What does it mean to "watch" ? Jan 1, 2022 9:35:43 GMT -5
Post by watchful on Jan 1, 2022 9:35:43 GMT -5
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
The word watching here conveys the sense of being awake, of being alert and watching and as we can see in this verse it is also related to hearing from and waiting on the Lord.
But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the priests, and they that minister of the Levites; they shall go in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep the watch of the LORD.
And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour?
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Be sober, be vigilant (same Greek word for “watch”); because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
There are more scriptures and hope others will do a word search of one’s own and check out the definitions as well as biblical useage of the word....but the gist of it is that the word for watch in scripture has to do with three things basically from what I have found.....one is being spiritually awake, another is prayer and waiting on the Lord in prayer, and thirdly being sober and vigilant.
For example, the parable of the virgins has them all falling asleep, as in not being watchful, as time dragged on waiting for the bridegroom. From my studies the message being conveyed by this word “watch” is that we are to stay awake and watching/waiting at the doorpost, keeping our eyes on the Lord, waiting for Him, waiting to hear what He would speak to us, or see what He would show or how He would lead us. Sometimes we may not hear much from the Lord for long seasons when He seems to be gone and far away, and in those times it is harder to stay "awake" and keep waiting for Him in prayer.