And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
1632. ekcheo: pour out, shed, bestow
Greek: ἐκχέω – https://biblehub.com/acts/2-33.htm
I’ve been reading and studying about Christ’s ascension (40 days after his resurrection) and another 10 days later Shavout/Pentecost – the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus, the church.
So many new lessons and revelations are coming into view! There is a lot to edify and ponder regarding God’s word and example of this special time.
This blog and the previous (link below) only scratches the surface! May the Lord bless you as you study and learn the rich lessons he has prepared for us. http://tammyjdub.blogspot.com/2017/05/shavout-feast-of-weeks-pentecost.html
Wondering and Waiting in Jerusalem – Disciples Gathered as Jesus Instructed
In reading Acts 1 today, my attention was brought to a verse that isn’t focused on much. The selection of a new apostle to replace Judas. There were two candidates that God had revealed.
Acts 1:23-25 – So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. And they prayed, “Lord, You know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two You have chosen to take up this ministry and apostleship, which Judas abandoned to go to his rightful place.” Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
Today, my focus went on Barsabbas. His name, Barsabbas, means “son of sabbath or rest, or of return.”
How did he feel when his companion was selected over him? As his name indicates, did he rest in God’s sovereignty of this choice? I like to think that the God’s Spirit was strong on him and he rejoiced at this decision. But, then I wonder did he feel the emotions of rejection, insignificance or unworthiness? Did he doubt his faithfulness to the ministry of Jesus? Did he feel less in the sight of God?
We all can feel down and disappointed at times. The Bible tells of many people brought low.
Jeremiah 30:19 uses the Hebrew word tsar, צָעַר (tsaw-ar’):
Insignificant, rejection, disappointment, slighted, unworthy
6819. tsar: to be or grow insignificant, brought low, to be small, i.e. (figuratively) ignoble — little. – https://biblehub.com/hebrew/6819.htm
INSIGNIFICANT / DISAPPOINTMENT
Thanksgiving will proceed from them, a sound of celebration. I will multiply them, and they will not be decreased; I will honor them, and they will not be belittled. (Berean Study Bible)
Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving And the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. (NKJV)
Jacob’s name was given due to the events of his birth with his firstborn twin brother, Esau. 3290. Yaaqob – https://biblehub.com/hebrew/3290.htm
Hebrew Word Origin: aqeb: heel, footprint, hind part
Also: footprints (1), footsteps (1), heel (4), heels (3), hoofs (1), rear guard (1), steps (1), trail (1).
6119. Aqeb – heel, horsehoof, last, lier in wait – https://biblehub.com/hebrew/6119.htm
The Word of God records examples of Joseph, David, and Hannah, as well as others being considered of low worth in other people’s minds.
And this went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival taunted her until she wept and would not eat.
1 Samuel 1:2, 7
bakah: to weep, bewail – https://biblehub.com/hebrew/1058.htm
After this time of distress, came a time of care and renewal.
So the LORD attended to Hannah, and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.
1 Samuel 2:21
paqad: to attend to, visit, muster, appoint, take care – https://biblehub.com/hebrew/6485.htm
ENCOURAGED / BLESSED / RAISED UP
Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn My hand against the little (tsar/ insignificant) ones. And in all the land,” declares the LORD, “two-thirds will be cut off and perish, but a third will be left in it. This third I will bring through the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are My people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’”
Restoration of Jacob (Israel)
Yisrael: “God strives,” another name of Jacob and his descendants
and the ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Joy and gladness will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee.
…I will repay (restore) you for the years eaten by locusts—the swarming locust, the young locust, the destroying locust, and the devouring locust—My great army that I sent against you. You will have plenty to eat, until you are satisfied. You will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you. My people will never again be put to shame.
bosh: to be ashamed – https://biblehub.com/hebrew/954.htm
to pale, to be disappointed or delayed, confounded(-fusion), become dry, delay, be long.
Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
For the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. In You, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; save me by Your righteousness. Incline Your ear to me; come quickly to my rescue. For You are my rock and my fortress; lead and guide me for the sake of Your name. You will free me from the net laid for me, for You are my refuge. Into Your hands I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD, God of truth.
Jesus and Stephen cried out these words at their deaths! (Luke 23:46, Acts 7:59)
Jesus, himself, felt rejection and disappointment in his life and at the cross. (Isaiah 53:3, Mark 3:21, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34)
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people.
4413. prótos: first, chief, , before, principal, most important – https://biblehub.com/greek/4413.htm
2078. eschatos: last, extreme , at the last, finally, till the end – https://biblehub.com/greek/2078.htm
Jesus is Coming
“Behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by its gates.