Friday, May 20, 2011

Raised 'again'

There are two verses in Acts 13 (verses 33 and 37, I think) where Paul speaks of the Lord Jesus Christ being "raised again."  What's up with "again?"  It's missing in the NKJV...I'm guessing the NIV and NAS also but haven't checked.  Thanks, in advance!!

There are two reasons that I see that it is written this way!

First one being, in scripture, to be "raised again," means that you once had life, then you died, then God gave you life again! That's one way that God uses this term in his word.

Job 14:12
So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.

Hebrews 11:35
Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

And secondly, (which is actually in the context of Acts 13) God raised up Jesus at his birth to be Israel's Messiah/King/Deliver—just like he did with David!

Acts 13:22-23
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

The Jews are used to God raising up deliverers for them in their history.

Judges 2:16
Nevertheless the Lord raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

So God raised up the final Deliverer to/for Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ, both at his birth and his resurrection!

His birth, the first raising:

Luke 1:69
And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David

Then they rejected and killed him, so God, in his mercy towards them, raised him up again!

His resurrection, raised again:

Acts 13:33
God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

Hopefully this helps! 

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