Ha Tikvah

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Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
And to the quarry from which you were dug.
“Look to Abraham your father
And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain;
When he was one I called him,
Then I blessed him and multiplied him.”
Isaiah 51:1-3

The national anthem of Israel is called Ha Tikvah, which in Hebrew means The Hope. The song focuses on Israeli loyalty, it focuses on the Israel of God. As much as the song stirs me, I long to focus on the God of Israel, the Hope of Israel, Mikvay Yisrael, as Jeremiah calls God, in Jere. 17:13. Our hope is not in a geographical piece of land in the Middle East; our hope is found solely in Yeshua HaMashiach.

The word “hope” can be defined as expectation, things desired or longed for. Do I long for the Israel of God? No, not really. Do I long for the God of Israel? Yes, constantly. That which God loves, I love. God loves Israel, I love Israel, but Israel is not my hope. My hope is earnest expectation to see Yeshua, Jesus, Who I love and adore.
In Romans 4:18 we read:
in hope against hope, Abraham believed,
and in Isaiah’s above verse, we are exhorted to look to Abraham.
In Genesis 15:5, God told Abram to
“Look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.”
And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

Are you a child of Abraham? Were you hewn from his quarry? If you, by faith, believe the Good News about Yeshua, that He is God’s Son, if You have received Him as LORD and Your Savior, you are a child of God. You were hewn from Abraham’s quarry. Abraham’s tikvah, Abraham’s hope is yours. The word “tikvah” also means a cord. And this is a special cord, as it is anchored in heaven.

So whose report are you going to believe?
Every promise in God’s word is true. If you have trouble believing that, just try to turn God’s promises around.

Doubt is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things seen.
I don’t think so, that is not in my Bible.
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for; the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Nothing is possible with God.
I don’t think so!
Nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37
Just a few words have failed of all His good promise….
I don’t think so!
Not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses his servant. I Kings 8:56
Only a few things work together for good….
I don’t think so!

God causes all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Our tikvah, our hope is built on nothing less than Yeshua’s blood and His righteousness. We dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Yeshua’s name.

In hope against hope Abraham believed, in order that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which has been spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” Romans 4:18

Perhaps God has given you a vision, or placed a call on your life, or has spoken a promise to you. Yet here you are, it seems as though God has forgotten you.

Rejoice, and I say again, rejoice.
You are hewn from Abraham’s quarry. Your cord, your tikvah, your hope is anchored in heaven. If God considered Abraham’s faith as righteousness, then God will reward your faith, too.
Rejoice, too, because you are not 100 years old with a body as good as dead, as Abraham’s was.
Rejoice, and be like Abraham, with respect to God’s promises, he did not waiver in unbelief,
but Abraham grew strong in faith (are you?)
Abraham gave glory to God.
Abraham was fully assured that what God had promised, He was able to perform.
Are you fully assured that what God has promised to you, He will perform?

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