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Steps (2487) (ichnos) means the sole of the foot on which men and animals go, a footstep, a footprint or an impression left by the sole of the foot in walking and is used metaphorically here and elsewhere in the NT of imitating someone’s example. Ichnos - 3x in the NT. In addition to this verse ichnos is also in... Romans 4:12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised. 2Corinthians 12:18 I urged Titus to go, and I sent the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not conduct ourselves in the same spirit and walk in the same steps? Ichnos - 22x in the Septuagint (LXX) - Gen 42:9, 12; Deut 11:24; 28:35, 65; Josh 1:3; 1 Sam 5:4; 2 Sam 14:25; 1 Kgs 5:3; 18:44; 2 Kgs 9:35; 19:24; Job 9:26; 11:7; 38:16; Ps 18:36; 77:19; Prov 5:5; 30:19; Ezek 32:13; 43:7; Dan 10:10 Deuteronomy 11:24 "Every place on which the sole (Lxx = ichnos) of your foot treads shall be yours; your border will be from the wilderness to Lebanon, and from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as the western sea. Joshua 1:3 "Every place on which the sole (Lxx = ichnos) of your (plural = not just Joshua but the people of Israel entering the promised land) foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. Comment: Great verse emphasizing the principle of a divine tension - God's sovereign promises, man's responsibility to in faith and trust obey Him and lay hold of that which He has already given us. The whole land was given, but they could only posses that which they claimed. In a similar way believers today have been granted every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, and yet we must lay hold of these blessings by faith that obeys. F B Meyer puts it this way "The land of rest and triumph is ours by deed of gift; yet we must go up and possess it. We must claim it by putting down the foot of faith." Psalm 18:36-note You enlarge my steps under me, and my feet (Lxx = ichnos) have not slipped. NET Psalm 77:19-note You walked through the sea; you passed through the surging waters, but left no footprints (Lxx = ichnos). In the plural (as in this verse) ichnos means a continuous line of impressions, a trail or a track. To follow a man's footprints or footsteps is to move in the direction he is going. So in the figurative sense ichnos indicates a record left by someone's conduct or manner of life which provides an example for others to imitate. Obviously to follow in His steps does not imply that we will do everything He did, but it does refer to the general idea that we will follow His example of enduring undeserved suffering, demonstrating the same attitude He had. Following His steps, saints should "walk, even as He walked" (1John 2:6) We should love as He loved... "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35) We should think as He thought... Have this attitude (present imperative = command to do this continually, make this your lifestyle) in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, (Php 2:5-note). Ambrose wrote... Christ emptied Himself. Behold our pattern! This is a good definition of a disciple! Jesus' disciples are called to follow exactly the footprints He left and they are not like footprints on the seashore which fade away and blur as the waves wash over them. Topeka minister Charles Sheldon wanted to attract local college students to God, so he began preaching a series of practical, Sunday evening sermons on how to follow "in His steps" in business, in journalism, in other careers. From the popular series he wrote magazine articles, which in time became the best-selling book In His Steps (Click here for online version). 1Peter 2:22 WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH (NASB: Lockman) Greek: os hamartian ouk epoiesen (3AAI) oude heureete (3SAPI) dolos en to stomati autou; Amplified: He was guilty of no sin, neither was deceit (guile) ever found on His lips. [Isa. 53:9]. (Amplified Bible - Lockman) KJV: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: NLT: He never sinned, and he never deceived anyone. (NLT - Tyndale House) Phillips: Who committed no sin, nor was guile found in his mouth'. Yet when he was insulted he offered no insult in return. (Phillips: Touchstone) Wuest: Who never in a single instance committed a sin, and in whose mouth, after careful scrutiny, there was found not even craftiness; (Eerdmans) Young's Literal: who did not commit sin, nor was guile found in his mouth, WHO COMMITTED NO SIN: hos hamartian ouk epoiesen (3SAAI): (Is 53:9; Mt 27:4,19,23,24; Lk 23:41,47; Jn 8:46; 2Co 5:21; Heb 4:15; 7:26,27; 9:28; 1Jn 2:1; 3:5) No (3756) (ou) expresses direct and full negation, independently and absolutely, and objectively. Ou differs from the other Greek negative particle me (3361) which implies a conditional and hypothetical negation, and in contrast to ou is subjective. Peter is saying "no sin", no exceptions! Peter had lived in closely company with Jesus for three years and knew that He was perfect. Isn't it true as a general principle that intimate relationships often reveal the best or the worst in people, and yet Peter's affirms that he had seen nothing but the best in Jesus, even in the worst of times! Peter is fully qualified to give a personal testimony of the sinless state of the unblemished and spotless Lamb of God. (1Pe 1:19-note) NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH: oude heurethe (3SAPI) dolos en to stomati autou: (John 1:47; Re 14:5) Peter is quoting from (Isaiah 53:9). His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. "Copy and paste the address below into your web browser in order to go to the original page which will allow you to access live links related to the material on this page - these links include Scriptures (which can be read in context), Scripture pop-ups on mouse over, and a variety of related resources such as Bible dictionary articles, commentaries, sermon notes and theological journal articles related to the topic under discussion."

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