Bible Dictionary and Concordance



materialismA philosophy/belief that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that consciousness is the result of material interactions. Materialism totally rejects the spiritual side of the universe. Adherents often focus solely on the comforts and luxury of life. DTP The disciple is not to be a follower of materialism but is, rather, a steward of all that God has given to them. We should use that which God gives us for His glory and to build up His kingdom.
MATTHEW, Gospel book ofThis book is believed to have been written by Matthew the disciple of Christ. It was written to Jewish converts. It uses at least 65 quotes from the Hebrew Scriptures and focuses a lot on the theme, "Kingdom of Heaven". It is thought to have been written around 37 AD. It is the first book in the New Testament and the first book of the Gospel section. Matthew sets out to prove the Jewishness of Jesus Christ and that He was from the line of King David.
measure / measuredTo take a ruler and determine the size of something, to weigh, to determine the amount or quality of something. Things will be measured and evaluated. There is an accountability that God will bring when we all stand before Him.Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, Isa 40:12good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, Luke 6:38God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. John 3:34God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Rom 12:3grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Eph 4:7unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Eph 4:13
meatFlesh of an animal as food.Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; Gen 9:3And make me savoury meat, such as I love, Gen 27:4this is the law of the meat offering: Lev 6:14They gave me also gall for my meat; Ps 69:21thou givest them their meat in due season. Ps 145:15and a fool when he is filled with meat. Prov 30:22himself with the portion of the king's meat, Dan 1:8that there may be meat in mine house, Mal 3:10and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Matt 3:4is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Matt 6:25for the workman is worthy of his meat. Matt 10:10I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: Matt 25:35I have meat to eat that ye know not of. John 4:32My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, John 4:34Labour not for the meat which perisheth, John 6:27For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; Rom 14:17I have fed you milk, and not with meat: 1 Cor 3:2if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh 1 Cor 8:13And did all eat the same spiritual meat. 1 Cor 10:3Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, Col 2:16the heart be established with grace; not with meats, Heb 13:9
mediatorInterceder, peacemaker, a go-between, intermediary, arbitrator. DTP For the disciple, Christ is the mediator between ourselves and the heavenly Father ... He stands in our place and makes it possible for us to enter into the Holy of angels in the hand of a mediator. Gal 3:19Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Gal 3:20one God, and one mediator between God and men, 1 Tim 2:5he is the mediator of a better covenant, Heb 8:6And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, Heb 9:15Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, Heb 12:24
meditate / meditationThought, consideration, deliberation, contemplation, reflection, to study. To take time to think or reflect on things. DTP The disciple takes time to pray, listen for the Holy Spirit's voice, and find out the will of God for his life.Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: Gen 24:63but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, Josh 1:8and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Ps 1:2O LORD, consider my meditation. Ps 5:1and the meditation of my heart, Ps 19:14the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. Ps 49:3it is my meditation all the day. Ps 119:97Thine heart shall meditate terror. Isa 33:18Meditate upon these things; 1 Tim 4:15
mediumOne who claims to be able to communicate with the dead, a channel to the underworld. One who is controlled, or has become a vessel for spiritual communication with the dead. DTP The disciple is forbidden by God to be involved in consulting mediums, for it is deeply sinful in His eyes. "Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God." (Lev 19:31 NIV).
