Ah! It has been a long time since I had a Friday free to do one of these. Te recap what we learned last year, I’m going to review the ten MIQVEH verses and use my engineering powers to rearrange and organize the verses to draw out additional meaning and see if we see a pattern.
To review, MIQVEH means “hope”. It can mean something waited for but it often refers to a collection or gathering of things. It is used to refer to bodies of water (the ocean, reservoirs, springs), possibly a drove of horses, a good future, and God Himself. A key word that ties all these verses together is “SOURCE”; gatherings form sources of hope that we depend on. We may conclude that the chief purpose of the word MIQVEH is to present God as the One, Unified Source of our hope.
The Father of Hope.
Jeremiah 50:7 presents God as the Hope of Israel and identifies Him as the Source of Israel’s rest. This “rest” is associated with the chief person of the Trinity, our Heavenly Father, Who prepared a rest for us all to enter by faith in His Son. We can link this verse to Genesis 1:10, the very first instance of MIQVEH, to see that just as the oceans were gathered into a MIQVEH that is deep and powerful, God is our unsearchable and incomprehensible “Gathering” or Source of Hope. It is to the Father that we look as the paramount Source of Hope ; the only means we have of approaching Him is through His Son.
The Son of Hope
(Keeping in mind that “Son” in this sense doesn’t mean One who is born/created, but One who is an exact representation, carries out Another’s wishes, and has an inheritance.) Jeremiah 14:8 presents God as the Hope of Israel and identifies him as Israel’s Savior. We can link this verse to 1 Chronicles 2:15 that shows we cannot gather life together to hold onto it. Jesus, Messiah or Christ, is the Second Person of the Trinity; as the Savior, He is our source of Eternal life and eternal hope. He saves us from death and gives us the ability to endure beyond the grave. He is the only Way available to Mankind to not only hold onto life, but have it in abundance.
The Spirit of Hope
Jeremiah 17:13 presents God as the Hope of Israel and its source of Living Water. We can link this verse to Leviticus 11:36 which says that a spring or cistern cannot become polluted by an unclean carcass. As we see Jesus performing miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit, He touched “unclean” lepers and was not contaminated by them. He taught and lived with sinners and did not become one of them. The Holy Spirit is called “Holy” because He is separate from every form of uncleanness and darkness; like the cistern in Leviticus 11:36, He cannot be made dirty. He is in direct contradiction to the concept of “Yin and Yang”; in Him there is no darkness at all.
The Holy Spirit is the Source of living waters in the New Testament that resulted in miraculous outpourings and supernatural giftings of the earliest Christians (and this still continues to this day). Jesus is the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit: Jesus is the One who gives the Holy Spirit to us. We are born in the Spirit when we first profess faith in Jesus; the Spirit comes to dwell within us to change us to be like Jesus. We are baptized in the Holy Spirit by Jesus when we are fully committed to Christ, are open to His work through us, and ask persistently for more of His power in our lives; as a result, the Spirit who is already in us from our conversion flows OUT of us more evidently and empowers us to be a potent cleansing force in a perverted and hopeless world.
Returning to the Source
Ezra 10:2 underscored our need to repent of our tendency to “muddy the waters” of our hope by mixing our faith in God with faith in other things. The Jews had to put away the sources of syncretism in their community; the wives taken from pagan cultures around them. In the same way, when we realize we have fallen short of declaring God to be our ONLY Source of hope, we need to put away all the influences that undermine dependence on our MIQVEH, God. Many TV shows make it seem OK to be a Christian and yet consult with the occult, practice premarital cohabitation, or believe that there are many ways to God. If we want the living waters of Hope to flow freely through us, we must unite with other believers in eschewing relativistic ideas in favor of putting all our eggs in one basket, one truth, one way, one MIQVEH. Our hope is in God alone; the only way to Him is through Christ who gives us His HOLY Spirit!
Exodus 7:19 shows us that we cannot expect God’s blessing if we are actively oppressing other people. Even if we believe we adhering to godly principles of resource management, those resources will become tainted if we are practicing injustice. The Egyptians had reservoirs as a result of Joseph’s management of Egyptian domestic affairs; 400 years later those reservoirs turned to blood because of the enslavement and mistreatment of the Hebrew people (the Israelites). If we want to ensure that our hope is not in vain, we need to represent the cause of the needy and make sure we are not mistreating one another. To preserve hope, we must ask God for help to fight injustice.
Separating from the Source
1 Kings 10:28 and 2 Chronicles 1:16–identical passages, whether or not they are truly MIQVEH or QAVAH verses–demonstrate that material excess and military might are false sources of hope. In fact, they are often connected with the consequences of injustice that Exodus 7:19 warns us about. As we grow closer to the end of this world, the Bible makes it clear that more and more people are going to stop relying on God to make Man moral and instead rely on government, eventually global government. Wherever there is military and material excess/disparity, there is always corruption and an abuse of power.
Jesus warned us against the deceitfulness of riches; this doesn’t mean that it is wrong to be rich, but that we are often misled to put our hope in riches. Solomon, for all his wealth and human wisdom, his peace treaties and arms dealing, could not protect himself from being corrupted by lesser, inferior cultures whose gods were not gods at all. It seems the only thing that Solomon believed in, at the end, was himself. This is the ultimate death to hope that we are experiencing in the Post-Modern Age: having eschewed any real commitment to a confirmed deity, or any unique truth, we are “an end in ourselves” and “live to get rich or die trying”. It seems to work if we’re one of the “haves”, but if we are one of the “have nots” we get resentful and think others are holding out on us; we don’t have anything else but money to hope in and don’t want to be treated as inferior. Our anxiety confirms that far from making humanity fair, post-modernism only makes big fish and little fish; no one wants to be the little fish.
If we trust in God, it doesn’t matter if we are rich or poor; we already have the most valuable possession, True Hope. Such hope never disappoints, because we are convinced God loves us and will take care of us! He is the Source of our assurance for the future, our passion for everyday life, and our motivation to reach out to others to share the hope we have. He is deep and limitless, powerful and trenchant, compassionate and satisfying. Where else would we want to go?
What is your MIQVEH? Where are your hopes and dreams gathered? I challenge you to pray this prayer:
Father God, please reveal to me what I have been depending on. Help me to put all my hope in You; take away my fears, my tendency to rely on myself, and any deceived notions I have about where my security lies. You are my deep source of hope; I declare you to be my MIQVEH today. Please send me Your Holy Spirit so I can spread your hope to others. In the name of Your Son, Jesus, I ask. Amen.
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