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Joy is a noun!….

…..IN JAMES 1:2   –  “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials”,

Pay Attention!   I’m fixing to bore you!  I have literally seen people’s eyes glaze over when I do this.  🙂 My hope, though, is to help you see the importance of word study from all its perspectives.  I have 15 hand-written pages on notebook paper for this column.  Buckle up and hold on!

Have I told you about word order?  In the original language, Greek, in this case, word order is important because it gives us a clue to what God thinks is the proper order of the words.  He doesn’t follow our English rules of order.  For instance, verse two reads in this order:

“All joy do you esteem, brethren of me, when temptations you may fall into various.”

The words with the most emphasis are at the beginning of the sentence.  You can see that “all” is the first word.  Don’t miss this.  God means all, every, any, wholly, entirely, exclusivelyJOY.  The words are put together like this for us in KJV:  “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;”

All what?  JOY!  (Note:  the next Greek word after “joy” is our KJV word, “count.”  I plan some more study on this word, but we would benefit most by studying the word that we are commanded to hold before our minds and esteem so highly.)  We will do our digging this time by observing this word, “joy,” in other references and contexts.  Let’s “Search for Treasure.”

“Joy” is a feminine, accusative (meaning the direct object of the verb, “count”), singular noun.  NOT a verb.  We will see later in our study that “joy” is associated with emotions; but, those emotions have a particular source.  Right now I just want you to think about the difference between a noun and verb.  I have to tell you that the vast majority of displays of joy I see are verbs, not nouns.  Note, too, that “joy” is singular.

Joy is a thing.  A possession, to hold.  It is NOT whooping, hollering, or running up and down aisles.  It’s not even that feeling you have when you get what you really wanted for your birthday!  Well, you will see as we study this wonderful word.

My favorite verse about “joy” is Jeremiah 15:16a“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart…”  And right up there with it is:  Nehemiah 8:10b“…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (You must know just what the “joy of the Lord” is before you gain strength from it.)

“Joy” is associated with emotions:

Matthew 2:10 – “… rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”  Occasion:  The wise men who knew “The King of the Jews had been born.  They had seen “His Star.”

  1. Matthew 28:8 – “And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.”  Occasion:  Mary Magdalene and Mary obeying the angel’s instructions about the risen Lord.
  2. Mark 4:16 & Mt. 13:20 – These receive the Word (of the kingdom), with gladness (same word – “joy“)Occasion:  The parable of the soils – called “His doctrine” in verse two.  “His doctrine” (teaching) is explained in Acts 1:1-6.  It concerns “the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (v.3), “the promise of the Father” (explained in 1 John 2:25 as “eternal” (literally, “age-lasting”) life.”  Age lasting has to do with a measured length of time.  And verse 6, lets us know that the disciples knew of what He spoke:  “restoring the kingdom to Israel.”  Notice back in Mark 4:17 that this person does not endure affliction and persecution for the Word’s sake.  We can lose our joy!  See also Luke 8:13 –”They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word (of the kingdom) with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation (same word as in James 1:2) fall away.”
  3. Acts 12:14 – “…opened not the gate for gladness (“joy“)…” Remember when Peter was in prison and was released by an angel and the servant girl was so excited that she didn’t open the gate for him?

 Experiences with sorrow and trials prepare for and enlarge the capacity for joy:  (Read these for yourselves.)

  1. 1.      John 16:20
  2. 2.      Romans 5:3,4,
  3. 3.      2 Corinthians 7:4; 8:2
  4. 4.      Hebrews 10:34
  5. 5.      James 1:2
  6. 6.      Hebrews 12:11 – “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”

 Persecution (for Christ’s sake) enhances joy and has to do with future reward:

  1. Matthew 5:11,12 – “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
  2. Acts 5:41 – “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”
  3. I Peter 4:13 – “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
  4. 4.      Read Acts 8:1-12
  5. Acts 20:24a –”But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy…”

……………….to be continued

July 16, 2010 - Posted by | Counting Joy, How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Pages from my journal

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