October 28, 2011
This week we have been learning about this verse:
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
On Wednesday we discussed the word narrow – to press or afflict. Narrow defines the path or road to life, but as I began to study even more I found something else very revealing.
In the verse we have the word ‘small’ which describes the gate. Here is the definition of this word according to Strong’s:
Probably from the base of histemi; narrow (from obstacles standing close about) — strait.
From the Helps Word-Studies we get this definition:
4728 stenós – properly, narrow; (figuratively) the closely-defined path God ordains to travel on to gain His approval (used three times in the NT).
Another very interesting word in this verse is ‘find’.
When looking at it closer I noticed that the word ‘find’ (heuriskó) means to learn or find especially after searching.
This is yet another key to the ‘few’ who find life (zoe). The ones who do find it are ones who are searching for true life and learning about true life. I felt it could be said, ‘seeking to learn about life (zoe)’. Hungry for life and seeking after it.
So let’s use these definitions to reword this verse just a bit to see if we can gain a clearer view of its meaning.
But the God ordained path for you to travel on has obstacles standing close about it, the journey is contracted by pressure, and only a few will find it by learning about and searching for it.