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Worship Sermon Series – “Behold!” 2020
Week 4 9/6/20 “Behold! A Word of Warning and Grace”
Scripture: Luke 13:6-10  

In the middle of a parable, an irritated land owner points to an unproductive fig tree and says, “Behold!” It is a word of judgment as well as a word of anger in this context. This is a parable that asks about the limits of grace—not just for a fig tree, but for all of us.

Greek Word for Behold

ἰδού idou; second person singular imperative middle voice of 1492; used as imperative
lo!; — behold, lo, see.
AV (213) – behold 181, lo 29, see 3;
behold, see, lo


“Never Let anyone tell you that you can’t; show them that you can.” ― Gloria Mallette

“I am that fig tree.”—Ted Fraley

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About the Series: 

An old-fashioned word was woven through our old-fashioned King James Bible. We grew up with the word, many of us memorizing it in place, only having the context to tell us what it meant. This word isn’t used in common speech, and just to say it makes you sound oh, so serious. Later translations of the Bible have come up with alternatives for the word because it is no longer in common use. That word is – “Behold!”

behold verb
be·hold | \ bi-ˈhōld, bē- \ beheld\ bi- ˈheld, bē- \;

transitive verb
1: to perceive through sight or apprehension : SEE
2: to gaze upon : OBSERVE

It was a pleasure to behold the beauty of the sunset.
The enormous crowd was a sight to behold.
intransitive verb
—used in the imperative especially to call attention

We’re going to look at a variety of places “Behold” was used in the New Testament to catch people’s attention, to alert the readers of something important being said. The original Greek isn’t always the same word, but the effect is the same. Someone is saying, “Listen up!” “Check this out!” “Pay attention!” Will we? Or, to use another of Jesus’ turns of phrase, “May those with ears hear!”

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