Encouragement Day 2

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We continue our study concerning encouragement today, and we will look at the same Hebrew word , and concerning the same Hebrew word.  I will repeat this information in case you missed it. If you do not need that information, you may want to skip to the Context portion of the study.

Deuteronomy 3: 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see

Greek/Heb Word:  Chazaq

Meaning ,(strongs H2388)  חָזַק châzaq, khaw-zak’; a primitive root; to fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively, courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer:—aid, amend, × calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage(-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, stre withstandng (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong(-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly.

The KJV translates Strongs H2388 in the following manner: strong (48x), repair (47x),hold (37x), strengthened (28x), strengthen (14x), harden (13x), prevail (10x), encourage (9x),take (9x), courage (8x), caught (5x), stronger (5x), hold (5x), misc (52x).

Context: Og king of Bashan, and Sihon king of Amorities on the “other” side of the river from the promised land have been conquered and directions given to Moses to strengthen Joshua because he would finish the job.

Application: Leaders, parents, mentors–when they are involved in the “good works God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” should bring along other believers and their children and mentor them and strengthen them to be more equipped and do a better job than they have themselves.  This means being willing to show our weakness and train them to strengthen them in ways we are not strong. It also means allowing our children, even at the risk of losing our “place” in their hearts, so they can learn from those who have strengthen where we have weaknesses.

Personal Application: First, as a parent, our primary job (outside of our marriage) is to disciple our children for Christ.  However, we must use the gifts and abilities God has given us  for the works He has prepared for us to do outside the realm of parenting, There are times and seasons where one will be emphasized more than the other and at times where parenting/discipling our children is almost our whole world (outside of our relationship with Christ and our spouse).  But even there there are small ways to use our gifts- whether it’s serving the elderly or needy, sharing the Gospel, prayer, or any of the other gifts He has given.  Recently, books by Sally Clarkson (Own Your Life) and John Ortberg (Soul Keeping) have been a great influence. Tim Woodard, a dear brother in the Lord was a great example of this.  He nutured his wife and trained his children- even his son who is nonverbal and has poor mobility – to seek to love others and share the gospel with them.   His now adult children work along with their mom and work to help to pay the bills and help with their brother and continue to reach out to those in need and those in need of the Gospel.  The Lord suddenly called this brother home, but I know the family will continue to serve the Lord as He enables them.

 

Encourage- Day 1

Believers in Christ are commanded to encourage one another daily– especially as we see the day approaching.  So it seemed good to learn what that really means, and I thought I’d bring you along on my journey!

ENCOURAGE

Websters 1828  definition:   To give courage to; to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope; to raise, or to increase, the confidence of; to animate; enhearten; to incite; to help forward; — the opposite of discourage.

David encouraged himself in the Lord. 1 Sam. xxx. 6.

Syn. — To embolden; inspirit; animate; enhearten; hearten; incite; cheer; urge; impel; stimulate; instigate; countenance; comfort; promote; advance; forward; strengthen.

First use is in Joshua; Duet 1:38

Greek work is: Chazaq

Meaning ,(strongs H2388)  חָזַק châzaq, khaw-zak’; a primitive root; to fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively, courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer:—aid, amend, × calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage(-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, stre withstandngt (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong(-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 290x

The KJV translates Strongs H2388 in the following manner: strong (48x), repair (47x),hold (37x), strengthened (28x), strengthen (14x), harden (13x), prevail (10x), encourage (9x),take (9x), courage (8x), caught (5x), stronger (5x), hold (5x), misc (52x).
Context Duet 1- Moses is being told that neither he nor most of the people will enter the land because they refused to enter it and take it as He had said.  They were unwilling to fight for it.  So Moses is told to groom his successor, Joshua, to become the leader of the people.  So despite Moses loss of entering the promised land himself, he is to encourage Joshua (enable, strengthen) him to go into the land.
APPLICATION:  When we have been disciplined or given a consequence– or if we are kept by someone else’s sin ( seems as Moses sees it at that point) to enter into a blessing from the Lord, or to fulfillt he purpose He has given us, He may call us to make ready the “next batter up” who will go/do/be what we could not.

PERSONAL APPLICATION I see this strongly in my children.  They are called and actively doing things my heart longed to do, yet I do not feel I pushed them into things, only exposed them.  Admittedly, I have done a better job of encouraging some than others.  I’m afraid that I at time I may have encourage some to follow their abilities and God- given desires without first equipping them with a sense of calling and His Lordship, of sacrifice and service.  Or maybe this is a stage along the way.  A firm  foundation for many was a richness of God’s Word abounding in our home along with stories of those who are following Chirst and those who are living and dying for Him by His grace.  Having missionaries and other believers who are striving to serve the Lord in various ways and equip the children to listen and ask questions provided rich soil.