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Remember (3415)(mnaomai) means to recall to mind, to recollect, to come to one's remembrance. Mnaomai refers primarily to remembering as an act of mental recall (e.g., Mt 5:23; 27:63; Lk 16:25; Jn 2:17, 22; Acts 11:16; 2Ti 1: 4; 2Pe 3:2; Jude 1:17). Some uses of mnaomai convey the idea of “be mindful of,” with a view to acting in a certain way. The penitent thief on the cross, for example, pleads for Christ to remember him in paradise (Lk 23:42, cp Lxx us Ps 106:4). In other words, the idea is to recall or be aware of information, and as a result to respond in an appropriate manner (e.g., punishing = Rev 16:19, helping = Ge 8:1, Ge 30:22, Heb 13:3, etc) depending on context. To remember means to bring an image or idea from the past into the mind. To recall information from memory, but without necessarily an implication that one has actually forgotten. In Ps 143:5 we see remember is associated with meditation. It is difficult to meditate on what one does not remember. Renn - When predicated of God, mnaomai mnaomai refers to divine remembering in the anthropomorphic sense of initiating an aspect of his redemptive purposes. Lk 1:54 speaks of God “remembering” to be merciful (cf. also Acts 10:31).Lk 1:72 affirms that God will remember his covenant. Heb. 8:12; 10:17 promise that God will remember the sins of his people no more. God is said to remember Babylon in Rev. 16:19, with a view to punishing her for her sins. (Expository Dictionary) Gary Hill makes an interesting observation based on the fact that all of the uses of mnaomai are in the middle voice (the subject initiates the action and participates the the process or results) - "The high level of personal involvement and personal interest motivating this remembering accounts for why it is always in the middle voice." (The Discovery Bible). Many of the uses of mnaomai in the Septuagint are very instructive and encouraging as they speak of God remembering His covenant (see uses at the end of this note), remembering individuals (Noah, Abraham, Rachel), and remembering His Chosen People. Perhaps you are in time of doubting God's goodness and His remembrance of you, especially if you are experiencing difficult circumstances. If so, let me strongly recommend prayerfully pondering some of the uses of mnaomai, especially those in the Septuagint. In Nu 15:39-40 God instructs His people to use the tassels on their garments to aid their remembering the commandments so that they might keep them. The last words of the godly leader Nehemiah were a prayer - "Remember (Lxx = mnaomai) me, O my God, for good." (Neh 13:31) In the Septuagint and in the NT in Heb 8:12, 10:17 (see note below) mnaomai can convey the idea of not remembering someone’s sins or to let someone’s sins go unpunished - Ps 25:7; 79:8; Is 43:25; Heb 8:12; 10:17 (both quoting from Jer 31:34 where in the New Covenant Jehovah says to Israel "their sin I will remember no more.") It is interesting to note that the Greek word for "tomb" (Acts 13:29) is mnemeíon (3419) which is derived from mnáomai and thus a tomb is a memorial, sepulcher or monument (something set up so that a departed one is remembered) Webster on remember - to bring to mind or think of again, to keep in mind for attention or consideration. We are said to remember any thing, when the idea of it arises in the mind with the consciousness that we have had this idea before. BDAG (summary) - 1. to recall information from memory = remember, recollect, remind oneself 2. to think of and call attention to something or someone = to make mention of someone (Acts 10:31, Rev 16:19) 3. give careful consideration to = to remember, think of, care for, be concerned about, keep in mind (Ge 30:22, Lk 23:42, Heb 2:6, 13:3 Friberg on mnaomai - 1) reflexively; (a) of recollection remember, call to mind, think about again (Heb 10.17); (b) of solicitous concern be mindful of, think of, care for (Lk 23.42); (2) passive be mentioned, be noticed (Acts 10.31); the perfect passive has a derived meaning have been reminded equivalent to remember (2Ti 1.4) (Analytical Lexicon) Liddell-Scott state that the primary meaning of Mnaomai in classical literature is “to be mindful of, to turn one’s mind to a thing.” After Homer the term was used to describe one’s pursuit for appointment to an office or solicitation of a favor. So, when a young man turned his mind to seeking a bride, mnaomai described the courtship process. Mnaomai - 21x in 21v - Usage: recall(1), remember(12), remembered(8), rememberest(1), remembrance (m)(1). Matthew 5:23 "If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, "Before a cock crows, you will deny Me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly. Matthew 27:63 and said, "Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I am to rise again.' Luke 1:54 "He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy, 72 To show mercy toward our fathers, And to remember His holy covenant, Luke 16:25 "But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. Comment: What a horrible remembrance it will be for those who are separated eternally from the glorious presence of the Holy One! To have such memories eternally is simply unfathomable to me (although I believe that is what the Scriptures clearly teach). Luke 23:42 And he was saying, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!" (And Jesus said He would - Luke 23:42) Comment: There was a prayer petition found on gravestones that one be remembered at the resurrection Luke 24:6 "He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 8 And they remembered His words, John 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, "Zeal for Thy house will consume me." 22 When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken. John 12:16 These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him. Acts 10:31 and he said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. Acts 11:16 "And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, 'John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.' 