seem to indicate. According to the doctrine of ‘signatures,’ each mineral was supposed to be marked by some natural Sign which indicated the particular medicinal use to which it could be put
Silvester, Bishop of Rome - At the council of Arles Silvester was represented by two presbyters, Claudianus and Vitus, and two deacons, Eugenius and Cyriacus, whose names appear in his behalf fifth among the Signatures. In the subscriptions to the decrees Hosius Signs first, but simply as bp. of Cordova, not as in any way representing Rome; after which come those of Vitus and Vincentius, who Sign "pro venerabili viro papa et episcopo nostro, sancto Sylvestro, ita credentes sicut scriptum est
Gilgal - The Significance of this mass ceremony was that circumcision was the Sign of the covenant under which Israel inherited the land (Joshua 5:2-9)
Old Testament (ii. Christ as Student And Interpreter of). - This, however, is not mainly of antiquarian or historical interest, but derives its greatest Significance from the bearing that it has upon the personal thought and action of our Lord. It is always of the greatest interest and Significance to discover the intellectual forces that have moulded any great personality. For instance, in Luke 11:29-30 our Lord says that no Sign shall be given to the men of His own generation save the Sign of Jonah; ‘for even,’ He adds, ‘as Jonah became a Sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of Man be to this generation … the men of Nineveh shall stand up in the judgment with this generation and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold a greater than Jonah is here. ’s understanding of the saying the parallel between Jonah and Christ is that of the preacher of righteonsness, and the result that his preaching had upon his hearers; but when we turn to the parallel in Matthew 12:40, we find the Sign distinctly given as the fact of Jonah’s being three days and nights in the maw of the sea-monster, and as a parallel with the Son of Man’s being three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. He seems to have accepted the history as it stood recorded, and not to have dealt with it in any critical spirit; for what concerned Him most was its spiritual Significance, and this He could best show by accepting the narratives as they stood in the recognized Scripture. Passages from the Psalms were apparently not only frequently upon His lips, but He used their language on various occasions to describe the real Significance of His mission, as when He refers (Matthew 21:42 ||) to the ‘stone which the builders rejected’ as being Significant of Himself, and so consecrated the passage to the later usage of the Church
Flood, the - The Sign of this everlasting covenant is the rainbow, which is not primarily for humankind, but for God to see and "remember" the covenant he has made with the earth (Genesis 9:16 ). The flood is also a type of the final eschatological judgment at the end of the world, and the conditions of pre-flood morality provide Signs of the endtimes (Matthew 24:37-39 ; 1618387267_11 ; 2 Peter 2:5,9 ; 3:5-7 ). ...
Many lines of biblical evidence converge in affirming the universal extent of the flood and also reveal the theological Significance of this conclusion: (1) the trajectory of major themes in Genesis 1-11 creation, fall, plan of redemption, spread of sinis universal in scope and calls for a matching universal judgment; (2) the genealogical lines from both Adam (Genesis 4:17-26 ; 5:1-31 ) and Noah (Genesis 10:1-32 ; 11:1-9 ) are exclusive in nature, indicating that as Adam was father of all preflood humanity, so Noah was father of all postflood humanity; (3) the same inclusive divine blessing to be fruitful and multiply is given to both Adam and Noah (Genesis 1:28 ; 9:1 ); (4) the covenant (Genesis 9:9-10 ) and its rainbow Sign (Genesis 9:12-17 ) are clearly linked with the extent of the flood (Genesis 9:16,18 ); if there was only a local flood, then the covenant would be only a limited covenant; (5) the viability of God's promise (Genesis 9:15 ; cf
Unconscious Faith - Only so shall we appreciate the welcome He always showed for every Sign of unconscious faith. He was condemning the contemporary generation in Galilee for its want of faith shown in the repeated demand for a ‘sign. And this unconscious faith of heathens is deemed worthy to shame and condemn the faithlessness of the generation which demurred to Christ’s claims, and demanded Signs
Luke, Gospel of - It hardly seems likely that Luke would have failed to record this Significant event. Assigning a date to the Gospel later than A. Some see Luke-Acts as an apology for the Christian faith, a defense of it designed to show Roman authorities that Christianity posed no political threat. John's birth a Sign of God's faithfulness (Luke 1:57-80 ). The Son of Man is the only Sign of the kingdom (Luke 11:29-32 )
Wages - Abram obeys the divine call, leaving Mesopotamia for Canaan, but requires a Sign that the promise is to be fulfilled. In Genesis 15 God gives the Sign by formally ratifying a covenant with Abram guaranteeing both descendants and land
Abraham - ) Up to Genesis 17:4-5, his being sealed with circumcision, the Sign of the covenant, ABRAM (father of elevation). ...
Hence he passes into direct covenant relation with God, confirmed by the Sign of the burning lamp (compare Isaiah 62:1) passing between the divided pieces of a heifer, she goat, and ram, and accompanied by the revelation that his posterity are to be afflicted in a foreign land 400 years, then to come forth and conquer Canaan when the iniquity of the Amorites shall be full. The promise now advances a stage further in explicitness, being definitely assigned to a son to be born of Sarah. The passionate intercession was probably prompted by feeling for his kinsman Lot, who was in Sodom, for he intercedes only for Sodom, not also for Gomorrah, an undesigned propriety, a mark of genuineness
Brotherhood (2) - A vital union is established between them and Him, the Significance of which is indicated by the figure of the vine and the branches (John 15:1-8). Peter’s new name is a Sign of it (John 1:42); the ‘Israelite indeed in whom is no guile’ is a condensed description of the new man (John 1:47; cf. That is the negative side, the turning from the old; the positive, the turning to the new, is indicated by the place assigned to the disciples in the record. What was there taught in the veiled language of Sign is taught plainly and explicitly in Matthew 12:46-50 and Mark 3:31-35. But those who are one in Christ must regard them not as Signs of inferiority and superiority, or grounds of pride and servility, but as means of mutual helpfulness, and as all necessary to the general well-being
Cross, Cross-Bearing - For the archaeological and magical history of the Sign of the cross outside as well as within the pale of Christianity, see Zöckler’s Das Kreuz Christi (1875 [1]), Goblet d’Alviclla’s Migration of Symbols (1894), and his art. Paul found that Christ crucified was to the Sign-seeking Jews a stumbling-block (1 Corinthians 1:23)
Elesbaan, a King, Hermit, And Saint of Ethiopia - He found the garrison forewarned and the gates closed; nor were they opened at his threats, when coming to the wall and holding up a wooden cross he swore that all who would not blaspheme the Crucified and insult the Sign of His suffering should die. He received Justinian's letter with every Sign of respect, and began to prepare his forces to take part in the Persian war even before Julian was dismissed from his court with the kiss of peace (Johannis Malalae, Chronographia , xviii
Joseph And Mary - And this, I feel sure, was the Scripture appointed to be read in the synagogue that day: "Ask thee a Sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a Sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. The Holy Ghost in guiding the researches of Luke, and in superintending the composition of the Third Gospel, especially Signalises the depth and the piety and the peace of Mary's mind
Jordanis, Historian of the Goths - After the issue of the Three Chapters by Justinian, which Vigilius apparently dared not Sign when in Italy, the pope was summoned to Constantinople, which he reached on Christmas Day, 547. At Constantinople he was much persecuted by the emperor and his party, who tried to force him to Sign a confession of faith in accordance with their views
Hour - An appointed time for meeting or for religious festival, a brief moment of time, one twelfth of the day or of the night, and in the Gospel of John the Significant period of Jesus' saving mission on earth from His triumphal entry until His death and resurrection. It also designates a period of time, somewhat flexible in duration, one twelfth of the daylight hours and one twelfth of the night, a day being divided into the two periods (or watches) of light and darkness beginning at sunrise, making the seventh hour (John 4:52 ) about one p. Although His “hour” had not arrived, Jesus proceeded to perform His first Sign, changing water to choice wine, thus manifesting His “glory” (John 2:11 ). The narrator informed the reader that this is only the beginning of Signs (John 2:11 ). Still, His “hour” was yet to come, as were additional “signs. ”...
In His conversation with the woman at Sychar (John 4:1-42 ) Jesus referred again to a coming “hour” (John 4:21 ,John 4:21,4:23 ), a time when Jerusalem and Gerizim, the holy sites of Jews and Samaritans, respectively, would lose their Significance, for worship—would be “in Spirit and truth. Thus far in the narrative, the reader has heard of Jesus' coming “hour” in which His glory will be manifested, Jerusalem and Gerizim will lose their Significance, and life will be provided for the dead. ...
The Johannine theme of Jesus' “hour” makes a Significant theological contribution to the Gospel
le'Vites - As the tabernacle was the Sign of the presence among the people of their unseen King, so the Levites were, among the other tribes of Israel, as the royal guard that waited exclusively on him. It was obviously essential for their work as the bearers and guardians of the sacred tent that there should be a fixed assignment of duties; and now accordingly we meet with the first outlines of the organization which afterward became permanent. (Numbers 18:21,24,26 ; Nehemiah 10:37 ) Distinctness and diffusion were both to be secured by the assignment to the whole tribe of forty-eight cities, with an outlying "suburb," (Numbers 35:2 ) of meadowland for the pasturage of their flocks and herds. ( Joshua 9:27 ) As soon as the conquerors had advanced far enough to proceed to a partition of the country, the forty-eight cities were assigned to them. ) The revolt of the ten tribes, and the policy pursued by Jeroboam, who wished to make the priests the creatures and instruments of the king, and to establish a provincial and divided worship, caused them to leave the cities assigned to them in the territory of Israel, and gather round the metropolis of Judah
Consecrate - Of persons, the priests most frequently receive the designation "holy. The Sabbath is also a Sign of holiness (Exodus 31:13 — that Israel will realize it is Yahweh who is making them different for himself )
Satan - (This view is premised on the idea that there is a difference in this being while he is still in heaven, rather than being cast out and being assigned to the realm of earth. Paul spoke of his being sent to turn people "from the power of Satan to God" (Acts 26:18 ), and that the works of the "lawless one (were) in accordance with the work of Satan, " in doing sham miracles, Signs, and wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9 ). ...
Jesus spoke of seeing Satan "fall like lightning from heaven" (Luke 10:18 ), a fall not identified but spoken of within the context of demons being cast out—a Sign of Satan's loss of authority
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For the prophets, the failure of Israel and Judah to stand against the opposing nations served as a Sign of God's judgment against his people rather than the superiority of the nations themselves
Sight - Sign). That men should have the capacity of vision and yet be blind to the true Significance of Himself and His work, was a sincere embarrassment to Him (Mark 8:18). Our Lord’s use of saliva, or of saliva and clay, had no connexion with these as physical remedies, but may have been designed to encourage the mind of the patients, who were familiar with the remedy. And it is Significant that all the action of Jesus was upon the psychical side. the means used in Mark 8:22-26, and for the deaf mute in Mark 7:31-35, the Signs employed being evidently meant for the one to be restored. Considering the wide difference in the standpoint of the two writers, this is most Significant, and indicates clearly that both descriptions are drawn from life, and that the actual method of Jesus was remembered and so far understood as to be regarded as memorable
Gift, Giving - Its acceptance was the Sign of favour and of the granting of the request ( Judges 13:23 , 2 Chronicles 7:1 ); its rejection, of disfavour ( Genesis 4:4 , Malachi 1:10 ). The gift of a rohe, or other article from the person, was of special Significance ( 1 Samuel 18:4 )
Dish - Matthew in making Jesus, by a Sign (ἐκεῖνός ἐστιν ᾧ ἐγὼ βάψω τὸ ψωμίον καὶ δώσω αὐτῷ, John 13:26), point him out to his fellow-disciples
Leper, Leprosy - (Leviticus 13:10,14,15 ) was a critical Sign of pollution. (Leviticus 13:12,13 ) These two opposite criteria seem to show that whilst the disease manifested activity, the Mosaic law imputed pollution to and imposed segregation on the suffered, but that the point at which it might be viewed as having run its course was the Signal for his readmission to communion. (Geikie in his "Life of Christ" says: "Leprosy Signifies smiting , because it was supposed to be a direct visitation of Heaven. New-born babes of leprous parents are often as pretty and as healthy in appearance as any; but by and by its presence and workings become visible in some of the Signs described in the thirteenth chapter of Leviticus
Jeroboam - " To confirm the truth of this threatening, the prophet also added a Sign, namely, that the altar should immediately be rent asunder, and the ashes and every thing upon it poured upon the earth
Sacrament - But a more confined Signification of this word by degrees prevailed, and in that stricter sense it has been always used by the divines of modern times. The greater part of Protestants, therefore, following an expression of the Apostle, Romans 4:11 , when he is speaking of circumcision, consider the sacraments as not only Signs, but also seals, of the covenant of grace. For, while they hold that the sacraments yield no benefit to those upon whom the Signs employed in them do not produce the proper moral effect, they regard these Signs as intended to represent an inward invisible grace, which proceeds from him by whom they are appointed, and as pledges that that grace will be conveyed to all in whom the moral effect is produced. Hence, that any rite may come up to our idea of a sacrament, we require in it, not merely a vague and general resemblance between the external matter which is the visible substance of the rite, and the thing thereby Signified, but also words of institution, and a promise by which the two are connected together: and hence we reject five of the seven sacraments that are numbered in the church of Rome, because in some of the five we do not find any matter without which there is not that Sign which enters into our definition of a sacrament; and in others we do not find any promise connecting the matter used with the grace said to be thereby Signified, although upon this connection the essence of a sacrament depends
Miracle - Also called a Sign, wonder, or mighty work, Acts 2:32 ; a work so superseding in its higher forms the established laws of nature as to evince the special interposition of God. A miracle is to be distinguished from wonders wrought by designing men through artful deceptions, occult sciences, or laws of nature unknown except to adepts
Corinthians, First And Second, Theology of - One of the clear-cut Signs that the kingdom of God has come to earth is the formation of the church, the new people of God (1 Corinthians 1:2 ; 2 Corinthians 1:1 ). Both names, "church" and "saints, " recall the nomenclature of the Old Testament people of God, the Jews, and Signify that New Testament believers represented the reconstruction of spiritual Israel (cf. On the contrary, those who emphasize exterior glory and look upon suffering with chagrin, thinking that Christians are "divine men" displaying miraculous Signs and wonders, are actually the false apostles (see 2 Corinthians 5:12 ; 11:13-15 ). According to Paul and the early church, the Spirit is the Sign par excellence that the age to come has arrived. Spiritual gifts serve as visible proof that the Spirit indwells believers and, as such, are a Sign that the age to come has dawned. The gifts of faith (1 Corinthians 12:9 ; 13:2 ), miracles (1 Corinthians 12:10,28 ), and healings (1 Corinthians 12:9,28 ) continued the powerful ministry of Jesus through his church, and Signaled the invasion of the earth by the messianic kingdom. The Corinthian letters affirm this fundamental perception of Paul that the church is yet another Sign that the age to come has already dawned, though it is not yet complete
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The birth of children was a Sign of God's favor bestowed upon a good woman. A particular Sign of God's favor was the birth of male children (Genesis 29:31-30:24 ). Several women—including Miriam, Deborah, Huldah, and Esther—earned the respect and admiration of the Israelite nation by playing a Significant role in times of national crisis. Jesus' manner in His interactions with women is at least as Significant as His teachings about woman
Peter - In so early designating the son of Jonas a rock, his Master was but antedating some of Simon's coming and most characteristic graces. And there is no surer Sign that the same mind that was found in Jesus Christ is taking possession of one of His disciples than that he more and more manifests a keen, kindling, enthusiastic temper toward whatsoever persons and causes are honest, and just, and pure, and lovely, and of good report; just as there is nothing more unlike the mind and heart of Jesus Christ than the mind and heart of a man who cares for none of these things. And there is no surer Sign of an evangelically penitent and a truly spiritual man than this-that his prosperity in life always calls back to him his past sins and his abiding ill-desert
Hormisdas, Bishop of Rome - (2) A like declaration should be publicly Signed by the Eastern bishops, who should also anathematize Nestorius, Eutyches, Dioscorus, Aelurus, Peter Mongus, Peter the Fuller, and Acacius, with all their followers. They were charged with a rule of faith (regula fidei ) for the Signature of all who desired reconciliation with Rome which was more exacting than any previous document. The Signers were to declare that, mindful of the text "Thou art Peter," etc. They carried with them the libellus described above, to be Signed by all who desired reconciliation. The patriarch proved unwilling to Sign it as it stood; but at length, after much contention, it was agreed that he might embody the libellus unaltered in a letter, with his own preamble. of Thessalonica, tore the libellus in two before the people, and declared that never would he Sign it or assent to such as did
Roman Catholics - Peter himself, as the name Signifies, and not his confession, as the Protestants explain it. "Matrimony," say they, "is here the Sign of a holy thing, and therefore it is a sacrament. They make use of the Sign of the cross in all their sacraments, to give us to understand, that they have their whole force and efficacy from the cross
Joshua - Probably he even in Egypt was recognized as an officer among his brethren; for at his first public act, choosing and leading picked men of Israel against the attacking Amalekites at Rephidim (Exodus 17:9) he is introduced abruptly without description as one already well known by the designation Joshua (not Hoshea) given by anticipation. Moses by laying on hands added the formal and public Sign, and instrumentally gave him thereby more of "the spirit of wisdom. " The previous receiving of inward grace does not dispense with the outward Sign (Numbers 27:18-23; Acts 9:1-18; Acts 10:44-48). Timnath Serah in Ephraim was assigned to Joshua himself," the city which he asked" (Joshua 19:49)
Sabbath - The Sabbath was a perpetual Sign and covenant, and the holiness of the day is collected with the holiness of the people; "that ye may know that I am Jehovah that doth sanctify you
Expiation, Propitiation - His love Signifies that the sinner can be accepted if the claims of divine holiness are recognized. God calls us to demonstrate our gratefulness for His self-sacrifice by leading lives of holiness, lives that give the world a Sign and witness of God's great love for us shown in Jesus Christ
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Acknowledging the Son...
One Sign of the work of God in people’s lives is their acknowledgment that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Matthew 11:27; Matthew 16:16-17; 1 John 5:10)
Money - The "thousand pieces of silver" which Abimelech gave Abraham (Genesis 20:16) were of this kind; so the 400 shekels "weighed" by Abraham to Ephron (Genesis 23:3; Genesis 23:9; Genesis 23:16), "current (money) with the merchant"; implying that the silver was in some conventional shapes, with a rude Sign to mark its weight
Fig Tree - " While it was supposed that this expression Signified, that the time for such trees to bring forth fruit was not yet come, it looked very unaccountable that Christ should reckon a tree barren, though it had leaves, and curse it as such, when he knew that the time of bearing figs was not come; and that he should come to seek figs on this tree, when he knew that figs were not used to be ripe so soon in the year. But the expression does not Signify the time of the coming forth of figs, but the time of the gathering in of ripe figs, as is plain from the parallel expressions. Thus, "the time of the fruit,"...
Matthew 21:34 , most plainly Signifies the time of gathering in ripe fruits, since the servants were sent to receive those fruits for their master's use. Mark says, that "the time or season of figs was not yet," he evidently means that the time of gathering ripe figs was not yet past; and, if so, it was natural to expect figs upon all those trees that were not barren; whereas, after the time of gathering figs, no one would expect to find them on a fig tree, and its having none then would be no Sign of barrenness. Mark, by saying, "For the time of figs was not yet," does not design to give a reason for "his finding nothing but leaves;" but he gives a reason for what he said in the clause before: "He came, if haply he might find any thereon;" and it was a good reason for our Saviour's coming and seeking figs on the tree, because the time for their being gathered was not come. Thus, in this very evangelist: "They said among themselves, Who shall roll away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? and when they looked, they saw the stone was rolled away; for it was very great:" Mark 16:3-4 ; where its being very great is not assigned as a reason of its being rolled away, but of the women's wishing for some one to roll it away for them
Waterpot - The filling of the vessels with water was part of the ‘sign,’ and pointed to the fulfilling of the Law (cf. ’ This may have been designed to show that the preparation of the Law was now complete. The number and capacity of the vessels, and their being utilized for ‘the purifying of the Jews,’ may thus be regarded as providentially ordered circumstances, designed to bring out the Significance of Jesus’ act in its relation to the Law. 3818; Land and Book, 576; Lane, Mod, Egyptians5 [3] , i
Hades - The rich man recalls his fate and that of his family, and cries out in distress for Abraham to send them a Sign and relieve his punishment, but to no avail. The unrighteous are held in punishment and wicked angels are imprisoned in Tartarus, a Greek term designating the lowest part of Hades (Ephesians 4:7-10 ; 2 Peter 2:4,9 ; Jude 6 ). The New Testament does Significantly modify the Old Testament concept of Hades as a shadowy abode of all the dead
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But the refusal of the message of the apostles by many of those who by birth were Jews led to a change in the use of the term, which gives us what we may call the metaphorical or spiritual Significance of the word. They had the Sign of circumcision
Self-Examination - And again, there is a sense in which to be always fingering one’s motives is a Sign rather of an unwholesome preoccupation with self than of the eagerness in disinterested service which helps forward mankind’ (T
Jew - "These curses shall be upon thee for a Sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed
Caesar - To Archelaus were assigned Judaea, Samaria, and Idumaea—not as king, but as ethnarch; to Antipas, Galilee and Peraea as tetrarch; Batanaea, Trachonitis, Auranitis, Gaulanitis, and Paneas to Philip, also as tetrarch (Josephus Ant. ’ This tax was exacted annually, and as the Jews were not yet subject to military conscription, it formed the chief Sign of their subjection to the Roman yoke
Beauty - With the Israelites, and in the East generally, beauty was esteemed rather as a Sign of dignity and noble birth (Judges 8:18), and beautiful things were valued as the accessories of official decoration. Under (3) Liddon, Bampton Lectures8 [3] , p
Doxology - The words and attendant conditions of the life of Jesus so impressed the people that a new hope was born in them, and they praised God for Signs of His returning favour to Israel through this prophet. ...
(b) The second term is almost invariably δόξα (‘glory’), either alone or with some Significant addition (Ephesians 3:21), the chief exceptions being 1 Timothy 6:16 (‘honour and power’), 1 Peter 5:11 (‘the dominion’). ) may possibly be traced back to Matthew 28:19, but there is no other Sign of it in the NT. ]'>[1] 3 [2] vol
Caesarius, Bishop of Arles - Augustine, are by the Benedictine editors assigned to Caesarius (Appendix to tom. " On the express ground that these doctrines are as needful for the laity as for the clergy, certain distinguished laymen ( illustres ac magnifci viri ) were invited to Sign these canons
Sanhedrim - Others will have it, that the council of seventy elders, established by Moses, was temporary, and did not hold after his death; adding, that we find no Sign of any such perpetual and infallible tribunal throughout the whole Old Testament; and that the sanhedrim was first set up in the time when the Maccabees, or Asmoneans, took upon themselves the administration of the government under the title of high priests, and afterward of kings, that is, after the persecution of Antiochus
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Pre-Christian baptism...
Although it had great Significance in the birth and growth of the church as recorded in Acts, baptism was practised before this. God’s covenant with Abraham, for example, included his household, and the males within that household were circumcised as the formal Sign that they were part of that covenant (Genesis 17:4; Genesis 17:7; Genesis 17:10-14; Genesis 21:4; see CIRCUMCISION; COVENANT)
Doxology - The words and attendant conditions of the life of Jesus so impressed the people that a new hope was born in them, and they praised God for Signs of His returning favour to Israel through this prophet. ...
(b) The second term is almost invariably δόξα (‘glory’), either alone or with some Significant addition (Ephesians 3:21), the chief exceptions being 1 Timothy 6:16 (‘honour and power’), 1 Peter 5:11 (‘the dominion’). ) may possibly be traced back to Matthew 28:19, but there is no other Sign of it in the NT. ]'>[1] 3 [2] vol
Phylacteries - ) or metaphorically (so Ibn Ezra, Rashbam, the Karaites, Jerome, Lyra, Calvin, Hengstenberg, Knobel, Keil, and Kennedy in Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible ); some assign a metaphorical meaning to the passages in Ex. The first explicit reference, and that to the hand phylactery, is in the letter of the pseudo-Aristeas, the date of which is variously assigned between 200 and 100 b. ...
