Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
We have the Apostle Paul’s statement
1Cor 13:13But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (NAS unless indicated)
We hear and think about faith and love but hope is seldom considered. The importance of this topic in times of stress and turmoil will be covered in this and the next issue.
The word ‘Hope’ is common in our vocabulary but often misunderstood when it comes to Scripture. This message is offered as an insight into the hope that will endure, gives encouragement and is an anchor for the saints of God.
"God sends the dawn
that we might see
that still might be." ~Robert Brault,
What Is Bible Hope?By Jack Weaver
(We thank Jack Weaver for this well put article therefore we are using it for the introduction to HOPE - edited for length)
For centuries man has misunderstood or misinterpreted many words in God’s Holy Scripture. Let’s take the wonderful and exhilarating word "Hope" and see if we can understand it.
One may say, "I hope it will not rain today." "I hope my car will start when I have an emergency." "I hope my children will grow up to be great citizens." "I hope. I hope. I hope."
The standard dictionary definition, and one that is generally accepted by most of the world is "to FEEL that something desired MAY happen:" The words "feel" and "may" are two very indefinite and vague words, but such a definition of "hope" exemplifies the thinking of most people.
The dictionary definition of the word "hope" is NOT the Biblical Hope of which we speak.
Let us investigate the Old and New Testament meanings of the word "Hope."
Psalm 33:22 "Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee."
Hope in this verse is the Hebrew word, "yachal" meaning "trust."
Psalm 39:7 "And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee."
Here we see a slightly different Hebrew word "towcheleth" but with the same root but meaning "expectation." These and many, many more verses illustrate the Psalmist’s reliance upon the trustworthiness of the Lord. The Lord CAN be trusted. He WILL keep His promises.
Now, in the New Testament we see the word "Hope" in several verses. This word "Hope" is an absolute, a guarantee without a doubt. It is the Greek word "elpis" meaning "to expect or anticipate with pleasure."
Romans 5:2 "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
We rejoice in the glory of God, not with uncertainty but with joyful anticipation - guaranteed.
Colossians 1:5 "For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;"
The Hope of His Kingdom is not a maybe - but an absolute and definite guarantee by the Word of the Truth of the Gospel.
Titus 1:2 "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"
Eternal life - guaranteed and promised by the God of the Universe. He cannot lie.
Titus 2:13 "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"
Every believer in Jesus Christ may look with confidence to the glorious appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ. No doubt!
Titus 3:7 "That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
We are Justified by God’s grace, guaranteed - Rendered innocent or free by God’s Grace, eternal life guaranteed!
Webster 1828 (edited)
HOPE, n. [L. cupio.]
1. A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.
He wish'ed, but not with hope--
2. Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God's gracious promises; a scriptural sense.
A well founded scriptural hope, is, in our religion, the source of ineffable happiness.
Hope - TWOT (edited)
1994(qāwā) I, wait, look for, hope.
This root means to wait or to look for with eager expectation. It means enduring patiently in confident hope that God will decisively act for the salvation of his people (Gen 49:18). There will come a time when all that God has promised will be realized and fulfilled (Isa 49:23; Ps 37:9). In the meantime the believer survives by means of his integrity and uprightness as he trusts in God’s grace and power (Ps 25:21). Israel is encouraged to hold fast to love and justice, i.e. they are to follow the law faithfully and maintain consistently the standards of justice, at the same time preserving an attitude of godly love (Hos 12:6; cf. Ps 37:34; Job 4:6).
As long as there is a future, there is hope (Prov 23:18; probably an eternal future is intended). But only the believer can really express his hope in the future, for it belongs to YHVH alone. And God supplies wisdom to insure that future and to substantiate hope (Prov 24:14). God is the source of hope for his people, and he has promised them a future and a hope (Ps 62:5; Jer 29:11). Therefore, YHVH himself is called "the hope of Israel" (Jer 14:8; 17:13; 50:7; cf. Ps 71:5).
Hope - ISBE(edited)
In the Old Testament:
In the Old Testament there is no Hebrew word that has the exact force of "expectation of some good thing," -This lack of a specific word for hope has nothing to do with any undervaluation of the virtue among the Hebrews. For the religion of the Old Testament is of all things a religion of hope, centered in God, from whom all deliverance and blessings are confidently expected (Jer 17:17; Joel 3:16; Ps 31:24; Ps 33:18; Ps 33:22; Ps 39:7, etc.). … the firm trust that at a time appointed God, in person or through His representative, will establish a kingdom of righteousness.