1 Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you because you remember (perfect tense - speaks of permanence of their memory of Paul) me in everything, and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you. 2 Timothy 1:4 longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy. Hebrews 8:12 "For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember (Divine passive indicating God as the agent) their sins no more." Zodhiates on remember in this context (cp Heb 10:17) - This does not mean that God does not exercise memory with which He has so beneficially endowed His creatures; nor does it mean that when we appear before Him to have our lives reviewed and judged that God will forget all that we have ever done (Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 3:11–15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11–15). The apportionment of rewards to the believers necessitates God’s and their remembrance of their works (James 2:12, 13). The Heb. 8:12 and 10:17 passages specifically speak of the new covenant of the Lord with Israel which, being accepted, brings an end to His remembrance by Him regarding whether or not they kept the old covenant. This is equivalent to God forgetting all the sins of the individual before he was saved and ushered into the kingdom of God. However, there is certainly a remembrance of all one’s works, whether good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10), performed during his entire life of faith from the moment he has been attached to the body of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). (The complete word study dictionary: New Testament) Hebrews 10:17 "And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." Hebrews 13:3 Remember (present imperative) the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. 2 Peter 3:2 that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. Jude 1:17 But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, Revelation 16:19 And the great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And Babylon the great was remembered before God (Here in the sense that He remembers the sins -- just the opposite of the idea in Heb 8:12, 10:17, the latter reflecting His gracious new covenant), to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. Mnaomai - 9" class="scriptRef">9.27" class="scriptRef">7" class="scriptRef">271 uses in the Septuagint - 8.1" class="scriptRef">Gen. 8:1; 5-Gen.9.142" class="scriptRef">42.6" class="scriptRef">6" class="scriptRef">9:15-16; 19.29" class="scriptRef">19:29; 24.22" class="scriptRef">22" class="scriptRef">22" class="scriptRef">30:22; Ge 40:13-14, 20" class="scriptRef">20, 23; 42:9; Exod. 2:24; 6:5; 20:8; 32:13; Lev. 26:42, 45" class="scriptRef">45; 63.11" class="scriptRef">11" class="scriptRef">11.5" class="scriptRef">Num. 11:5; 39-Num.15.41" class="scriptRef">15:39f; Deut. 5:15; 18" class="scriptRef">18" class="scriptRef">18" class="scriptRef">18" class="scriptRef">7:18; 8:2, 18; 9:7, 27; 15:15; 16:3, 12; 24:9, 18, 20, 22; 17" class="scriptRef">25:17; 32:7; Jos. 1:13; 34" class="scriptRef">Jdg. 8:34; 9:2; 16:28; 1 Sam. 1:11, 19; 4:18; 31" class="scriptRef">25:31; 2 Sam. 19:19; 2 Ki. 20:3; 2 Chr. 6:42; 24:22; Neh. 1:8; 4:14; 5:19; 6:14; 9:17; 13:14, 22, 29, 31; Est. 2:1; 4:8, 17; 10:3; Job 4:7; 7:7; 10:9; 21.6" class="scriptRef">21:6; 28:18; 36:24; 41:8; Ps. 8:4; 9:12; 16:4; 20:3; 22:27; 25:6f; 42:4, 6; 45:17; 71:16; 74:2, 18, 22; 77:3, 5, 11; 78:35, 39, 42; 79:8; 83:4; 87:4; 88:5; 89:47, 50; 98:3; 103:14, 18; 105:5, 8, 42; 106:4, 7, 45; 109:16; 111:5; 115:12; 119:49, 52, 55; 132:1; 136:23; 137:1, 6f; 43.5" class="scriptRef">143:5; Prov. 31:7; Eccl. 5:20; 9:15; 11:8; 12:1; Isa. 12:4; 17:10; 26:16; 38:3; 43:25f; 44:21; 46:8f; 47:7; 48:1; 54:4; 57:11; 62:6; 63:7, 11; 64:5, 7, 9; 65:17; 66:9; Jer. 2:2; 11:19; 14:10, 21; 15:15; 18:20; 31:20, 34; 33:8; 44:21; 51:50; Lam. 1:7, 9; 2:1; 3:19f; 5:1; Ezek. 3:20; 6:9; 16:22, 43, 60f, 63; 18:22, 24; 20:43; 21:23; 23:27; 36:31; Dan. 5:10; Hos. 2:17; 7:2; 8:13; 9:9; Amos 1:9; Jon. 2:7; Mic. 6:5; Nah. 2:5; Hab. 3:2; Zech. 10:9; Mal. 4:4 The first 5 uses of mnaomai in the Septuagint of Genesis are powerful as they speak of the Holy God Who condescends to remember His creatures. Dear believer do you ever feel like God has forgotten about you, especially if you are experiencing adversity or affliction? Then meditate on the passages below and ask the Spirit to open the eyes of your heart to see the Father's great unconditional love for you. You may feel like Joseph, forgotten by men, but ultimately (when all was said and done) he was remembered by God. (Ge 40:23) Joseph's God is your God beloved! Genesis 8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. Genesis 9:15 and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh. Genesis 9:16 “When the bow (rainbow) is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” Genesis 19:29 Thus it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived. Genesis 30:22 Then God remembered Rachel, and God gave heed to her and opened her womb. Ex 2:24 So God heard their groaning; and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Ex 6:5 “And furthermore I have heard the groaning of the sons of Israel, because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage; and I have remembered My covenant. Lev 26:42 then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and My covenant with Abraham as well, and I will remember the land. Lev 26:45 ‘But I will remember for them the covenant with their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God. I am the LORD.’” Num 15:39 “And it shall be a tassel (tassels on the corner of their garments - Nu 15:38) for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot, Num 15:40 in order that you may remember to do all My commandments, and be holy to your God. One of the most encouraging uses of mnaomai is in Isaiah 65:17 where God says “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind."

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