Restoration to a previous state or position. It is demonstrated in human relationships and also by God in his love and grace restoring fallen humanity and lifting up his people to their former place within his service.
Jdg 16:22 Samson’s hair begins to grow again, indicating his renewed call to serve God; Jer 15:19 God will continue to speak through a repentant Jeremiah; Da 4:34-36 Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity and kingdom is restored; Jnh 3:1-2 God renews Jonah’s commission; Jn 21:15-17 Jesus Christ reinstates Peter after his denial.
Further examples of reinstatement
Ge 40:13 Pharaoh’s cupbearer reinstated; 1Sa 19:6-7 David reinstated by Saul; 2Sa 9:7 Mephibosheth reinstated by David; 2Sa 14:33 Absalom reinstated by David; Da 3:30 Nebuchadnezzar reinstates Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; Hos 3:2-3 Gomer reinstated as Hosea’s wife; Lk 15:22-24 the prodigal reinstated by his father; Phm 10 Paul asks Philemon to reinstate his slave Onesimus; Phm 24 John Mark, formerly rejected, has here been reinstated as Paul’s companion.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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