Encircling Love- a study of ‘beloved’

Nothing is lukewarm about God- He is are all fire and passion and completeness.    He says we are His Beloved.  What is beloved?

Deuteronomy 13:12  Benjamin: “GOD’s beloved; GOD’s permanent residence. Encircled by GOD all day long, within whom GOD is at home.”

God’s home, surrounded by God.  He surrounds us, always with us.  Encircling like a seraphim…..  Benjamin, the youngest child, the least, the runt of the litter, the bottom, but also the favorite.  The beloved one.  The last son of a prized wife.  One who was born motherless, as his mother gave her life in birthing him.  A picture of how God gave His Son so that I could be reborn into Him.  I am just a little one, but worth His life, worth everything.  He forgave us with His dying breath, just as Benjamin’s mother named him with her last breath. He called us His own with His last breath.  He loved me until the very end, even as I killed Him.

‘beloved’ in this case is from Hebrew ‘dowd’.

H1730 (Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

H1730 דּוֹד דּוֹד dowd (dode) (or (shortened) dod {dode}) n-m.

1. (figuratively) to love

2. (by implication) a love-token, lover, friend

3. (specifically) an uncle

[from an unused root meaning properly, to boil]

KJV: (well-)beloved, father’s brother, love, uncle. (copied from theword.net)

Beloved- to boil.  To boil with desire, with love, with passion.  TO have so much love infilling that sitting still is impossible; action is required.  He looks on us and sees us and loves us so much that His love drives Him into motion- into sending His Son to die for us, into acting in our lives and protecting us and keeping us from destroying ourselves.

(Rom 9:25 [NET])

As he also says in Hosea: ​​​​​​“I will call those who were not my people,My people,and I will call her who was unloved,My beloved.’”

 

Beloved in this instance is G25 (Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries)

G25 ἀγαπάω agapao (ag-ap-ah’-o) v.

1. to love (in a social or moral sense)

{chiefly of the heart (wholehearted, unconditional, devoted) while G5368 is chiefly of the head (feelings, conditional, sentimental)}

[perhaps from agan “much” or Hebrew agab]

KJV: (be-)love(-ed) (copied from theword.net)

 

To love unconditionally, the famous ‘agape’.  He took me from a love that was just of the head in the world, took me out of the world, into a love from Him that is of His heart, eternal.  May we love Him the same!!!

Just the concept of a God Who loves us agape is breathtaking.  He created us, He know all our flaws and ticks and everything we have ever done against Him.  EVERYTHING.  And yet He still loves us.  He still loves me.  That in and of itself sets Him far beyond all other gods.  Far above anything that man can design or dream of.  He is the perfectly obtainable, knowable, loveable unobtainable, unknowable, unlovable God.  Created by none, Creator of all.  He is love, and I am His beloved.

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