Bible Dictionary and Concordance



labour / labourersPhysical, mental, or spiritual work. DTP The Bible tells us to be careful how we do things, to ensure our labour will be effective in building up God's kingdom. The disciple is a labourer in Christ's vineyard.
laityA person who performs a service within the church; it is usually a non-paid position. See 1 Timothy 5:17-18 which describes how some elders (presbuteros) can receive wages for their ministry. It has come to mean a non-ordained person within the church. (See 1 Pet 5:1-5).
Lamb / lamb / lambsOffspring of domesticated sheep, raised for its wool and meat. Often sacrificed during tabernacle and temple worship. The shedding of the lamb's blood, when offered to God, was for the purpose of forgiveness. DTP In the New Testament Christ became the perfect Lamb of God. He shed His blood so that people could have forgiveness of sin. It was a one-time sacrifice of innocent blood for all those who, by faith, would receive Christ as Saviour and Lord.
Lamb of GodIn the Old Testament the Bible teaches that there would be One who would come and lay down his life for all mankind (see Isa 53:7). DTP In the New Testament Christ became the perfect Lamb of God. He shed His blood so that people could have the forgiveness of sins. It was a one-time sacrifice of innocent blood for all those who, by faith, would receive Christ as Saviour and Lord. (See the book of Revelation).
lament / lamentationTo cry out with great emotion from a burdened heart. To mourn, grieve and weep over a loss or death of something or someone.
LAMENTATIONS, book ofThe main theme of this book is about how the author, thought to be Jeremiah, mourned and lamented over the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple of God around 587 BC. The book is broken up five chapters, each chapter forming a poem of lament. The book expresses God's deep love and sorrow over His people.
lamp / lampsA clay vessel that held oil and a wick which, when lit, would burn and give off light in a room. There was also a lampstand in the tabernacle and, later, also in the temple. DTP Spiritually, the Word of God is a lamp to shed light for the disciple's life.
landEarth, ground, property, acreage. DTP The land and the sea were created by God and we are to be good stewards of what God has created. Careless use or destruction of the land will come back to haunt and even destroy us. We should treasure the gift of land that God has created and given to all peoples of the world.
languageA verbal or written expression of thought, made through sounds and letters, and when put together, produce communication. The combination of words produces sentences, and when spoken or read, allow communication between people. Language contains traditions and cultures of a specific people group. There are thousands of languages worldwide. God caused the proliferation of languages, resulting in the dispersion of people. The book of Revelation tells us that every nation, tribe, tongue, and people will be represented in heaven (Rev 14:6).
lasciviousnessA gross form of wickedness, usually with sexual overtones. It is corrupt and detestable before God. Infers indecency or obscenity. Can refer to sexual acts that are not natural according to God's intent.
lastComing after all others in time or order; most recent. To be at the very end, the finish or completion of something.
last day / last days / last timeThe earth was created with time built into it. We have seasons, night and day. We measure time in seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, and centuries. But one day time will be no more (Rev 10:6-7). The times of the earth will soon come to an end. DTP In the last days Christ will come to set up a new heaven and earth where the measurement of time will be gone. We are in the last days; Christ will soon come for His bride, the church. The battles and corruption of this old world will come to an end.
laverA basin or bowel used for washing one's hands and feet. Upon completion of a temple sacrifice, the priest would wash his hands in the laver. See Exodus 30:18-21.
law / lawsRule, commandment, decree, directive. Regulation put in place by a governing authority. Commandment that weighs the moral right or wrong of an act. The Ten Commandments, as given to Moses, were God's rules of how people were to relate to Him and to each other.
lawgiverA keeper of the law, legislator, policymaker. DTP God is the lawgiver for all of His creation. His word is final. On the basis of His law, He will in the last days judge all mankind.
lawyer / lawyersSomeone trained and skilled in the knowledge of law; legal representative for the plaintiff or for the accused. They represent their client before a judge or jury. Lawyers sometimes fill the roll of a mediator.
lay / laidTo place something at another's feet. DTP Disciples are challenged to lay down their lives for Jesus Christ, to give Him (to His feet or to the foot of the cross) or to surrender to Him that which we have as our love gift for what He has done for us on the cross. To surrender our will and desires to His will and guidance.
lay hands / laid hands / laying on of handsAn act which represented the anointing or blessing of someone. DTP We are encouraged to lay hands on the sick in prayer; also for deliverance or encouragement for fellow disciples; also was used to signify setting a person apart for ministry and service and for the filling of the Holy Spirit. (See Ex 29:10, 15, 19 and Lev 8:14-17).
lead / led / leadethTo show others the way, to draw alongside and help another, to direct or to be guided by another, to go before or in front of others, who has experience, to show a pathway that one should go. DTP For the follower of Christ we need to surrender our will and follow after the leading of the Holy Spirit. He will lead us into new place and challenges so that we may grow and mature in Him.
leagueAlliance, covenant, an agreement between people or groups of people.
learn / learned / learningTo gather information about something. To become knowledgeable and to have understanding concerning a certain body of information. DTP To discipline oneself in a mode or specific field of knowledge. To receive teaching or instruction on a specific topic. To find out about something and to become skilled in its use. We need to learn and become good handlers of the Word of God, our "Sword". This takes understanding (to study) and practice (to go out and use it, to be a doer of the word) by the disciple of Christ.
leave / leaving / leftTo depart or go, to move to another place or way of thinking or living. DTP The value of our lives is measured by what we leave behind. How have we affected those around us? We are all planters and hopefully, we will leave behind good fruit that will glorify the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
leaven (yeast) / leavened / leaveneth A substance that, when added to dough, begins a fermenting process that causes the dough to rise. DTP In the Bible, leaven was also used symbolically for how sin works, that once it gets into your life it can spread throughout your whole being. During the Passover celebration, all leaven was to be removed from one's house, thus symbolizing that the house was clean of sin. We also need to keep our spiritual temple clean of all sin.
legalismLiving by the letter of the law. In the New Testament, the Pharisees were an example of this lifestyle. Jesus often berated the Pharisees for their legalism, as there was little grace and mercy offered. If the law was broken, even in some small way, the people were sentenced and punished to the full extent of the law.
Legion / legionsA basic ancient Roman army unit with supporting cavalry; usually numbering between 3000 and 6000 men.

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