[PC-USA] 2000-12-10 - Passages about Hope

Originally Published 1998-12-13

Advent is known as a season of hope. The Jewish people were hoping for a Savior, a Messiah. Here are some verses on hope - some about Christ Himself and some about hope in general. According to Vine's Expository Dictionary, two of the definitions of "hope" are: "to trust" (Mat. 12:21) and "favorable and confident expectation" (Rom. 8:24-5).

Psa 71:5 (NNAS) For You are my hope; O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.

Job 13:15 (NNAS) Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.

Psa 42:5 (NNAS) Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.

Prov 13:12 (NNAS) Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Jer 29:11 (NNAS) 'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Lam 3:24 (NNAS) The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him."

Mat 12:17-21 (NNAS) This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: BEHOLD, MY SERVANT WHOM I HAVE CHOSEN; MY BELOVED IN WHOM MY SOUL is WELL-PLEASED; I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT UPON HIM, AND HE SHALL PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES. HE WILL NOT QUARREL, NOR CRY OUT; NOR WILL ANYONE HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS.A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF, AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT, UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY. AND IN HIS NAME THE GENTILES WILL HOPE.

Rom 5:3-5 (NNAS) And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Rom 8:24-25 (NNAS) For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.

Jan

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