In the later Jewish writers, phylacteries play a great part; their manufacture and use are elaborately described, and their Significance and importance dwelt upon at length. According to the Kabbala, they were Significant of the wisdom, reason, and greatness of God. The box part was placed above the elbow on the inside of the left arm where it would press against the heart, a fact to which Significance was given (Deuteronomy 6:6). It was the vain extension of the outward Sign of an unreal religion that our Lord rebuked; it marked the externality and hollowness of contemporary Pharisaism
Abram - Children born in this manner had the privileges of legitimacy; but fourteen years afterward, when Abraham was a hundred years old, and Sarah ninety, the Lord appeared to him again, established his covenant with him and with his seed, changed his name to Abraham, "the father of many nations," promised that Sarah herself should bring forth the son to whom the preceding promises had referred; instituted circumcision as the Sign of the covenant; and changed the name of his wife from Sarai, my princess, to Sarah, the princess, that is, of many people to descend from her. Abimelech took her to his house, designing to marry her; but God having, in a dream, informed him that she was Abraham's wife, he returned her to him with great presents. But a visible church relation was established between Abraham's family and the Most High, Signified by the visible and distinguishing sacrament of circumcision, and followed by new and enlarged revelations of truth. A covenant of gratuitous justification through faith was made with him and his believing descendants; and the rite of circumcision, which was not confined to his posterity by Sarah, but appointed in every branch of his family, was the Sign or sacrament of this covenant of grace, and so remained till it was displaced by the sacraments appointed by Christ. Wherever that Sign was it declared the doctrine, and offered the grace, of this covenant—free justification by faith, and its glorious results—to all the tribes that proceeded from Abraham
Christ in Mohammedan Literature - Thy Lord hath said, Easy is this with me, and we will make him a Sign to mankind and a mercy from me; for it is a thing decreed. ” And she made a Sign to them, pointing towards the babe. And he shall be a Sign of the last hour’ (vv. ...
‘To Jesus, the son of Mary, we gave manifest Signs, and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit’ (v. 3 a miracle is also referred to—...
‘ “How have I come,” he will say, “to you with a Sign from your Lord; out of clay will I make for you, as it were, the figure of a bird; and I will breathe into it, and it shall become, by God’s leave, a bird. In the works of these writers the name of ‘Isâ figures very frequently, the sayings and doings assigned to Him being sometimes traceable to the Gospels, but often assigned in different works to a variety of persons
Matthew, Gospel According to - Jesus refers to the Sign of Jonah and to the repentance of the Ninevites, to whom, by his preaching, Jonah was a Sign; but the First Evangelist sees (with justice) a type of our Lord’s Resurrection in the story of Jonah in the belly of the whale ( Matthew 12:39 ff. On the other hand, Matthew, as an Apostle, was a sufficiently prominent person for an anonymous work to be assigned to him, especially if he had written a work which was one of its sources
Cain (1) - God "set a mark upon," or set a Sign for, "Cain," (what it was we know not) to assure him of safety from the blood avenger (Judges 6:17; Isaiah 7:14)
Baptism, Christian - An ordinance immediately instituted by Christ (Matthew 28:19,20 ), and designed to be observed in the church, like that of the Supper, "till he come. These were effected by immersion, and by affusion and sprinkling; and the same word, "washings" (Hebrews 9:10,13,19,21 ) or "baptisms," designates them all. ...
The gospel and its ordinances are designed for the whole world, and it cannot be supposed that a form for the administration of baptism would have been prescribed which would in any place (as in a tropical country or in polar regions) or under any circumstances be inapplicable or injurious or impossible. Circumcision was the Sign and seal of their membership
Tongues, Gift of - Nor, it may be added, within the limits assigned the providence of God to the working of the apostolic Church,was such a gift necessary. "Tongues are for a Sign," not to believers, but to those who do not believe; yet the effect on unbelievers is not that of attracting, but of repelling. John, they are altogether absent, and this is in itself Significant
Magic - Miracles were merely Signs validating the mission of the prophet, who did not work by his skill but by the power of Yahweh (Exodus 3:14-17 ; Deuteronomy 13:2-3 ; Judges 6:17,36 ; 1 Kings 18:36 ; Isaiah 7:10-11 ). The burning of books on magic arts (2 Kings 5:11 ) was seen as a Sign that the word of the Lord was growing. Seducers (a term that probably Signified a spell-binding magician 2 Timothy 3:13 ) were thought by Paul to be deceived, and Paul claimed figuratively that the Galatians had been bewitched (Galatians 3:1 )
Burial - The empty grave-clothes, out of which the Risen Lord had passed, became thus a Sign not only that no violence had been offered to His body by human hands, but also a parable of the true meaning of His Resurrection: ‘all that was of Jesus of Nazareth has suffered its change and is gone. Milligan, The Resurrect ion of our Lord4 [1] , p. ]'>[3] 3 [1] ; Edersheim, Sketches of Jewish Social Life, p
Blood - -Among its simplest designations, ‘blood’ represents the blood which flows From wounds in the body (Acts 22:20); the extremity of human endurance of evil (Hebrews 12:4). The phrase ‘flesh and blood’ Signifies the lower sensuous nature (1 Corinthians 15:50; cf. The reason for the edict was doubtless that assigned for the earlier restriction, that ‘the life of all flesh is in the blood’ (Leviticus 17:14). It may also Signify the unpitying violence with which men treat their fellows (Romans 3:15). (5) It Signifies the life given up for an atonement, both as presented to God and as having reconciling virtue for men (Hebrews 9:7; Hebrews 10:4; 1618387267_80; Hebrews 13:11 f. ), so the blood of Christ Signifies that all that which pertains to salvation in the heavenly sanctuary into which both He and His followers enter has been for ever purified in His blood (Hebrews 9:22 ff. (c) It is the Sign and pledge of Christ’s free surrender of Himself to His atoning death (Hebrews 9:12-14, Revelation 1:5), and symbolizes the experience through which Jesus must pass on His way to perfected communion with God and the final stage of His mediatorial agency (Hebrews 10:19; Hebrews 13:12, 1 John 5:6-8; cf. It could not but be that a ceremony, the meaning of which was so deeply embedded in the religions experience of the race, and which was so well fitted to symbolize the solemn consecration to mutual obligations, should find its Significance completely expressed in the blood of Christ through which God would reunite Himself in even more spiritual bonds to the lives of Christ’s followers
Amos - It may appear strange that the corruption of Israelite society could be traced to its contemporary religious structures and to the material prosperity which Israelites so often interpreted as a Sign of divine favor
Head - ...
To “lift up one’s own head” may be a Sign of declaring one’s innocence: “If I be wicked, woe unto me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. ...
With the verb rum (“to raise”), rô'sh can Signify the victory and power of an enthroned king—God will “lift up [1] head,” or exert His rule ( Significance meaning “beginning” or “first
Blood - -Among its simplest designations, ‘blood’ represents the blood which flows From wounds in the body (Acts 22:20); the extremity of human endurance of evil (Hebrews 12:4). The phrase ‘flesh and blood’ Signifies the lower sensuous nature (1 Corinthians 15:50; cf. The reason for the edict was doubtless that assigned for the earlier restriction, that ‘the life of all flesh is in the blood’ (Leviticus 17:14). It may also Signify the unpitying violence with which men treat their fellows (Romans 3:15). (5) It Signifies the life given up for an atonement, both as presented to God and as having reconciling virtue for men (Hebrews 9:7; Hebrews 10:4; Hebrews 10:18-22; Hebrews 13:11 f. ), so the blood of Christ Signifies that all that which pertains to salvation in the heavenly sanctuary into which both He and His followers enter has been for ever purified in His blood (Hebrews 9:22 ff. (c) It is the Sign and pledge of Christ’s free surrender of Himself to His atoning death (Hebrews 9:12-14, Revelation 1:5), and symbolizes the experience through which Jesus must pass on His way to perfected communion with God and the final stage of His mediatorial agency (Hebrews 10:19; Hebrews 13:12, 1 John 5:6-8; cf. It could not but be that a ceremony, the meaning of which was so deeply embedded in the religions experience of the race, and which was so well fitted to symbolize the solemn consecration to mutual obligations, should find its Significance completely expressed in the blood of Christ through which God would reunite Himself in even more spiritual bonds to the lives of Christ’s followers
John, Gospel of - He used this material to teach spiritual truth by showing what the chosen incidents Signified. For this reason he called the incidents ‘signs’ (e. John 2:1-11; John 4:46-54; John 6:1-14; John 11:1-44; see SignS). ...
Because the Signs were designed to show that Jesus was the messianic Son of God (John 20:30-31), they were often followed by long debates with the Jews (e. ...
The contrast between John and the other Gospel writers is seen when one of John’s ‘signs’ is recorded also in the other Gospels. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus (1:19-28) and then baptized him (1:29-34), after which Jesus called his first disciples (1:35-51), presented his first ‘sign’ to them (2:1-11), then went to Jerusalem and cleansed the temple (2:12-25)
Simplicius, Bishop of Rome - ...
Acacius, by inducing the emperor to confirm the 28th canon of Chalcedon by a special edict, hoped to make it plain that the eminence and authority thereby assigned to his see were still maintained and had not been conceded to the remonstrances of pope Leo. Acacius refused to Sign it
Revelation (2) - 15): ‘The visible supernatural is the appropriate witness to, the outward Sign of, the invisible supernatural—that proof which goes straight to the point; and, a token being wanted of a Divine communication, is that token. ’ Taking this view of miracles and of revelation, it has been sought to distinguish natural from revealed religion by the circumstance that miraculous Signs are not needed to guarantee the truth of the former, which commends itself at once to man’s reason, while they are necessary to confirm our belief in the doctrines of the latter, which are not discoverable by our unassisted faculties, and which may be surprising and even unwelcome to faith. ) It is true that a revelation of new truths requires to be certified to the intellect as valid, but it is not the anomalousness or the inexplicability of the circumstances in which it is given that supplies such certificate; it is their Significance. A ‘sign’ need not necessarily be ‘miraculous’ (see art. ‘Sign’ in Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible ), although it may have this character (see ‘Miracle,’ ib. The context, so to speak, of revelation helps to disclose its meaning and purpose, and thus enables us to refer it to its true author; but the Significance of the context may depend upon concurrences and combinations, none of which, taken separately, need be abnormal or even unusual. ) The revelation itself may be conveyed by these ‘signs’ which in fact constitute it. Their interpretation leads to new thoughts of God and man, undiscoverable, or at any rate undiscovered, without them; and thus it is that ‘signs’such as the resurrection of Christ (which would be classed as miraculous) or the moral beauty of His life (which some would not regard as necessarily a miracle) form the premises of Christian theology (cf. If the minute and careful study of the OT history and literature, which has occupied the best thoughts of so many of our best Christian scholars for 40 years, had taught us nothing but this, we should still have learnt a lesson of the most far-reaching Significance—a lesson which is full of hope and inspiration
Jeremiah, Theology of - ...
The indisputable lordship of God over history is poignantly made through the repeated designation (more than eighty times) of God as "the Lord of hosts" (NIV "God Almighty"). Significantly, Egypt, with a history of oppression, heads this roll call of nations. God employs every means—verbal appeals (11:4), warnings (15:7), and Sign-acts—to mend a covenant that is breaking. ...
Yet God was not bound, as another Sign-act makes clear, even with a covenant virtually shattered, to proceed with implementing the covenant consequences (18:1-12)
Transubstantiation - Among these was the celebrated Johannes Scotus, who laid the axe to the root of the tree, and, shaking off all that figurative language which had been so sadly abused, distinctly and powerfully stated, that the bread and wine used in the eucharist were the Signs or symbols of the absent body and blood of Christ. That solemn service was now viewed as an actual sacrifice or offering of the body of Christ for the sins of men, and the elevation of the host was held forth as calling for the adoration and worship of believers; so that an ordinance mercifully designed to preserve the pure influence of the most spiritual and elevated religion, became the instrument, in the hands of ignorant or corrupt men, of introducing the most senseless and degrading idolatry. Powerful accordingly as most deservedly was his ascendency, and great as was the veneration with which he was contemplated, he was upon this point happily opposed; his colleague, the celebrated Carlostadt, openly avowing, that when our Lord said of the bread, "This is my body," he pointed to his own person, and thus taught that the bread was merely the Sign or emblem of it. At the commencement of the controversy respecting the eucharist among the defenders of the Protestant faith, there seem to have been only two opinions, that of Luther, asserting that the body and blood of Christ were actually with the bread and wine, and that of Zuinglius, OEcolampadius, and Bucer, that the bread and wine were the emblems or Signs of Christ's body and blood, no other advantage being derived from partaking of them than the moral effect naturally resulting from the commemoration of an event so awful and so deeply interesting as the crucifixion of our Redeemer. In the thirty-nine articles, the present creed of the English church, it is said of this ordinance: "The supper of the Lord is not only a Sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another, but rather it is a sacrament of our redemption by Christ's death; insomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith receive the same, the bread which we break is a partaking of the body of Christ, and likewise the cup is a partaking of the blood of Christ. Bell, in a treatise denominated "An Attempt to ascertain the Authority, Nature, and Design of the Lord's Supper
Sabbath - Religious Significance of the Sabbath . In Ezekiel and the Law of Holiness the Sabbath (as has just been observed) is conceived as an arbitrary Sign of the covenant between Jahweh and Israel, and of the individual’s fidelity to that covenant. It is Significant also that the decree of the Council of Jerusalem does not impose the observance of the Sabbath on the Gentile Churches ( Acts 15:29 )
Tomb, Grave, Sepulchre - To allow a stranger to be buried in the family tomb was a Sign of the very greatest magnanimity and love (Matthew 27:60, Genesis 23:6). ]'>[2] 3 [3] , ‘Beerdigung’ in Hamburger’s RE Inheritance - The inheritance of Canaan Signified the secure possession of the land, as the gift of God to His people. The Hebrew mind invested all social and political institutions with a religious Significance. And inasmuch as the validity of the covenant implied the continuance of Divine favour, the inheritance of the Holy Land was viewed as the outward and visible Sign of God’s presence and power among His own
Jude, Epistle of - The Church need not be surprised by this attack, since it was foretold by the Apostles as a Sign of the end, but should resist the disintegrating influence of these essentially unspiritual persons
Glory (2) - And the familiar ascription ‘Glory to God’ would imply not only a right human praise, but the assigning to God of what He truly is, for nothing higher can be given Him. But in John 2:11 and John 11:40 he is evidently describing some revelation to the inward eye of what Christ essentially is, some intuition of His Divine power (only suggested by a visible ‘sign’) borne in upon the soul of the believer
Hunger - ...
It is not without Significance that not only have we this mystic union adumbrated by the Synoptists which is elaborated and, inchoatively at least, systematized by St. Just as in man’s physical life hunger is a Sign of health, and becomes an evil only when its cravings cannot be satisfied, so Jesus counts those blessed whose soul’s health is robust enough to cause them to cry out from hunger after righteousness (note the peculiar construction which has the accusative τὴν δικαιοσύνην after πεινῶντες instead of the genitive of classical writers; cf
Luke (2) - Monsignor Mercati, of the Vatican Library, has found an instance even of the nominative, on the sarcophagus of Concordius at Arles, matteus marcus lucanvs ioannes (ib. ’ The Macedonians did not differ from other Greeks in their appearance or dress, and why should the author conceal the name of the Macedonian, if not from modesty? The present writer can feel no doubt that Luke and Paul met in Troas, and conversed together, expectant of a Sign of the Spirit’s will; that, as the result of their impressive talk, St. Paul the Traveller and the Roman Citizen8 [3] , the most sympathetic study of Luke in existence. Luke 3 [3] ; cf
Isaiah, Book of - Immanuel, Son of David, is introduced as a Sign for faith, when unbelief was seeking a confederacy
Assyria - Joachim Menant, who gives as an instance one Sign which may be read kal , rip , dan, or lip , being one of the Signs called 'polyphones
Deaf And Dumb - The acutest form of these maladies is seen when congenital; then the link is observed at its closest: the maladies, so to speak, draw into one, and the remedies which surgery or treatment, and the artificial aids of hand, or lip, or Sign language can afford, are invariably applied as if these maladies had some common source and a unity of their own. Indeed, as it furnishes a common description of both maladies, a less careful student would be in danger, at least in the chief characteristic passage (Mark 7:31-37), of misrendering, or rather misapplying, the adjective, which plainly Signifies ‘deaf. It is Significant to observe that Zacharias was on this occasion the victim not merely of lack of faith in the angel’s message, but of real alarm at the vision. Mark, in His compassion for suffering humanity, in His teaching as Significant by action as by word, in His sublime confidence that He had that to give, for which He looked not in vain from heaven. With equal force the open ear is Significant of obedience
Abraham - 14, which is assigned to a special source) are apportioned by critics to the three main documents of Genesis, J Burial - As soon as the last breath had fled, the nearest relation, or the dearest friend, gave the lifeless body the parting kiss, the last farewell and Sign of affection to the departed relative
Jordan - When Maundrell visited Jordan on the thirtieth of March, the proper time for these inundations, he could discern no Sign or probability of such overflowing; nay, so far was it from overflowing, that it ran, says our author, at least two yards below the brink of its channel
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The four lists of spiritual gifts demonstrate Significant overlap as well as important variations. In fact Paul calls it a Sign for unbelievers (v. 21), must mean a Sign of judgment
Living (2) - It is perhaps the title of God that comes nearest in Significance to Jahweh, and it seems to have been used at times of great emotion as a substitute for it, particularly when the name Jahweh had disappeared from popular use (cf. ‘The living Father’ (John 6:57) is a remarkable expression, combining as it does all that was Signified by ‘the living God’ in the OT with Christ’s revelation of God as the Father who sent His Son (or, of God as the Source of life on the side of love). ]'>[6] 2 [7] ii. The bread of the miracle was intended for ‘a Sign’ (John 6:26), which they had not had faith to discern (John 6:36), that He could supply them with the true bread of the soul. Mark, 127b), it was ‘a Sign’ that should have led them to believe that He could give them the true bread
Communion (2) - It is present in a special manner in the Baptism which Signalized the beginning of His ministry among men (Mark 1:10-11 = Matthew 3:16-17 = Luke 3:21-22). Nay, it was under the strong impulse of that Spirit whose presence with Him was at once the Sign and the expression of His union with God (see Mark 1:10), that He submitted to the assaults of evil (1618387267_7 note ἐκβάλλει, = Matthew 4:1 = Luke 4:1). The means by which this state is brought about have both a Divine and a human Significance. In other places it is represented as an indwelling of the Spirit (John 14:16-20; John 16:7; John 16:13-15, 1 John 2:20; 1 John 2:27; 1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:13), whose presence, to believers (as in a deeper sense to their Lord) the Sign and expression of union with God, is to be with them from the moment of their initiation into the new life (Mark 1:8 and || ||, 1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:13). As would have been expected, the full Significance of this converse with God is not understood, nor is its closest intimacy appropriated, in the earliest days of initiation. the Significant connexion between Mark 8:31; Mark 8:27-29, which is clearly brought out in the emphatic καὶ ἤρξατο διδάσκειν of Mark 8:31 : cf
Plagues of Egypt - The design of these visitations, growing more awful and tremendous in their progress, was to make Pharaoh know, and confess, that the God of the Hebrews was the supreme Lord, and to exhibit his power and his justice in the strongest light to all the nations of the earth, Exodus 9:16 ; 1 Samuel 4:8 , &c; to execute judgment upon the Egyptians and upon all their gods, inanimate and bestial, for their cruelty to the Israelites, and for their grovelling polytheism and idolatry, Exodus 7:14-17 ; Exodus 12:12 . The judgment then inflicted upon the river, and all the waters of Egypt, in the presence of Pharaoh and of his servants, as foretold,—when, as soon as Aaron had smitten the waters of the river, they were turned into blood, and continued in that state for seven days, so that all the fish died, and the Egyptians could not drink of the waters of the river, in which they delighted as the most wholesome of all waters, but were forced to dig wells, for pure water to drink,—was a Significant Sign of God's displeasure for their senseless idolatry in worshipping the river and its fish, and also "a manifest reproof of that bloody edict whereby the infants were slain," Wis_11:7 . This was a very Significant plague: the furnace from which the ashes were taken aptly represented "the iron furnace" of Egyptian bondage, Deuteronomy 4:20 ; and the scattering of the ashes in the air might have referred to the usage of the Egyptians in their Typhonian sacrifices of human victims; while it converted another of the elements, and of their gods, the air, or ether, into an instrument of their chastisement. ...
The design of the eighth and the ensuing plagues, was to confirm the faith of the Israelites: "That thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what I have wrought in Egypt, and my Signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the Lord. ...
