Word Study: Behold

The essence of the Christian message is not ‘Behave!’ but ‘Behold!’ Jared C. Wilson

Anne Marie and Heather have committed to going through Behold: A Study of the New Testament with The Daily Grace Company. 2024 will be spent journeying through the New Testament to behold Christ in each chapter we read. At the end of each daily podcast, the host asks “How can we behold Jesus in” the passage? As a result, we decided to do a deeper dive into the word behold.

Behold (Hebrew: chazah, Greek: idou) means to look and see something of importance

Behold, or a variation of this word, appears approximately 1,500 times in the Old Testament and around 200 times in the New Testament.

God has given humanity eyes and ears to enjoy the sights and sounds of this magnificent world. The sights and sounds of nature are extraordinary. Beaches, mountains, lakes, valleys, streams, wildlife, and all the rest of creation can be deeply enjoyed and point to a Creator. Proverbs 20:12 states, “the hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord made them both.” Why did He make us this way? He placed us in the midst of His creation to find enjoyment and ultimately to worship Him (Psalm 37:3, 148:5). 

To behold is to look and see what God has done in the past and is doing in the present. Just as there is a physical world, there is also a spiritual world. God is continually working in both of them! Beholding God’s ongoing working is an important aspect of the Christian faith. God wants us to turn our attention from the cares and distractions of our daily lives to see how He is working. Whether big or small, God wants us to behold Him which will lead to greater peace, joy, and assurance in our lives. When we see blessings in the midst of uncertainty, God is reminding us of His presence. 

Often, beholding God means we have the privilege of witnessing the new things. “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”( Isaiah 43:18-19) From His throne, Jesus said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5) We get to behold the new workings of God, because He has made His people new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) As people of God, it is our great joy to continually look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, as we live out our days. Beholding Jesus is the grand storyline of the Bible and the key to deeper satisfaction in this life and in the one to come.

Two ways to start to BEHOLD Jesus with a friend this week:

1️⃣ Meditate on his Word. Commit to investing time with each other and to studying the Bible together. Use our free Foundations Workbook to get started. We’re often inclined to do this on our own, but there’s much joy and benefit to learning in community and sharing observations from the text. (Philippians 4:8-9)

2️⃣ Praise the Lord! An amazing reality of the local church is singing praises in community. Go with your friend to church, or read – or sing! – a Psalm together! (Shane & Shane has great Psalms albums.)

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Many thanks to Pastor Scott for this word study!

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