Did you know that there is meaning to EVERYTHING we say and do? I wrote a piece some time ago talking about the usage of the word diva. This word has been adopted by women to describe a woman who is in control and serious about their business. Upon further investigation, the word diva has a bit more meaning than that.
Diva – noun, 1) A prima donna, 2) A disagreeable & unpleasant person, 3) A vain & temperamental person.
Digging a deeper the word diva literally means goddess. It comes from the Italian word, divina meaning, “divine”, which is the feminine derivative of the Latin word divus or divine one. It also means the rank or essential nature of a god and/or the deities of ancient Greece. In mythology, divas were the lowest forms of divinity. The bottom line is the word diva literally means demon or spirit.
I am one who enjoys searching out the true meaning of words or names. The word for that is called etymology.
Etymology – noun, the study of the sources and development of words to discover the true meaning and history of a word. For instance the meaning of my first name is of Dutch derivative and it means, to tell or to inform. Hmmm … Interesting don’t you think?
Some might say that this is extreme and lends itself to be a bit legalistic. I of course beg to differ. I say it is a matter of mindset – how one thinks. There are many things we ascribe to that are without a doubt against the Word of God. It takes only a willing heart and a transformed mind to unearth those things. The Word tells us that we in this world however we are not of this world. (John 17:14) Furthermore, we should not conform to this world (its operation, its way of thinking or living) but be transformed (changed, reconfigured, converted) by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2a)
The title for the piece was chosen purposely – In scripture, the number seven represents completeness or perfection. Genesis 2:2 On the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. There are other scripture where we can see that example – Judges 16:13 – referencing Samson’s seven braided plaits, Revelations 1:1 – The seven spirits of God, or Exodus 21:2 – in the seventh year the Hebrew slave was to be freed etc.
Now let’s look at the word – lucky. If asked, MOST Believers would believe that the word lucky (luck) is derived from the name of Lucifer. Here are the results of the research I conducted:
Luck – (noun) the chance happening of fortunate or adverse events; fortune: Good fortune or prosperity; events that are beyond control and seem subject to chance;
“luck.” The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2003. Houghton Mifflin Company 7 Aug. 2013 http://www.thefreedictionary.com/luck
“luck.” Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged. 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003. HarperCollins Publishers 7 Aug. 2013 http://www.thefreedictionary.com/luck
Word Origin & History
15c. from M.Du. luc, shortening of gheluc “happiness, good fortune,” of unknown origin. Related to M.H.G. g(e)lücke, Ger. Glück “fortune, good luck.” Perhaps first borrowed in English as a gambling term. To luck out “succeed through luck” makes a verb of it, Amer.Eng. colloquial, first attested 1954.
“luck of the draw.” Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 07 Aug. 2013. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/luck of the draw>.
I have to admit, I was of that same opinion and it was largely because I listened to someone else’s opinion and didn’t do the research myself. I urge ANYONE to be as the After searching both the Bible and the internet, I could not find any direct link between the words luck and Lucifer. There were a few articles that attempt to make the connection but have no biblical foundation to support it.
By definition – luck(y) and seven should be diametrically opposed to one another… Just something to think about. The bottom line is this: Every name, word, phrase, colloquialism or even pratice (we’ll talk more about that later) has its origin or root. Those who proclaim a relationship with the Lord ought to know what is actually being said or meant before ascribing to it. Also, there are many, many sayings that we attribute to being the “gospel” however have no such connection. Believers of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ should not only be students of scripture but practice exercising their intellect! I encourage everyone to develop a Berean spirit and search it out! (Acts 17:11)
Until Next Time … Bask in His Presence and Be Blessed!
VMarie aka Thr33
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