God made a promise to Abraham. Since he had no one greater on whom to base his oath, he based it on himself. He said, “I will certainly bless you and give you many descendants.” So Abraham received what God promised because he waited patiently for it. When people take oaths, they base their oaths on someone greater than themselves. Their oaths guarantee what they say and end all arguments. God wouldn’t change his plan. He wanted to make this perfectly clear to those who would receive his promise, so he took an oath. God did this so that we would be encouraged. God cannot lie when he takes an oath or makes a promise. These two things can never be changed. Those of us who have taken refuge in him hold on to the confidence we have been given. We have this confidence as a sure and strong anchor for our lives. This confidence goes into the ⌊holy⌋ place behind the curtain where Jesus went before us on our behalf. He has become the chief priest forever in the way Melchizedek was a priest. Hebrews 6:13-20
Definition of an oath:
Pronunciation: hor’-kos her’-kos
Definition: From ἕρκος herkos (a fence; perhaps akin to G3725); a limit that is (sacred) restraint (specifically oath): – oath.
KJV Usage: oath (10x).
In verses: 10
Apparently, scripture uses a definition of an oath that the dictionary does not. Here is what the dictionary says the definition of an oath is:
a solemn appeal to a deity, or to some revered person or thing, to witness one’s determination to speak the truth, to keep a promise, etc.: to testify upon oath.
Definition of promise:
Definition: From G1909 and the base of G32; to announce upon (reflexively) that is (by implication) to engage to do something to assert something respecting oneself: – profess (make) promise.
KJV Usage: promise (11x), profess (2x), make promise (2x).
In verses: 15
Dictionary: a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc.
Definition: From ἔλπω elpō which is a primary word (to anticipate usually with pleasure);
expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence: – faith hope.
KJV Usage: hope (53x), faith (1x).
In verses: 48
It seems strange. Strongs uses a strange interpretation of word meanings. It’s confusing. I’ll address this in prayer.
So, it seems to me, God is giving us a confident hope in faith to be reassured of Jesus’ purpose in being our High Priest.
How does this apply to our current day lives? How should we apply this knowledge to our lives?
First, we need to be in prayer on our knees. Your prayer is between you and God. Only the two of you know what is going on between you both. Whatever it is, it needs to be God-focused and how your life should be ALL God. Be all in for God. He gave us numerous promises in His word. Accept them and apply them daily.
Second, evaluate what your life is like and how it’s honoring God. Scripture is a great place to start. If we’re busy in His word, we don’t have time for negativity and drama. We’re to be about God’s business. It’s all about Him.
Next, be in community with God and like-minded fellow Christians. It helps sharpen each other. It gives us the opportunity to corporately praise and worship Him together. He deserves it! What do you say?
Finally, we need to be sharing the gospel as Christ’s ambassadors and disciples. His word tells us to go out into the highways, byways, and hedges to spread the gospel to all who will hear it. It’s in His word, look it up for yourselves. Don’t take my word for it.
Who’s in? I’m all in!
Dear Father God, thank You. Thank You for who You are and what You’ve done and continue to do for each of us, Your children. Thank You for Jesus, our Savior, and High Priest. Use each of us for Your glory and honor. I pray that this blog blesses people and is an encouragement to them so they fully surrender their all to You. I also would like to seek clarity and understanding with regard to what strong’s greek is really saying in parallel to scripture. It gets so confusing to work out. Please, God, use me. I’m here. Thank You, in advance, for hearing and answering this prayer. In Jesus’ name, amen.