meek / meeknessQuiet, gentle, mild, submissive. DTP Meekness is one of the fruit of the Spirit that a believer should have in his life. Meekness does not mean weakness, but demonstrates an attitude of confidence in who one is in Christ. For the disciple, meekness means an "inward grace of the soul", demonstrating a controlled strength and a gentleness in ministering to others.Now the man Moses was very meek, Num 12:3The meek shall eat and be satisfied: Ps 22:26the meek will he teach his way. Ps 25:9But the meek shall inherit the earth; Ps 37:11to save all the meek of the earth. Selah. Ps 76:9The LORD lifteth up the meek: Ps 147:6he will beautify the meek with salvation. Ps 149:4The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, Isa 29:19to preach good tidings unto the meek; Isa 61:1seek righteousness, seek meekness: Zeph 2:3Blessed are the meek: Matt 5:5for I am meek and lowly in heart: Matt 11:29thy King cometh unto thee, meek, Matt 21:5or in love, and in the spirit of meekness? 1 Cor 4:21by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, 2 Cor 10:1Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Gal 5:23restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; Gal 6:1all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, Eph 4:2humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering. Col 3:12faith, love, patience, meekness. 1 Tim 6:11In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; 2 Tim 2:25shewing all meekness unto all men. Tit 3:2receive with meekness the engrafted word, James 1:21let him shew ... his works with meekness of wisdom. James 3:13even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, 1 Pet 3:4of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. 1 Pet 3:15
member / membersTo be part of a group, connected together with other people. To be joined with others in a relationship or some form of fellowship. DTP As disciples of Christ we are a valuable members of His body, enjoying a spiritual connection with other brothers and sisters; caring for each other, protecting each other, and equipping each other in Christ for service.and in thy book all my members were written, Ps 139:16Neither yield ye your members as instruments Rom 6:13But I see another law in my members, Rom 7:23we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office. Rom 12:4that your bodies are the members of Christ? 1 Cor 6:15and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, 1 Cor 12:12ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 1 Cor 12:27for we are members one of another. Eph 4:25For we are members of his body, Eph 5:30Even so the tongue is a little member, James 3:5even of your lusts that war in your members? James 4:1
memorialAn structure, monument, or inscription that helps to preserve the memory of an event or of the life of a person. DTP While monuments and plaques may be used today, in the Old Testament it could be an altar or even a large pile of stones to remind people what God had done for them.this is my memorial unto all generations. Ex 3:15this day shall be unto you for a memorial; Ex 12:14and for a memorial between thine eyes, Ex 13:9Write this for a memorial in a book, Ex 17:14 may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, Ex 30:16may be to you for a memorial before your God: Num 10:10To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, Num 16:40 these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. Josh 4:7and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generaitons. Ps 135:13the LORD is his memorial. Hos 12:5shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. Mark 14:9are come up for a memorial before God. Acts 10:4
menGentlemen, male persons, the plural form for man. Often in the Bible used to refer to the human, male and female. (See the word man and mankind) The Scriptures gave specific responsibilities to men; they are accountable for the nurturing of children in the fear of God.then began men to call upon the name of the LORD. Gen 4:26go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; Ex 10:11all the mighty men of valour, Josh 1:14O ye sons of men, how long will ye Ps 4:2Concerning the works of men, Ps 17:4Oh that men would praise the LORD Ps 107:8mayest walk in the way of good men, Prov 2:20He is despised and rejected of men; Isa 53:3Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, Joel 1:2for I set all men every one against his neighbour. Zech 8:10there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem. Matt 2:1Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Matt 4:19Let your light so shine before men, Matt 5:16For if ye forgive men their trespasses, Matt 6:14Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, Matt 10:32With men this is impossible; Matt 19:26men brought in a bed a man which Luke 5:18Men's hearts failing them for fear, Luke 21:26By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, John 13:35men with men working that which is unseemly, Rom 1:27God shall judge the secrets of men by Rom 2:16all men unto justification of life. Rom 5:18the foolishness of God is wiser than men; 1 Cor 1:25are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 1 Cor 3:3I am made all things to all men, 1 Cor 9:22and gave gifts unto men. Eph 4:8So ought men to love their wives Eph 5:28we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, 1 Thes 2:4and one mediator between God and men, 1 Tim 2:5God, who is the Saviour of all men, 1 Tim 4:10it is appointed unto men once to die, Heb 9:27but holy men of God spake as they were 2 Pet 1:21the tabernacle of God is with men, Rev 21:3
MennonitesA people group who are Anabaptist in belief. The roots come from Holland, Germany and Switzerland. Their main doctrines emphasize baptism, pacifism and personal purity; they do not believe in taking oaths or getting interest for the use of their money. They beliefs and teachings came out of the teachings of Menno Simons, Conrad Grebel and Pilgrim Marpeck, dating back to the late 1400's and early 1500's.
