What’s in a word?

Mark 14:32-34

They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Gethsemane, the garden where Jesus was betrayed has an interesting meaning – oil-press. Which in Hebrew is two words, “gath” meaning “wine-press” and “shemen” meaning “liquid, fat, or richness” but the cool thing is that gath comes from the word nagan which means to make music, strum with your fingers to play a tune. In Gethsemane, Jesus’ soul was crushed with the weight of what was to come. But because He proceeded, as the oil-press squeezes out the fluid of an olive, just like Jesus bled for us with the weight of our sins. So, what does this have to do with music? David prophesied, and Paul extended it:

Psalms 40:3

He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD.

Colossians 3:16

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

Peter means rock, James is actually Jacob meaning to circumvent, and John means favored by God.

The 10 Commandments, written on stone and the handwriting against us is replaced with God’s favor!

 Amazing how names of places have such profound meaning!

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