Welcome to Real Israel Talk Radio – Episode 90 Program Part 26 – Stuck in the Mud Endurance. Today, we will continue with the teaching of Paul that Biblical Love is about “all endurance.”
The English word “endurance” can be deceiving because some things in life are not necessarily worth suffering, as if we were running against failure to beat the odds. The idea of endurance in 1 Corinthians 13:7 is more about getting “stuck in the mud” with Yehovah. It is Yehovah’s strength that remains with us no matter what – “come hell or high water,” as the saying goes. In biblical Hebrew, the idea can be expressed from the word “Yachel” (Yud-Chet-Lamed ), effectively giving us the concept of waiting on Yehovah due to being stuck in the mud because we don’t have any other options to get unstuck.
With scripture teaching us about Yehovah’s love, it shows his commitment to helping us see everything through to the end; to not give up and run away. Yehovah desires to stick it out with us unless we kick him out and go to fight the battle alone. And make no mistake about it; he will back off if we want to do it alone. But is this good for us? No. Does he want to be “stuck in the mud” with us? Yes. Scripture addresses this matter in Ezekiel 11:16:
- And although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.”
The Hebrew phrase for “a little sanctuary” is “miqdash ma’at,“ referring to a little temple or holy place. Thus, in our “exile,” Yehovah is always with us,” giving Paul a biblical thought to express from 1 Corinthians 6:16 – “For you are the Temple of the living God.”
Life throws us fast and furious curveballs, and it can give us sour lemons. It can visit us with one of Murphy’s Laws that says, “anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” But should any of this matter? No, because we must understand that we will never face Yehovah’s abandonment. In life, when we get stuck in the mud, Yehovah has our good in mind always. He will be with us if we want him to be with us.
Join us for today’s podcast on Defining Biblical Love and Stuck in the Mud Endurance, Episode 90 and PART 26 from 1 Corinthians 13:7.