Title: Unfading Glory
Tags: crown,glory, Jesus, victory, Peter,
Blog Entry:    Sometimes when I study scripture I find a verse that touches me in a special way.  One of these is 1 Peter 5:4 , .... "   And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." When a person studies this and looks into the language they find things that are not showing in our English.  It also shows us how the New Testament reflects the Old Testament despite differing languages.  Lets just look at a few of these.  The title "Chief Shepherd" is actually the meaning of the simple word God (EL or AL) in Hebrew for in early Hebrew alphabet the A was an ox head representing strength, whereas the the letter L was represented by a shepherds staff.  The two go together as Strong Shepherd, which God is.  We know that Christ is the very shepherd spoken of by Peter here as he encourages us to finish the race.  There is more here that touches me.  The word "crown" here is not a kings crown but is a victory crown which consisted of leaves and flowers..  The Greek word is "Stephanos" or a form of it.  This is actually the origin of my own name (Steven, Steve, Stephen...), and is a victory wreath.  Also in this verse the phrase "fadeth not" or as implied  "unfading" is found in the original Greek as "amaranthinon", which reminds me of a pretty amaranth plant and flower.  These things are masked in the English. "And when Jesus, the strongest shepherd comes you will receive a glorious unfading victory crown...." pastor Zomok