mercies / mercifulCompassion, pity, kindness, sympathy; kindness toward an enemy; it is the power to forgive or spare someone from punishment. As Christ has shown His mercy to us, we should also be merciful to others.the LORD being merciful unto him: Gen 19:16The LORD God, merciful and gracious, Ex 34:6For the LORD thy God is a merciful God; Deut 4:31With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, 2 Sam 22:26God is gracious and merciful, and will not 2 Chr 30:9a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, Neh 9:17O LORD, thy tender mercies Ps 25:6redeem me, and be merciful unto me. Ps 26:11LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; Ps 41:4and redeem us for thy mercies' sake. Ps 44:26Be merciful unto me, O God: Ps 56:1I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: Ps 89:1The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, Ps 103:8Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: Ps 119:156for I am merciful, saith the LORD, Jer 3:12It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, Lam 3:22To the LORD our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, Dan 9:9for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, Joel 2:13Blessed are the merciful: Matt 5:7God be merciful to me a sinner. Luke 18:13brethren, by the mercies of God, Rom 12:1Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, 2 Cor 1:3the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, Col 3:12
mercyCompassion, pity, kindness, sympathy; kindness toward an enemy; it is the power to forgive or spare someone from punishment. Mercy is not getting what one deserves. (See mercies/merciful). DTP God has judged us as guilty because of our sin nature, but because of Christ's shed blood and the faith that we put in Him, we are shown mercy by our heavenly Father; this takes away the punishment of death and gives to us eternal life.and thou hast magnified thy mercy, Gen 19:19and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. Ex 33:19The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, Num 14:18because his mercy endureth for ever, 2 Chr 7:6his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. Ezra 3:11God, who keepest covenant and mercy, Neh 9:32have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. Ps 4:1Have mercy upon me, O LORD; Ps 9:13But I have trusted in thy mercy; Ps 13:5Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me Ps 23:6and plenteous in mercy. Ps 103:8for his mercy endureth for ever. Ps 136:1after righteousness and mercy findeth life, Prov 21:21For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; Hos 6:6but to do justly, and to love mercy, Mic 6:8for they shall obtain mercy. Matt 5:7I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, Rom 9:15But God, who is rich in mercy, Eph 2:4but according to his mercy he saved us, Tit 3:5which according to his abundant mercy hath 1 Pet 1:3had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Pet 2:10looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ Jude 1:21
mercy seatFound in the Holy of Holies, it was the lid or cover of solid gold on the Ark of the Covenant. This is where the blood was sprinkled on the seat for the sins of the nation or for the individual person. DTP Christ sprinkled/shed His blood for us and tore the temple veil, signifying that the disciple could now go into the Holy of Holies and have a personal relationship with God Almighty.And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: Ex 25:17with their wings over the mercy seat, Ex 37:9and put the mercy seat above upon the ark. Ex 40:20and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, Lev 16:15of glory shadowing the mercy seat; Heb 9:5
messenger / messengersEnvoy, herald, go-between, runner, courier, deliverer, ambassador, one who delivers a letter or some verbal information to another. DTP God throughout history sometimes raises up people to speak out on His behalf. Christ was also sent as a messenger of grace and mercy, plus God has sent angels to proclaim a truth of events that was about to take place.Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau Gen 32:3the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, 1 Sam 19:20But they mocked the messengers of God, 2 Chr 36:16In that day shall messengers go forth from me Ezek 30:9for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. Mal 2:7Behold, I will send my messenger, Mal 3:1 (Matt 11:10; Mark 1:2)they are the messengers of the churches, 2 Cor 8:23
MessiahThe word means "the anointed one"; the Hebrew word is "Messiah", the Greek word is translated "Christ". His baptism showed that Jesus was the Messiah, anointed with the Holy Spirit and with build Jerusalem unto the Messiah Dan 9:25and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, Dan 9:26We have found the Messiah, John 1:41 NKJBI know that Messiah iscoming (who is called Christ). John 4:25 NKJB
Messianic JewA Jew who believes that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. Their faith brings together some of the culture and tradition of the Jewish law, but also bases faith on a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
metamorphosesThis word often describes the major event that takes place in an insect's body. For example: a butterfly larva/worm turns into a butterfly. A change from one form of life to another. DTP Disciples undergo the change from living like the world to living for Christ Jesus as a child of God. It is a complete change from an old nature to a new nature. The same Greek word metamorphoo is used in Matthew 17:2, And was transfigured before them: and in Romans 12:2, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.
