Death of Saints Precious in God's Sight

Ps 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.

Precious : yaqar ( yaw-kawr' )
- valuable
- prized
- rare
- splendid
- costly
- highly-valued
- glorious
- excellent

Matthew Henry:
Though no man lays it to heart when the righteous perish, God will make it to appear that He lays it to heart.
This should make us willing to die, to die for Christ, if we are called to it, that our death shall be registered in heaven, and let that be precious to us which is so to God.

Another link is broken
In our household band
But a chain is forming
In a better land

2 Cor 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

1 Cor 15:36-44
36 ...that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 
37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain
38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind offlesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

Dreams and Visions

Greek - Acts 2:17
men  3495 young men
see  3700 
visions 3706 
men  4245 presbuteros = elders = overseers
dream  1798 
dreams  1797 
Hebrew - Joel 2:28
men  970 youth, young man
see  7200 see, inspect, perceive, regard, look after, observe, discern
visions 2384 9x - vision, oracle, prophecy - used re: Nathan's vision to David of Solomon's temple 2 Sam 7:17
men  2205elders, ancients, senators, old, old men
dream  2492 25x - Jacob's ladder, Joseph's dreams
dreams  2472 55x - ¿seem muddy - not always understood?

Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business, and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

To believe = to be persuaded

“First, To be a Christian indeed is to believe on Christ’s name; it is to assent to the gospel discovery, and consent to the gospel proposal, concerning Him.” - Matthew Henry

- to acknowledge that He is [the King of Kings, the Savior, the Anointed One]

- to acquiesce in it [consent with enthusiasm]

Greek "pisteuo" means "to be persuaded"

- St Jerome, latin, "credo" (from "cor do": I give my hand) not "opinar" (I have an opinion)

- In 1611, "believe" meant "be loyal to a person to whom you are bound by promise or duty."

- Now, "belief" is more like an "intellectual assent"


Notes from a Weds PM class at Hillcrest Christian Church... The word "serve" is one of the biggest themes in the Bible and the preferred title of saints. "Serve" or "servant" are mentioned 1100 times in scripture. "Servant" was the coveted title of many from Abraham to Paul.