Good evening, my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Jared facilitated a discussion on faith and hardship in Psalms and Hebrews. He defined faith and its role in difficult times and emphasized the importance of a personal relationship with Christ over religion. He also highlighted the significance of perseverance and joy in trials as part of a relationship with Christ.
PSALM 9:9-10 (NKJV)
The Lord also will be a refuge[c] for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble.
10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You;
For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
The Hebrew word for refuge. It is “misgab,” which also means “stronghold” or “high place. “When we are feeling oppressed, and in Hebrew, the word for oppressed, “dak” also means the feeling of being crushed, so you are crushed, and this becomes the feeling of oppression that brings on hard and troubling times, but we must continue t,o put our faith in our heavenly “stronghold,” because He never forsakes that you seek Him in spirit and truth, purify your hearts, and if you up against a wall right now hang in there because it’s by your patience of remaining faithful to the Lord who will overcome what feels impossible to overcome.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
It’s by faith we understand, and we know that there is not much of a definition of faith, but instead, we can get a description of what faith is and how it works, especially during times of trouble and despair. This was written at a time when it was intended to encourage Jewish Christians who were discouraged by the persecutions of their time. “THINGS HOPED FOR” and “NOT SEEN,” a vision of the future, have encouraged all the people of God throughout history: The invisible is said to be more accurate than the visible. We can see by the past throughout the history of the Bible that mighty works of faith were done by those whose faith was unfulfilled. The Orthodox Study Bible commentary asked a question about this verse: How much more should those who have inherited the promise, knowing God under the new covenant (see vv. 39-40)?
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
The Incarnation of Christ, along with all he had accomplished for us all when He was in the flesh, redeems all the OT saints, who all by faith participated in His Resurrection and His Kingdom.
(Source): Hebrews 9:15
For this reason, Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
In Christ, love Jared W. Campbell