MethodistA religious movement that was started by John and Charles Wesley. The focus of the methodical teaching was based on piety and on a personal inner heart relationship with Jesus Christ. It began with the Holy club at Oxford University during in 1725. George Whitefield was also a part of this movement. The main teaching is that the disciples are justified by faith.
MICAH, book ofThis is an Old Testament book written by Micah, predicting the coming judgement upon Samaria and Jerusalem; also predicted that Zion would be "plowed as a field". The prophet does give a word of hope that in time a Deliverer would come to redeem them. The book was written around 750 BC.
mid tribulationThis group believe that the church will remain as a witness to the world during the 3 and 1/2 years of peace, but then the church will be raptured into heaven.
might / mighty / mightily / mightierStrength and power. The ability to use one's body, soul and spirit to lead others to victory. Being able to overcome hardship and challenges. DTP God is our mighty God who stand strong for His children. He is the Mighty One of Israel.thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: Deut 3:24and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deut 6:5LORD of lords, a great God, a mighty, Deut 10:17Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Judge 6:14the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, Judg 14:6how are the mighty fallen! 2 Sam 1:19David danced before the LORD with all his might; 2 Sam 6:14the LORD mighty in battle. Ps 24:8Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, Ps 89:13The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, Ps 93:4For their redeemer is mighty; Prov 23:11the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Isa 1:24the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel. Isa 30:29thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. Isa 49:26I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Isa 63:1God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his. Dan 2:20thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; Zeph 3:17Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, Zech 4:6he that cometh after me is mightier than I, Matt 3:11but one mightier than I cometh, Luke 3:16they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. Luke 9:43a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, Acts 2:2So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. Acts 19:20Through mighty signs and wonders, Rom 15:19not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 1 Cor 1:26the world to confound the things which are mighty. 1 Cor 1:27but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; 2 Cor 10:4is not weak, but is mighty in you. 2 Cor 13:3according to the working of his mighty power. Eph 1:19to be strengthened with might by his Spirit Eph 3:16be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Eph 6:10working, which worketh in me mightily. Col 1:29honour, and power, and might, be unto our God Rev 7:12
mighty man / mighty menOne who stands strong against his enemies. Implies the ability to overcome trials and challenges. The mighty man is not fearful but is full of faith in God. DTP The disciple need to stand as a mighty man of God and, by doing so, brings glory to his God.the same became mighty men which were of old, Gen 6:4all the mighty men of valour, and help them. Josh 1:14Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, Josh 8:3thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? Ps 52:1The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, Isa 42:13Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, Joel 3:9the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. Zeph 1:14and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. Zec 9:13
mill / millstoneLiterally, each of two circular stones used for grinding grain. Grain is fed through a hole in the top stone which, when turned, crushes grain into flour. Small millstones were used in the home and large commercial millstones were housed in a mill and often turned by oxen. DTP Jesus told His listeners not to be deceptive in their talk and way of life because there would be great punishment for that person. Jesus said that it would be better for that person to have a millstone placed around his neck and be cast into the sea.take the nether or the upper millstone to pledge: Deut 24:6a millstone were hanged about his neck, Matt 18:6Two women shall be grinding at the mill; Matt 24:41that a millstone were hanged about his neck, Mark 9:42angel took up a stone like a great millstone, Rev 18:21