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More Tikvah

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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.

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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?

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Overcome by a Rainbow

rainbow and the throne

I can’t help myself. I have to explore the glorious rainbow a little further. I stumbled across a video on YouTube that left me speechless. The man’s reaction in the video is… contagious. His unbridled emotions upon seeing, or better yet, EXPERIENCING a double rainbow has moved me so deeply that I have to extend this topic. PLEASE take the time to watch this 3 minute video and ask yourself if you’ve ever been so completely overwhelmed by God’s creation. I think the only time I’ve ever came this close was with the birth of a child.

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQSNhk5ICTI

Did you notice his question? While overcome with the majesty of God’s bow, he kept repeating, “What does it mean?” This man realizes that this rainbow was placed in the heavens just for him. He is humbled and awed to TEARS. The wonderment he experiences overcomes him completely.

While I couldn’t see this double bow in all its vividness and glory due to the camera’s limitations, this man’s response was so passionate — so worshipful – that tears poured down my face as well. While my research has deeply affected my thoughts on rainbows, this man’s response will forever be etched into my soul.

We know what the rainbow “means”. It is the sign of YHWH’s covenant with us. It is a picture of God’s glory, His majesty, His essence. But perhaps even more striking is that it is the closest thing on earth to standing in His presence at His throne!

What will our response be when we stand in His presence? I think it will be similar to this man’s reaction to the rainbow — with one exception. Our response will be far more exuberant — wow. Even those that never knew the King of Glory in this life will buckle to the ground in awe and adoration. And they will be pierced through with what it all “means” and will also be screaming, “OH MY GOD!”

I’ll post more on the rainbow soon, but I couldn’t wait to share this little piece. Since this video has about 37 million views, you may have watched it in the past. I urge you to “see” it again and be moved by the enormity of love found in the covenant YHWH has made with us.

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