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Omer Week 4 - Netzach


by Adam Millson

Week 4 of the Omer (May 11th-May 18th): Netzach

“But even though we speak like this, loved ones, concerning you we are convinced of better things—things coming with salvation. For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love that you showed for His name, in having served and continuing to serve the kedoshim. But we long for each of you to show the same eagerness for the certainty of hope to the very end—so you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those inheriting the promises through trust and perseverance.
Now when God made His promise to Abraham—since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you, and surely I will multiply you.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham reached the promise. For people swear by someone greater; and the oath, as confirmation, is an end to all their disputing. In the same way God, determining to point out more clearly to the heirs of the promise the unchanging nature of His purpose, guaranteed it with an oath. So by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, both firm and steady—a hope that enters the inner place behind the curtain.” -- Heb 6:9-19

Netzach primarily means eternity or everlastingness, but it also refers to the endurance and strength needed to last. When under pressure from the cares and trials of life, we need lasting strength to make it through.

Our father Abraham is an excellent example of netzach. He spent twenty-five years waiting for the L-rd to keep his promise from the time he was called to Canaan and promised a son to the birth of Isaac. He endured famine, war, and division while waiting for his son to be born and dealt with the daily struggles of managing a household without compromising. More importantly, he endured twenty-five years of unfulfilled promise and did not lose faith or grow angry with G-d. Despite his wife’s decades of bareness, he kept hold of his faith.

The world is an imperfect place, full of violence and suffering, but we can rest assured in the promises the L-rd has given. He has promised that there will come a day when the exiled are gathered in and all the nations will bow and acknowledge the L-rd. He has promised that the weary will find rest, the mourners will be comforted, the weak given strength, and more – more promises than we can hold in our minds. With Abraham as our example and with the promises of G-d kept firmly in sight, we can face the challenges and struggles in this world.

This week, consider what is discouraging you. Look for verses of promise that reassure you in your discouragement; if you can’t find any or don’t have time, pray about your discouragement in light of G-d’s faithfulness to Abraham and his children, which includes us. If you feel up to it, share your discouragement and verses or reflections after prayer with your partner.


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