Worship Sermon Series – “Behold!” 2020
Week 6 9/20/20 “Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock!”
Scripture: Revelation 3:20-22
The final Behold of our series is an invitation that comes from the last book of the Bible. Letters of encouragement, warning, condemnation, and challenge have been sent to the churches, and Jesus says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” During this strange time of quarantine, how willing are we to open our lives to something new? Jesus is always at the ready with an invitation.
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
“Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.”― Jerry Bridges, The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness
“To behold, you must first believe.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
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!”
be·hold | \ bi-ˈhōld, bē- \ beheld\ bi- ˈheld, bē- \;
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.
—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!”