Sep
2013

The Greek word apodechomai

Used only by Luke and limited to Lk. 8:40; 9:11Lk. 8:40; 9:11
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40 And as Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed him; for they were all waiting for him. 11 But the multitudes perceiving it followed him: and he welcomed them, and spake to them of the kingdom of God, and them that had need of healing he cured.

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(some manuscripts); Acts 2:41; 15:4; 18:27; 21:17; 24:3; 28:30Acts 2:41; 15:4; 18:27; 21:17; 24:3; 28:30
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41 They then that received his word were baptized: and there were added unto them in that day about three thousand souls. 4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church and the apostles and the elders, and they rehearsed all things that God had done with them. 27 And when he was minded to pass over into Achaia, the brethren encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him: and when he was come, he helped them much that had believed through grace; 17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. 3 we accept it in all ways and in all places, most excellent Felix, with all thankfulness. 30 And he abode two whole years in his own hired dwelling, and received all that went in unto him,

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, the Greek verb “apodechomai” meant “welcome,” “receive,” “accept.”  Some “welcomed” or were accepting of Jesus (Lk. 8:40Lk. 8:40
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40 And as Jesus returned, the multitude welcomed him; for they were all waiting for him.

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), and such was also true of the Lord (Lk. 9:11Lk. 9:11
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11 But the multitudes perceiving it followed him: and he welcomed them, and spake to them of the kingdom of God, and them that had need of healing he cured.

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).  Gospel preaching was accepted or welcomed (Acts 2:41Acts 2:41
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41 They then that received his word were baptized: and there were added unto them in that day about three thousand souls.

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).  Congregations were exhorted to be welcoming (Acts 18:27Acts 18:27
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27 And when he was minded to pass over into Achaia, the brethren encouraged him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him: and when he was come, he helped them much that had believed through grace;

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) and we find examples of this taking place (Acts 15:4Acts 15:4
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4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church and the apostles and the elders, and they rehearsed all things that God had done with them.

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–some manuscripts).  Paul welcomed those who came to visit him (Acts 28:30Acts 28:30
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30 And he abode two whole years in his own hired dwelling, and received all that went in unto him,

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).