Counting of the Omer ai??i?? Day 39
63:1) A Psalm by David, when he was in the desert of Yahudah.
63:2) `Elohiym, you are my `El.
I will earnestly seek you.
My soul thirsts for you,
My flesh longs for you,
In a dry and weary land, where there is no water.
63:3) So I have seen you in the sanctuary,
Watching your power and your glory.
63:4) Because your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise you.
63:5) So I will bless you while I live.
I will lift up my hands in your name.
63:6) My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest food.
My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
63:7) When I remember you on my bed,
And think about you in the night watches.
63:8) For you have been my help.
I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.
63:9) My soul stays close to you.
Your right hand holds me up.
63:10) But those who seek my soul, to destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
63:11) They shall be given over to the power of the sword.
They shall be jackal food.
63:12) But the king shall rejoice in `Elohiym.
Everyone who swears by Him will praise Him,
For the mouth of those who speak lies shall be silenced.
Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.
Hope is one of those words that have changed its meaning over the years (similar to love and forgiveness). Ask any child what they would like for their birthday and they would reply, ai???I hope to get a….(book, doll, games console, tablet). This parenthesis is also a sign of the times. No longer content with a small present, people want expensive gifts. Anyway, the point being is that modern usage makes it difficult to understand English translations of the Bible. The word ai???hopeai??i?? has the idea of a wish list; something that is desired but there is no certainty that it would happen. However, the biblical meaning of ai???hopeai??i?? is to wait with certain expectation that what has been promised will definitely come about.
Beloved, what is your hope? If you have said, ai???Messiah in you, the hope of glory.ai??? you have said well. Nevertheless, have you considered what this means?
ai???the mystery which has been hidden been hidden for ages and generations. However, now it has been revealed to His set apart ones, to whom Yahua was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Messiah in you, the hope of glory.ai??? (Col. 1:26, 27). Although this word, glory, has several meanings, Strong defines it as ai???the glorious condition of blessedness into which is appointed and promised that true Christians shall enter after their Saviourai??i??s return from heaven.ai??i?? This glory is what will become of all Believers and where it will take place i.e. to be as He is, where He is. This is not some sentimental wish; this is a promise from Father Himself.
Yet, what is the mystery, twice mentioned in this passage?
ai???having heard of your faith in Messiah Yahshua…because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof you heard before in the word of truth of the Good News…giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the set apart ones in light; who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of His Son of His love in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of sins…yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you set apart and without blemish and blameless before the Father.ai??? (Col. 1:4-14).
The mystery, that which was hidden in full view of the Scriptures, is the Good News. There is absolutely nothing in this, or any other passage, that salvation is in anyway a result of what we have done, in full or in part!
The Lamb without blemish or blameless comes before Father to offer up those who have put their trusting faith in Him so that we can come before Father without blemish or blameless!
Beloved, I do believe Strongai??i??s definition falls short of the fullness of glory. We have it here and now! Did not the Saviour offer us up when we were saved? Does not our Saviour intercede even now on our behalf? Can we not now enter into Fatherai??i??s presence, boldly? We are called to be like Him, right now! We can have a small piece of glory here on earth as we mature and grow more and more like Messiah Yahshua.
What if you have not yet put your trust in the completed work of Messiah and the full promises of Yahua? What do you hope will happen to you after you have passed away? Do you believe that when you finally close your eyes, that is it? Or is it your hope that there is no God? That way there are no consequences or repercussions for the life you have led. The Bible has no significance to you even if you take a small time reading it. You are probably aware of, if not a subscriber to the saying ai???Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.ai??i??
Unfortunately for you, this is a compilation of a couple of Bible verses:
ai???Then I commend mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink and to be merry; for what will accompany him in his labour all the days of his life which has given him under the sun.ai??? (Ecc. 8:15).
ai???and behold, joy and gladness, killing oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine: let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die.ai??? (Isa. 22:13).
Now that is a good starting point. At least you know of and agree with a Bible verse. So what about all the other verses; are they relevant? Is it really your hope, your certain expectation, that there is no God and upon death just….nothing? Are you absolutely sure or is there just a little niggling doubt? Or is it just your ai???wish listai??i??? It is not a case of hedging your bets. ai???Do not be deceived. Yahua is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.ai??? (Gal. 6:7). Yahua knows the inner most secrets of our hearts and knows when a person is truly sorry for their sins, and relies on the promises of Yahua through Messiah Yahshua. Nevertheless, it is Fatherai??i??s desire that you share eternity with Him.
If you would only dare to hope!
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
ai???Do not let your heart envy sinners;
But rather fear Yahua all the day long.
Indeed surely there is a future hope,
And your hope will not be cut off.ai??? (Prov. 23:17, 18)
The Feast of Shavuot begins at sunset 03/06/2017. This will also be a Shabbat.
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.