Today’s New Word!

2 Samuel 7:14

I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men.

Now and then it’s fun to learn a new word.  Today’s new word is “compenetration.”  Compenetration refers to the fact that biblical prophecy frequently has an immediate fulfillment while simultaneously having a more ultimate meaning as well.  The immediate fulfillment of the promise to the “son of David” spoken of in today’s verse came in the form of the various Davidic kings who ruled Judah in the centuries after the death of David.  These guys were a mixed lot, blessed (and disciplined) by God according to their obedience and disobedience to the covenant God made with their father David, just as God said they would be.  But these men were also, in their own fragmentary and imperfect way, images of Jesus, the Ultimate Son of David, who would sit on David’s throne forever and, in a divine paradox, rule the nations with an iron sceptre and heal us by the stripes he bore on our behalf.  For he is the true and ultimate Son of the Father.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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