Who is/are the beloved?

I ended the previous post by saying that Charitoō (G5487) is the Greek word which was used for favoured in the text of Luke 1.  Charitoō (G5487)  is also found in Ephesians 1: 6 where it is rendered “he hath made … accepted”  in the beloved.

It struck me a while ago that “favor” and being “made… accepted” by God are one and the same, so we need to keep this in mind.

Before we go unto charis, let us explore the word beloved  (agapaō/G25) to see what we could learn:

The angel came in unto her and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured  (Charitoō/G5487), the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women – Luke 1: 26.

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made (Charitoō/G5487) us accepted (Charitoō/G5487) in the beloved   (agapaō/G25) – Eph 1: 6.

Scriptures indicates that “God so loved (agapaō/G25)  the world  that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish…” (John 3: 16).  Jesus loved (agapaō/G25)us and gave Himself for us.  

However, the context of  Ephesians 1: 6 indicates that the term beloved refers to the saints who are saved by grace.  

Holy Scriptures reveal, too that there were people who were highly favored or greatly beloved by God. They included Jesus,  Enoch, Job, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Daniel, Samuel, the Prophets, Apostle John.

 

Selected examples of people who found favor with God – Daniel

Archangel Gabriel told Daniel on three occasions that  he was “greatly beloved.”  This was so significant that I looked up the Hebrew word.  Chemdah (H2532) is the word used in the texts for “greatly beloved.”

Chemdah (H2532) provides deep insight into those who are beloved by God. The following English words are used synonymously and indicate that the beloved are:

  • goodly – something appealing – Gen 27: 15, 2 Chron 36: 10.
  • the one on whom all hope rests – “And on whom [is] all the desire (Chemdah /H2532) of Israel? [Is it] not on thee, and on all thy father’s house – 1 Sam 9: 20.
  • Desired – Desire/desired is used FOUR times to mean beloved.
  • Precious – 2 Chron 20: 25.
  • Pleasant – 2 Chron 30: 27. Pleasant is used 12 times in the Old Testament to mean beloved.

God saw Mary as a goodly, rare, precious and pleasant human being on whom the hope of heaven rested for the birth of our  Messiah. Can heaven say that about us?

 

Like Noah, Mary found grace in the eyes of the Lord because she walked with God

Charis, the root word for favoured  (Charitoō/G5487), reveals that “grace” is a synonym for favor.  I therefore decided to examine the meaning of grace in the Old Testament using Noah as an example:

But Noah found grace (chen/H2580) in the eyes of the LORD.

 Noah was a just man [and] perfect in his generations, and Noah walked (halak) with God (Gen 6: 8 & 9)

Noah found grace or favor in the eyes of the Lord. He was just/righteous and perfect. The Hebrew word for perfect is translated as without blemish, without spot, sincere, upright, undefiled.  

The conjunction AND is used in Genesis 8: 9 to explain why Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord and why he was just and perfect in his era.  AND is “used to connect … words, phrases, or clauses. It means along or together with; as well as; in addition to; besides” (Dictionary.com). 

Noah found favor in the eyes of  the Lord because he cultivated a relationship with God.  Like Enoch, Noah walked (halak) with God.  

Halak (H1980), the Hebrew word used to describe both Enoch and  Noah’s walk or relationship with  God and paints the following picture. Enoch and Noah and others like them continually went towards and sought the Presence of God. They did not hide like Adam and Eve. Both Enoch and Noah  and later Abraham and Jacob were familiar with angels as they walked with God. 

Halak (H1980) reveals that to walk with God is to walk in obedience to His Word, to allow God to lead/to follow God, to foster the Presence of God, to receive angelic visitations. 

Please don’t take the walk with God lightly. Prophet Enoch was so exceptional in his walk that God translated him to heaven rather than letting him die (Hebrews 11: 5).

Now we have a clearer picture that Mary was a woman who walked with God and found favor, great favor in the eyes of the Lord as a result.

More to come.

 

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