A Door Of Hope

Hosea 2:14-16
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her.
I will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope;
She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
“And it shall be, in that day,” Says the Lord, “That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’”
Are you in a time of trouble in your life and you don’t know where to turn?  In this wonderful passage from the book of Hosea, the Holy Spirit shows us exactly what to do;  how to get out of our “Valley of Achor.”  What is the Valley of Achor?
The Troubler Of Israel.
It was named for an infamous character, “Achan,” in the company of the Children of Israel who disregarded what the LORD said.  The account of Achan, who was called, “The Troubler of Israel,” is found in 1 Kings 18.  Let’s take a little trip back to the Old Testament and check it out.
Fear Of The Israelites.
The Israelites, under the command of General Joshua, had just come from the fall of Jericho, which the LORD had accomplished with them. It was, to put it mildly, AN OVERWHELMING VICTORY.
Joshua, who had been given command of the armies of Israel after the death of Moses, had been one of the 12 spies some 38 years earlier.
But long before the Jericho event, the fame and dread of Israel had spread throughout the whole land of Canaan!  Everyone had heard how Egypt had been struck by terrible plagues, how God had parted the waters of the Red Sea for them, yet caused the sea to crash back together, killing every Egyptian in its wake.  They knew of the mysterious pillar of cloud by day and fire by night that protected them in the desert.  They had heard how the Jordan River had dried up before them, allowing their entire company to once again cross on dry ground.
Most recently, news had spread of the falling walls of one of the greatest cities of Canaan:  Jericho.
EVERYONE WAS TERRIFIED!
(For the whole story about the defeat of Jericho, the great walled city, please follow the link below:
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(Achan hides forbidden treasures from Jericho.)
There always seems to be one in the crowd who does what he’s hot supposed to do, right?  Yep; you guessed it: Achan was that guy.  He stole forbidden spoils from the cursed city of Jericho and then hid them underneath his tent.  BAD IDEA!  His selfish, solitary act brought judgement crashing down on the entire nation.
Unfortunately, they were unaware of it until they went to attack the next city on God’s agenda:  Ai.
Defeat At Ai.
After their overwhelming, definitive victory at Jericho, the Israelites were feeling pretty confident about themselves.  Understandable.  So, when they came to Ai, naturally they assumed taking that city would be a walk in the park.  Imagine their a shock and surprise not only to be chased away by the men of Ai but 36 of their number were killed.  They were devastated and demoralized!
(Israel after their defeated at Ai.)
Joshua Inquires Of The LORD.
Joshua, confused and distraught, fell on his face before God and inquired of the LORD why this had happened.  Was it true what they were saying that he had brought them this far only to be destroyed by the Amorites?
Then the LORD revealed to him that someone had taken some of the accursed things from the city of Jericho, thereby transgressing God’s covenant with them.  By divine lot and process of elimination, Achan was found to be the guilty party.
(Achan found to be guilty by divine lot.)
Valley Of Achor.
Joshua 25-26:  “And Joshua said, (to Achan) ‘Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day.’” So all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones. Then they raised over him a great heap of stones which is there to this day.
So the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called the VALLEY OF ACHOR (trouble) to this day.”
(The stones pilled on top of Achan are there to this day.)
A Door Of Hope!
When you find yourself in your own Valley of Achor, God will give you, child of the Most High, a “Door of hope.”  What is the door?  Singing praise to God as when you were young!  Praise opens up the door to God, the One Who delivers you from trouble.
Secrets In The Hebrew Language.
God illustrates this principle to us in the word for “Praise” in Hebrew below.  Hebrew reads right to left and is a form of picture writing, like Chinese.  These pictures are very consistent.
The word for praise used in the opening scripture is “YADAH.”  It’s Hebrew spelling is below:
YADAH is spelled “Yod-dalet-hei {ידה}
[י] Yod=hand
[ד] dalet=door
[ה] hei=grace

“Hand opens the door to grace. Grace = Jesus!  That’s the essence of Praise: Raising hands to Jesus with songs of praise!
This word, “Yadah,” is the also the root word for the name “Judah,” which means “Praise.”  Below is the Hebrew spelling of his name.  You may follow the link below his name to read all about what it means.

Yehudah [יהודה] (Judah)
[י]Yod=hand, [ה]hei=grace, [ו]vav=nail, [ד]dalet=door, [ה]hei=grace.

Escape Your Valley Of Achor.

“Yahweh,” the covenant-keeping God, is spelled [יהוה]
The letter “dalet [ד]” second to last letter on the left and has been added to spell “Judah.” Who do we know that came from the tribe of Judah?  JESUS!  Who is the “DOOR TO GOD?”  Right again:  JESUS!

He is the “Dalet” of the sheepfold!”  So clearly, to escape your “Valley of Achor,” sing praises to God.” Tell of His marvelous works!…and, just like the barren woman in Isaiah 54:1 below, you who were barren, who have suffered lack in any area of your life, will have “more than she who has a husband.”
Isaiah 54:1
“Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD.
PRAISE, and keep on praising, THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD!   In your Valley of Achor, He is your Door of Hope!

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