God Layeth the Smacketh Down

A funny thing happened on the way to outlining a Bible Study I’m teaching, I found some stuff. I love finding stuff!

The KJV word “bestowed” can mean “give” or “deliver” and suchlike. Pretty tame, casual renderings. But as I read further in the Strong’s definition of the word Bestowed (Greek word didomi), it can also mean to smite or to strike with the palm of the hand.

Bestowed can mean “smack!” Here’s why that is cool. 1 John 3:1

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”

Read this verse with the possible definition of bestowed, “smack.”

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath smacked us with.”

Oh man! I love that! God smacks us with His love! What’s the first thing they do to newborn babies? Smack em! There’s stuff here. Feel free to ponder.

2 thoughts on “God Layeth the Smacketh Down”

  1. God lays the smack down on us with big time grace. I read this verse the other day and it stirred me to start praising and thanking God.
    It’s truly amazing what Paul is telling us.

    ‘that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”-2 Cor. 5:19

    Hey God is not mad at you! He is trying hard to reconcile His relationship with you, yes God Himself.

    In fact, He is not counting your rejection of Him against you, He will take all the blame for everyone of your mistakes Himself, if we just turn towards Him!

    The New King James version says it this way, “not imputing their trespasses to them”. It’s a get out of jail free card God is offering us, here take it, be set free, He’s picking up the tab. God wants to have all things set right between Him and us, and He is charging it to His account.

    Talk about debt relief!
    But once we receive our pardon we don’t want to start robbing banks again ;-)

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