The petition verb Parakalo means “I urge, I beg, I beseech”. This strategy of finding petition verbs is specific to Paul’s writings (Romans, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon). It is specific to Paul’s writings because it seems that Paul loves the petition verb and never uses it unless he is hammering home a point. In the English language we have tons of ways we can emphasize things. We can use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, make a statement or word bold, underline the statement, or use an exclamation point! The Greek language did not have exclamation points or bold font and it was written all in capital letters, so they used words for emphasis. Paul’s emphasis word is Parakalo (I urge, I beg, I beseech). Whenever he uses this word it usually goes hand in hand with the purpose of the book.This is the word used in Philippians 4:2 that says: I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to agree with each other in the Lord. That’s amazing to think that the purpose of the book of Philippians was to get these ladies to live in harmony with one another. I’m going to read Philippians looking at it from this perspective. I urge you to do so also.
Isn’t it just amazing that you can study the Bible for years and years and still find fresh insights? There is no other book in the world you could read year after year and never tire of. I love some of the books of Agatha Christie and have reread them many times (good thing I’m forgetful because I always wonder: whodunnit!). But I could not read one book of hers over and over every single day. There are only a handful of books I’ve wanted to read more than once. The same thing with movies. I’ve seen very few movies more than once.
God’s word, though, never grows old. Not if we glean wisdom from others so that we can dig deeper, uncovering more and more gems. Just click here, Come Fill Your Cup, to read the latest post on “How to Study the Bible.” Parakalo you to do so!