‘Veilohei Hatikvah’ – The G-d of Hope
One of the names of Almighty G-d is ‘Veilohei Hatikvah’ (The G-d of Hope). And ‘Veilohei Hatikvah’ in the Hebrew means: The G-d of hope, expectation, anticipation
Hope means: “A feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.”
Romans 15:13 declares: “Now 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.”
‘Tikvah’ also means: Desire, wish, expectation, ambition, dream. And “you may abound in hope – ‘l’hosif chayil b’tikvah’ in the Hebrew means “let your hope be multiplied”
So Romans 15:13 from the Hebrew should read: “Now may the God of hope, expectation and aniticipation fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that your ambition (or dream), and feeling of expectation, anticipation and desire for a particular thing to happen may be multiplied by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you”, says the Lord, “thoughts of good, and not of evil, to give you a future and ‘tikvah (a hope).”
Although this promise is for those Jews who were carried away captive by Babylon, I believe that this is G-d’s heart for you and for me.
G-d wants us to have a future filled with “expectation, anticipation and desire for His plans and purposes for our lives to happen”.
In Psalm 71:5, the psalmist declares: “For you are my ‘tikvah’ (hope), O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth.”
The L-rd G-d was the psalmist’s ‘tikvah’. In whom or what is you ‘tikvah’?
Our ultimate ‘tikvah’ is eternal life and Heaven, and the ‘tikvah’ for mankind is the return of Yeshua to set up His Kingdom here on earth in Jerusalem.
In fact, the Land of Israel has become the land of ‘tikvah’ for all people because:
• Salvation and the New Covenant came about in Israel.
• Christianity began in Israel.
• The Holy Spirit manifested Himself onto mankind in Israel.
• And Yeshua will return to Israel to set up His Kingdom and bring peace to Jerusalem, Israel, and the world
In Leviticus 26:33-39, G-d prophesies the calamity that would come upon the Israelites because they never “walked in His statutes and kept His commandments”.
However in Leviticus 26:40-45, G-d declares: “‘But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt-- then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land. The land also shall be left empty by them, and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them; they will accept their guilt, because they despised My judgments and because their soul abhorred My statutes. Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them; for I am the LORD their God. But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am the LORD.’ ”
Israel repeatedly broke G-d’s commandments by worshipping idols, failing to keep the Sabbatical and Jubilee years, and repeatedly dishonouring G-d’s sanctuary. In a word, they violated G-d’s covenant.
In every case, G-d responded with firm correction, just as He had warned, and finally, He allowed foreigners to take His people into exile.
Nevertheless, G-d’s relationship with His rebellious people always included a place for forgiveness if they repented.
G-d says in Leviticus 26:40-45:
• He would remember His covenant with Israel’s ancestors, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham.
• He would remember the Promised Land.
• He would not cast His people away completely or “abhor” them.
• He would not utterly destroy them or break His covenant with them.
• He would remain their G-d.
In other words, He would always remain their G-d of hope. And in Jeremiah 17:14, the prophet declares on behalf of Israel: “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.”
However, only through Yeshua do Israel, the people, have an eternal ‘tikvah’. Without Yeshua, Jewish people have no ‘tikvah’.
Romans 11:25 declares: “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”
And once the “fullness of the Gentiles has come in”, G-d will begin to lift the veil off more and more Jewish people and reveal the salvation that comes through Yeshua to them.
Zechariah 12:10-11 declares: “And I will pour upon the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem…”.
And the glorious day will come when, as a nation, Jewish people will finally get to the point of perfect ‘tikvah’, perfect hope as they recognize and receive Yeshua as their Messiah.
However, until that time, the Gentile church has a huge responsibility to fulfil G-d’s mandate to them to “provoke the Jewish people to salvation”…And it begins with you!
Romans 11:11-14 declares: “I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them.”
Yeshua is mankind’s ultimate ‘Tikvah’, and our glorious Messiah is your ultimate ‘Tikvah’.
And through Yeshua and His ‘tikvah’, every stumbling block is a stepping stone to your victory.
Hebrews 11:1 declares: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
The New Living Translation puts it like this: “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
With ‘tikvah’ (hope), each of us can live with peace, faith and love in our hearts, and we can overcome despair by embracing ‘tikvah (hope).
So, how is your ‘tikvah’? Do you have ‘tikvah’ and peace in your heart or are you unsettled, worried, fearful, devoid of true joy?
My prayer for you is that you will have a future filled with expectation, aniticipation and desire for His plans and purposes for your life to happen.
However as I wrote earlier, only through Jesus can you have an eternal ‘tikvah’. Without Jesus, you have no ‘tikvah’.
So why not make a choice today to receive Jesus as your L-rd and Saviour so that you, too, will have a future filled with expectation, anticipation and desire for His plans and purposes for your life to happen.
‘Veilohei Hatikvah’ (The G-d of Hope) has put His ‘tikvah’ into your life, and never let the flame of ‘tikvah’ (hope) go out of your life.
You see without ‘tikvah’, you really have nothing.