Fun way to read the Bible!
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
This small word has so much in it!
A. And means that there was something before
B. More importantly, it means that there is something more to come!
In this case, we know that the Old Testiment was what was before. A Religious system designed to show how Awesome and Holy and Pure God is, and how much we are not. A two sided covenant that could only be kept by one side. A system designed to show us exactly what sin was, and that sin separates us from God. "And" what comes next?
This small word also has a lot of meaning!
A. It means a specific thing to be named.
B. John didn't use "a", or "some", or "a few" word(s); He said "the" word, a very specific word!
In this case, we know that "the" word, is in reference to Jesus Christ!
The word, Word and word have two different meanings!
A. "Word", the Language of God!
B. "word", the Language of men.
The "Word" of God! The Language of God! Jesus Christ, the 2nd person of the Trinity!
It's all about Jesus!
4. Became (Be Came)
Compound word! Be Came!
A. God's name is I AM! Or how about BE IS or maybe just BE! I AM is the present tense, active from of the verb "to be". So God's name is also BE!
B(e). Came, yep that is right, Jesus "came" to us! We can't get to God, so God "came" to us!
Be came to us! He came to us as a man, Flesh and Blood!
Flesh and Blood, like us!
A. The outer surface of our bodies.
B. All of God, packed into a body just like ours!
God came to us and Be Came like us! How amazing is that?!?
But wait there's more!!!!!
A. More than the Laws of the Old Testiment!
B. Now more than Jesus coming to us and taking on Flesh!
God keeps giving and giving and giving....He can definitely outlast the energizer bunny!
To live, to make a place your home!
A. Jesus walked upon this earth! Just like we do!!!
B. Jesus called a little town called Nazareth, Home!
God dwelt (made His home) among us!
Well...y'all get the picture!
Take one word a day, there is so much that God can say to you in just one word! And don't go quickly over the little words like "and" and "the", God chose those words for a purpose! They all have a very specific purpose for being there! Give each word a day, and let God speak to you through each individual word! It's a ton o' fun!
Here is another passage that can be a lot of fun to study this way!
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
So there are a lot of words there, you could do maybe two or three per day!