In the New Testament:
The proclamation of this coming kingdom of God was the central element in the teaching of Jesus, and the message of its near advent (Mr 1:15, etc.), with the certainty of admission to it for those who accepted His teaching (Lu 12:32, etc.), is the substance of His teaching as to hope. … the tone is not that of prediction so much as it is that of the statement of obvious facts. In other words, "hope" to Christ is "certainty," and the word "hope" is never on His lips … none the less the full consummation of that kingdom, with Himself as Messiah, was made by Him a matter of the future.
Hence, after the ascension the early church was left with an eschatological expectation that was primarily and almost technically the "hope" of the New Testament--"looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Tit 2:13), "unto a living hope ...., unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, .... reserved in heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1Pe 13-5; compare Rom 5:2; Rom 8:20-24; 2Cor 3:12; Eph 1:18-21; Col 1:5; Col 1:23; Col 1:17; Titus 1:2; Titus 3:7; Titus 3:1; Titus 3:3). The foundations of this hope were many…
… the accent is laid on the hope that awaits the individual beyond the grave. A Christianity that loses a transcendent, eschatological hope ceases to be Christianity.
Burton Scott Easton
Some promising Scripture about Hope - that which we expectantly look for with great joy
Job 11:18"Then you would trust, because there is hope; And you would look around and rest securely.
Ps 119:166I hope for Thy salvation, O LORD, And do Thy commandments.
Jer 29:11'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 and a hope.
Lam 3:24"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him."
Matt 12:21"And in His name the Gentiles will hope."
Acts 23:6… "Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!"
Rom 8:24For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.
Rom 15:4For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Eph 1:18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
Titus 1:2in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,
A sure thing
Heb 10:23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
1Pet 1:13Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1John 3:1See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God… 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Our prayer for you
Rom 15:13Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
May we Spark Hope in Others Today
Next time more about the hope of our salvation with a Biblical outline for study.
Thy Kingdom come… Amen
(* editing is done to shorten length - you are encouraged to read the full commentary where applicable)
Hope - a joyful, certain, future, expectation
Proverbs 23:18Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 24:14Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, And your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 10:28The hope of the righteous is gladness, But the expectation of the wicked perishes.
Don’t give up after all hope infers waiting
Proverbs 13:12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
The wisdom of these Proverbs - ‘there is a future’ - ‘your hope will not be cut off’ - ‘the hope of the righteous is gladness’ - ‘…a tree of life’.
Heb 6:19This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,
Thank You YHVH for the hope, the certainty, the expectation of Your Kingdom
"Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness, of captivity, would, without this comfort, be insupportable." Samuel Johnson
2Cor 1:10who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,
Titus 2:13looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus;
Yeshua You came to release us from the bondage of sin and instill in us the hope of Your salvation.
In our pursuit of humility:
(Lessons from humility and death to self.)
"Every morning remind yourself afresh of your emptiness so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in you. Let a willing loving, restful humility be the mark that you have claimed your birthright-the baptism into the death of Christ. ‘By one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy’ (Hebrews 10:14) The souls that enter into His humiliation will find in Him the power to see and count self as dead and, as those who have learned and received of Him, to walk with will lowliness and meekness, forbearing one and other in love." Andrew Murray
Ps 42:5Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.
Eph 2:12remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Col 1:27…of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Father, we count self as dead, that You may instill in us Your hope of life eternal.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
There are many verses in the Psalms that call upon YHVH (The LORD). A few of these verses are directly referred to as a prayer - in the verse below ‘prayer’ (T@phillah) is - Strong's: H8605 intercession supplication; by implication a hymn: - prayer.
Psalm 4:1A Psalm of David . Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! Thou hast relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer (H8605).
According to TWOT:
There is a rich nomenclature for "praying" in the ot. There are at least a dozen Hebrew words for pray and prayer. But easily the most common word for "prayer" is tĕpillâ and the related verb, pālal.
Most often both the verb and the noun refer to intercessory prayer. This is best illustrated in Solomon’s prayer for the people at the dedication of the temple (I Kgs 8 and its parallel II Chr 6) where the root occurs 30 times in these chapters alone. The first reference there, I Kgs 8:28, reads, "listen to the prayer (tĕ pillat) of your servant and to his entreaty (tĕḥinnātō) … listen to the cry (rinnâ) and the prayer (tĕ pillâ) your servant makes to you today.
Tĕpillâ- Prayer. Found seventy-six times in the ot, most often in Ps (thirty-two times). Indeed five Psalms are specifically called "prayers" in their superscription (Ps 17, 86, 90, 102, 142).