The awful plague of darkness over all the land of Egypt, for three days, "a thick darkness which might be felt," in the emphatic language of Scripture, was inflicted on the Egyptians, and their chief god, the sun; and was, indeed, a most Significant Sign of the divine displeasure, and of that mental darkness under which they now laboured
Abraham - When Ishmael was thirteen years old, God again revealed yet more explicitly and fully his gracious purpose; and in token of the sure fulfilment of that purpose the patriarch's name was now changed from Abram to Abraham (Genesis 17:4,5 ), and the rite of circumcision was instituted as a Sign of the covenant. On that memorable day of God's thus revealing his design, Abraham and his son Ishmael and all the males of his house were circumcised (Genesis 17 )
Sacrifice - From the prophets and the Epistle to the Hebrews we learn that the sin offering represented that covenant as broken by man, and as knit together again, by God's appointment through the shedding of the blood, the symbol of life, Signified that the death of the offender was deserved for sin, but that the death of the victim was accepted for his death by the ordinance of God's mercy. , were simply offerings to God of his own best gifts, as a Sign of thankful homage, and as a means of maintaining his service and his servants
Sadducees (2) - ’ It is always used to designate the political party of the Jewish aristocratic priesthood from the time of the Maccabees to the final fall of the Jewish State. They joined with the Pharisees in asking Him to show them a Sign from heaven (Matthew 16:1), and shortly afterwards He warned His disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, meaning probably, so far as the Sadducees were concerned, their utterly secular spirit
Messiah - In this ceremony a special anointing oil was poured over the head of the person as a Sign that he now had the right, and the responsibility, to perform the duties that his position required (Exodus 28:41; 1 Kings 1:39; 1 Kings 19:16; see ANOINTING). In the early days of Israel’s existence, when it was little more than a large family, God Signified that the leadership of the future Israelite nation would belong to the tribe of Judah
Nehemiah - The Signers and terms of the covenant were then recorded (Nehemiah 10:1 ). God's people will Sign pledges of commitment (Nehemiah 10:1-27 )
Aeon - The common classical use of αἰών for ‘lifetime’ is not found in the NT; but there are instances where the phrase εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα seems to have that Significance; e. There is also attached to the word the Significance of ‘age’ as indicating a period or dispensation of a definite character-the present order of ‘world-life’ viewed as a whole and as possessing certain moral characteristics. It is enough to quote the opinion of Hort in his Judaistic Christianity, ‘There is not the faintest Sign that such words as … αἰών … have any reference [3] to what we call Gnostic terms’ (p
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In Ezekiel 45:21-24 the date is precisely assigned as 14th Abib. It is to be eaten in haste, the partakers prepared as for a journey; it is a Sign of the Lord’s ‘pass-over. It is likely that the feast was observed during the Exile, and that its commemorative Significance was then made more emphatic. Origin and primitive Significance. At the second cup came the son’s question as to the Significance of the feast, and the father’s explanation
Pity - ’ The word occurs nowhere else in NT, but is used by Herodotus and elsewhere with the Significance of having pity or compassion (see Liddell and Scott). The closed eye and the bowed head are not the true marks of Him who reigns from the Cross, who teaches us to see through every Sign of weakness the fulfilment of His own words, I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto myself’ (Westcott, The Victory of the Cross, vi. 8 [1] , 160 ff
Basilius, Bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia - But when Constantius endeavoured to force those present to Sign the creed of Ariminum, Basil left the city and returned to Cappadocia (Greg. Not long after his return George of Laodicea arrived at Caesarea as an emissary of Constantius, bringing with him that creed for Signature. Dianius, a gentle, undecided man, who valued peace above orthodoxy, was persuaded to Sign. The first designs of Valens against Caesarea were interrupted by the news of the revolt of Procopius (Amm. Valens regarded it as a serious check to his designs for the triumph of Arianism. Valens had never relinquished the designs which had been interrupted by the revolt of Procopius, and he was now approaching Caesarea determined to reduce to submission the chief champion of orthodoxy in the East. Again Basil's exile was determined on, but the pens with which Valens was preparing to Sign the decree refused to write, and split in his agitated hand, and the supposed miracle arrested the execution of the sentence
Nestorius And Nestorianism - He was brought from Antioch, we are told—a fact of which the Significance will presently be seen. Some confusion of thought continued to exist about the use of the terms πρόσωτον and ὑπόστασις to Signify what we in English express by the one inadequate word "person. " These two Greek words [3] were, from the council of Constantinople onward, usually understood to Signify respectively the appearance, as regarded by one outside it, and the inward distinction, or, as Gregory of Nazianzus puts it, "speciality" ( ιδιότης ), which distinguishes one individual of a genus or species from another. It seems pretty plain that even so clear a thinker as Cyril, in his defence of his anathemas as well as elsewhere, does not distinguish sufficiently between the use of the word ὑπόστασις at Nicaea, and the Signification which had come to be attached to it in the first council of Constantinople. Certain it is that the high-handed action of Celestine in requiring that Nestorius should at once readmit to communion the presbyters whom he had repelled from it, and that he himself should Sign a written recantation within 12 days, was quite unprecedented in the history of the church. John of Antioch Signed a condemnation of Nestorius, while Cyril consented in 432 to Sign an Antiochene formulary which had been submitted by Theodoret to the Syrian bishops at Ephesus and was afterwards transmitted to the emperor. He was dragged about from place to place, with every Sign of contempt and hatred
Sacraments - is there any trace of the use of a common name to designate those observances which were afterwards classified more or less comprehensively as sacraments. In the NT it is never applied to institutions or observances, the nearest approach to such a Significance being in Ephesians 5:32, where St. It is true that ideas as well as things must be already in existence before they receive a name; but it is also true that prior to their designation ideas remain uncrystallized. This does not mean, of course, that instruction as to the institution, purpose, and Significance of individual sacraments was at any time neglected in the Apostolic Church. At the outset some definition of the more exact Significance in which the term ‘sacrament’ is used requires to be taken for granted; and for this purpose the definition provided by the Shorter Catechism (Q. It postulates, as essential to the nature of a Christian sacrament, not only (1) the outward and sensible Sign, and (2) the inward and spiritual grace thereby ‘represented, sealed, and applied to believers,’ but also another constituent, one of great importance in differentiating the sacramental from the magical, namely, (3) the institution and command of Christ, which conjoins the inward and spiritual grace with the outward and sensible Sign, and imposes upon participators the attitude of religious obedience. Paul or any other teacher engrafted a commemorative or sacramental Significance upon a custom which before was predominantly social and but vaguely religious credits innovation with a facility, speed, and completeness of accomplishment which are to the highest degree improbable. But these parallels, while remote and indecisive in themselves, are also accompanied by contrasts much too pronounced and Significant to afford solid ground for any theories of definite borrowing or suggestion. Evidence as to the high place assigned to Baptism and the Eucharist in the Didache, to Baptism in Hernias and Barnabas, to the Eucharist in Ignatius, and to the eucharistic service in Clement of Rome, is decisive and leaves no room for doubt. In the case of a religion old enough to possess traditional customs one can imagine rites of universal currency which, having become thus consuetudinary, are regarded as of but ceremonial Significance. He thanks God that he baptized few of the Corinthians himself, just because he knows the supreme incorporating Significance of that ordinance, and perceives the misinterpretation which party-spirit might have put upon any special diligence shown by him as a minister of the actual rite of Baptism-‘lest any man should say that ye were baptized into my name’ (1 Corinthians 1:15)
Anger - Paul also holds the idea that the death of Jesus is a Sign of His human submission to the elemental world-powers of darkness, who, since Adam, have held the world under their grievous rule (Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols) , article ‘Elements’; also Wrede, Paul, Eng. The Resurrection is a Sign that Death-one of the elemental principalities and powers, and representative of the rest-has no longer dominion over Him (Romans 6:9), or over those in ‘faith’ union with Him. In order that love may have Significance, it must pay a price-must be written upon a hard resisting world, as labour and self-denial. The NT Significance of ὀργὴ θεοῦ is illustrated in Romans 5:9, where St
Absolution - , seem too absolute, we must remember that the gift of the Holy Spirit, which He then gave the Sign of imparting, is a gift of exceeding power, and that no limit can be set to the degree in which God through Christ is willing to give the Spirit. What comforts and assures in time of soul-trouble is the word or Sign of acknowledgment from the Christian company speaking by those who truly represent it—those who are truly called of God to the ministry, or who are shown by their goodness to be in the fellowship of God
Joannes, Bishop of Antioch - Cyril after some hesitation Signed a confession of faith sent him by John, declaring in express terms "the union of the two natures without confusion in the One Christ, One Son, One Lord," and confessing "the Holy Virgin to be the Mother of God, because God the Word was incarnate and made man, and from His very conception united to Himself the temple taken from her" (Labbe, iii. to weary of so much indecision, and, to bring matters to a point, a document drawn up by Cyril and Paul was sent for John to Sign (Cyril, Epp. 433, the act giving peace to the Christian world was Signed and dispatched to Alexandria, where it was announced by Cyril in the cathedral on Apr. John, in a letter to Cyril, stated that in Signing this document he had no intention to derogate from the authority of the Nicene Creed, and expressly recognized Maximian as the lawful bp. A formula of Cyril's having been put into John's hands for Signature, John wrote in 436 or 437 to Proclus to remonstrate against this multiplicity of tests which distracted the attention of bishops from the care of their dioceses (Labbe, iii. This letter he sent first to John requesting that he and his council would Sign it (Liberat. They expressed annoyance at being called on for fresh Signatures, as if their orthodoxy was still questionable, but made no difficulty about Signing the "Tome," which they found worthy of all admiration, both for beauty of style and the dogmatic precision of its definitions
Leucius, Author of n.t. Apocryphal Additions - 247) tells how John's virginity had been preserved by a threefold interposition of our Lord breaking off the Apostle's designs each time that he attempted to marry. Irenaeus, however, shews no Sign of acquaintance with them, and Clement must have had some other source of Johannine traditions, his story of John and the robber being, as Zahn owns, not derived from Leucius; for no later writer who tells the story shews any Sign of having had any source of information but Clement. In a friend's burying-place they dig a grave, in which the apostle laid himself down, and with joyful prayer blessed his disciples and resigned his soul to God
High Priest - This meant he had to avoid defilement by contact with the dead, even in the case of his own parents and was forbidden to show any outward Sign of mourning. One indication of the Significance of Eleazar is that the Book of Joshua concludes with the death of this chief priest (Joshua 24:33 )
Temptation - The desire of the people for healing (John 4:48) and bread (John 6:28), the demand of His enemies for a Sign (Matthew 16:1), the attempt to make Him a king (John 6:15), may be regarded as illustrations of the three kinds of temptation recorded. ]'>[1] 3 [2] 512; Ullmann, Sinlessness of Jesus, 123 ff
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Results—Epilogue Man's prerogative to name woman (Genesis 3:20 ) was a Sign of the fallen order, but hope persists
Genesis - It climaxes in God's covenant with Abraham in which Abraham shows faithfulness in the Sign of circumcision and God renews His promises
Simple, Simplicity - He is a Sign to them, as Jonah was to Nineveh
Inn - Romans 12:13 a, 1 Peter 4:9, 3 John 1:5), while others which definitely mention ‘strangers’ and ‘enemies’ are not necessarily any indication of the rarity and poverty of existing places of entertainment, but a Sign of the new Christian spirit (Romans 12:20, Hebrews 13:2). The word used in this passage (πανδοχεῖον) is Significant. ...
It is difficult to fix the exact Significance of κατάλυμα, the other word used in the Gospels for ‘inn
Head - Plato assigned reason to the brain, ‘the topographically higher region being Correlated with the reason’s higher worth’ (Aristotle, Psychology, translation W. (No satisfactory explanation of the phrase ‘authority [3] on her head’ [4] seems yet to have been given, but the context seems to imply that the veil expresses the authority of man over woman, in accordance with which the Revised Version inserts the words ‘a Sign of’ before ‘authority
Genealogy - The frequent recurrence of the number 12 in these lists is a Sign of artificiality
Arrest - Casting shame to the winds, be gave them a Sign: ‘The one whom I shall kiss is he
Ave Maria - The devotions addressed to His mother were therefore a commemoration of the intimate union between the Godhead and human nature, of which union Mary was both the willing instrument and the Sign. And among those who came into more incidental contact with Him by simple inquiry or importunate need, Nicodemus was attracted by the persuasion that He was a teacher come from God (John 3:2); an admission to the same effect was made on one occasion by the Pharisees and Herodians (Mark 12:14); the chief priests and scribes were driven to assign a Satanic origin to His unquestionable power (Matthew 12:24); while the Pharisees reached a stage in their controversy with Him after which no man durst ask Him any question (Matthew 22:46, Mark 12:34). ...
Can it be said to-day of Christian sainthood and the service of the missionary gospel, that the person of Christ is thus central, His presence an indispensable necessity, likeness to Him the recognition mark of His Church, and the conquest of the world the consummation of its appointed labours? If it be otherwise, certain Signs may be expected to manifest themselves. Mark 2 [1] , 1902, p
Benedictus - That it wrought within him affections altogether good and holy is just a Sign that it was the Spirit of Christ who taught him by them. They assign to Him the double work of ‘thrusting’ sinners out of the holy place, ‘purging Jerusalem and making it holy as in the days of old,’ and of avenging her upon the Romans. It is very remarkable how subordinate to Him who is the subject of his Song is the position assigned by Zacharias to his own miraculously-born child. The name of John had been fixed by the Angel (Isaiah 40:13); Zacharias knew that it must be Significant, and it means ‘the grace or mercy of God,’ ἕλεος. ’ If the paronomasia as a literary figure is out of fashion for the moment, we may remember that neither Dante nor Shakespeare thought it beneath their genius; and Zacharias had sacred precedents for employing it in the histories of the births and blessings of the twelve patriarchs (Genesis 30, 49), and still more strikingly in Isaiah 7, 8, where, as Matthew Arnold has observed, the Significant names are the keynote of the whole prophecy,...
Literature
Amen - The Latin of the Roman Catholic missal, which seems so unintelligible to the mass of the worshippers that a Sign language (of ritual) is largely the medium by which they follow the services when not absorbed in the reading of devotional manuals in their own mother tongue, is but a caricature of such a general medium of interpretative forms of worship. ...
A brief examination of the history of the word ‘Amen’ will be sufficient to prove the meaning which it had, the way in which it acquired this meaning, and the certainty that it was one of the very words which fell from the Master and had for Him a message of rare and unusual Significance
Commerce - In Proverbs 31:23 , one Sign of a prosperous man with a well-ordered house was his ability to sit with the elders in the gate. For instance, Hammurabi's law protected a man who consigned a portion of his grain to storage from losses due to natural events and the corrupt practices of the owner of the storage room
Perfect Perfection - ‘If we ask ourselves under what special aspects completeness is contemplated in ἄρτιος, it would be safe to answer that it is not as the presence only of all the parts which are necessary for that completeness, but involves further the adaptation and aptitude of these parts for the ends which they were designed to serve’ (R. Hence in Matthew 4:21 καταρτίζειν is used of mending nets, and in Galatians 6:1 it has the ethical Significance of restoration to the right way. The word has probably the same Significance in 1 Corinthians 1:10. ’ The Significance of this antithesis is clearly stated by Westcott in his note on Hebrews 5:14 : ‘A man is said to be τέλειος who has reached the full maturity of his powers, the full possession of his rights, his τέλος, his “end. Moreover, as often as he stumbles in word he makes it manifest that he has not yet reached the goal; self-control is a Sign of maturity and of the putting away of childish things (James 3:2). ‘In the phraseology of this Epistle, “perfected” love Signifies, not love in a superlative degree, but love that is consummated in action
Nationality - ), and from the popular desire to make Him king (John 6:15), refused to give a ‘sign’ (Mark 8:12), and seemed to repudiate any claim that rested on succession from David (Matthew 22:43-45). And the passion for the Law was no less exaggerated throughout the period of direct Roman rule, as when there was a riot on the occasion of Pilate’s bringing the Roman ensigns within the city walls
Temptation - The desire of the people for healing (John 4:48) and bread (John 6:28), the demand of His enemies for a Sign (Matthew 16:1), the attempt to make Him a king (John 6:15), may be regarded as illustrations of the three kinds of temptation recorded. ]'>[1] 3 [2] 512; Ullmann, Sinlessness of Jesus, 123 ff
Head - Plato assigned reason to the brain, ‘the topographically higher region being Correlated with the reason’s higher worth’ (Aristotle, Psychology, translation W. (No satisfactory explanation of the phrase ‘authority [3] on her head’ [4] seems yet to have been given, but the context seems to imply that the veil expresses the authority of man over woman, in accordance with which the Revised Version inserts the words ‘a Sign of’ before ‘authority
Animals - Sheep, goats, and other domesticated animals are also included under the designation of cattle (Genesis 1:24 ; John 4:12 ). Possession of considerable livestock was a Sign of wealth (Genesis 13:2 ; 1 Samuel 25:2 ). COW Cow designates domestic bovine animals, especially the female. The design of its feet helps the coney keep footing on slippery rocks. The term “dog” was a designation for the wicked (Isaiah 56:10-11 ). It was a Sign of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:9 ; Revelation 5:5 ). RODENTS All small rodents are designated by the Hebrew akhbar , a generic word including both mice and rats. The unique design of its eyes characterizes the chameleon
Mark, the Gospel According to - why doth this generation seek after a Sign?" Mark 1:41, "Jesus moved with compassion put forth His hand" touching the leper. ...
Possibly the last 12 verses of Mark 16, not found in the Sinaiticus and the Vaticanus manuscripts but found in the Alexandrinus manuscript, were added at the later date assigned by Irenaeus, i
Lazarus - ...
The very Sign which the Pharisees desired in the parable of Lazarus (Luke 16:27-30) is now granted in the person of one of the same name, but only stimulates them to their crowning sin, to kill Jesus, nay even to kill Lazarus too (John 12:10)
Mercy, Merciful - In secular Greek, the word was often viewed as a Sign of weakness, a sentimental inclination to be overly lenient
Walk (2) - Immanence1 [1] , 124), as coming to our aid across the troubled waters in which our conflict lies (Westcott, Characteristics of Gosp. 1 [1] , 15, 19), and so leading us to the confidence expressed in Romans 8:28; Romans 8:35. No passage in the Gospels is more Significant of the character, or more persuasive of the credibility, of our Lord’s miracles of healing than this. The miracle is thus an outward and visible Sign of something greater than bodily healing; it points to an inward and spiritual power, destructive of evil, now present among men. John 11:9, Psalms 27:1, Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 42:5; Isaiah 60:19-20, Malachi 4:2), whose rising is the Signal to awake and work (Ephesians 5:14, Hebrews 3:13), and whose movement as He mounts to attain His perfect day is a call to progress in righteousness and love (Psalms 19:5, Proverbs 4:18, Philippians 3:14)
Leviticus - Before listing the major types of sacrifice, we should consider its basic Significance. Then the goat was taken into the wilderness, a Significant symbol of the removal of the sin of the people. Each seventh year was to be a sabbath year for the land, to give it renewal and also as a Sign that the land is not owned by ancient Israel but a gift from God
Games - Its secular use was condemned by Isaiah as a Sign of extravagant luxury ( Isaiah 5:12 ). The full Significance of Romans 9:16 is missed unless we realize the intensity of effort required by the racer
Idol, Idolatry - The covenant provided legal parameters for this unique relationship, and the limitation of exclusive worship was a Significant part of the covenant. What makes the polemic against idols so Significant is that other religions condoned the making of images—the Lord did not!...
Recorded in Scripture are the results of idolatry for both humankind and God. To serve other gods is to forsake God; to eliminate idolatry is a Sign of return
King, Christ as - : "The Lord himself will give you a Sign: The virgin … will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel" (7:14)
Sabbath - Yet despite any Significance that accrues on the basis of its frequency or inclusion in the Decalogue, its importance rests ultimately on its symbolic representation of the order of creation. As such it was a cherished gift of God, "a Sign between me and you for generations to come" ( Exodus 31:12-17 ), testifying of God's faithfulness to his covenant throughout the generations. As worship, additional sacrifices were offered (Numbers 28:9-10 ) at the temple, and the special shewbread was to be set out "sabbath after sabbath" to Signify Israel's commitment to the covenant (Leviticus 24:8 )
Endurance - ), and referred to constantly by Christ in words of resignation (Matthew 26:42, Luke 10:21), often under the figure of a ‘cup’ (Matthew 20:22; Matthew 26:39, John 18:11). These two causes, whether expressly referred to or not, are undoubtedly to be regarded as factors never absent (see John 19:11 and also John 12:31, John 14:30, John 16:11, where the title ‘prince of this world’ is Significant in this connexion). ‘Perseverance is undoubtedly the privilege of the elect, but there is no infallible Sign of the elect except their perseverance’ (Vaughan on Philippians 1:6)
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I shall beg to set before the reader some of the Scriptures where we meet with it, in order that we may have a better apprehension of the design of God the Holy Ghost in the use of it. What is called curing of meat, that is, salting it, hath much Signification of a spiritual nature in it. ...
Now if the reader will pause over the subject, and by looking back take a retrospective view of the whole, he will perceive that salt in the church of God had a twofold dispensation: and, like Him whom it evidently prefigured, it became "the savor of life unto life, or of death unto death?" (2 Corinthians 2:16) Jesus was set for "the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a Sign which shall be spoken against
Sabbath - The Sabbath was further a "sign" or sacramental pledge between Jehovah and His people, masters and servants alike resting, and thereby remembering the rest from Egyptian service vouchsafed by God. The Decalogue was proclaimed with peculiar solemnity from Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:16-24); it was written on tables of stone, and deposited in the ark (representing Himself) covered by the mercy-seat on which rested the Shekinah cloud of His glory; Moses Significantly states "these vows the Lord spoke, and He added no more. The judgment on the Jews for violating the Sabbath was Signally retributive (2 Chronicles 36:21)
the Publican - Were it not such an exception to his usual insight and sympathy, I would be tempted to say that such a censure of such a saint is, to my mind, and I think I have the mind of Christ, a far worse Sign of Coleridge than all the opium he ever ate, and all the procrastinated work he died and left unfinished
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2 Samuel 1:2 (c) The placing of earth upon the head was a Sign of deep grief, sorrow, shame and humiliation. He is the originator, the designer and the builder of His church
Widow - The widow reacted with grief to her plight, and probably wore a distinct garb as a Sign of her status (Genesis 38:14,19 ; 2 Samuel 14:2 ; cf
Evil (2) - Pain and disease and death belong to the devil’s kingdom, not to God’s; and their universal prevalence is a Sign of the usurped authority over the human race of ‘the prince of this world
Elisha - That act of Elijah was the Sign and the seal of Elisha's adoption
no'ah - It is as such that God makes his covenant with him; and hence selects a natural phenomenon as the Sign of that covenant
Prophets - To succeeding ages they have left a character consecrated by holiness, and "visions of the Holy One," which still unveil to the church his most glorious attributes, and his deepest designs. They flourished in a continued succession during a period of more than a thousand years, reckoning from Moses to Malachi, all cooperating in the same designs. Their claims to a divine commission were demonstrated by the intrinsic excellency of their doctrine; by the disinterested zeal and undaunted courage with which they prosecuted their ministry, and persevered in their great design, and by the unimpeachable integrity of their conduct. Isaiah likewise walked naked, that is, without the rough garment of the prophet, and barefoot, as a Sign of the distress that awaited the Egyptians, Isaiah 20
no'ah - It is as such that God makes his covenant with him; and hence selects a natural phenomenon as the Sign of that covenant
John the Apostle - They alone witnessed the raising of Jairus' daughter, Jesus' transfiguration, His agony in Gethsemane, and with the addition of Andrew heard His answer to their private inquiry as to when, and with what premonitory Sign, His prediction of the overthrow of the temple should be fulfilled (Mark 13:3-4). Grotius designates Peter as the lover of Christ, John the lover of Jesus. He and Peter followed Jesus when apprehended, while the rest fled (John 18:15), even as they had both together been sent to prepare the Passover (Luke 22:8) the evening before, and as it was to John reclining in Jesus' bosom (compare Song of Solomon 8:3; Song of Solomon 8:6) that Peter at the supper made eager Signs to get him to ask our Lord who should be the traitor (John 13:24). ...
In that undesigned coincidence which confirms historic truth, the Book of Acts (Acts 3:1; Acts 4:13; Acts 8:14) represents the two associated as in the Gospels; together they enter the temple and meet the impotent man at the Beautiful gate; together they witness before the council; together they confirm in the faith, and instrumentally impart the Holy Spirit by laying hands on, the deacon Philip's converts in Samaria, the very place where John once would have called down fire to consume the Samaritans. He lives in the unseen, spiritual, rather than in the active world, His, designation, "' the divine," expresses his insight into the glory of the eternal Word, the Only Begotten of the Father, made flesh, in opposition to mystical and docetic gnosticism which denied the reality of that manifestation and of Christ's body
Lord's Day - -Before the apostolic period had wholly passed away ‘the first day of the week’ had become, or was well on the way to become, the stated weekly holy-day of the Christian Church, bearing the distinctive designation ‘the Lord’s Day’ (ἡ κυριακὴ ἡμέρα). But does it bear in this place the same Significance as it came to possess and possesses still? Some have argued that what is meant is not ‘the Lord’s Day’ as we understand it, but ‘the Day of the Lord’ in the sense in which the OT prophets employ the term, and as it figures in the eschatological outlook of the NT (e. , which is reasonably assigned to the reign of Domitian. But evidently there was in ‘Lord’s Day’ an inherent suitability and felicity which caused it to outlive these primitive designations and become the permanent and characteristic Christian name of the day. 68, ὁ κύριος being a designation of the Emperor (cf. Nor, again, need we suppose that Christians, in thus speaking of Jesus, were directly influenced by the use of ὁ κύριος or ὁ κύριος ημῶν as designating a deity or an emperor in the time of the Roman Empire. But, whatever the Significance and use of that day, the day itself was not confounded with the Jewish Sabbath. Nor is there any Sign that in apostolic times there was any thought of superseding the latter by the Lord’s Day. Later on the practice of using Sunday as a day of rest from work came into vogue; and then it served as a Sign distinguishing Christian from Jew. Others who may be uninfluenced by specific religious considerations, and for whom the very term ‘Lord’s Day’ may have no Significance, may yet very well recognize the value of the underlying natural principle of the ‘day of rest. ’...
(b) Again, the persistence, or survival, of the pre-Christian and pagan designation ‘Sunday’ is a matter of interest, especially since, being tacitly denuded of its ancient associations with sun-worship, it has come to be invested to the Christian mind with all the meaning attached to ‘Lord’s Day,’ and used interchangeably with that name
Colossians, Epistle to the - The date of the foundation of these churches may be assigned with some confidence to about the years a. The Jewish trader had doubtless reached Colossae, but there is no Sign of any permanent settlement of Jews there such as was made by the Seleucid kings at Laodicea or Tarsus. Not only is the order of the names different-a point of little Significance-but in Col. ’ The references to circumcision (Colossians 2:11; Colossians 3:11) show that the false teachers assigned some value to it. (d) There is no Sign in Col
Annunciation, the - Nowhere in the New Testament has ποταπός a local Signification, but means simply ‘of what kind or quality’ (ποῖος), and implies astonishment (Luke 7:39, Matthew 8:27, Mark 13:1 -2Pe_3:11, 1 John 3:1). ...
Although Mary does not ask for an explanation or a Sign, Gabriel gives both in a third utterance. It is worth noting, in connexion with the part assigned to the Holy Spirit in the virgin birth, that in a fragment of the Gospel according to the Hebrews quoted by Origen (Com. ...
As to the Sign, which was granted unasked, Mary receives one which is as convincing as the one given to Zacharias, but much more gracious
Offering - ” Minchâh is used many times in the Old Testament to designate a “gift” or “present” which is given by one person to another. The animal sacrifices which were misappropriated by the wicked sons of Eli were simply designated as “the offering of the Lord” (Ezra 8:25), also Signifying a contribution. ”...
The central Significance of ‛ôlâh as the “whole burnt offering” was the total surrender of the heart and life of the offerer to God. 25:6; 2 Kings 9:6); one’s head as a Sign of mourning ( Sign of rejoicing ( Pentecost - ...
