Word Study: Reckon

“For the One that has died, has been justified from sin. Now if we be dead with the Mashiach, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that the Mashiach being raised from the dead die no more – death has no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once, but in that He lives, He lives unto God. Likewise (as the Mashiach is dead) RECKON yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God though Yeshua ha Mashiach our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts (desires) thereof.” (Rom 6:7-12)

Notice, beloved, the translation I have translated verse 7 brings forth more clearly who Paul is speaking about in this passage – the Mashiach. First and foremost this passage speaks about the Mashiach. For all understanding comes through the scriptures of the prophets (Old Testament) in light of the Mashiach’s death for our sins, His burial and His resurrection the third day – Yeshua of Nazareth is the only-begotten, Son of God, the Mashiach of God.

Now let us examine the word, reckon, which is an act of grace concerning Yeshua ha Mashiach. RECKON is the translation of the Greek word, logizomai (Strongs 3049). It is found 41 times in the NT; think 9 times; impute 8; reckon 6; count 5; account 4; suppose 2; reason 1; number 1; misc. 5. It is found in the following verses: Mark 11:31,15:28; Luke 22:37; Act 19:27; Rom 2:3, 26 (2X); Rom 3:28; Rom 4:3, 4(4X), 5, 6, 8 (2 X), 9, 10 (2X), 11, 22, 23, 24; 6:11; 8:18;, 36; 9:8; 14:14; 1 Cor 4:1 (2X); 13:5, 11; 2 Cor 3:5; 5:19; 10:2, 7, 11 (2X); 11:5; 12:6; Gal 3:6; Phil 3:13; 4:8; 1 Tim 4:16; Heb 11:19; James 2:23; 1 Pet 5:12.

Logizomia is derived from the Greek word, logos (Strongs 3056). It is found 330 times in the NT; word 218; saying 50; tell 33; misc 17; account 8; speech 8; Word (Christ) 7; thing 5, misc 34. The verb or action form of logos is lego (Strongs 3004). It is found 1343 times in the NT: 1184 say; speak 61; call 48; tell 33; misc 17. Lego means “to lay forth” primarily words.

Mark 15:28 will aid us in transitioning from the Greek to the Hebrew. “And the scripture (Old Testament) was fulfilled, which saith, And he logizomai (was numbered) with the transgressors.” This is a quotation from Isaiah 53:12 The Hebrew text reads “and he was manah (numbered) with the transgressors.” Manah (Strongs 4487) is a Hebrew word found 28 times in the OT: number 14; prepare; appointed 4; tell 3. A word having the exact same spelling meneh (Strongs 4488) is a fixed or unit of weight. The substance God supplied Yisrael for food in the wilderness commonly called manna, is called “man” (Strongs 4100) in Hebrew. Man literally means (what is it?).  It comes from the Hebrew word, mah (Strongs 4478) which means what or how. Thus, manah is the measures and quantifies something, that answers the question what something is.  When manah is used in Hebrew it is used to describe. Thus, in Isaiah 53, the prophecy  when originally given states that Cyrus was measured as a transgressor in the mind of Yudah, despite being brought forth by God and having a heart for the people. He was considered a transgressor of the law. Was not this how those of Yudah considered Yeshua ha Mashiach in the days of His flesh? Of course. The greater fulfillment of the prophecy is in the Mashiach.

And so RECKON as used in Romans 6 spiritually is to measure or consider first the Mashiach and then your inclusion in Him. Measure the excellencies of the Mashiach and then you, the chosen ones, in Him.

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