YHVH, hear our supplication for in You is our hope.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
Are you judgmental toward those who smoke, drink, swear, or have tattoos? It is easy to criticize those who sin in ways that you do not. It may be that you abstain from these activities out of a reverence for God. Yet you can abstain from them and still not be judgmental toward those who partake or practice them. God’s word teaches that no man can serve two masters and that you are not to judge someone else’s servant. If you obey God you should be content to allow Him to manage the spiritual growth of others. If you refrain from the judgment of other people’s sins perhaps they will not be judgmental of yours. (Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you again.(Matt 7:1-2 KJV)
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
THE BIRTH OF THE SONG 'PRECIOUS LORD'
My wife, Nettie and I were living in a little apartment on Chicago's south side. One hot August afternoon I had to go to St. Louis where I was to be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting.
I didn't want to go. Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child. But a lot of people were expecting me in St. Louis. I kissed Nettie good-bye, clattered downstairs to our Model A and in a fresh Lake Michigan breeze, chugged out of Chicago on Route 66. However, outside the city, I discovered that in my anxiety at leaving, I had forgotten my music case. I wheeled around and headed back.
I rushed to a phone and called home. All I could hear on the other end was 'Nettie is dead.
Nettie is dead.'
Then I fell apart.
But then, as I hunched alone in that dark apartment those first sad days, I thought back to the afternoon I went to St. Louis. Something kept telling me to stay with Nettie. Was that something God? Oh, if I had paid more attention to Him that day, I would have stayed and been with Nettie when she died.
But still I was lost in grief. Everyone was kind to me, especially one friend. The following Saturday evening he took me up to Maloney's Poro College, a neighborhood music school.
It was quiet; the late evening sun crept through the curtained windows.
'Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn, through the storm, through the night,
lead me on to the light, take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.'
For those too young to know who he is, Tommy Dorsey was a famous band leader in the thirties and forties. Did you know that Tommy Dorsey wrote this song? I surely didn't. What a wonderful story of how God CAN heal the brokenhearted! Beautiful, isn't it?
Think on the message for a while.
Compiled By Herbert Lockyer Scriptures form the KJV
7. Then said he, Lo, I COME to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. (Hebrews 10:9)
The Child Isa 7:16
His First Born Son Luke 2:7
The Sent of the Father John 10:36
The Apostle Hebrews 3:1
A Prophet, Mighty in Deed and Word Luke 24:19
A Servant Phil 2:7
My Servant, the Branch Zechariah 3:8
My Righteous Servant Isa 53:11
A Man of Sorrows Isa 53:3
8. God also hath ... given him A NAME which is above every name. (Phil 2:9-10).
Jesus Matt 1:21
The Savior of the World I John 4:14
A Savior, Which Is Christ the Lord Luke 2:11
Jesus the Christ Matt 16:20
Jesus Christ the Righteous I John 2:1
Jesus Christ, the Same Yesterday, and Today, and Forever Hebrews 13:8
Messiah, Which Is Called Christ John 4:25
Anointed Ps 2:2 Acts 4:26
The Christ of God Luke 9:20
The Christ, the Savior of the World John 4:42
7 and 8 of 24(1-6 previous issue more in subsequent issues)
"My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness…"
Johnny's Mother looked out the window and noticed him "playing church" with their cat.
Johnny looked up at her and said, "He should have thought about that before he joined my church."
Have a good day!
Scribbles (By Michael Boldea Jr.)
One Constant - One Variable ‘Why aren’t we seeing the power of God as the primary church did?’ (see previous issue for introduction)
It used to be we knew our place in the kingdom of God and the duty we had toward our King. Nowadays, we’re all little gods, with our own little fiefdoms, making up the rules as we go along, and expunging whatever tickles our fancy from the Scriptures without a second thought.
It used to be Jesus was the great prize, and the singular desire of the heart. Nowadays He’s just a means by which we attain what we really want...from fame, to fortune, to acclaim, to notoriety.
It used to be you could identify a Christian by their character. Nowadays, the only thing distinguishing us from the world are the fish stickers on our back bumpers.
It used to be men labored for the glory of God. Nowadays we strive for our own glory, doing all we can do to shift the spotlight from Jesus to ourselves.
It used to be righteousness, repentance, and holiness unto God, were elementary notions which even the babes in Christ understood. Nowadays we’ve done away with such things. Replacing them with self-esteem and prosperity thinking.
It used to be men who wanted to know God went to His word and read it. Nowadays, we’re told the Book is unnecessary, antiquated and passé. And if you really want to know God, all you have to do is open your third eye.
It used to be men offered their all to God, and to the service of Him. Nowadays the first thing men ask is ‘what is God offering,’ and ‘is He willing to sweeten the deal any.’
