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Daily Reading: 16th March 2016

 

John 20.21

21 Then again Jesus said to them: “Peace to you, even as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 

Once again Jesus said to His disciples “Peace to you”. 

They have a far greater meaning than what we might see as we read them.

W Barclay tells us that the real force is: May God give you everything.

This is a wonderful greeting that contains the divine desire of Jesus for His disciples. We might convey the same desire when we say to people: ‘God bless you’

However, quite often instead of saying this many will wish others ‘good luck’. The desire of those who say this is to wish someone success, or to wish them to have the best of something. It is said to wish the other person to know goodness, and to experience the finest outcome and so be blessed.

Many years ago I heard a prominent Christian teacher say that the word ‘luck’ comes from the word ‘Lucifer’, which is the name given for satan in Isaiah:

“How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world” – Isaiah 14.12 (NLT). The meaning of Lucifer is ‘O Shining Star’.

However, having looked further into this I have not been able to find any connection to link ‘luck’ with ‘lucifer’. Instead it seems to come from the German word: Gelucke, which means ‘fortune’. This word itself appears to come from the Roman word ‘fortuna’, the goddess of fortune, good or bad, also known as fate.

This means that, whereas the word ‘luck’ may not be derived from ‘lucifer’, it is derived from another ungodly source.

Therefore, to wish someone good luck or fortune is to place them under the influence of an ungodly source. This is something that none of us would want to do. Consequently, it is important that we understand the influence and force of these words.

Let the Holy Spirit re-direct our language so that we convey to others our desire for them to experience the goodness of our Heavenly Father.

 

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