Last Sabbath, at the end of our virtual bible study, my sister asked our group this question:
What promises has YHVH made to you, personally?
The group reflected and unanimously agreed that even when we are not able to hear YHVH speaking with us directly, we believe His promises written in the Bible are steadfast and remain promises He keeps today.
My sister’s thought-provoking question propelled me into this study where I was led on a wonderful journey with the word of YHVH.
First and foremost, YHVH’s language of choice, Hebrew, is divine!
The word translated as “promise” in our Bible is “dabar” [דָּבָר]. Dabar means “word”.
There is a distinct difference between “our words” and “the word of YHVH”. In our vernacular, stating something is not the same as making a promise. We rely on “promise” to conveniently differentiate between what we say (but may or may not intend to do) and our bonafide commitment. This gets us off the hook when we fall short of our word or when we speak haphazardly.
Not so with YHVH. His way is far superior than ours.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says YHVH. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
YHVH’s actions are a complete fulfillment of His word. His dabar never returns void.
Church-going, Bible readers are probably familiar with the verse, “God’s word never returns void.” But did you know the context in which YHVH says this? He speaks this immediately following the verse above, that His ways are higher than our ways.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word [dabar] be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
The promise of YHVH is His word.
We can end here and say that when YHVH speaks, His dabar can be counted on as done–a promise fulfilled as sure as the nose on your face. But I invite you to dive deeper and study your Bible.
In Genesis 15, the word of YHVH speaks to Abram in a vision. Let’s study His promise and how it may relate to us.