Friday, March 30, 2007

Signs

Greek Word Pronunciation: say-MI-on
Strong’s Number: 4592
Goodrich/Kohlenberger Number: 4956
Key Verse: “Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples …” -- John 20:30

[SEE: Miracles overview]

The Greek word semeion literally means “sign,” “mark,” or “token.” It is often used of miracles as signs of divine authority. It is a description from the standpoint of the message taught. It is valuable not for what it is, but rather for what it points toward. It is a miracle with a special lesson tied to it.

In the Septuagint (Exodus 3:12, 4:8, 30), Moses is said to have performed signs when accomplishing the tasks assigned to him by God. In Deuteronomy 4:34 and 6:22, powers (miracles), wonders, and signs are all used together in one sentence.

In the New Testament, this word is used 77 times. In contexts dealing with the apostles, the signs attested that these individuals were genuine messengers of God (Hebrews 2:3,4). The signs conveyed to witnesses the stamp of the presence and power of God in the apostle (Matthew 12:38; John 2:18, 23; 3:2; Acts 14:3). An instance of signs, wonders, and powers being used all together is in 2 Corinthians 12:12. In contexts dealing with Jesus, it is evident that the signs are to be considered as objective pointers to His identity as the promised divine Messiah. The apostle John wrote in his gospel about seven miracles of Jesus, and in each case, he called them signs (John 2:6-11, 23; 4:47-54; 6:2, 11-14; 9:13-16; and 11:43-47).

Miracles were the seals by which God authenticated the miracle-worker Himself.

2 comments:

Martin Oru said...

What version of the bible do you use? And how does your chosen bible translation work with GK numbers

Peggy Overstreet said...

Martin, I primarily use NASB. But I look at several translations to compare with the original Greek. Any translation works with GK, while using interlinear or computer programs. Not sure if this answers your question? Thanks for your interest.