Be that as it may, in the Dispersion of Israel both the sheaf and the measure have long since ceased to have any Significance; but the counting of the omer goes on still from Passover to Pentecost to the very eve of the feast (‘This is the forty-ninth day, making seven weeks of the Omer),’ and secures the regular observance of the feast. The special lessons of the synagogue for Pentecost are all designed to glorify the Law. It is, indeed, not impossible that so memorable an event should have been Signalized actually by such phenomena as ‘a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind’ and ‘tongues parting asunder, like as of fire,’ and that all should have begun ‘to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance’ (Acts 2:2-4). This has little to commend it, is artificial, and can only be taken as generally Signifying the progressive development of religion among men. Significance of Pentecost to the primitive Church. -The after course of events makes it clear that Pentecost was a turning-point of great Significance in the career of the little community. The chief Sign was power to give clear and bold testimony to the truth about Jesus Christ-a rich gift of prophetic grace. -There is no Sign whatever in the NT that the Church observed this season as a festival, or, as in the case of Passover, superimposed Christian associations on an ancient Hebrew feast
Pentecost - ...
Be that as it may, in the Dispersion of Israel both the sheaf and the measure have long since ceased to have any Significance; but the counting of the omer goes on still from Passover to Pentecost to the very eve of the feast (‘This is the forty-ninth day, making seven weeks of the Omer),’ and secures the regular observance of the feast. The special lessons of the synagogue for Pentecost are all designed to glorify the Law. It is, indeed, not impossible that so memorable an event should have been Signalized actually by such phenomena as ‘a sound as of the rushing of a mighty wind’ and ‘tongues parting asunder, like as of fire,’ and that all should have begun ‘to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance’ (Acts 2:2-4). This has little to commend it, is artificial, and can only be taken as generally Signifying the progressive development of religion among men. Significance of Pentecost to the primitive Church. -The after course of events makes it clear that Pentecost was a turning-point of great Significance in the career of the little community. The chief Sign was power to give clear and bold testimony to the truth about Jesus Christ-a rich gift of prophetic grace. -There is no Sign whatever in the NT that the Church observed this season as a festival, or, as in the case of Passover, superimposed Christian associations on an ancient Hebrew feast
Zechariah, Book of - The dates given in the book itself assign the prophecies to the second and fourth years of Darius (b. In the first ( Zechariah 1:7-17 ) the prophet aees at night, in a myrtle-shaded glen, four horsemen whom the angel that talks with him designates as the messengers of Jehovah. Joshua is promised full exercise of his priestly functions if he will walk in Jehovah’s ways; he and those with him are a Sign that Jehovah is to bring His servant the Branch (cf. The prominent place given in these visions to priest and king, as essential to the national life, is most Significant. Significance
Sacrifice - ...
The Bible’s first specific statement concerning the particular Significance of blood did not come till the time of Noah. ...
God’s gift of the blood of atonement...
The Passover in Egypt marked an important stage in God’s revelation of the special Significance of blood. The priest collected the blood in a basin to apply to various places as a visible Sign that a life had been taken to bear the curse and penalty of sin
Exodus, Book of - This provided the Sign for Israel's future journeys, following God's cloud and fire
Animals - They are also a Sign of wealth (Genesis 24:35 ; Job 1:13-21 )
Hippolytus of Thebes, Chronicle, (usually assigned to 10th cent
Mercy - In this way Christians become living Signs of God's perfect mercy introduced in Christ and one day to be fully realized (cf. The absence of mercy is a Sign of unbelief and rejection of God (Romans 1:28,31 )
Lord's Supper, the - ...
At the wedding of Cana (2:1-11) the changing of water into wine is a Sign
Invitation - It was a Sign of His insight and wisdom as well as of His broad sympathies, that in a community so eminently sociable as that in which He moved, He should make such free use of the machinery of hospitality for His Messianic purpose, and devise many parables and illustrations drawn from the customs of the day, and from the etiquette that ruled the relations of hosts and guests, from the highest circles of life to the lowest. A third Significant aspect suggested by the simile of an invitation is its voluntariness on both sides
Atonement - This was offered to God as a Sign of this, and shows what the force of kaphar, making atonement, is
Samuel, First Book of - A Sign was given them; they were not to fear, but be faithful, and mercy would be the result
Diocletian, Emperor - The Christian officers and servants of the emperor were present as part of their duty, and satisfied their conscience by making the Sign of the cross upon their foreheads. The diviners were, or pretended to be, struck with amazement at the absence, despite repeated sacrifices, of the expected Signs. Galerius came, but it was to press on the emperor the duty and expediency of resigning
Eustathius, Bishop of Sebaste - Few in that epoch of conflicting creeds and formularies ever Signed more various documents. Basil enumerates his Signature of the formularies of Ancyra, Seleucia, Constantinople, Lampsacus, Nice in Thrace, and Cyzicus, which are sufficiently diverse to indicate the vagueness of his theology (Basil. We must, however, assign to it the theological argument held by him and Basil of Ancyra with the audacious Anomoean, Aetius, who is regarded by Basil as in some sense Eustathius's pupil (Basil. Constantius was overjoyed at the unexpected success, and after a protracted discussion, compelled Eustathius and the other Seleucian deputies to Sign the fatal formulary. He immediately repudiated his Signature to the creed of Ariminum, and did all he could to shew his horror of pure Arianism. Eustathius, to save himself, Signed a formula at Cyzicus of Homoiousian character, which also denied the divinity of the Holy Spirit
Peter - His original name was Simon or Simeon, which his divine Master, when he called him to the Apostleship, changed for that of Cephas, a Syriac word Signifying a stone or rock; in Latin, petra, from whence is derived the term Peter. " The miracle was no doubt intended for a Sign to the four disciples of what success should afterward follow their ministry in preaching the doctrine of his kingdom; and therefore Jesus said unto them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men;" on which they quitted their boats and nets, and thenceforth became the constant associates of the Saviour, during the whole of his public ministry, Luke 18:28 . Having received this answer, Jesus declared Peter blessed on account of his faith; and in allusion to the Signification of his name, added, "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth," &c. Peter made his confession in answer to a question which Jesus put to all the Apostles, that confession was certainly made in the name of the whole; and, therefore, what Jesus said to him in reply was designed for the whole without distinction; excepting this, which was peculiar to him, that he was to be the first who, after the descent of the Holy Ghost, should preach the Gospel to the Jews, and then to the Gentiles: an honour which was conferred on St. It is remarkable, also, that although by the hands of the Apostles many Signs and wonders were wrought, it was by St. It is addressed to the same persons as the former epistle, and the design of it was to encourage them to adhere to the genuine faith and practice of the Gospel
Presentation - And lastly, (4) the other dove would be offered in Sign of Mary’s thanksgiving and self-devotion to God
Atonement - Historically its usage Signifies ‘a satisfaction or reparation made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing or suffering that which is received in satisfaction for an offence or injury’ (Imperial Dict. -Briefly summarized these are: (1) The intense and consistent ethical interpretation that Jesus gave to the Kingdom He came to establish, and to the conception of the salvation He taught and promised as the Sign of its establishment in the individual soul and in the social order. Questions also turn on the sacrificial Significance of ‘blood of the covenant. When the apostles stated the one, they implied the other; the Resurrection was the great theme of the apostolic preaching because it interpreted the Significance of the Death. from an excellent source, they have their chief Significance’ they are there bound up with ‘my words which I spake unto you while I was yet with you’; with the fulfilling of the Scriptures concerning the necessity that ‘the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name’; and especially with the opening of the minds of those who were to be ‘witnesses of these things’ that they might understand them. The meaning of the words of Jesus is understood through the works of His Spirit; the Significance of His death can be apprehended only in the light of the experience it creates. This conception, abhorrent to the Jewish mind and a sufficient ground for rejecting the Messianic claims of Jesus, is the assertion of the vicarious principle of the righteous one suffering for the unrighteous many and also the Sign of a Divine fellowship. When it is remembered that nothing in the Apostolic Church is more primitive than the sacraments, and that both of them bear implications of Christ’s relation to the remission of sins, this reference is Significant. It is certain, however, that the early Apostolic Church attached a saving Significance to the death of Christ. The Signs of Pauline influence are too strong for its use as a source of primitive Christian ideas without some hesitation. Peter are represented as in harmony on the Significance of the redemptive work of Christ, when they are manifestly at variance in other important factors of the primitive faith, is not without its value; it is possible also that their similarities may be accounted for by their common loyalty to the accepted Christian tradition. Paul construes his doctrine in the Galatian I Epistle, which deals more exclusively than any other NT document with the Significance of the death of Christ
John Epistles of - Obedience is the Sign of knowledge of God. The passing of the transitory suggests the Signs of the times. love of the brethren, shown in active service, is the Sign by which we may know that we are ‘loving God. And the insistence with which intellectual claims are met by the challenge to fulfil the Christian duty of love and its obligations is Significant. ), which assigned a purely phantasmal body to the Lord
Christ in Art - Originating as an acrostic (the Greek word for ‘fish,’ ΙΧΘΥΣ, standing for Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ), it formed a most convenient secret Sign among the Christians, being readily understood by the initiated as representing Christ in the fulness of His divinity. The earliest known representation of this symbol is even more Significant: it occurs in the Fractio Panis fresco, recently discovered by Wilpert in the Catacomb of Priscilla, which belongs to the beginning of the 2nd cent. 11): ‘Let the engraving upon the gem of your ring be either a dove, or a fish, or a ship running before the wind, or a musical lyre, the device used by Polycrates, or a ship’s anchor, which Selencus had carved upon his Signet. ...
The contraction IHC, as subsequently Latinized, into IHS, is now called the Sacred Monogram par excellence, and is as popular as it was in the Middle Ages and in the 17th and 18th centuries, when it was almost the only symbol of the kind; this was owing mainly to its being misunderstood as the initials of ‘Jesus Hominum Salvator’ (or even of ‘In Hoc Signo’); in mediaeval times the confusion may not have arisen, in spite of the ambiguity of the Greek H
There is something Significant in this identification of the Lord with humanity, paralleled as it is by the earlier tendency to represent under the Fish symbol not only Christ Himself, but also the Christian convert. The picture of the Virgin and Child in this well-known fresco is very beautiful, recalling in stateliness and grace as well as in design Raphael’s treatment of the subject: nothing could be more unlike the hieratic stiffness of the intervening Byzantine and Gothic types
Dates (2) - John marks points of time of Significance in his own and in his Master’s life, but his purpose is to trace the development of the drama of the Master’s passion, not to suggest its chronological relation to the history of the world. 13, but assigned by Mommsen (after Velleius Paterculus, ii. Kepler suggested that a conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter in the zodiacal Sign of the Pisces, similar to that which took place in Dec. on Daniel, in order to allow for two additional years in our Lord’s life, altered the date April 2 to March 25, on which the Church has always celebrated the conception, and consequently the Nativity was assigned to Dec. ...
(2) The preaching of the Baptist is the terminus a quo of the baptism of Jesus, and is assigned to the 15th year of Tiberius. ]'>[11] 2 [12] , s. So that we have another indication of the early season of the year, which supports the hypothesis of a baptism at the Passover preceding the Passover of John 2:13, a period of time required for the preparation and selection of the disciples, and for the nursing of their nascent faith by miracles, of which one, a typical Sign, as are all the seven Signs in the Fourth Gospel, is narrated in John 2:1-12
Messiah - Signifies anointed, the title given by way of eminence to our Savior; meaning the same in Hebrew as Christ in Greek, and alludes to the authority he had to assume the characters of prophet, priest, and king, and that of Savior of the world. The king then asked him what Sign he could show to confirm his mission. He gave this for a Sign of it, that he had been leprous, and was cured in the course of one night. ...
At Jerusalem he began to reform the Jews' constitutions, and abolish one of their solemn fasts, and communicated his designs of professing himself tha Messias to one Nathan. ...
The Grand Visier, designing for Candia, thought it not safe to leave him in the city during the Grand Seignior's absence and his own. Sabatai could not brook this doctrine; for he might fear that the son of Ephraim, who was to lead the way, might pretend to be the son of David, and so leave him in the lurch; and, therefore, he excluded him from any part or share in this matter; which was the occasion of the ruin of Sabatai, and all his glorious designs
Eusebius (60), Bishop of Nicomedia - " They undoubtedly compromised themselves by Signature; yet they did not treat as unimportant that which they were wont to declare such but set all the machinery of church and empire in motion to enforce their latitudinarian view on the conscience of the church. There Arius and Eusebius stopped, and, pressing the Significance of the image of Father and Son by materialistic analogies into logical conclusions, argued that "generation" implied that "there was [1] when He was not," that "He was not before He was begotten. Whether or no they still held that the difference was merely verbal when the Arian bishops in the council found that the Godhead of the Redeemer was declared by the vast majority to be of the very essence of Christian doctrine they made every effort to accept the terms in which that Godhead was being expressed by the council making Signs to each other that term after term such as "Power of God," "Wisdom of God," "Image of God," "Very God of very God," might be accepted because they could use them of such divinity as was "made" or constituted as such by the divine appointment. " The inconsistency of the Arian party is exaggerated by Theodoret for he adds "the Arians unanimously Signed the confession of faith adopted by the council. 20) who at first refused their Signatures among them both the Eusebii Theognis of Nicaea Menophantus of Ephesus Secundus of Ptolemais Theonas Patrophilus Narcissus Maris and others. Eusebius of Caesarea after long discussion Signed the symbol which was in fact an enlargement of a formal creed that he had himself presented to the council on the ground that the negative dogmata of the Arian party which were anathematized by the council could not be found in Scripture. " Sozomen apparently makes this refusal to Sign on the part of Eusebius and Theognis to have been the reason or occasion of their own exile and of the filling up by Constantine of their respective sees with Amphion and Chrestus. Philostorgius admits that the whole Arian party except Secundus and Theonas Signed the symbol but that they did it deceitfully (ἐν δόλῳ) with the mental reservation of ὁμοιούσιον (of similar substance) for ὁμοούσιον (of the same substance). He adds according to his editor that they did this under the direction of Constantina the sister of Constantine; and further he relates that "Secundus when sent into exile reproached Eusebius for having Signed saying that he did so in order to avoid going into exile and that Secundus expressed a confident hope that Eusebius would shortly be exiled an event which took place three months after the council. 3 18) expressly says that Eusebius Signed the formulary. ...
Notwithstanding their Signature, for some reason Eusebius and Theognis were banished for nearly three years from their respective sees. Having proposed for the safety of the church such suggestions as occurred to us, and having certified what we deemed requisite, we Signed the confession of faith. We did not certainly Sign the anathemas —not because we impugned the confession of faith, but because we did not believe the accused to be what he was represented to us. " If this letter is genuine, it demonstrates the fact of their partial and incomplete Signature of the symbol of Nicaea, and that the incompleteness turned on personal and not on doctrinal grounds. 5) that Eusebius and Theognis Signed the symbol, anathemas and all. Philostorgius recounts a rumour that after the council Eusebius desired to have his name expunged from the list of Signatures, and a similar statement is repeated by Sozomen (ii. The fact may, notwithstanding the adverse judgment of many historians, have been that Eusebius Signed the formulary, expressing the view he took of its meaning, and discriminating between an anathema of certain positions and the persecution of an individual. A Signature, thus qualified, may have saved him from immediate banishment. Moreover, in the eyes of Constantine, Eusebius was one who had Signed the Nicene symbol, and had renounced the negations of Arius
Possession - _ Indications are not wanting that certain words which later came to Signify calamities were originally the demons who caused the calamities. It is very Significant that, after recording the turning of water into wine (John 2:1; John 4:46), the cure of the royal official’s son (John 4:47), the healing of the invalid at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1), the feeding of the five thousand (John 6:1), and the walking on the sea (John 6:19), the writer of the Fourth Gospel says that not only many of His disciples refused to associate with Him any longer (John 6:66), but even His own brothers did not believe in Him (John 7:5). Of the mass of the people it is said, ‘But though he had done so many Signs before them, yet they believed not on him’ (John 12:37), but continued to demand a Sign not on earth but from the heavens. By the simple Sign of the Cross or by repeating the name of the master they professed to be able to cast out devils which had resisted all the enchantments of the pagan exorcists. _ In the mediaeval Church the εὐεργούμενοι, persons who are apt to become possessed, and to whom a special part of the church was exclusively assigned, were under the care of an Cross, Crucifixion - This was not just done out of cruelty but was designed to hasten death and lessen the terrible ordeal. After the beating, the victim was forced to bear the crossbeam to the execution site in order to Signify that life was already over and to break the will to live. Andrew's cross (supposedly the form used to crucify Andrew) had the shape of the letter X; 4) the Greek cross has both beams equal in the shape of a plus Sign. ...
The four Gospels look at Jesus' crucifixion from four different vantage points and highlight diverse aspects of the Significance of His death. All the emphases—the messianic thrust, Jesus as Son of God and as the righteous Martyr, the sacrificial nature of His death, the cross as His throne—are necessary emphases of the total picture of the Significance of His crucifixion
Baptism - This term, which designates a NT rite, is confined to the vocabulary of the NT. the result of his preaching was to induce men to seek baptism as an outward Sign and pledge of inward repentance on their part, and of their forgiveness on the part of God. But in any case the Significance of their baptism was that of ceremonial cleansing; John employed it as a symbol and a seal of moral purification. But it is better to infer the authority of Christ for the practice from the prompt and universal adoption of it by the Apostles and the infant Church, to which the opening chapters of Acts bear witness; and from the Significance attached to the rite in the Epistles, and especially in those of St. That baptism was ‘in the name of Jesus’ Signifies that it took place for the purpose of sealing the new relationship of belonging to, being committed to, His Personality
Kenosis - Although morally tempted and developing, Jesus betrays no Sign of penitence for sin or failure, and we are warranted in affirming that He was tempted without sin, and in His development knew no sin
Manliness - ), His denunciations of the Pharisees (Matthew 23), His woes against the cities of Galilee (Matthew 11:20-24), His acts of healing upon the Sabbath, His rebuke to the people of Nazareth (Luke 4:16-30), His statement about the Temple (John 2:18-22), His refusal of a Sign to the scribes (Matthew 12:38-42; Matthew 16:1-4, Mark 8:11-12, Luke 11:16 f
Church Government - It is simply the familiar and expressive Sign of benediction inherited by the Apostles from the Synagogue and adapted to the service of the Church’ (Swete, The Holy Spirit in the NT, p
Parable - , but it is not the same word, and Signifies 'allegory. In the kingdom in its new phase, consequent upon Christ's rejection, the possession of riches is no Sign of divine favour. " The virgins Signify Christians, and not the faithful Jewish remnant, for these will not sleep (persecution will prevent that), nor be a mixed company, nor have to wait a long time for their Deliverer
Independents - The hierarchy established by that princess in the churches of her dominions, the vestments worn by the clergy in the celebration of divine worship, the book of Common Prayer, and, above all, the Sign of the cross used in the administration of baptism, were very offensive to many of her subjects, who, during the persecutions of the former reign, had taken refuge among the Protestants of Germany and Geneva. Jacob, who had fled from the persecution of bishop Bancroft, going to Holland, and having imparted his design of getting up a separate congregation, like those in Holland, to the most learned Puritans of those times, it was not condemned as unlawful, considering there was no prospect of a national reformation
Apostle - Christ chose them in the first instance (Mark 3:14) ‘that they might be with him,’ to be educated and trained, ‘and that he might send them forth to preach’ and do works of mercy Instruction is the main thing, and ‘disciples’ is the usual designation; mission work is secondary and temporary. And the confidence with which they delivered their testimony was communicated to those who heard it all the more effectually because, without any Sign of collusion or conspiracy, they all told the same story. The ‘all’ probably looks back to ‘the twelve’ in 1 Corinthians 15:10, which is an official and not a numerical designation, for only ten were there, Thomas and Judas being absent
Judas - Put the case that he did-what did he receive? Nothing, surely, more than the mere outward Sign. The most blessed purposes are in the design
Elijah - These flying every day to procure food for their young, the prophet availed himself of a part of what they brought; and while they, obeying the dictates of nature, designed only to provide for their offspring, Divine providence directed them to provide at the same time for the wants of Elijah. Elijah retorted the charge upon the king, and his iniquities, and challenged Ahab to gather the people together, and the prophets of Baal, that it might be determined by a Sign from heaven, the falling of fire upon the sacrifice, who was the true God. Double may Signify like; or the gift of prophecy, and of miracles, in a degree double to what thou dost possess, or to what I now possess
Praise - They are symbolic of a character which makes professions in words but is lacking in love, or, as Edersheim puts it, ‘he compares the gift of “tongues” to the Sign or Signal by which the real music of the Temple was introduced’ (op
John, the Epistles of - 25) designates the first epistle genuine, and "probably second and third epistles, though all do not recognize the latter two"; he quotes 1 John 1:5 (tom. The rise of antichristian teachers he marks as a Sign of "the last time" (1 John 2:18), no other "age" or dispensation will be until Christ comes; for His coming the church is to be ever waiting; Hebrews 1:2, "these last days
Mount of Olives - By the Jews, besides the above mentioned, the name ‘mountain of light’ has also been given, from the fact that here used to be kindled the first beacon-fire to Signalize through the land the appearance of each new moon. Crossing over from Bethany, Jesus illustrated His teaching by the Sign of the withering of the barren fig-tree (Matthew 21:18-19 || Mark 11:12-14; Mark 11:20-22), and on the slopes of this hill, with the doomed city spread out before them, Christ delivered to His disciples His wonderful eschatological discourse (Matthew 24:3 f
Prudentius, Marcus (?) Aurelius Clemens Prudentius - 360), the Sign of the cross ( Cath
Vigilius, Bishop of Rome - Vigilius, supported by these 70 Signatories, issued the document known as his Judicatum , addressed to Mennas, on Easter Eve, 548 (Ep. If any further proof were needed of his double dealing we should have a Signal one in the fact (if it be one) that, even while thus trying to persuade the Westerns that he was on their side, he was induced by the emperor to take a secret oath before him to do all he could to bring about the condemnation of the Three Chapters. Vigilius protested against this as a violation of their agreement, called an assembly of bishops in the palace of Placidia where he lodged, conjured them to use their efforts to procure a revocation of the edict till the episcopate of the West should have an opportunity of pronouncing its opinion, and in virtue of the authority of the apostolic see declared all excommunicated who should meanwhile Sign or receive it. This Constitutum , dated May 14, 553, was Signed also by 16 Western bishops
John, Gospel of (ii. Contents) - Particular events are important only in proportion to their universal Significance. There is no Sign of a polemic against Docetism, Ebionism, or against Cerinthus. He tries to recall them to real history, by subtly spiritualizing the miraculous narratives, to which they attributed too much importance, and bringing out their ethical and spiritual Significance. This design of spiritualizing the tradition is kept in view throughout; but it is carried out so subtly and quietly that it has often been overlooked. ), following the miracle of the 5000, and does not wish the truth of the mystical union to be bound up too closely with the participation in an ecclesiastical rite; he omits the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the cry, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,’ because the impression which he wishes to convey of the complete voluntariness of Christ’s sufferings and death, and of the ‘glory’ which was manifested by His humiliation as well as by His triumph over death, might be impaired by incidents which seem to indicate human weakness and hesitation; and, lastly, he omits the Ascension and the descent of the Paraclete, because he does not wish the withdrawal of Christ’s bodily presence, and the continuation of the Incarnation in another more spiritual form, to be associated with physical portents, or to be assigned to particular days. , and there are no Signs that our Evangelist wishes to correct his predecessors from the standpoint of one who has had access to better information. ) is the only miracle which has the true Synoptic ring; in the others no ‘faith’ is required in those who are to benefit by the Sign, and the object seems to be to manifest some aspect of Christ’s Person and work. In John 1:29 John the Baptist designates Christ ‘the Lamb of God,’ with clear reference to the Paschal sacrifice. The text presents an apparent sense, which is in figure a second, which in turn points to a third and still deeper Signification. As for the number 3, perhaps too much ingenuity has been shown in cutting up the whole Gospel into arrangements of 3; but unquestionably the book does lend itself very readily to such classification, and the fact that it is concealed rather than obtruded is in accordance with what seems to have been the method and design of the writer. It is said that 200 (Peter is 200 cubits from the land) Signifies, in the Philonian lore, repentance. The ‘forty-six years’ since the beginning of the building of the Temple may possibly be connected with the age assigned to Jesus (‘not yet fifty years old’); it has been suggested that the Evangelist wishes to make Him seven times seven years old at the Crucifixion; but this is very doubtful
Law (2) - ’ The reference is to His own death; and possibly the foreboding expressed should lead us to assign this incident to His later ministry, after the declaration of Messiahship had been made and the prediction of death had been uttered. On the other hand, the veiled allusion makes it possible that those who heard it would not catch His meaning, and we can, in that case, assign it to a late date only if we are clear that Jesus Himself became conscious at a comparatively late period in His ministry of the death that awaited Him. The very doubt which was implied in the question whether Jesus paid the half-shekel which was levied as a temple-tax is most Significant as to the drift towards freedom, which was already detected in His teaching. Moreover, it was the Sign of the Old Covenant; but Jesus knew that His blood consecrated a New Covenant. This implied the abolition of the Old Covenant, and naturally the abolition of circumcision, which was its Sign
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(c) The Significance of the institution of the sacraments. —A society, to be plainly visible and unmistakable, requires some outward act or Sign of distinction by which all its members can be recognized. No society has, as a matter of fact, succeeded in maintaining itself in existence for an indefinite period without such Signs of distinction and corporate actions. This is indeed only part of the Significance of the sacraments, but when they are regarded from another point of view it becomes all the more striking that the means appointed to convey the grace of God to the individual should be necessarily social in their character. The general tendency of the teaching of Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount and elsewhere, with regard to the Jewish Law and to the relation of the inward and outward, gives great Significance to the fact that He should have ordered any external acts of the nature of sacraments, and makes it still more remarkable that He should have laid emphasis on their necessity as a condition of entrance into the Kingdom and to the possession of life (John 3:5; John 6:54). It is also to be a visible unity, for it is to be a Sign to the world: ‘that the world may believe
Confession - Signifies a public acknowledgment of any thing as our own: thus Christ will confess the faithful in the day of judgment, Luke 12:8 . ...
