KeyWord Ra'ah: The Lord Looked
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low;
and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Luke 3:5f (Spoke 20, Cycle 2)
One of the most
amazing alphabetic correlations is found in the unique emphasis upon seeing or looking
in the Gospel of Luke. This is based on the KeyWord ra'ah which God used in many Alphabetic Verses:
- Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. AV Ps 25:18
- Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: AV Lam 1:20
- Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. AV Lam 2:20
- O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause. AV Lam 3:59
Only Luke quotes the text "all flesh shall see (ra'ah) the salvation of God" from Isaiah
that immediately follows the synoptic reference to John the Baptist as the "voice crying in the wilderness." And only Luke
records Simeon's words "mine eyes have seen thy salvation" (vs 2:30) and Anna's words addressed
to "all them that looked for redemption" (vs 2:38). The table on the next page lists four parallel
passages between Matthew and Luke in which only the latter contains the word "see."
Yet again we witness an Alphabetic KeyWord as the basis of the distinctive differences between the Gospels:
|Parallel Verses where Luke = Matthew . See|
|Parable of the Fig Tree|
|[24:32] Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
||[21:29] And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
|The Light that must not be Hid|
|[5:15] Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
||[8:16] No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
[11:33] No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
|Sitting with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Kingdom of God|
|[8:11] And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
||[13:28] There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
This brings us to yet another wonder. All Four Gospels record Peter's denial of Christ,
but only Luke mentions the fact that the Lord looked upon Peter at the moment of his denial:
|Four Gospel Parallels where the Lord LOOKS upon Peter ONLY in Luke|
||Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
||But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak. And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
||And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
||One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him? Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.
This is but one example of the evidence proving that God designed the variations between the synoptic Gospels (see
the Solution to the Synoptic Problem). This means that
the atheists primary weapon against God's Word is now revealed to be one of the greatest witnesses of the Divine Design of the
entire body of Scripture on the pattern of the Hebrew alphabet. Praise God for His invincible Word!