What was is no more...the variable has changed…
It is not God who has changed. Man has changed, and rather than own up to what we have become, rather than admit to the cowardice, indecisiveness, duplicity, hypocrisy, selfishness, covetousness, and lawlessness coursing through our veins, we are quick to shake our fists at God, and blame Him for not moving among mankind as He once did.
We can either focus on the suffering or the glory. But know this: you get the glory by going through the suffering. Just a thought!
Michael Boldea Jr.
Be to his virtues very kind, and to his faults a little blind
A chance meeting with a rarely seen friend opens the floodgates to memories
Life is short-if you don’t stop and take a look around once in a while, you might miss it
Be thankful for the lady behind you in church who sings off-key because it means that you can hear
A child is someone who passes through your life and then disappears into an adult
Digging a hole is the only job where you can start at the top
A mistake is evidence that someone tried to do something
(Our hope in a nutshell)
This one will say, "I am the LORD's," another will call on the name of Jacob, and another will write on his hand, "The LORD's," and name himself by the name of Israel.(Isaiah 44:5; ESV)
The central theme of the whole Bible is God's plan to reestablish right relationship with human beings. Having been made "very good" by God in the beginning, our first parents rejected God's word and listened to the Tempter, thrusting the human race into a state of alienation from our Creator. God determined from that day to restore our broken relationship with him (Genesis 3:15). One might wonder why God didn't fix things on the spot. Why has the reconciliation of mankind to God been so drawn out, difficult, and complex? The complexity of this solution underscores the complexity of the problem. The more I ponder this, the more I realize how terrible our rebellious state really is. God's approach to this problem is the exact appropriate and most effective solution there is.
It would be centuries between God's promise of restoration in the Garden of Eden and the real beginnings of the outworking of his restorative plan. This occurred when God promised blessing to the whole world through Abraham. While so much of the focus of the Hebrew Scriptures is on Israel itself, throughout its pages we see how God's work in and through Israel would result in great benefit for all peoples and the entire creation.
Through the prophet Isaiah, God speaks of a time when he would restore wayward Israel to himself. As this occurs even those who were not of Israel originally would consider themselves as such and regard themselves as belonging to Israel's God.
The turning of non-Jewish nations to the God of Israel is the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham - the fulfillment of God's promise in the Garden. Israel was not chosen as a holy nation for itself, but for global blessing.
It took a while for the first generation of Jewish believers to accept and embrace God's desire to make himself known to non-Jewish people. In time, non-Jewish believers would be accepted as full members of the New Covenant community.
Through Yeshua all people, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, are restored to right relationship with God. As such, all believers are equally regarded as part of the people of God. God is equally Father to all who are reconciled to him through the Messiah by faith. We all have the same access to him. God has no favorites. How much one may benefit by their relationship with God and their particular calling and gifts may differ from person to person. Yet at the same time, all believers are equally part of God's family.
The establishment of the New Covenant community as a multinational gathering of people based on faith in the Messiah should not be confused with God's particular plans and purposes for the people of Israel, however. While Israel's tendency to see itself as the sole benefactor of God's blessings became an obstacle to its comprehending its call to be an instrument of those blessings to all nations, the incorporation of the nations as part of the people of God in no way undermines the particular aspects of God's plan that applies particularly to Israel.
This "both/and" of the one messianic people of God and God's continued covenantal faithfulness to Abrahams' descendants through Isaac and Jacob is an essential element of biblical truth. To fail to grasp the importance of these two essential aspects of God's overall plan of reconciliation is to disqualify ourselves from full participation in that plan.
Israel was called to be God's instrument of blessing to the entire world. Contrary to popular thought, this was realized through the Jewish Messiah and his early Jewish followers. The New Covenant (New Testament) writings is the legacy of Israel to the world. The temporary failure of the majority of Israel to embrace its messianic call in Yeshua in no way undermines God's plan for the world or Israel's own destiny, for God will yet fulfill his promises to them.
By Alan Gilman
*(This document may be edited for length)
Psalm 55:16-18 NLT
But I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I plead aloud in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice.He rescues me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, even though many still oppose me.
Many may be our trials but there is the promise, the hope, in YHVH’s deliverance. Therefore rejoice for he will hear - call out to Him for He will hear.
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20And blessed be God Most High…)
1Tim 4:10For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
1. He washed the disciples feet - John 13:1-17
3. Into the air - Revelation 16:17
4. The Son (Messiah) - Hebrews 1:8-9
5. Acacia wood - Exodus 25:10
6. Barnabas - Acts 15:39
7. Job’s wife - Job 2:9
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