WOTD, μνάομαι

The word of the day is…


Classical Greek, mnaomai, 1. to remind a. to be recalled to mind, to be remembered, had in remembrance b. be mindful of (information provided by Thayer’s Lexicon)

The next day, Jesus’ death confirmed by the centurions and his placement in the tomb of Joseph, the chief priests and Pharisees got scared. They “remembered” or “were reminded” that Jesus had told his followers and detractors that if they “destroyed the Temple” he would raise it again in three days. Their original misunderstanding has been corrected, they now realize that he was referring to his death and the hope of resurrection. The Pharisees well believe in the resurrection, and Jesus’ abiding presence does not comfort them. The chief priests, largely from the party of the Sadducees, do not believe in the resurrection, but the possibility of Jesus leaving the tomb makes them uncomfortable. It could ruin their chances for political domination in Israel. It could bring about even greater Roman intervention…

The next day-on the first day of the Passover ceremonies-the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. They told him, “Sir, we remember (aorist indicative passive of today’s word) what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will be raised from the dead.’ So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he came back to life! If that happens, we’ll be worse off than we were at first.”
Pilate replied, “Take guards and secure it the best you can.” So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.
Matthew 27:62-66 (NLT)

They’re very afraid. Seal it up! Make sure those disciples (who, remember, are hiding in fear) can’t pull a fast one…

Jesus had once told his listeners that even if someone returned form the dead, it could not cause one to believe. The people were quick to ask for a miracle, but it wouldn’t be enough to make them change their hearts. They had misunderstood at first, imagining he was talking about their precious temple, but now their memory was clear. He had been talking about himself, and his firm belief that his death was not to be the end of his mission. He would raise himself up.

So everyone was waiting. Waiting for Jesus to be proven true, or proven false; the Son of God and rightful king of Isreal, or a liar, thief and lunatic. And so we wait for Sunday morning…

About George

I'm interested in theology, languages, translation and various sorts of fermentation.
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