Who doesn’t need more hope?
I thought I’d share a few more things from the Hebrew text that will enlarge the cord of hope — something we all need. After all, the thicker the rope, the stronger it is, right? Hope is expectation toward something FUTURE and the Hebrew text emphasizes this truth. Let’s look at a few cases in point. The first two are from the Book of Wisdom or Proverbs.
Surely there is a future (aharit), And your hope (tikvah) will not be cut off. (Pr. 23:18)
Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future (aharit), And your hope (tikvah) will not be cut off. (Pr. 24:14)
In Hebrew there is a sort of play on words in these verses. Remember how hope or tikvah is actually also a bound rope or cord? Can you see why the imagery paints a picture of hope being like a rope that is NOT cut? Even if we feel like we are hanging by a thread, that thread is our hope and it comes with the promise of a future, not a snapped rope.
Our hope in YHWH has a future. Placing your hope in YHWH will not leave you wanting or disappointed. YHWH has a plan for each of us. Every step, season, and struggle leads to our future. We will not be completely cut off like a limp cord as long as our hope rests in the Almighty.
‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future (aharit) and a hope (tikvah). (Jer. 29:11)
“There is hope (tikvah) for your future (aharit),” declares the LORD, “And your children will return to their own territory. (Jer. 31:17)
Why do we (me included!) struggle so much with getting this? We have a future. There is hope in every situation. This is true even in death. Though death seems so very final and scary to us, there is still hope. But even knowing this, we more often mope around and mutter along with the dry dead bones in Ezekiel these words:
… ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope (tikvah) has perished. We are completely cut off.‘ (Ezek. 37:11)
But notice how YHWH reverses “our” negative confession in the next few verses.
“Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. “Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.'” (Ezek. 37:12-14)
Do you ever feel as hopeless as an old bag of dry bones? Have you ever been so overwhelmed with the issues of life that you feel as if the marrow in your bones has dried up and crumbled? If YHWH can cause living flesh to grow anew on these dead bones and raise us from the grave, how much more can He speak life and a future hope into our personal circumstances right now?
We must cling to our hope and never give up! It is as real as the scarlet cord that saved the life of Rahab and her family. There is no coincidence that our aharit (future) is so often mentioned with our tikvah (hope). It’s not a hope for the future. Our hope IS our future! Our Elohim (God) is no respecter of persons, He is faithful.
The real question is are we?