Monday, April 2, 2007

Look, Stoop

Greek Word Pronunciation: para-KUP-to
Strong’s Number: 3879
Goodrich/Kohlenberger Number: 4160
Key Verse: “… one who looks intently at the perfect law” -- James 1:25

Parakupto is a compound word, comprised of para, meaning “alongside,” and kupto, meaning “to bend.” It is a strong word, referring to “a passionate desire to look at with the head bent forward.” Metaphorically, it is “to look carefully into, to inspect curiously, with care and precision.” This verb appears only 5 times in the New Testament.

In Luke 24:12, John 20:5, and 20:11, this word is used of John, Peter, and Mary who were stooping to look into Jesus’ empty tomb. They were looking in from the outside through an entrance that was probably less than 3 feet high.

Metaphorically, in 1 Peter 1:12, “things into which angels long to look,” the reality of the Christian’s living hope was held in awe and wonder by the angels; the profound mysteries of the gospel were subjects of earnest inquiry to them. They contemplate the work of salvation as spectators, not participants.

In the key verse of JAMES 1:25, in regard to “one who looks intently at the perfect law,” reference is made to intense and accurate observation and attentive consideration to see the great advantage of the Gospel. The sustained look with a ready response is the key to spiritual strength and continued maturity. It pictures both the humble attitude and intense study required of one who seeks to benefit from God’s Word.

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