Unit 11: Word Order
|5. water plant
Is it a good place to get fish?
I take much pleasure in fishing.
Water plants are food for fish.
The streets are safe in that town.
It is a peaceful place.
There are mountains behind the town.
Not all houses are the same.
Some are made of plant stems.
Complex statements add extra words to the simple nouns of the subject and the object.
They give expansion to the meaning.
Here are some examples:
truly, I say to you
"truly" has the effect of making strong the words "I say to you".
the same is the greatest
"The same" takes the place of a group of words that came before it.
Those words are:
Whoever, then, will make himself as low as this little child the same is the greatest.
This group of words is complete in itself.
It has a verb in it and so it is called a clause.
If it did not have a verb it would be called a phrase.
In actual fact, the form of the simple sentence is still there, but it has been expanded by putting a group of words in the place of a single noun.
A complex sentence gives much more detail than a simple sentence could.
Always have the simple sentence in mind.
Then see how the words have been added to it as an expansion of its meaning.
Taken Out of Prison
So Peter was kept in prison: but the church made strong prayer to God for him.
And when Herod was about to take him out, the same night Peter was sleeping in chains between two armed men, and the watchmen were keeping watch before the door of the prison.
And a great light was seen shining in the room, and an angel of the Lord came to Peter and, touching him on his side so that he came out of his sleep, said, Get up quickly.
And his chains came off his hands.
Then the angel said, Put on your shoes and get ready to go.
And he did so.
And he said, Put your coat round you and come with me.
And he went out after him;
and he was not certain if what was done by the angel was a fact, for it seemed to him that he was seeing a vision.
And when they had gone past the first and second watchmen they came to the iron door into the town, which came open by itself: and they went out and down one street;
and then the angel went away.
And when Peter came to his senses, he said, Now, truly, I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and taken me out of the hands of Herod, against all the hopes of the Jews.
And when he became clear about this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John named Mark, where a number of them had come together for prayer.
And he gave a blow on the door, and a young girl came to it, named Rhoda.
And hearing the voice of Peter, in her joy she went running, without opening the door, to say that Peter was outside.
And they said to her, You are off your head.
But still she said, with decision, that it was so.
And they said, It is his angel.
But Peter went on giving blows on the door: and when it was open and they saw him, they were full of wonder.
We may have a better knowledge of why Peter was in prison if we give the history behind it.
Peter was there because Herod had taken action to give the Jews pleasure.
They did not like the way things were going in Jerusalem.
Herod had always made special attempts to be pleasing to the Jews so that peace would be kept in his country.
So, he put Peter in prison.
It would keep peace with the Jews.
Great care was taken to see that Peter did not get out of prison.
When the story says "watchmen were keeping watch" it means there were four groups of four men each who had the work of watching.
This was necessary because they took turns through the day and then through the night, four at each watch.
In addition, a prisoner usually had chains on one hand whilst he was asleep beside a keeper, but Peter had chains joining each of his hands to each of two keepers that were by his sides.
He was a very special prisoner.
If Peter got away those guards would be put to death, so they would have been very careful to not let him get away.
The fact that Peter did get away is beyond our knowledge.
It was because the angel came and took him out.
The keepers were not able to take any action to put a stop to the whole operation.
Light was seen, chains let go, doors came open, and Peter was taken out by the angel to be a free man.
This was truly a miracle.
The interesting thing is that those who were praying for Peter were the ones that were not able to make adjustment to his getting free.
They were surprised.
But,if they had not prayed it may not have come about at all.
Peter said to give James the news of his being let out by the angel.
That was because James was a leader in the church.
He was the brother of Jesus.
He came to belief in Jesus after he was put to death on the cross and then came back to life.
||a servant of God.
||someone taking strong steps against bad acts.
||an instrument for death.
||the knowledge of past acts.
||giving a happy mind and heart.
||a thing putting a stop to body actions.
||getting good at something..