CONFESSIONS OF FAITH, simply considered, is the same with creed, and Signifies a summary of the principal articles of belief adopted by any individual or society. ...
This confession of faith was then preeminently named symbolum; which might be understood in the general acceptation of Sign, as the characteristic, representative Sign of the Christian faith; or, in a more restricted sense, in reference to the συμβυλον στρατιωτικον , or tessera militaris, the watch word of the Christian soldier, communicated to each man at his first entrance into the service of Christ. The subjoined are the first two paragraphs in it, and will be admired for the orthodoxy, artlessness, and Christian experience which they exhibit:— "I, PATRICK, a sinner, the rudest, the least, and the most insignificant of the faithful, had Calphurnius, a deacon, for my father, who was the son of Potitus, heretofore a priest, the son of Odissus, who lived in the village of Banavem Taberniae. ' The meaning of this term in its primary Signification, and as it is applied to common subjects in common discourse, means a preservation from threatening perils, or from threatened punishment. ) We do believe that the sacraments are Signs of the holy thing, or visible forms of the invisible grace; accounting it good
Worship - The command to publish the Gospel includes the obligation of assembling to hear it; the name by which a Christian society is designated in Scripture is a church; which Signifies an assembly for the transaction of business; and, in the case of a Christian assembly, that business must necessarily be spiritual, and include the sacred exercises of prayer, praise, and hearing the Scriptures. Similar objects adorned the walls of chambers, the drinking vessels, and the Signet rings, (on which the Heathen had constantly idolatrous images,) to which, whenever they pleased, they could address their devotions; and the Christians naturally felt themselves obliged to replace these objects, which wounded their moral and religious feelings, with others more suited to those feelings. And Clemens of Alexandria says, in reference to the Signet rings of the Christians, "Let our Signet rings consist of a dove," the emblem of the Holy Ghost, "or a fish, or a ship sailing toward heaven," the emblem of the Christian church, or of individual Christian souls, "or a lyre," the emblem of Christian joy, "or an anchor," the emblem of Christian hope; "and he who is a fisherman, let him remember the Apostle, and the children who were dragged out from the water; for those men ought not to engrave idolatrous forms, to whom the use of them is forbidden; those can engrave no sword and no bow, who seek for peace; the friends of temperance cannot engrave drinking cups. This token was remarkably common among them; it was used to consecrate their rising and their going to bed, their going out and their coming in, and all the actions of daily life; it was the Sign which Christians made involuntarily whenever any thing of a fearful nature surprised them. But here also, again, men were too apt to confuse the idea and the token which represented it; and they attributed the effects of faith in the crucified Redeemer to the outward Sign, to which they ascribed a supernatural, sanctifying, and preservative power; an error of which we find traces as early as the third century
Teaching of the Twelve Apostles - This time of trial was to be Signalized by the appearance of one who is called the "deceiver of the world" (κοσμοπλάνος) who should appear as God's Son and do Signs and wonders and into whose hands the earth should be delivered so that under the trial many should be scandalized and be lost (cf. But then shall appear the Signs of the truth: first the Sign of outspreading (ἐκπετάσεως) in heaven (a difficult phrase which need not here be discussed); then the trumpet's voice (Mat_24:31; 1Co_15:52; 1Th_4:16); thirdly the resurrection of the dead—not of all but as was said the Lord shall come and all His saints with Him. The number of στίχοι attributed to the Didaché is 200; whereas 1,400 are assigned to the Revelation of St. The Church Ordinances exhibit Signs of acquaintance with Barnabas; the Latin form does not. " The Latin fragment breaks off too soon to give any information as to the length of the original: the Church Ordinances cease to present coincidences with the Didaché after the section on the "Two Ways"; but this may be because the directions for ritual and discipline had become out of date when the Ordinances were put together, the editor therefore designedly substituting what better agreed with the practice of his own age. is that it means the Sign of the cross, being derived from Barnabas's interpretation of ἐξεπέτασα in Is 65:2
Virgin Birth - This phenomenon is highly unusual if the narratives were indeed products of Christian legend rather than accounts carefully documenting what happened at the time of Jesus' birth before the christological Significance of Jesus was yet known. To strip it of its supernatural character is to make the story nothing more than a moral example or ideal: It humanizes Christ's birth, devalues the redemptive Significance of his coming, and makes God untrue in that he never did what was claimed he would do in regard to Jesus' birth. But the christological Significance of the virgin birth is clear from the broader context of the New Testament. According to Matthew 1:22-23 , the virgin birth is understood as a prophetic fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14 : "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a Sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. It describes the scriptural Significance of Jesus' coming: to carry out God's saving work and to involve God personally in doing so. ...
In view of the whole Gospel story, their acceptance of God's call unquestionably cost them dearly at times: as the recipients of slander and gossip, in lingering confusion as to when and how Jesus would fulfill what was announced of him, and ultimately Mary's deep grief at seeing Jesus crucifiedplus her added difficulties of not (fully ) understanding that Jesus was to be raised from the dead or the saving Significance of his death until some time after the resurrection
Lord - -In the Septuagint κύριος is employed consistently to represent אַדֹנָי, which the Jews substituted in reading for the name יהוה, and hence it became the general designation of God. In the Pauline Epistles the term usually designates Christ, but there are occasional exceptions, and we must determine from the context whether God or Christ is to be understood. -For the most part, however, the term is employed in the NT to designate Christ. What is suggested by this title as assigned to Christ? The simplest answer is that it calls up the relation of king and subject, conceived in the Oriental spirit as that of lord and slave (cf. ); on one occasion he uses that term as a worthy designation of a faithful disciple (Colossians 4:12), and reminds believers that such slavery is the condition into which they have surrendered themselves (1 Corinthians 7:22). It is deliberately selected to assign a certain lofty dignity to Christ. The title was deliberately transferred to Christ by the early Christians to Signify that they worshipped Him as a Divine Being. 26) suggests, that he selected the title ‘Lord’ for Christ here as predicating a dignity one rank lower than that of Supreme God, and so leaving room for that relation of subordination which the Apostle elsewhere assigns to Him (2 Corinthians 1:3, Ephesians 1:17). It is He who assigns their various lots to men (1 Corinthians 7:17), who grants power of service and endows with grace (1 Timothy 1:12; 1 Timothy 1:14), who stands by and strengthens in time of trouble (2 Timothy 4:17), and delivers out of persecutions (2 Timothy 3:11). That name is invoked when the sick are anointed with oil (James 5:14); and not only on such formal occasions, but in every word and deed (Colossians 3:17), for that appears to be the Significance of the phrase, one is to ‘do all in the name of the Lord’ (Heitmüller, op. Such being the Significance with which the title is invested, it is small wonder that St. In cases of ecstasy such confession was the infallible Sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3)
James - The four asked our Lord "privately" when His prediction of the temple's overthrow should be fulfilled, and what should be the Sign (Mark 13:3). Clopas (Alexandrinus and Vaticanus manuscripts, John 19:25) or Cleophas (Sinaiticus manuscript) is the Hebrew, Alphaeus the Greek, of the same name: he married Mary, sister of the Virgin Mary, and had by her James, Joses, Jude, and Simon, and three daughters (Mary is sometimes designated "mother of James and Joses," Matthew 27:56, as these were the two oldest); he died before our Lord's ministry began, and his widow went to live with her sister the Virgin Mary, a widow also herself (for Joseph's name never occurs after Luke 2), at Nazareth (Matthew 13:55), Capernaum (John 2:12), and Jerusalem (Acts 1:14)
Woe - 326; Ecce Homo1 [Note: designates the particular edition of the work referred]'>[1] , 272, 276). ...
The lawyers are then condemned for amplifying the written Law with their intolerably burdensome enactments, which they contrive to evade themselves, while so rigorous in exacting obedience to them from others (Luke 11:46); for their zeal in the erection and adornment of the tombs of the prophets, which, in bitter irony, is pronounced to be a Sign of their continuing the work of the murderers of the prophets (Luke 11:47-48; Wendt, i. 281; Ecce Homo1 [3] , 267); and for taking away ‘the key of knowledge’ (see Keys) by their traditional interpretations, which rendered the people incapable of recognizing the living truth (Luke 11:52). 68); the characteristics stated were comprehensive and Significant enough to enable His hearers to understand who were the persons intended
Matthew, the Gospel of - This opening section makes it obvious that Jesus is designated by God to be the Messiah with authority—for all nations. When Jesus included baptizing, they realized it was the Sign of commitment to discipleship, and so do we
Heaven, Heavens, Heavenlies - ...
"Heaven" designates two interrelated and broad concepts—the physical reality beyond the earth and the spiritual reality in which God dwells. ...
Second, heaven contains Signs establishing God's promises. The rainbow Signifies that God will never destroy the world by a flood again (Genesis 9:12-16 ). ...
Third, God displays miraculous Signs in the heavens. Likewise, drought was a Sign of God's displeasure (Deuteronomy 28:23-24 )
Mary, the Virgin - There are evident Signs in the narrative that this was not so, but nothing that we read mars the exquisite simplicity of her words of humble submission, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. At Bethlehem, perhaps in the cave where now is the Church of the Nativity, she brought forth her firstborn Son, and there, too, she received the visit of the shepherds, whose words as to the Sign given them from heaven she ‘kept, pondering them in her heart
Metaphors - ...
A simple metaphor expresses the resemblance (or identity) between two dissimilar objects or ideas by applying to one a term which can literally designate only the other, as ‘This is my body (Matthew 26:26). If, instead of spitting on the tongue, He ‘spat out,’ this would receive explanation from the custom of the Jews to spit in contempt when idols were mentioned; as also in the early Church, where converts coming to baptism spat out as a Sign that they renounced the kingdom of Satan
Confession - ‘The recognition of the revelation of God is the Sign of the presence of God’ (Westcott, Epp
Commission - Their standing is to be sealed and ratified by the Sign of the gospel. It Signifies both the bestowal and the reception of that grace of God in Christ which brings salvation. The person baptized, on the other hand, ratifies by his Signature the faith in Christ through which these blessings are appropriated. ...
The place assigned to Word and Sacrament in the spiritual perspective of this Commission is well worthy of notice. When each is assigned its true place as a means of grace, the work of evangelizing and edifying, committed to His Church by Christ, will most surely prosper
Agony - But even if this conjecture be unwarranted, and this be an utterance on the occasion to which the Fourth Evangelist assigns it, the words serve to illustrate Jesus’ struggle in view of His death. To His moral insight and spiritual discernment these were not single misdeeds, but Signs and proofs of a wickedness and godlessness spreading far and wide in the life of mankind, reaching deep into the soul of man. At last He knew that they would abandon Him altogether, their outer distance but the Sign and proof of their inward alienation
Jeroboam - Israel, having the right of making king whomsoever God chose (2 Samuel 2:4; 2 Samuel 5:3; 1 Chronicles 29:22), assembled to Shechem (Nablus now) for that purpose, the ancient place of national assembly in Ephraim (Joshua 24:1), and more suited than Jerusalem to their design of transferring the government to Jeroboam. Next, adopting carnal policy instead of God's will, which assured him the kingdom on condition of obedience, and which designs ultimately to reunite Israel to Judah after Judah's temporary chastisement for sin, he set up two golden calves, one at Dan the other at Bethel, to obviate the apprehended return of Israel to Rehoboam through going up to the great feasts at Jerusalem. He gave also a Sign of the future fulfillment of his prophecy; "the altar shall be rent, and the ashes
Winter - Thus the designation of Matthew 23:34, ‘prophets and wise men and scribes,’ is seen to be Historically correct, as against the modified form of Matthew 11:25-27 (‘prophets and apostles’; cf. The designation ‘Wisdom of God,’ or simply ‘Wisdom,’ is sometimes applied to the Spirit of God as manifest in creation and redemption, in the illumination of the mind and regeneration of the soul. In the Hokhmâh, or Wisdom literature, this is the habitual designation of the Divine Spirit, especially conceived as manifesting the redeeming love of God, which goes forth to seek and save the erring (Wisdom of Solomon 1:6; Wisdom of Solomon 7:22-28). Charles on this passage of Enoch is too Significant to be omitted: ‘The praise of wisdom was a favourite theme. Both designate the Spirit of God incarnate in Christ. All other occurrences of the word or connected idea in the discourses stand more or less closely related with one of two incidents: (1) Jesus’ denunciation of the faithless generation which rejected for opposite reasons both the Baptist’s mission and His own (Matthew 11), or (2) His denunciation of the scribes who blasphemed the Spirit of God whereby He wrought, demanding a Sign from heaven (Matthew 12:22-45). The Significance of the use of the term ‘wisdom’ in both cases (1618387268_30; Matthew 12:42) for the gracious and winning appeal of God’s redeeming, forgiving love, is made more apparent by the contrast in both instances with the Baptist’s harsher message of warning against ‘the wrath to come
Witness (2) - In view, however, of the unique Significance of the Person of Christ, and in harmony with the method of the NT preaching, it will be most appropriate to consider our subject under these two heads:—I. Consciousness), and all the works of God preparatory to and accompanying the life of Jesus Christ on earth designed to lead men to the certainty of faith in Him as Redeemer and Lord. John’s witness Jesus accepts as having a very real Significance, for He regards it not as the witness of man merely, but as inspired of God. Miracles, Resurrection of Christ, and Sign. ...
From all this it is clear that the visible manifestation of the Lord was designed to be superseded by a manifestation through the word of His witnesses. And as was the design, so also is the actual experience under the gospel: where the word is truly preached the Spirit does energize and seal it, and those who believe receive the same certainty as the original disciples possessed
Homosexuality - It is Significant that the word "homosexuality" did not enter the English vocabulary until the early twentieth century. This drawing in of Leviticus to Paul's letters is also Significant in that it provides further demonstration that he perceived a moral and not merely purity-based prohibition of homosexual Acts in the Old Testament. The choice of homosexuality in particular is due to Paul's need to find a visible Sign of humankind's fundamental rejection of God's creation at the very core of personhood. ...
The substance of Paul's proscription of homosexuality is Significant in several respects. " In other words, although Paul does not address the question here directly, it is reasonable to suppose that he would consign the orientation toward homosexual Acts to the same category as heterosexual orientation toward adultery or fornication. This has theological Significance because it implies that movement toward completion or maturity will involve movement toward obedience to the biblical model
Meekness (2) - But in reality meekness has a deeper and wider Significance. The primary Significance of meekness is the calm and trustful acceptance of God’s will, when it is adverse, as meaning our good; but this involves in regard to our fellow-men the quiet and patient endurance of scorn, annoyance, and opposition. Similarly, there are those who, when slighted, show no Sign of resentment, because they are too dull to feel an affront, or because they are controlled by feelings of scorn or by considerations of self-interest and policy. On the lips of Jesus the phrase has a spiritual Significance; it expresses the highest good along with the collateral idea of world-wide influence. Only when the conditions of life are seen to be instinct with spiritual Significance and intention as the expression of God’s will, do they yield up the purest blessings that are hidden in them, and become the means of inward enrichment (cf
the Pharisee - A disputatious spirit is a sure Sign of an unsanctified spirit
Zechariah, Theology of - An additional Sign of his providence was his commitment to end the economic depression. Because of this and because of Haggai's words, that God was about to overturn the kingdoms of the world and appoint Zerubbabel his Signet ring (2:20-23), many hoped that Zerubbabel was the messiah and would usher in the kingdom of God. And Zerubbabel did serve as God's Signet ring by carrying out divine plans in his capacity as governor of Judah
Scripture - " Christ refers frequently to passages in the Old Testament in this way, and once designates the entire collection by the three divisions known to the Jews, "the Law of Moses, and the Prophets, and the Psalms. , and Philo, to designate single books of the Old Testament; and later by Chrysostom—350-407 a. Yet more serious doubt was expressed in regard to Belshazzar; and consequently the narrative of his feast and the awful Sign which interrupted it was pronounced a fable
Dress - The universal Sign of mourning, for example, was the ‘girding’ of the waist with an ’çzôr of hair-cloth (EV Peter, Second Epistle of - He reminds his readers that it was foretold as a Sign of the end that mockers would deny that the Lord will return, but that both the prophets and the Lord proclaimed a day of Final Judgment. It appears to be an Epistle designed to counteract a particular error affecting a district rather than one Church
Philippians, Epistle to - ...
Assuming that the letter was written from a Roman prison, what is its relationship to Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon the other letters of the captivity? Some hold that these were written from Cæsarea while Philippians was sent from Rome, but most assign all these Captivity Epistles to Rome. 61 is the most probable year for the Apostle’s arrival in Rome, this letter may, though not without hesitation, be assigned to a. No hostility must deter them from maintaining the gospel in a spirit of unity, for ability to suffer for Christ is a Sign of Divine grace to them and of ruin to their enemies
Pilate - 3 [1] p. In order to get him to Sign the warrant, they had to show that Jesus had committed a crime worthy of death
Hannah - He had that profound inquietude which attests a moral nature of a high order, and a mental nature stamped with the seal of the archangel! Pascal is of this leading and glorious race: he has more than one Sign of it in his heart and on his brow: he is one of the noblest of mortal men, but he is sick, and he would be cured
Mission - Now the general (πέμπω) and now the specific term (ἀποστέλλω) for sending is used in reference to His work, the latter word Signifying an intimate connexion between sender and sent (Cremer, p. John the Baptist declared that he saw the Spirit descending upon Jesus, and that he had been prepared for this Sign (1618387268_75). The deeds were Signs (σημεῖα) that the Divine messenger could quicken body and soul (Mark 14:21 Luke 7:14-15, John 6:35; John 11:43-44); cure physical and spiritual diseases; render efficient withered powers (1618387268_75 John 5:5-9); add faculties, contrary to what might be expected, as in the case of the man born blind (John 9); redress evils caused by circumstances—for instance the fever due to the Capernaum district—(Luke 4:38-39); cleanse all the fountains of life, as in cures wrought for lepers (1618387268_88 Luke 17:12-14); bestow abilities, receptive (John 6:38) and communicative (Matthew 9:32-33)
Church - word, qâhâl , Signifying the nation of Israel as assembled before God or considered in a religious aspect ( Jdg 21:8 , 1 Chronicles 29:1 , Deuteronomy 31:30 etc. But it may well be that we have these sayings brought together by Matthew in view of the Christian Significance of ecclesia . But the occasion was one that Christ evidently intended to Signalize by a unique deliverance, the full Significance of which would not become apparent till interpreted by later experience (cf. There is therefore little doubt that Jesus meant His disciples to understand the establishment of Messiah’s Kingdom; and that the use of the less common word ecclesia , far from being unintentional, is designed to connect with the new and enlarged Israel only the spiritual associations of Jehovah’s congregation, and to discourage the temporal aspirations which they were only too ready to derive from the promised Kingdom. Membership in Abraham’s covenanted race, of which circumcision was the Sign ( Genesis 17:8 ), brought the Israelite into relation with Jehovah. The propitiatory ritual of the Day of Atonement was expressly designed for the consecration of the whole nation ( Leviticus 16:1-34 )
Tribes of Israel, the - Because Leah saw this birth as a Sign of “good fortune,” especially in the light of the fact that she had ceased having children, she named him “Gad” which means “fortune” (Genesis 30:11 NRSV)
Ethics - In Genesis 3:5 we have the two categories ‘good’ and ‘evil’; the former seems to Signify in Psalms 147:3-6 ‘answering to design’ and in Genesis 2:18 ‘conducive to well-being. Regard for others is imperative; for an unforgiving temper cannot find forgiveness ( Matthew 6:14-15 ; Revelation 5:9 ), worship without brotherliness is rejected ( Exodus 13:8 ), and Christian love is a Sign of regeneration ( Matthew 5:10-12 )
Canaan, History And Religion of - Quite probably the name was derived from a merchant designation; certainly Canaanite was ultimately equated in the biblical text with “trader” or “merchant” (Zechariah 14:21 ). ...
The most Significant finds have been the cuneiform tablets discovered in the royal library and/or temple in Ugarit. On the one hand, each deity had a clear duty assignment, while on the other hand considerable fluidity flowed in deity perception. Thus, she was predominately a fertility goddess and designated “creatress of the gods. Baal was defeated, being consigned thereby to the nether world. Solomon's crowning glory, the Temple, was designed and built by Canaanite architects. ) married Jezebel, a princess from Tyre, as a Sign of the diplomatic relationship between Israel and Tyre. On the other hand, it had a much greater Significance
Jerusalem - yrw may Signify "foundation" or "city, " while salem [1] is the name of a deity. ...
Zion was originally a geographic term for the City of David, but with the extension of the city northward to incorporate the Temple Mount, Zion came also to Signify the dwelling place of Yahweh (Psalm 9:11 ; [3]). No matter where the name rests geographically, Zion's true Significance is in the heavens where God's dwelling will be with his people (Revelation 21:3-4 ). The rare use of the name, however, belies its theological Significance. According to John, Jesus cleansed the temple early in his ministry, following the "first Sign" at Cana (Lamentations 4:2 )
Hypocrisy - It does not stop with pretending to need Signs, while it pays no attention to the evidence it has, and would be convinced by no evidence (Matthew 16:3-4). They believed in miracles, they looked for Signs. The miracle could no longer be questioned, but they could call it a Sign of Beelzebub. Wörterbuch3 [2] p. ]'>[3] 3 [2] : J
Justice (2) - This is the general idea of righteousness; but our word ‘justice’ must be taken as Signifying the recognition and fulfilment of what is due from one to another, righteous dealing between persons, each rendering to others what is their right and due. It may be shown to have Significance for the Divine life, even apart from His relation to others. Repentance is a Sign that the disciplinary purpose which accompanies retribution has not missed its mark; and if now God withheld forgiveness, it would imply a failure of justice
Light - Weiss (in Meyer8 [5] , pp. In Luke 11:33 it is impossible to trace any very obvious connexion between this and what precedes, any more than between it and what follows, unless the idea of the editor is that Solomon’s wisdom and Jonah’s preaching were frank and open to the world (hence Luke 11:33), while no Sign (Luke 11:29) is needed if the inner heart be pure and true (Luke 11:34-38)
Self-Control - To this rule there were no exceptions, the apparent ones proving on closer examination to be designed each for a special didactic or ethical purpose. Similarly the cry on the cross (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34) is no Sign of a temporary loss of control, the collapse of the human spirit of Christ in the bitterness of approaching death
Solomon - Had Solomon lived up to that prayer; no, I must not say that, for no man could do that, not Nathan himself; but if Solomon in all his unspeakable sensualities and idolatries had ever given the least Sign or symptom that he felt shame for his life, or remorse when he remembered his prayer: had it not been for that, I, for one, could never have let it light on my mind that any one but Solomon himself composed what is here called Solomon's prayer
Word - In a broader sense, it designates Scripture itself. The expression "the Lord has spoken" (Isaiah 24:3 ) Signifies unrivaled authority. ...
