EP23 Romans 5:3-4

You know when you drive up to rail road tracks, the lights start blinking, and the arms come down; what do you do? You stop right? Why do you do that? Because you know from experience that when those lights blink, and those arms come down that there is a train coming, right?

How about when you're going to take a shower and you either reach in and turn on the water before you get in, or you turn the shower head so the water won't hit you immediately. Why do you do that? It's because you know from your experience that the water is either going to be too cold, or too hot right.

Just like in episode 14 where we talked about how the modern definition for the word sin is off base and we need a culture shift in how we think about it. The word hope is in that same category. The dictionary defines hope as a noun meaning

n - 1 a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. 2 archaically, a feeling of trust.

v - 1 wanting something to happen or be the case. 2 intend if possible to do something.

There are all these words in that definition, "feeling," "desire," "archaically a feeling," "wanting something," "intending something."

There are 15 different words in the Old Testament that are translated as the word hope in the English language, and in the New Testament there are 2 different words. Not one of these 17 words paints hope out to be a synonym for making a wish like the modern definition does. Lets look back at it, "a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen" - a wish, right? "Archaically a feeling of trust" - even archaically there saying it's a wish. In verbs, "Wanting something to happen or be the case"  - a wish. "Intending if possible to do something" - a wish.

But throughout the Bible all of the 17 words that are translated into the word hope, not one of them uses this kind of language. Not one of them paints it to be the same thing as a wish. This is a modern deception and it waters down the scriptures that have the word hope in them. Click Here to download a document of all those 17 words. It took me about 2 hours to locate all these words, so hopefully this will be a useful resource for you. Dig into these words and get a good feeling for what the word hope really means then come back and finish reading. 

In Romans 5:4 the word for hope is:

G1680 ἐλπίς elpis el-pece' From ἔλπω elpō which is a primary word (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence: - faith, hope.

It's a word that indicates you expect something, not a feeling or just a desire for something to happen, but that you expect its going to happen. Because, you know that it is going to happen. Hope is you stopping at the blinking lights at the rail road crossing because you expect the train to come. Hope is avoiding letting the fresh stream of water hitting you because you expect from experience that the water to be too hot or too cold. This is hope, its knowing something is going to happen because of experience.

"We rejoice under pressure: knowing that pressure creates patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope." - Romans 5:3-4 "There are Faith, Hope, and Love; and the greatest of these is Love." - 1 Corinthians 13:13 "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." - 1 Peter 3:15 Can you see why the modern definition of hope when we apply it to the scriptures, when we apply it to the ways that we are forming our lives as a people if the word hope is this modern wishy-washy, "Making a wish upon a star." Can you see how it takes the teeth out of the scriptures where it uses the word hope? "For we are saved by hope..." - Romans 8:24

Next week we'll be covering faith; we've covered Love and Hope and now we'll touch on Faith. If you haven't yet go back and look at that PDF with the words for hope.

Until next time...

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