Against All Hope

Against all hope
Abraham in hope believed . . . .
Without weakening in his faith
He faced the fact that his body
Was as good as dead –
Since he was about a hundred years old –
And that Sarah’s womb was also dead.
Yet he did not waver through unbelief
Regarding the promise of God
But was strengthened in his faith
And gave glory to God
Being fully persuaded that God had power
To do what he had promised.
This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
The words “it was credited to him”
Were written not for him alone
But also for us
To whom God will credit righteousness –
For us who believe in him
Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
-Romans 4:18a; 19-24

Do you believe in resurrection? Do you believe it is possible? Many people are so busy trying to refute this or that religion, point of law, article of faith that they actually end up blinding themselves to the whole point that the B’rit Hadashah (New Testament) and Tanakh (Old Testament) makes – believe in God! Believe in Him “who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17c). Just as Abraham had the confirmation of his faith in God through the giving of God’s gift to him, Isaac, so too we have the confirmation of our faith in God through the giving of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah).

Jews have confirmation of the existence of God because of what He did for Abraham (and many others). But non-Jews had no confirmation of God’s existence. “Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles [non-Jews] too? Yes, of Gentiles too, since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised [non-Jews] through that same faith” (Romans 3:29-30).

Abraham believed God before he received the gift of Isaac from God. We who believe God did and can resurrect the dead, believe though we have not seen the resurrected Messiah, who has reconciled us to God. We believe in resurrection. We believe in God. Turn, receive reconciliation through Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, believe in God.

Who has believed our message
And to whom has the arm
Of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him
Like a tender shoot
And like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty
That we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men
A man of sorrows
And familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
He was despised
And we esteemed him not.
Surely he took up our infirmities
And carried our sorrows
Yet we considered him
Stricken by God
Smitten by him
And afflicted.
But he was pierced
For our transgressions
He was crushed for our iniquities
The punishment
That brought us peace
Was upon him
And by his wounds
We are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray
Each of us has turned to his own way
And the Lord has laid on him
The iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted
Yet he did not open his mouth
He was led like a lamb
To the slaughter
And as a sheep before her shearers is silent
So he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgement
He was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living
For the transgression of my people
He was stricken.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked
And with the rich in his death
Though he had done no violence
Nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the Lord’s will
To crush him
And cause him to suffer
And though the Lord makes
His life a guilt offering
He will see his offspring
And prolong his days
And the will of the Lord
Will prosper in his hand.
After the suffering of his soul
He will see the light of life
And be satisfied
By his knowledge
My righteous servant will justify many
And he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him
A portion among the great
And he will divide the spoils
With the strong
Because he poured out his life
Unto death
And was numbered
With the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many
And made intercession
For the transgressors.
-Isaiah 53

This is God’s word. You are called to believe in God. See you at the resurrection!

The Lord is coming!

About Hodiyah

Do not urge me to leave you, to turn back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.

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