But the New Testament Significantly deepens the Old Testament in light of the incarnation. Although the Old Testament never uses the concept of word to describe the expected coming of the messiah, the New Testament Significantly develops its theological meaning by equating the Old Testament concept of word of God with the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Fourth Gospel recounts seven Sign miracles of Jesus (2:1-11; 4:46-54; 5:1-9; 6:5-14; 6:19-21; 9:1-7; 11:1-44). As "signs" these miracles indicate the importance of what Jesus did in conjunction with understanding him as the preincarnate word of God
Begetting - Again, in John 1:18 ‘No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him,’ the expression ‘which is in the bosom of the Father’ is apparently meant for a further explanation or definition of the expression ‘only-begotten Son,’ the present participle ὁ ὤν Signifying, as Alford puts it, ‘essential truth without any particular regard to time,’ while the peculiar construction εἰς τὸν κόλπον, literally ‘into’ not ‘in’ ‘the bosom’ (as might have been expected—ἐν τῷ κόλπῳ), is, as that commentator again points out, ‘a pregnant construction, involving the begetting of the Son and His being the λόγος of the Father,—His proceeding forth from God. Thus when the Baptist saw the Sign, the dove from heaven alighting upon Jesus, he tells us, ‘And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God’ (John 1:34). Each of these aspects has its own Significance
Fellowship (2) - The conception of fellowship in the NT is not exhausted by the varied Significations of any one word; it becomes plain only as we comprehend the meaning of the life of the Early Church. It Signified the religious assembly of God’s chosen people; but as this could never be completely realized, even in the great temple gatherings, the conception remained largely ideal. Rank is assigned, not as in worldly kingdoms, but by the degree of service rendered by each to all (Mark 10:35-45). Indeed, the Macedonians regard it as a Signal token of Divine favour to be allowed thus to help those from whom they had received the gospel; and the poor Jewish Christians, who had made experience of the liberal Christian kindliness of the Gentiles, could hardly refuse to call them brethren (2 Corinthians 8:1-5; 2 Corinthians 9:11-14). ...
This religious idea of brotherhood issues in a new grace, ‘love of the brethren’ (φιλαδελφία), which is to be cherished as an especial Sign of Divine life (1 Thessalonians 4:9, Romans 12:10, Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 1:22)
Prophet - 543) suggests that chozeh designates the king's "seer" (1 Chronicles 21:9; 2 Chronicles 29:25), not only David's seer Gad (as Smith's Bible Dictionary says) but Iddo in Solomon's reign (2 Chronicles 9:29; 2 Chronicles 12:15). ...
Moses was the highest concentration of the type; bringing in with mighty Signs the legal dispensation, as Christ did the gospel (Deuteronomy 18:15; Deuteronomy 34:10-11; John 1:18; John 1:45; John 3:34; John 15:24), and announcing the program of God's redemption scheme, which the rest of the Bible fills up. Prophets existed before: Abraham, and the patriarchs as recipients of God's revelations, are so designated (Psalms 105:15; Genesis 15:12; Genesis 20:7); but Samuel constituted them into a permanent order. ...
The prophecies were designedly made up of many parts (polumeros ; Hebrews 12:1); fragmentary and figurative, the temporary and local fulfillment often foreshadowing the Messianic fulfillment. The obscurity, in some parts, of prophecies of which other parts have been plainly fulfilled is designed to exercise our faith, the obscure parts yet awaiting their exhaustive fulfillment; e. ...
So the prophet Isaiah's son is the Sign of the immediate deliverance of Judah from Rezin and Pekah; but language is used which could not have applied to him, and can only find its full and exhaustive accomplishment in the antitypical Immanuel (1618387268_49; Isaiah 8:3-12; Isaiah 8:18; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18-23). They diligently inquired as to the deep Significancy of their own words, and were told that the full meaning would only be known in subsequent gospel times (Daniel 12:8-9; Zechariah 4:5; 1618387268_12)
Jonath - As it was, the ship of Tarshish now in question soon began to give forth Signs that she was not chartered to carry to Tarshish such a contraband cargo as that prophet of God was who now lay in her sides fast asleep. With a God so given to mercy at the first Sign of repentance in a sinner, Jonah felt that Israel was not safe till Nineveh was completely destroyed, and for ever blotted out
Hypocrisy - It does not stop with pretending to need Signs, while it pays no attention to the evidence it has, and would be convinced by no evidence (Matthew 16:3-4). They believed in miracles, they looked for Signs. The miracle could no longer be questioned, but they could call it a Sign of Beelzebub. Wörterbuch3 [2] p. ]'>[3] 3 [2] : J
Theophilus, Bishop of Alexandria - To Eunapius the temple-breakers were impious men who "threw everything into confusion, boasted of having conquered the gods," enriched themselves by the plunder, "brought into the sacred places the so-called monks, men in form but swinish in life," deified the, "bones and heads of worthless men who had been punished by the courts for their offences," and assigned to "bad slaves who had borne the marks of the lash the title of martyrs and intercessors with the gods. Palladius adds that he induced five of the Nitrian monks ("men unworthy even to be doorkeepers"), whom he had promoted to ecclesiastical office, to Sign accusations against three of their chief brethren, who were accordingly excommunicated in a council. " He assigned them a lodging in the precincts of the church of Anastasia, and pious ladies contributed to their support
Christ, Christology - ...
The parables of the kingdom shed further light on Jesus' Christology of inaugurated eschatology, since a true metaphor is more than a Sign because it bears the reality to which it refers. Hence the Significance of the messianic secret voiced in Matthew 16:20
Timothy And Titus Epistles to - This will be a Sign not that God has forsaken His Church, but of the end of the age; and, as was the case with the magicians who resisted Moses, these corrupt men will be detected in their folly
David - He was welcomed by the king, who assigned him Ziklag as his residence. He had lived in harmony with both the priesthood and the prophets; a sure Sign that the spirit of his government had been throughly loyal to the higher aims of the theocracy
Ezekiel, Theology of - It is difficult for the contemporary Protestant to grasp the Significance of this theological catastrophe. The chariot comes in a storm, the Sign of a theophany. Its position in the north is Significant since that is the direction from which Israel's enemies, as executioners of Yahweh's anger, generally came. ...
Especially remarkable here are the lengthy laments over Tyre (26:1-28:19), a place of special Significance because it was Tyre that built the Jerusalem temple (1 Kings 5:1-11 ). ...
Most Significant here is the portrayal of the river of life in 47:1-12. Where the text itself Signals us that the literal meaning implies absurdities, it is folly to force such a meaning on the passage
Hezekiah - ), so that the sentence of exile and humiliation, "tossed like a ball into a large country, and there the chariots of his glory becoming the shame of his lord's house," was apparently reversed, though Jewish tradition says he was tied to the horses' tails by the enemy to whom he designed to betray Jerusalem, but who thought he mocked them. God gave Hezekiah as a Sign of recovery the recession of the shadow ten degrees on Ahaz's (See DIAL, an obelisk in the midst of the court, the shadow of which could be seen by Hezekiah from his sick chamber, falling on the successive steps ascending to his palace. His faith received an immediate answer of peace; 185,000 were slain by the angel of the Lord in the "night," perhaps by "the plague that, walketh in darkness" (2 Kings 19:35, with which Isaiah 37:36 undesignedly accords, "when they arose early in the morning". ...
This is an undesigned coincidence of Scripture with secular history, confirming the truth of the former
Miracles - Jesus rejected such use as a temptation ( Matthew 4:6-7 ), and always refused to work a Sign to meet the demands of unbelief ( Matthew 16:4 ). see), there were Signs and wonders wrought by the Apostles and others ( Acts 2:43 ; Acts 5:12 ; Acts 5:18 ; Acts 6:8 ; Acts 8:13 ). The majority of the miracles of the first group are not outside of the order of nature; what is extraordinary in them is their coincidence with the prophetic declaration, this constituting the events Signs of the Divine revelation. His miracles are not wonders , for it is no wonder that He should so act, but Signs , proofs of what He is, and works , congrnous with His character as ‘ever doing good,’ and His purpose to reveal the grace of the Father. The frequent references to the deliverance from Egypt made in the subsequent literature attest the historical reality of that series of events; and it cannot be said to be improbable that Signs should have accompanied such a Divine intervention in human history. see) was the supernatural feature of deepest Significance and highest value. If we adequately estimate the Significance of the Exodus in the history of mankind, the providential events connected with it will assume greater credibility. It was fitting that the redemption of man from sin should be accompanied by outward remedial Signs, the relief of his need and removal of his sufferings
Leprosy - To enter into a full examination of OT leprosy would be out of place here, but it may be said that neither true leprosy (in the modern sense) nor any other known disease answers to all the Signs described. , were, from the point of view of ceremonial uncleanness, included in the term lepra, the word having, as is usual with medical terms, a much wider Signification among the lay public than among the medical authors. The other cases, a Russian Jewess, three Spanish Jewesses, and a Spanish Jewish boy, all lived at home and mixed freely with their friends; the boy, indeed, long after he had marked symptoms of anaesthetic leprosy, continued to attend a large Jewish boys’ school without any Sign of opposition or trouble. ...
(1) In the tubereular form, after a prodromal period of indefinite duration during which there is a gradual loss of power and vivacity, obscure pains in the limbs and joints, feverish attacks and loss of appetite, the first definite Signs to appear are symmetrical discoloured blotches, especially over the back. It is quite possible that sometimes cases may be hidden away, as with the Jewish cases above mentioned, by their relatives; but this cannot often happen in the villages, as the village sheikhs are very prompt in detecting early Signs of the disease, and a suspected case is soon expelled from the community
Lord's Supper. (i.) - The Gospels as they now stand are said to owe so much to the thought and practice of the growing Church, that it is necessary to read between the lines in order to detect the simple form of the Eucharist on the day of its first celebration, when ‘it Signified rather the abrogation of the old worship and the near approach of the Kingdom than the institution of a new worship. —The term ‘sacrament’ denotes an outward and visible Sign of an invisible spiritual reality. In order to understand the Significance of this institution, it must be borne in mind that the disciples had committed all their fortunes to Jesus. They needed a pledge of love Significant of the future and yet full of tender memories. That it was a mark of supreme wisdom thus to perpetuate the Significance of His death for the completion of His Kingdom in concrete symbolism, is evident from their misinterpretation of their Lord’s promise as to the future of His Kingdom on earth and His own return; but we are led to expect only such words and symbolic action as would illuminate the spiritual idea of the Kingdom; not precepts and ritual ordinance for its external organization. The Supper would be at most one element in the celebration, and possibly had little direct Paschal Significance. Drummond, Character and Authorship of Fourth Gospel, 444–513; Stanton, The Gospels as Historical Documents, 173–197; Preuschen in PRE [2]3 3 [4] xiv. Orelli, ‘Passah,’ in PRE [2]3 3 [4] xiv
David - David is here represented as having been designated by Jahweh as Saul’s successor; Samuel is sent to Bethlehem to anoint him; all the seven sons of Jesse pass before the prophet, but the Spirit does not move him to anoint any of them; in perplexity he asks the father if he has any more children, whereupon the youngest is produced, and Samuel anoints him. ]'>[2] should be read ‘four’] years of suchlike crafty preparation, the rebellion broke out; a feast at Hebron, the old capital, given by Absalom to the conspirators, was the Signal for the outbreak. At first Absalom was successful; he attacked Jerusalem, from which David bad to flee; here, following the advice of Ahithophel, he took possession of the royal harem, a Sign (in the eyes of the people of those days) of the right of heritage. ...
While it is impossible to deny that the rôle of musician in which we are accustomed to picture David is largely the product of later ages, there can be no doubt that this rôle assigned to him is based on fact (cf
Pharaoh - ...
What Sign showest Thou, said the unbelieving Jews to our Lord, that we may see, and believe Thee? What dost Thou work? Let me see a miracle, said Pharaoh to Moses and Aaron, and then I will let Israel go. But turn away tonight from your first duty; make postponements; seek more convenient seasons; raise obstacles; make conditions; seek for Signs, and put it off yourself, and put it upon God and upon His servants, to wait for you and to make terms with you, and from this night your heart will harden like Pharaoh's heart till your end is like his
Children - ...
The tender love which the Hebrew parent bore to his child, and the absorbing interest with which he watched and guided its development, doubtless find partial expression in the multiplicity of designations by which the several stages of childhood are marked in that pictorial language. ...
This series of designations may, of course, he more than matched out of the richness of Greek speech. , Luke 18:15-16), and again it designates a little maiden of twelve years of age (Mark 5:41-42). It designates, says Schmidt (p. ’ Νεκνίσκος is the appropriate designation of every stage of youthful maturity from so early an age that μειράκιον or ταῖς might be interchanged with it up to so late a period—about 40—that it is on the point of giving way to old age. The nobleman’s son at Capernaum, whose healing Jesus wrought as a second Sign when He came out of Judaea into Galilee (John 4:46-54), was at least a ‘child’ (παῖς, John 4:51), for so the servants call him in cold sobriety; and probably was a ‘little child’ (John 4:49), although it is, of course, possible that on the lips of the father the diminutive expresses tenderness of affection rather than of age
John the Baptist - When Jesus Christ presented himself to receive baptism from him, this Sign was vouchsafed; and from that time he bore his testimony to Jesus, as the Christ. He seems to have been the only Apostle present at the crucifixion, and to him Jesus, just as he was expiring upon the cross, gave the strongest proof of his confidence and regard, by consigning to him the care of his mother, John 19:26-27 . If we accede to the opinion of those who contend for the year 97, this late date, exclusive of the authorities which support it, seems favoured by the contents and design of the Gospel itself. The immediate design of St. Must not we therefore declare, if we compare the opinion of the Apostle respecting the Ephesians with this epistle, that, from its peculiar tenor, it is not so strikingly adapted to any community in the first instance as to this?...
The second epistle is directed to a female, who is not named, but only designated by the honourable mention, εκλεκτη κυρια , "the elect lady
Oath - ...
The expression εἰ δοθήσεται σημεῖον (literally ‘if a Sign shall be given’) in Mark 8:12, if an abbreviated oath-formula, goes far to decide the practice of Jesus. Much more prominence has been assigned to His habitual expression ‘Verily’ (= ‘Amen’), which He used in an unprecedented way (G
Woman - The controversial words, "suitable helper" in verse 18 have traditionally been taken to imply a functional subordination of the woman to the man as part of God's design in creation, but this interpretation is increasingly being rejected. Old Testament laws also send mixed Signals. Acts also describes a Significant Christian woman teacher, Priscilla, who with her husband Aquila enabled Apollos to learn and disseminate correct doctrine (18:26). ...
In 1 Corinthians 11:3-16 , Paul commands women to cover their heads (with either veils or long hair) as a Sign of respect to their spiritual headstheir husbands
Life And Death - ’ But, as breathing is the Sign of the presence in the body of an animating vital force, ψυχή (cf. From meaning the animal soul or life (anima), however, ψυχή comes to be used for the individualized life in its moral and spiritual aspects, the ‘soul’ in the deeper Significance of that word (Lat. Outwardly its fruits are seen in holy living (Romans 6:22) and its Signature written even upon the mortal flesh (2 Corinthians 4:11). Paul, death has a punitive Significance as the judicial sentence pronounced by God upon sin. The saving Significance of the Death of Christ is due to this same punitive relation between death and sin
Magic, Divination, And Sorcery - Although their sojourn in Egypt brought them into contact with a civilized nation which greatly practised divination and sorcery, we cannot trace any Sign that they borrowed many magical arts from the Egyptians at that time. ]'>[6] pharmakoi ], but this is not certain), and ‘ Chaldæans ’ ( kasdîm , a name which, from being a national designation, had come to mean those who were skilled in the occult lore of Babylonia and could interpret dreams). Recent discoveries have revealed that the Babylonians believed in a vast number of demons who could be compelled by proper spells; also they practised astrology ( Isaiah 47:12-13 ), augury from the inspection of victims ( Ezekiel 21:21 ), the tying of magic knots, and the designation of fortunate and unfavourable days. Instances of its highest Signification occur in Isaiah 1:1 ; Isaiah 2:1 , Amos 1:1 , Micah 1:1 . It would be quite in accordance with this that Balaam’s ass should see what was hidden from her master ( Numbers 22:27 ); a similar belief in the Significance of the movements of animals is shown in the lords of the Philistines watching the way the kine took with the ark of God ( 1 Samuel 6:12 ). ...
Connected with the use of omens is the appointment of ‘ Signs ’ by prophets to assist their consultors in believing what they predicted. Signs were given by God and His prophets as well as by false prophets; these were exhibitions of Divine power in smaller matters by which men might be enabled to trust God in things of greater moment ( Judges 6:36 ); or they were Instances of truth in small predictions, to awaken confidence in greater promises or threatenings ( Exodus 4:8 ; Exodus 10:2 , Isaiah 7:11 ); or they were simply the attachment of particular meaning to ordinary facts to remind men of God’s promises or threats ( Genesis 9:12 ; Genesis 17:11 , Isaiah 8:18 , Ezekiel 12:11 , Zechariah 3:8 ). In the time of Christ such Signs were demanded by the Jews ( Matthew 12:38 ; Matthew 16:1 , Luke 11:16 , John 4:46 , 1 Corinthians 1:22 )
Wisdom of Solomon - , καὶ γὰρ τὸ πραχθὲν σὺν τῷ δράσαντι κολασθήσεται· διὰ τοῦτο καὶ ἐν εἰδώλοις ἐθνῶν ἐπισκοπὴ ἔσται, ‘for that which is done shall be punished with the doer; on this account there shall be a visitation also on the idols of the Gentiles,’ where the first proposition is meaningless, while the attempt to give it a meaning in the AV , ‘for that which was made shall be punished together with him that made it,’ assigns to the two verbs πράττειν and δρᾶν a sense which they have in no Greek writing of any period,* and introduces a proposition which is very little better than the other. Deuteronomy 20:10) means not to designate by the name ‘peace,’ but to invite to peace, or offer friendship to; and this is what the phrase appears to Signify in the passage cited, since the justification of the proposition in what follows is that the idolaters keep on perpetrating various atrocities. 4:18, ὄψονται καὶ ἐξουθενήσουσιν, ‘they shall see and despise,’ where the context requires ‘they shall see and pine away’; the original -, which Signifies both, can be restored with certainty from Psalms 112:10; in 13:10, ‘or a useless stone, the work of an ancient hand,’ ‘useless’ is the new-Hebrew sense of -, which should have been rendered ‘carved. ’...
In many cases, however, the phrase employed shows clear Signs of mistranslation, but restoration of the original is difficult; examples are 1:16b ‘thinking him a friend they melted,’ where the sense requires something like ‘they summoned him’; 7:4 ‘I was reared in swaddling-clothes and cares’; 4:19a ‘for he will break them voiceless prone’; 5:7 ‘we were filled (ἐνεπλήσθημεν) with the paths of lawlessness and destruction’; 12:24b ‘thinking gods the despicable even among the beasts of the enemies’; 18:3c ἥλιον δὲ ἀβλαβῆ φιλοτίμου ξενιτείας παρέσχες. Thus in the latter the patriarchs and others are designated by such epithets as ‘the just one,’ ‘the servant of the Lord,’ ‘the refugee from his brother’s wrath,’ the nearest approach to a proper name being the Red Sea, and Pentapolis, used of the cities of the Plain. There are, indeed, numerous cases in which the matter contained in Wisdom is parallel to passages in the other books of the OT; in some of these, if we could trust the canon that the author of a passage is the person who understands it best, we should certainly assign the priority to Wisdom. probably ancient, modern, and mediaeval history), the alterations of the turnings (of the sun) and the change of seasons, the circuits of years and the position of stars, the natures of living creatures and the dispositions of beasts, the forces of the winds and the reasonings of men, the diversities of plants and the virtues of roots’-a list which shows little Sign of Greek influence, but is much more suggestive of the learning of Egypt, Phœnicia, and Arabia
Vespasian - As a Sign of universal peace the temple of Janus was closed, and the building of a Temple of Peace begun
Jesus Christ, Name And Titles of - In Bible times names had other Significant functions. ...
The name of God was Significant to the ancient Hebrews because it comprehended in itself all that God is. The name of God is holy and awesome (Psalm 99:3 ; 111:9 ) and Signifies his personal presence (2 Chronicles 7:16 ; Psalm 75:1 ). ...
In the pseudepigraphical and rabbinic writings of later Judaism, two Significant developments centering on the "name" of God occur, though in general the tendency is to repeat the practices of the Old Testament. The expression the "Name" of Jesus is frequent and highly Significant in New Testament usage in that it parallels the use of the name of God in the Old Testament. In addition to the comprehensive idea that is found in the idea of Jesus' name there are also a number of Significant titles that are ascribed to Jesus in the New Testament. In 1Peter he is designated as the one "chosen before the creation of the world … revealed in these last times" (1:20) and as the "living stone—rejected by men but chosen by God" (2:4). Israel as a whole is frequently designated as God's chosen (Deuteronomy 7:6 ; Isaiah 41:8 ; 44:1 ; Amos 3:2 ). As the church abides "in Christ" she shares that special designation of being "chosen. masiah [ Exodus 29:1-9 ), kings (1 Samuel 10:1 ; 2 Samuel 2:4 ; 1 Kings 1:34 ), and sometimes prophets (1 Kings 19:16 b) as a Sign of their special function in the Jewish community. As a noun, the Lord's "Anointed" usually refers to a king (1 Samuel 12:3,5 ), while designation of a priest (Leviticus 4:5 ) or the partriarchs (Psalm 105:15 ) is less common. ...
The Significance of the name "Christ" lies in the fact that it was a title granted to Jesus by virtue of his fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy and by his resurrection from the dead. It is Significant that early disciples of Jesus were not called "Jesusites" but "Christians, " followers of Christ (Acts 11:26 ; 26:28 ; 1 Peter 4:16 ). "The above reference to the Gospel of John makes it possible that Jesus is the giver of this anointing, but the author may intentionally leave this designation unclear
Holy Spirit - He comes upon Significant individuals, almost as an energizing power, temporarily equipping leaders for physical prowess and military victory. Jesus' whole ministry is therefore Spirit-led, but particularly Significant manifestations include the fulfillment of prophecy (Matthew 12:18 , ; citing Isaiah 42:1 ; Luke 4:18 , ; citing Isaiah 61:1 ), exorcisms (Matthew 12:28 ), and miracles more generally (Acts 10:38 ; Romans 15:19 ). Because Jesus' Signs and wonders most directly reveal God's spirit at work, attribution of them to Satan puts one in jeopardy of committing an unforgivable sin (the "blasphemy against the Spirit" [3] probably equivalent to persistent and unrepentant rejection of Christ ). Rather, it must be a Sign to authenticate the message and ministry of the disciples
Miracles (2) - The prevailing negative attitude of science shows Signs of being abandoned in view of enlarging understanding of the possibilities both in Matter and in Spirit, and theology is coming to see that the miraculous events recorded of Him who was the Son of God and the Regenerator of the Race must not be conceived of as in any sense or degree a violation of the order of Nature; and that viewed in this way they become, instead of difficulties and stumbling-blocks in the way of faith, some of its most convincing reinforcements. (4) He also speaks of His works as σημεῖα, ‘signs’ (John 6:26), carefully separating Himself from the popular estimate of what constituted a Divinely Significant act (see art. Sign). But the term is singularly fitting to describe the Divinely Significant works of our Lord as Signs of another and higher order of things, leading on the thought and imagination to higher spheres of being, fuller powers of soul, Diviner possibilities for humanity. In all His works there were no Signs of any ostentatious exercise of power
Atonement (2) - He who in the days of His ministry had claimed authority on earth to forgive sins (Matthew 9:2-6), confirming the word with Signs following, who had awakened an implicit trust as alone having the words of eternal life (John 6:68; John 16:30), and who had manifested Himself as the one way by which men might come to the Father (John 14:6), had fulfilled His own promise to return to His elect and abide with them to the end of the days (Matthew 28:20). This Significant element in the first preaching of the Gospel answers by anticipation objections urged against the Atonement as involving immoral consequences and unworthy views of God. The assurance that Christ was the ever present source of forgiveness gave its supreme Significance to the Cross by which He entered into His glory (John 12:32). The Crucifixion was regarded neither as a bare fact nor as the symbol of a theological system, but as a ‘gospel,’ an event whose reality lay in its Significance, a message of Divine favour and forgiveness. the obedience or penitence or assent to God’s abhorrence of sin, of which death is the ‘sacrament’ or visible Sign, than upon the Crucifixion as a work intrinsically efficacious apart from the moral qualities expressed in its accomplishment
Bethlehem - Both narratives, as has been indicated, assign to Bethlehem the high honour of being the place of the Nativity and the scene of the stupendous fact of the Incarnation. Few scholars, if any, will agree in assigning it the place of importance attributed to it recently by the fantastic theory of Conrady (Die Quelle der kanonischen Kindheitsgeschichten Jesu, Göttingen, 1900), who regarda the Protevangelium as the source of the Gospel narrative a of the Infancy. And this Sign is greatly talked of in surrounding places, even among the enemies of the faith, it being said that in this cave was born that Jesus who is worshipped and reverenced by the Christians. —Andrews, Life of our Lord2 [5] , p. ]'>[7] 3 [5] , Vigonroux’s) Dictionnaire de la Bible, Smith’s DB Peter, First Epistle of - They are a Sign that judgment is near, which you may await in a life of well-doing, trusting your faithful Creator, 1 Peter 4:12-19 . ...
( b ) Exhortation to resignation, watchfulness, and trust in the midst of the terrible sufferings that are being endured by the brotherhood everywhere, 1 Peter 5:6-11 1 Peter 5:6-11 . Its omission from the Muratorian Fragment is not Significant; it is contained in the oldest versions, and Eusebius, in full agreement with what we know of early Christian literature, places it among the books which the Church accepted without hesitation
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LAW OF SACRIFICE (considered as the Sign and the appointed means of the union with God, on which the holiness of the people depended)
Education in Bible Times - Whereas education in the home focused on vocational training and moral development, the temple and palace schools were designed to produce literate, informed, and capable religious and sociopolitical leaders and administrators. Again, community instruction was essentially religious in nature and purpose and took the form of didactic and historical meditation, moral training, Sign and symbol, memorization and catechism, festival and sacrificial liturgy, ritual enactment, and priestly role modeling. However, three items deserve mention in the development of the educational process in Judaism because of their theological Significance for the New Testament and Christianity
Religious Experience - ’* Job, Theology of - Thus he has assigned places for both light and darkness (38:19-20) and sovereignly controls the dark underworld (38:16-17). Because God never punishes the godly man or preserves the evildoer, all three friends contend that Job's suffering is a Sign of hidden sin (4:7-11; 5:8-16; 8:11-22; 11:4-6,14-20; 18:5-21)
Marriage - Not only is the bride arrayed in ‘fine linen, bright and pure’ (Revelation 19:8), but each guest wears a wedding garment (ἔνδυμα γάμου, Matthew 22:11); the lack of it is an insult, whether or not we are to suppose a reference to the custom of giving garments as presents by kings and great men in the East (so Edersheim, Trench)-and refusing a gift is ever a Sign of contempt (cf
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The Evangelists class all the cases together, and use both words to cover the same trouble of mental derangement, while the latter word δαιμονιζόμενοι is also employed with a wider Signification. But the task of determining to which particular class of lunacy the cases described are to be assigned is not without difficulty, and perhaps cannot at present be accomplished without some degree of uncertainty. The Evangelists give no Sign that they themselves understood what they describe
Immortality - Paul uses to describe the present state of the risen Christ as well as His future manifestation has both an ethical and a quasi-material Significance. In 1 Timothy 4:8 a sharp distinction is drawn between ‘the life that now is and that which is to come,’ a Sign of the passing of the eschatological form of the distinction between ‘the present age’ and ‘the coming age. -In the Johannine Epistles the Parousia still forms the background of Christian hope, but the precise form of the hope is vague, and shows Signs of transformation into a purely spiritual expectation. Here our Lord, after the miracle of the loaves, and evidently, in the mind of the author of the Gospel, explaining the Significance of the miracle, claims that He is the living bread come down from heaven
Acts of the Apostles - Two of the four (Crescens and Jesus Justus) are insignificant, and had no specially intimate connexion with the Apostle. Paul is a sure Sign of an early date, for the book could only have been written while the Imperial policy was still neutral to Christianity, or at least while the memory of that time was still green
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By our First and Second Evangelists the same group of events is not only connected with a place which lends peculiar Significance to them, but set in a larger context which extends to the feeding of the five thousand. His retirement from Galilee is from the people and their religious leaders into more intimate companionship with His disciples, from His popular instruction of the multitudes and beneficent activity in their midst to teach His faithful followers in more secluded intercourse the Significance of His own person for the Kingdom He had been proclaiming, and to prepare them for His Passion. Returning to Galilee, He feeds the four thousand, refuses the request of the Pharisees and Sadducees for a Sign from heaven, with its evident Messianic implication, warns His disciples against the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees (so Matthew 16:6; Mark 8:15 has ‘Pharisees and Herod’), heals a blind man near Bethsaida (Mark 8:22 ff. In the Synoptic Gospels the title ‘Son of Man’ is always a self-designation of Jesus. There can, moreover, be no doubt that Jesus so designated Himself during the conversation with the disciples at Caesarea Philippi. The disciples must have been familiar with it as a self-designation of Jesus, even if they did not understand its full Significance. ...
The Significance of Peter’s confession, however, lies not simply in the fact that it gave expression to a deep and long-cherished conviction, thus evidencing the permanent, unchanged character of his faith; it had reference also to the future. The function thus assigned to Peter is indeed not apart from his confession, nor is the fact that he evidently spoke in a representative capacity to be overlooked. Neither the figure nor the function thus assigned to Peter excludes the work of the other Apostles (Ephesians 2:20), much less the work of Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:10 f
Paul - ) The leading facts of his life which appear in that history, subsidiary to its design of sketching the great epochs in the commencement and development of Christ's kingdom, are: his conversion (Acts 9), his labours at Antioch (Acts 11), his first missionary journey (Acts 13; 14), the visit to Jerusalem at the council on circumcision (Acts 15), introduction of the gospel to Europe at Philippi (Acts 16),: visit to Athens (Acts 17), to Corinth (Acts 18), stay at Ephesus (Acts 19), parting address to the Ephesian elders at Miletus (Acts 20), apprehension at Jerusalem, imprisonment at Casesarea, and voyage to Rome (Acts 21-27). The light that flashed on his eyes was the Sign of the spiritual light that broke in upon his soul; and Jesus' words to him (Acts 26:18), "to open their eyes and to turn them from darkness to light" (which commission was symbolized in the opening of his own eyes through Ananias, Acts 9:17-18), are by undesigned coincidence reproduced naturally in his epistles (Colossians 1:12-14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 1:18, contrast Ephesians 4:18; Ephesians 6:12). Luke marks the transition point between Saul's past ministrations to Jews and his new ministry among Gentiles, which was henceforth to be his special work, by his Gentile designation, borne from infancy but now first regularly applied to him, Paul. There "long time abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of His grace and granted Signs and wonders to be done by their hands" (Acts 14:3). ) Instead of appealing to the Scriptures, he appeals to what they knew, the witness of God in His gifts of "rain and fruitful seasons "; he urges them to "turn from these vanities ("dead idols") to serve the living God who made all things," in undesigned coincidence with Pauline language (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10). The nonreference in Galatians to the decree is...
(1) because Paul's design in that epistle was to show Paul's own independent apostolic authority, which did not rest upon their decision;...
(2) he argues on principle not authority;...
(3) the decree did not go the length of his position, it merely did not impose Mosaic ordinances, but, he here maintains the Mosaic institution itself is at an end;...
(4) the Galatians Judaized, not because they thought it necessary to Christianity, but necessary to higher perfection (Galatians 3:3; Galatians 4:21)
Fire - From the searching ordeal by fire, it was the Divine design that their faith might emerge, more precious than gold, thoroughly tested and approved as genuine. When the Church was engaged in a life-and-death struggle with Imperial Rome, her members regarded terrible visitations, in the shape of the three historic scourges, war, famine, and pestilence, as Signs of the approaching end of the age and Christ’s Return. In answer to the prayers of suffering saints, the angel fills the censer with fire from the altar, and casts the burning contents on the earth, as a Sign that the Divine vengeance is about to descend upon it (Revelation 8:5; cf. ...
(δ) In the Apocalypse the Lake of Fire is the place of final punishment to which are consigned (1) the Beast and the False Prophet (Revelation 19:20), (2) Satan (Revelation 20:10) (3) Death and Hades (Revelation 20:14), (4) the dupes of Satan, whose names are not written in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:15; cf
Animals - In John 1:32 it is a Sign given to John the Baptist
Joshua - And when a young man has eyes to see and a heart to love and honour those good and gifted men he reads and hears about; or, still better, those who live near him, nothing could be a sounder Sign or a surer promise of his own future character than that
Parousia - In the speech at Athens the final appeal is emphasized by the announcement of an appointed day in which God will judge the world by Christ, and the resurrection of Christ is assigned as the pledge of the truth of this announcement. The cause of the panic was that they had been persuaded to interpret their persecutions as a Sign that the ‘day of the Lord’ was already present (ἐνέστηκεν, 2 Thessalonians 2:2). This interval may be filled in by the events implied in previous passages, the coming of the day of the Lord, testing of every man’s work, assigning of rewards, judgment of the world and of angels, destruction of Antichrist
Liberius, Bishop of Rome - In spite of the bold remonstrances of Eusebius of Vercelli, Lucifer, Dionysius of Milan, and others, the condemnation of Athanasius was decreed, and required to be Signed by all under pain of banishment. Whichever it was, his acceptance was not enough to satisfy the emperor, who, having gone from Rome to Sirmium, summoned him thither, where he was required to Sign a new formula, apparently prepared for the occasion. Sozomen adds that he Signed also a condemnation of those who denied the Son to be like the Father according to substance and in all respects. When Liberius is said by some writers to have been summoned from Beroea to the third synod of Sirmium, and to have Signed the third Sirmian confession, we must not understand those sometimes so called, viz. The facts remain that in his letters from Beroea he proclaimed his renunciation of Athanasius and his entire agreement and communion with the Easterns, and that at Sirmium he Signed a confession drawn up by semi-Arians, which was intended to express rejection of the orthodoxy for which he had once contended
Nestorian Church - This man had suffered much, both in the persecution and from the accusations of Christian enemies, and was most anxious to resign his office. This declaration of independence is the first Sign of the approaching schism, though the remainder of the catholicate of Dad-Ishu was peaceful, and the Nestorian controversy, at the time of its arising, was no more heard of in the East than the Arian controversy before it had been. This was not Nestorian, but was indefinite, designedly, and Acacius was received as orthodox during a visit to Constantinople, on condition of his anathematizing Bar-soma
Physician - Later, Apollo was assigned as his father, and a snake became the symbol of his healing power. He resolved all conditions into warm, cold, moist, and dry; held the doctrine of the four substances, fire, air, water, and earth, to which he assigned a soul-hylozoism. Plato assigned him a place alongside of Pheidias and Polykleitos. Two Significant designations have survived: ‘Hippokratic succession,’ and Facies Hippocratica. His principal Significance lay in therapeutics; he relied mainly on diet, hygiene, and physical and medical treatment. ), founder of the methodic sect, sought for the symptoms of disease with a common Sign, in distinction from Asklepiades, who inquired after the cause
Fire - From the searching ordeal by fire, it was the Divine design that their faith might emerge, more precious than gold, thoroughly tested and approved as genuine. When the Church was engaged in a life-and-death struggle with Imperial Rome, her members regarded terrible visitations, in the shape of the three historic scourges, war, famine, and pestilence, as Signs of the approaching end of the age and Christ’s Return. In answer to the prayers of suffering saints, the angel fills the censer with fire from the altar, and casts the burning contents on the earth, as a Sign that the Divine vengeance is about to descend upon it (Revelation 8:5; cf. ...
(δ) In the Apocalypse the Lake of Fire is the place of final punishment to which are consigned (1) the Beast and the False Prophet (Revelation 19:20), (2) Satan (Revelation 20:10) (3) Death and Hades (Revelation 20:14), (4) the dupes of Satan, whose names are not written in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:15; cf
Feasts And Festivals of Israel - They ate the food hastily and with their sandals on their feet as a Sign of their readiness for a quick departure. Even if this is so, the events of the exodus redefined forever the Significance of the festival. ...
In the context of the exodus, eating bread without yeast Signified the haste of their preparation to depart. The offering of firstfruits took place at the beginning of the harvest and Signified Israel's gratitude to and dependence on God (Leviticus 23:9-14 ). ...
In the New Testament, therefore, aparche [9] is used to Signify that the power of the resurrection and the new creation has broken into the present creation. ...
For Christians, Pentecost is of the highest Significance; it is the day on which the Spirit was poured out on the church. A question here, however, concerns the Significance of the Feast of Weeks for the giving of the Spirit. Numbers 29:1 states that it is "a day of trumpet blast" ( yom terua ), hence the traditional name "Feast of Trumpets" even though that designation does not occur in the Bible. Priests sounded trumpets prior to the destruction of Jericho (Joshua 6:16 ), and trumpets were regularly used as a military Signal (2 Samuel 2:28 ). Trumpet blasts also Signalled the inauguration of a new era, such as the installation of a new king (1 Kings 1:34 ). ...
The trumpet blasts on the first day of the seventh month were meant to Signal to Israel that they were entering a sacred season. The high priest would first bathe and then put on white undergarments and a white tunic; he would not wear the ceremonial insignia of the high priest. In wearing linen garments rather than his regular priestly insignia, he showed himself to be a penitent sinner who had stripped himself of all dignity and presumption of rank
Sacrifice - Its chief occasions were times of meeting with God; it marked the intimate relationship between the god and his worshippers; the prevailing conception of its Significance was that it was a present to God in Sign of homage, thanksgiving, desire for communion or Divine gifts. In view of apostolic teaching the early Significance of the Covenant Sacrifice should be noted. The differences and Signs of developing doctrine in this group of writers must be separately considered as constituting together-...
3. Paul the writer to the Hebrews presents his doctrine of salvation wholly in terms of sacrifice, and thus provides the classical treatment of the Significance of sacrifice for apostolic thought
Persecution - Is any pain or affliction which a person designedly inflicts upon another; and, in a more restrained sense, the sufferings of Christians on account of their religion. Angelo were fired to testify the public joy; the whole city illuminated with bonfires; and no one Sign of rejoicing omitted that was usually made for the greatest victories obtained in favour of the Roman church!!! But all these persecutions were, however, far exceeded in cruelty by those which took place in the time of Louis XIV
Roman Empire - (The later list of the [1] ‘seven hills’ is not precisely the same, but consists of the first four followed by the Mons Esquilinus, the Collis Viminalis, and the Collis Quirinalis; this list is purely geographical, and has no religious Significance. The later kings were of Etrurian stock, and are a Sign that this element in the population had become dominant. -The Signal career of Rome in extra-Italian conquest begins with the First Punic War (264-241 b. A Roman attempt to divert Hannibal’s attention by attacking Spain was attended with disaster, but Hasdrubal, who came from Spain to join his brother Hannibal, was Signally defeated by the Romans at the Metaurus (207)
Judges (1) - Of the last there are likewise two accounts ( Judges 6:1 to Judges 8:3 and Judges 8:4-27 ), with a later addition ( Judges 8:28-35 ); some introductory words ( Judges 6:1-10 ) tell of the Midianite oppression; Judges 6:11-24 describe the call of Gideon, of which a second account is given in Judges 6:25-32 ; the invasion of the Midianites and Gideon’s preparations to resist them ( Judges 6:33-35 ) follows; and in Judges 6:36-40 the story of the Sign of the fleece is told. He is victorious, and the first to meet him was, as according to the custom of the times he must have expected (see Jdg 5:28 , 1 Samuel 18:6-7 , Judges 9:50-578 ), his daughter the words in Judges 11:39 , ‘and she had not known man,’ are Significant in this connexion; his vow he then proceeds to fulfil. It seems, indeed, not possible to assign, with any approach to certainty, the exact source of every passage in the hook; but there are certain indications which compel us to see that the book is compiled from sources of varying character and of different ages; so that, although we shall not attempt to specify a source for every passage believing this to be impossible with the hook as we now have it yet it will he possible to point out, broadly, the main sources from which it is compiled. Speaking generally, then, the various parts of the book may be assigned as follows: Judges 1:1 to Judges 2:5 , though added by a later compiler, contains fragments, probably themselves from different sources, of some early accounts of the first warlike encounters between Israelite tribes and Canaanites. ‘It is evident that in this part of the book a series of independent narratives has been taken by the compiler and arranged by him in a framework, designed for the purpose of stating the chronology of the period, and exhibiting a theory of the occasion and nature of the work which the Judges generally were called to undertake’ (Driver). ...
On the other hand, the story of Ehud, Judges 3:12-30 , is a piece of genuine old history; Signs of redactional work are, Indeed, not wanting at the beginning and end, but the central facts of the story, such as the Moabite oppression and the conquest of Jericho, the realistic description of the assassination of Eglon, and the defeat of the Moabites, all bear the stamp of genuineness
Jesus Christ - By anyone's account, Jesus of Nazareth is the most Significant person who has ever lived. Jesus took this as a Sign to return to Galilee to begin his own ministry
Second Coming of Christ - That he spoke more about his second coming than is recorded seems clear from the question the disciples asked him toward the end of his life: "What will be the Sign of your coming and of the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3 ). All three Synoptists record Significant teaching about Jesus' coming again in the Olivet discourse. Though there will be "signs" that herald the coming, its arrival cannot be calculated accurately and people will still be surprised when Jesus comes
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The first section is commonly called the Book of Signs (1:19-12:50) in order to describe how Jesus appears within Judaism replacing its institutions (the temple, sacred wells, teachers) and festivals (Passover, Tabernacles). The cross is one more Sign given to disclose that Jesus has been sent by the Father and is now returning to him. In the Book of Signs (chaps. It also Signals the ultimate authority the Father has given to Jesus (5:27; 9:38). First, this is done with Signs and works (John does not use the synoptic word, "miracle"). Seven Signs not merely display the miraculous power of Jesus, but reveal his role as the Son of God and savior of the world. Lengthy discourses accompany these Signs to expand on their meaning and lead observers to faith. Among these discourses are seven separate "I am" sayings (6:35; 8:12; 10:7-11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1), which function like spoken Signs to describe Jesus more fully or to give a concealed reference to his deity (10:30-39). In chapter 5 Jesus' Signs, the Father, and God's Word are likewise witnesses in his defense. ...
Third, Jesus appears in the Book of Signs at prominent Jewish institutions and festivals, using their symbols to identify his person or mission
Grace - It is Significant because it is a description of the growth of a child in the favor of God. ...
Only a few references close out the notion of grace in the Old Testament, but they are Significant. The remnant is a Sign that God's gracious favor bestowed upon Israel in the covenant continues on even in times of great disobedience and/or destruction among the Israelites, though this is the only reference to the remnant in the context in which hen [1] is used in the Old Testament
Sin - Can we separate, or must we identify, guilt and sense of guilt? Is there an objective fact and a subjective feeling? If sin is confined strictly to conscious and voluntary acts, then guilt, it would seem, must be measured by the sense of guilt, the blame-worthiness or evil desert that the conscience of the sinner assigns to him. If this were so, then the worse a man became, the less guilty he would be; for it is a Sign of moral deterioration to lose the sense of shame in wrongdoing. Paul’s term ‘the wrath of God’ may be allowed its full Significance so long as we exclude any passion inconsistent with holy love. Nor is there any ground for holding that he ascribed to Adam that moral endowment which this theology assigned to him. Could he have assigned to it the moral Significance he does, had he thought of Adam as in the hopeless and helpless bondage described in Romans 7:7-25? This passage, however, represents that bondage not as directly inherited, but as resulting in the individual from a moral development, in which sin uses the flesh to bring it about
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The design of this article is indicated particularly under the letter B in the above Table of Contents. Whether or not the author of Daniel in the latter of these passages conceived of a resurrection from the dead available for all past generations of faithful Israelites, it seems certain that in the time of our Lord this sense was assigned to his words by those who, like the Pharisees, held the doctrine. ||); but it is remarkable that this did not hinder the prevalence in Christian circles of the Apostolic age of the belief that He was of the seed of David according to the flesh, and the Evangelists Matthew and Luke risked publishing pedigrees, whose apparent mutual inconsistencies constitute the chief difficulty of the modern mind in accepting the fact they were designed to establish. If He were the Messiah, why should He refuse a Sign from heaven? (Matthew 16:1 ff
Lord's Supper (ii) - In connexion with this miracle it is important to observe that (a) it is recorded in all four Gospels; (b) the record contains the following Significant phrases, which it is well to compare with the phraseology in the accounts of the institution: λαβών (Mk. it has a place in the group of ‘signs’ which are so called because ‘they make men feel the mysteries which underlie the visible order’ (Westcott). The peculiar Significance of this ‘sign’ in particular was drawn out by our Lord in the discourse at Capernaum which followed it. That it was an acted parable of Divine truth He asserted to the multitude which sought Him at Capernaum, in the words: ‘Ye seek me, not because ye saw Signs, but because ye ate of the loaves, and were filled. Recognizing the difficulty caused to His hearers by this teaching, our Lord laid stress on the deep spiritual Significance of what He had said: ‘The Spirit is the life-giver; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I have spoken unto you are spirit, and are life’ (John 6:61-63). This fact may be illustrated by the view of Arthur Wright (Synopsis of the Gospels in Greek2 [1] , p. Wright’s view must be rejected as (a) lacking positive support; (b) not really affording a parallel to the existence of a rite of baptism (John 3:22; John 4:1-2) before the institution of Christian Baptism (Matthew 28:19); (c) being contrary to the tenor of John 6, which implies that, to the disciples as well as to the multitude, the teaching had the element of difficulty which shows that the Eucharist was not yet instituted; and (d) as contrary to the parallels by which the discourse about Baptism in John 3 is prior to the institution in Matthew 28:19, and the teaching about forgiveness in 1618387268_8 (= Matthew 9:2-8, Luke 5:20-24) is prior to John 20:21-23; but its plausibility at first sight is a Significant indication of the truth that the discourse in John 6 was destined to find its explanation in the Institution of the Eucharist. It must be remembered that (α) the idea of communion with God by means of a sacred meal was familiar, as in many religious rites outside Judaism, so also in the literature and the religion which were well known to the disciples, as shown in the Levitical peace-offerings with the threefold division into the portion for God, the portion for the priest, and the portion for the worshipper (Leviticus 3; Leviticus 7:29-34); the bread and wine brought forth by Melchizedek, the ‘priest of God Most High’ (Genesis 14:18); the eating of the lamb in the Passover (Exodus 12); the meal of Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders in the presence of God (Exodus 24:1-11); the prophecy by Isaiah of the feast to be made by the Lord of hosts (Isaiah 25:6); and the invitations to a meal evidently of profound spiritual Significance given by the personified ‘Wisdom’ of the Sapiential books (Proverbs 9:1-5, Sirach 24:19-21)
Hellenism - The most Significant feature was religious syncretism. Oriental, but was this not in itself a Sign of something Divine or an evidence of venerable age? Thus many a heathen became an adherent of this broad Judaism, being admitted as a worshipper and supporting the Jewish congregation by means of his wealth, and lending it his influence. This was the Signal for a general persecution of the Christians
Arius, Followers of - For ten years Athanasius had remained undisturbed at Alexandria, but premonitory Signs of the eruption which was soon to burst forth had long been discernible. Meanwhile, Ursacius and Valens were engaged in the congenial task of endeavouring to persuade the deputies from Ariminum to Sign yet another creed at Niké in Thrace, in the hope, if some authorities are to be trusted, of making the world believe, from the similarity of names, that it was the renowned document promulgated at the Nicene council
Faith - Paul’s death; but it is Significant that in Gal. God sent His word through agents, such as angels (Hebrews 2:2) and prophets (Hebrews 1:1), but especially in the last times He has spoken through His Son, and has borne witness to this message by ‘signs and wonders, by manifold powers, and by gifts of the Holy Ghost’ (Hebrews 2:3-4). The thought is somewhat varied when the writer says that a believer in Christ receives new life from God, and one Sign of that new life is that he loves God who begat him, and also every other one who is begotten in the same way (1 John 5:1)
Acts of the Apostles (Apocryphal) - ’ Later on he gives more details in a passage where the text is unfortunately clearly corrupt:...
‘Nam Manichaei apocryfa beati Andreae apostoli, id est Actus quos fecit veniens de Ponto in Greciam [6]5 conscripserunt tunc discipuli sequentes beatum apostolum, unde et habent Manichaei et alii tales Andreae beati et Joannis actus evangelistae beati et Petri similiter beatissimi apostoli et Pauli pariter beati apostoli: in quibus quia Signa fecerunt magna et prodigia, etc. -In his commentary Ephraim says that the apocryphal correspondence between Paul and the Corinthians was written by the followers of Bardesanes, ‘in order that under cover of the Signs and wonders of the Apostle, which they described, they might ascribe to the name of the Apostle their own godlessness, against which the Apostle had striven. But there is no Sign of any consciousness that there was a Manichaean corpus, or that there was any connexion with Leucius
Paul the Apostle - ; the early date is seen from the fact that the writer expected the Second Advent to be in his lifetime ( 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ), and this is a real Sign of authenticity, for a forger would never have put into St. The Lord Himself designates his work as being among the Gentiles ( Acts 9:15 ; cf
John, the Gospel by - He must be born of water and of the Spirit: that which is born of the Spirit is spirit in contrast to flesh, and the water no doubt Signifies the word morally: cf. Struck by this Sign of power the multitude, recognising Him as the Prophet, would make Him king. At the outset they had been washed or bathed all over (as in the consecration of the priests) and this was not to be repeated; but, to enjoy heavenly things, a continuous practical cleansing was necessary, Signified by the washing of the feet alone
Faith - Paul’s death; but it is Significant that in Gal. God sent His word through agents, such as angels (Hebrews 2:2) and prophets (Hebrews 1:1), but especially in the last times He has spoken through His Son, and has borne witness to this message by ‘signs and wonders, by manifold powers, and by gifts of the Holy Ghost’ (Hebrews 2:3-4). The thought is somewhat varied when the writer says that a believer in Christ receives new life from God, and one Sign of that new life is that he loves God who begat him, and also every other one who is begotten in the same way (1 John 5:1)
Julius (5), Bishop of Rome - They prepared canons and three creeds, designed to convince the Western church of their orthodoxy, confirmed the sentence of the council of Tyre against Athanasius, and endeavoured to prevent his restoration by a canon with retrospective force, debarring even from a hearing any bishop or priest who should have officiated after a canonical deposition. I write this for the public good: for what we have received from the blessed Peter I Signify to you. In some editions of the Acts of the council he is designated one of the legates of the Roman see. But this designation seems due only to the desire, which appears in other cases, of assigning the presidency of all councils to the pope. 50), Julius was represented by two presbyters, Archidamus and Philoxenes, whose names appear in the Signatures to the synodal letter of the council after that of Hosius. Hosius undoubtedly presided, and there is no Sign of his having done so as the pope's deputy either in the Acts of the council or in the letter sent to Julius at its close. Nor can the initiative of the council be assigned to Julius, for this is inconsistent with the statement of Athanasius, who calls God to witness that when summoned to Milan he was entirely ignorant of the purpose of the summons, but found that it was because "certain bishops" there had been moving Constans to induce Constantius to allow a general council to be assembled ( Apol. " In these canons we notice, firstly , they were designed to provide what recent events had shewn the need of, and what the existing church system did not adequately furnish—a recognized court of appeal in ecclesiastical causes. But the arrangement was probably at any rate intended to be permanent, since the need for it and the grounds assigned for it were permanent. It is further a Significant fact that in some Roman copies the name of Sylvester was substituted for that of Julius, as if with an intention of throwing their date back to the Nicene period. The letter to Julius is Signed, first by Hosius, and then by 58 other bishops, being probably those present at the close of the council. 49, 50) as having assented to its decrees and Signed its encyclic letter
Peter Epistles of - And, secondly, since they do not suffer justly, being guilty of no sins for which God should bring this affliction upon them, their trials are a Sign of the approaching end when they are to receive the salvation now being guarded for them in heaven. Having seen to it that they themselves do not merit punishment, the trials through which they are passing must be merely premonitory Signs of the approaching end when all sinners are to be condemned, while the righteous are to inherit eternal peace. Probably the geographical designations are used in the official sense of the territorial rearrangement into provinces under the Romans. ...
1 Peter can hardly have been designed to meet the new condition of affairs following the rescript of Trajan, if, as seems probable, the mere confession of Christianity was henceforth the only point needing to be established in law (‘si deferantur et arguantur Revelation, the - It was Signified to John, and he wrote what he saw and heard. A woman (Israel) is seen as a Sign in heaven, and brings forth a man child (Christ), whom Satan seeks at once to devour, but the child is caught up to God and to His throne. The number of the Roman beast is 666, the Significance of which will be understood in that day
Text, Versions, And Languages of ot - Our knowledge of the pronunciation of Hebrew words, as far as the vowels are concerned, depends on three main sources: (1) Jewish tradition, which is embodied in vowel Signs invented between the 4th and 9th centuries a. The Jewish scholars distinguished by different Signs between long and short vowels; no attempt will be made here to mark these distinctions, and the peculiar half-vowels, the shĕva’s , as they are termed, will be left unrepresented. This dot or daghesh will be represented here by the Sign | above the letter: thus DiBeR, pronounced dibber . was a leading spirit, all such minutiae of the Scripture acquired a mystic Significance. ]'>[7] dates from before the Christian era and, what is more Significant, from before the rise of the Massoretic schools; the remaining versions date from after the Christian era, and, with the possible exception of the Syriac, from after the close of 1st cent
Covenant - The bond was sealed by both parties vowing, often by oath, that each, having equal privileges and responsibilities, would carry out their assigned roles. In the context of assuring Abraham of much seed, Yahweh gave the covenantal Sign of circumcision (17:11), which sons were always to carry and by which he demonstrated that he claimed the seed as people in covenant with him. Thus, by the blood, in which is life, but which also speaks of the death of what is sacrificed, the people as a whole were Signified and sealed as Yahweh God's precious possession
Elijah - " His name and designation mark his one grand mission, to bring his apostate people back to Jehovah as THE true God; compare 1 Kings 18:39 with Malachi 4:5-6. " At the end of a three and a half years of famine, if oil was to be found anywhere, it would be here, an undesigned coincidence and mark of genuineness. But upon closer search into Scripture it is an undesigned propriety that he avoids the land of the king whose one grand error was his marrying his son Jehoram to Athaliah, Ahab's and Jezebel's daughter, at least as early as the sixth or seventh year of Jehoshaphat and the tenth or eleventh of Ahab (Blunt's Undesigned Coincidences); thereby he became so closely allied to the ungodly Ahab that at the Ramoth Gilead expedition he said to the latter, "I am as thou art, my people as thy people" (1 Kings 22:4). Casting his mantle on him as the Sign of a call, he was followed by Elisha, who thenceforth became his minister, and who executed subsequently the former two commands
Egypt - The initial Sign of Suten was a bent reed, which gives point to 2 Kings 17:21; "thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed . , there were no possessions vested in the soldier caste, but portions assigned to each soldier tenable at the sovereign's will. The long term, 500 years, assigned by Manetho to the shepherd kings, (and by Africanus 800,) is unsupported by the monuments, and is inconsistent with the fact that the Egyptians, at the return to native rulers under the 18th dynasty, after so complete an overthrow of their institutions for five or eight centuries (?), wrote their own language without a trace of foreign infusion, and worshipped the old gods with the old rites. Thus the period assigned to the dynasties before Rameses by Lepsius is much reduced
Prophet, Prophetess, Prophecy - ...
In Deuteronomy 18:15-22 and Deuteronomy 13:1-5 God listed five certifying Signs by which a true prophet of God could be recognized: (1) a prophet must be an Israelite, "from among [10] own brothers" ( Deuteronomy 18:15 ) (Balaam is the exception that proves this rule); (2) he must speak in the name of the Lord ("If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name" [16]); (3) he must be able to predict the near as well as the distant future ("If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken" [3]); (4) he must be able to predict Signs and wonders (Deuteronomy 13:2 ); and (5) his words must conform to the previous revelation that God has given (Deuteronomy 13:2-3 ). Isaiah's call in chapter 6 involved the four Significant elements: a theophany, the purification of the prophet's lips and heart, the commission to "Go!" and the content of the message he was to proclaim. ...
Another general designation for these servants of God is "man of God, " appearing over seventy-six times. The prophet Micah went about naked as a Sign that Samaria would go into captivity (Micah 1:8 ). ...
Therefore, the predictive sections of biblical prophecy exhibit certain key characteristics: (1) they are not isolated sayings, but are organically related to the whole of prophecy; (2) they plainly foretell things to come rather than being clothed in such abstruse terminology that they could be proven true even if the opposite of what they appear to say happens; (3) they are designed to be predictions and are not accidental or unwitting predictions; (4) they are written and published before the event, so that it could not be said that it was a matter of human sagacity that determined this would take place; (5) they are fulfilled in accordance with the original utterance, unless expressly attached to a condition; and (6) they do not work out their own fulfillment, but stand as a verbal witness until the event takes place
Psalms, Theology of - Evidence for the secondary nature of these titles may be deduced from the fact that some of the psalms assigned to David presuppose later historical realities such as the existence of a temple (e. ...
The complaint psalms teach several Significant things to worshipers who suffer affliction. Generally speaking, they exhibit the formal structure of the hymns but are marked by the distinctives in content these designations suggest. They do, however, merit special consideration because of their contribution to our understanding of Israel's worship and the theological Significance of the king. But suffice it to say that those in the New Testament who quote or otherwise employ the psalms in this fashion often overlay the psalmists' intentions with additional Significance in view of the Christ event. Psalm 22 , a lament for someone suffering great distress because of serious illness and the taunts of those who regard sickness as a Sign of divine disapproval, is employed in the description of various aspects of Jesus' passion (Matthew 27:39-46 ; John 19:23-24 )
Arius the Heresiarch - Arius, Theonas, and Secundus were deposed and banished, while three other bishops, who had displayed leanings toward Arius, namely Eusebius of Nicomedia, Theognis of Nicaea itself, and Maris of Chalcedon, a city on the Asiatic shore opposite Constantinople, were unwilling Signatories of the document, but affixed their Signatures in deference to the emperor's wishes. For he remarks how it was elicited after considerable discussion at the council that the term ὁμοούσιον was not intended to Signify that the Son formed an actual portion ( μέρος ) of the Father. Meanwhile, as the historian Socrates tells us, Arius was ordered to appear before the emperor, and asked whether he was willing to Sign the Nicene decrees. Asked whether he would confirm his Signature by an oath, he agreed to do this also
Divinity of Christ - It is the singular Significance of Jesus Christ that both in the anticipations of Him and in His actual appearance the details always lead on to inquiry as to what is not detailed, the facts to something beyond themselves; the Man and His words and works to the question Who is He? and Whence is this Man?...
2. Lastly came the crisis, as it were, the open challenge to prove His Messiahship by a Sign and legitimate His claim, a challenge refused (Luke 22:67; Luke 23:35). Subsequent theology accepted the assurance, departed widely from the purely Messianic portraiture, yet claimed, and with perfect justice, that the new departures were in no sense new additions to the original Gospel, but fresh interpretations, designed to recover and vitalize truths discernible in the Gospels, but imperfectly understood by the Gospel writers. In the most noteworthy discussion of this subject, that of Baldensperger (Das Sclbstbewusstsein Jesu), only about one half of the work is taken up with determining the sense in which Jesus regarded Himself as Messiah; the second part is devoted to other aspects arising out of His self-designations, His teaching as to the Kingdom, etc
Augustine - The opinion of the Franciscans out of Scotus and Bernard, mentioned in the council of Trent, seems to be the true opinion; for they make the sacraments to be effectual, ‘because God gives them effectus regulariter concomitantes,' [6] and to contain grace no otherwise than as an effectual Sign; and that grace is received by them as an investiture by a ring or staff, which is obsignando, [7] Consider that if you will aver, that baptism washes away otherwise than sacramentally, that is, obsignatorily, original sin; yet you must allow that manner of washing for future actual sins; and you must make two sorts of justification, one for children, another for adulti; [8] and (which passes all the rest) you must find some promise in God's covenant wherein he binds himself to wash away sin without faith or repentance
Materialism - Juxtaposition, in this case, could Signify nothing; the distinction and individuation of the several particles would be as much retained in their vicinity, as if they were separated by miles. Let the materialist examine well, whether he does not feel something within himself that acts from an internal principle; whether he does not experience some liberty, some power of governing himself, and choosing; whether he does not enjoy a kind of invisible empire in which he commands his own thoughts, sends them to this or that place, employs them about this or that business, forms such and such designs and schemes; and whether there is any thing like this in bare matter, however fashioned or proportioned; which, if nothing should protrude or communicate motion to it, would for ever remain fixed to the place where it happens to be, an eternal monument of its own being dead. If they cannot do this, nor have their eye upon any particular crisis, it is a Sign that they have no good reason for what they say
Christianity - It represents all former dispensations of true religion, all revelations of God's will, and all promises of grace from God to man, as emanating from the anticipated sacrifice and sacerdotal intercession of its Author, and as all preparatory to the introduction of his perfect religion; and that as to the great political movements among the nations of antiquity, the rise and fall of empires were all either remotely or proximately connected with the designs of his advent among men. It exhibits the ambition, the policy, and the restlessness of statesmen and warriors, as but the overruled instruments by which it is working out its own purposes of wisdom and benevolence; and it not only defies the proudest array of human power, but professes to subordinate it by a secret and irresistible working to its own designs. Finally, it exhibits itself as enlarging its plans, and completing its designs, by moral suasion, the evidence of its truth, and the secret divine influence which accompanies it. Corresponding with these professions, which throw every other religion that pretends to offer hope to man into utter insignificance, it is allowed that the evidence of its truth ought to be adequate to sustain the weight of so vast a fabric, and that men have a right to know that they are not deluded with a grand and impressive theory, but are receiving from this professed system of truth and salvation "the true sayings of God. These subjects are discussed under the articles assigned to them; as also the INTERNAL EVIDENCE of the truth of Christianity, which arises from the excellence and beneficial tendency of its doctrines. Astraea staid longest, but at last retired to her native seat, and was translated into the Sign Virgo, next to Libra, who holds her balance
Polycarp - This is the cry by which popular hatred designated the Christians as enemies of the gods. ‘I am a Christian,’ replied the bishop; ‘if thou wouldest learn the doctrine of Christianity, assign a day and give me a hearing. ’ There is therefore no reason for seeing Signs of interpolation in the use of καθολικός with this new meaning. 2) often alleged as a Sign that Ignatius must have been already
Pharisees (2) - That captivity impressed the following things upon Judaism: intense monotheism, the Synagogue service, the OT Scriptures and Scribal interpretations of them, the Sabbath strictly observed as a Sign of God’s covenant, and a Puritan hatred of heathenism, which put the stamp of separation for ever upon Pharisaic piety. His blurred hope of partly keeping the Law, partly being resigned to Divine chastisement, and partly redeemed in a world to come—all resting on merit—is supplanted by a joyful gospel of present peace
Christ in Jewish Literature - Such interest as they possess is due to their Significance as indications of the way in which Jews were wont to think and speak amongst themselves of the Founder of Christianity. There is not the faintest ray of genius, or the least Sign of literary skill in any of the versions, or the slightest indication that He of whom the story was told was a great or a good man
Gregorius (51) i, (the Great), Bishop of Rome - The strong language in which he exalts the authority of the four councils as "the square stone on which rests the structure of the faith, the rule of every man's actions and life, which foundation whoever does not hold is out of the building," is Significant of his views on the authority of the church at large, while his recognition of the four patriarchs as co-ordinate potentates, to whom he sends an account of his own faith, expresses one aspect of the relation to the Eastern churches which then satisfied the Roman pontiffs. To 599 is assigned the extensive conversion of the Lombards to Catholicism, brought about after the death of king Antharis through the marriage of this Theodelinda, his widow, with Agilulph duke of Turin, who consequently succeeded to the throne. The title he called foolish, proud, pestiferous, profane, wicked, a diabolical usurpation; the ambition of any who assumed it was like that of Lucifer, and its assumption a Sign of the approach of the king of pride, i. For in answering a letter from that patriarch, he acknowledges with approval the dignity assigned by him to the see of St. In the different views taken appears the difference of principle on which pre-eminence was in that age thought assignable to sees in the East and West respectively
Art - ’ The old conflict between the spiritual and the material is reconciled by the Incarnation; for by it the visible became the sacrament, or outward Sign, of that which is inward and spiritual. The dark catacombs were no place for its display, though in them it has its beginnings in the graffiti or incised designs which are common on the tombs
Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons - His birth is assigned to widely distant epochs. Of his Christian training he tells us that, besides instructions from Polycarp, he had other teachers, "Presbyters" (of Asia Minor), whom he designates as mediate or immediate disciples of the apostles (Haer. There is indeed a fragment preserved by Oecumenius and assigned to Irenaeus ( Fragm. His death is commonly assigned to 202 or 203. To assign a more exact date is hopeless. The dangerous character of their teaching had been fully recognized by others, whom he modestly designates as multo nobis meliores ; but these had been (iv. The same authority is further designated, after the quotation, as "amator Dei senior," which Epiphanius expresses by ὁ θεοφιλὴς πρεσβύτης . To the former, which according to Eusebius bore the title περὶ σχίσματος , may possibly be assigned the Syriac fragment (xxvii. In the same work Pseudo-Justin tells us further that the old Christian custom of refraining from kneeling on Easter Day, as a Sign of Christ's resurrection, is carried back by Irenaeus to apostolic times, and the observance of this custom continued through the season of Pentecost, as the whole period (of 50 days after Easter) was regarded as equal to Easter Day itself. is a most Significant proof of the far-reaching influence exercised by pagan thought and speculation on the Gentile church of that age
Clemens Romanus of Rome - Apparently it was Hippolytus who devised the theory stated in the Apostolic Constitutions, that Linus held the bishopric during the lifetime of Peter; for this seems to be the interpretation of the dates assigned in the Liberian Catalogue, Peter 30–55, Linus 55–67. The time that we are thus led to assign to the activity of Clement, viz. the end of Domitian's reign, coincides with that which Eusebius, apparently on the authority of Hegesippus, assigns to Clement's epistle, and with that which an examination of the letter itself suggests (see below). Indeed the passage, carefully considered, suggests the opposite inference; for Clement would Judaize to an extent of which there is no Sign elsewhere in the epistle, if, in case the temple rites were being still celebrated, he were to speak of them as the appointed and acceptable way of serving God. Internal evidence, though adverse to Clementine authorship, assigns to the work a date not later than the 2nd cent. Competent judges have assigned these epistles to the middle of the 2nd cent
Person of Christ - In so brief an article as the present no attempt can be made to detail the stages in the self-revelation of Jesus, or to assign each partial disclosure to a fixed period. Accepting the substantial authenticity of the narrative, and of the view of Jesus’ Person and teaching it embodies, we are led to examine chiefly the various Significant titles in which His religious claim was expressed. The title Messiah (‘Christ’), familiar to Jewish religion from Psalms 2:1-12 , denotes in general the anointed Head of the Kingdom of God, the new King of a redeemed people; and Jesus, retaining the outline of the traditional idea, infused into it a new spiritual meaning, which, as applied to Himself, Signified that He was not a new Teacher or Lawgiver or even the Founder of a new faith, but the Bearer and Finisher of divinely wrought salvation. Peter’s confession; yet at least that crisis does mark an incipient understanding of its Significance on the disciples’ part. ...
In asking what Jesus meant by this self-designation, we ought to remember that a given expression may have one meaning for the speaker and another for his audience. Its educative value lay in this, that while in no sense can it be called a popular or transparent designation of the Messiah otherwise Jesus’ question in Matthew 16:13 is meaningless it yet hinted Messiahship to those who cared to search deeper. Thus, breaking the bounds of the past, Jesus poured into the name a Significance of His own, outstripping all previous Messianic ideals, as, e. by the possessed ( Mark 3:11 ), by unbelieving Jews ( Matthew 27:40 ), by the centurion ( Mark 15:39 ), and constructively by Caiaphas ( Matthew 26:63 ) where it cannot have anything like its full Significance for a Christian mind. In the Synoptic records He does not Himself use the full title ‘Son of God’; probably because it was too familiar as a designation of the Messiah. Much more Significant, however, is His habit of naming God ‘my Father’ ( Matthew 7:21 ; Matthew 10:32 ; Matthew 12:50 etc. So far, alike in His self-disclosure and in the estimate of disciples, we have no Sign of a strict doctrine of incarnation or of two natures united in one person; what we do have is the subduing delineation of One who, in virtue of a career of patient service and of suffering unto death, is the perfect Revealer of God and the destined Ruler of the world. A part from specific and, as it were, technical modes of self-designation, the Synoptics picture Jesus as in many ways assuming an attitude to God and men which is scarcely intelligible except upon a positive view of His higher being. And it is true not merely that this conception brings out a fact of the utmost Significance, but that several NT passages which are commonly adduced as proofs of our Lord’s sinlessness ( e. The words ‘Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and Signs’ ( Odes of Solomon - ’ In Ode xlii, we read the following lines: ‘I stretched out my hands and approached my Lord: for the stretching of my hands is His Sign: my expansion is the outspread wood which was set up on the way of the Righteous One. ...
On the other hand, Bernard’s theory, while recognizing the perfect unity of the Odes and their Christian character, assigns to them too narrow a scope in restricting them to exclusively baptismal purposes. ): ‘No man, O my God, changeth thy holy place; and it is not [14] that he should change it and put it in another place: because he hath no power over it: for thy sanctuary Thou hast designed before Thou didst make places: that which is the elder shall not be altered by those that are younger than itself
Leo i, the Great - Cyril of Alexandria wrote to Leo against the ambitious design of juvenal of Jerusalem to obtain for his see the dignity of a patriarchate ( Ep. It is a Sign of the important civil position held by Leo the deacon that he was chosen to endeavour to bring about a reconciliation (Prosper, Chron. Meanwhile Anatolius had willingly Signed the tome, as had "all the church of Constantinople, with a number of bishops"—it appears that it was sent for Signature to all the metropolitans ( Ep. the day of his consecration—an occasion on which a provincial council used annually to be assembled at Rome—he expresses his sense of his own insignificance but of the magnitude of his position and of the presence of St. 4) but is the channel through which is given whatever graces the other, apostles have, and so, though there are many bishops and pastors, yet Peter governs them all by his peculiar office ("proprie"), whom Christ governs by His supreme authority ("principaliter"); thus "great and wonderful is the share in its own power which the divine condescension assigned to this man" (Iv
Marcion, a 2nd Century Heretic - There is no direct evidence of his having carried out this design, but as its proposed method is stated to have been the confutation of Marcion by means of his own gospel, and as this is precisely the method followed by Tertullian, who is elsewhere largely indebted to Irenaeus, the work of Irenaeus may have been then written and known to Tertullian. obliged him to deny that there had been any intimation of the coming redemption, or any Sign that it had been contemplated beforehand
Perfection (of Jesus) - Meekly He went down the darkening ways, accepting failure and disappointment and hatred and shame as the portion appointed by the Father; and there is no Sign of any inward rebellion or amazement
Theodoretus, Bishop of Cyrrhus - " Designed to crush one form of heretical teaching as regards our Lord's personal nature, these "articles" (detached, against Cyril's intention, from the letter on which they were based) hardly escaped falling into the opposite error. There is no reason to doubt that he was one of the bishops who Signed the Tome of Leo, prefixing a short résumé of his own faith regarding the Incarnation, and that on this Leo recognized him as a Catholic bishop (Tillem. Theodoret's entrance was the Signal for outrageous violence on the part of the adherents of Dioscorus. The leading bishops voted for his restoration, the rest Signified their assent by acclamation, and the commissioners gave sentence that by the decree of the holy council Theodoret should receive again the church of Cyrrhus (Labbe, iv. Paul are superior to his other exegetical writings, and have been assigned the palm over all patristic expositions of Scripture. His disgracefully violent language with regard to his former friend Nestorius—whom he stigmatizes as an instrument of Satan, a man who by his pride had plunged the church into disorders, and under the cloak of orthodoxy introduced the denial of the Divinity and of the Incarnation of the Only-begotten Son, and who at last met with the punishment he deserved, a Sign of his future punishment—would warrant the charitable hope that this chapter has been erroneously ascribed to Theodoret