Tikkun America RESTORE Magazine Issue 15 Cheshvan | November 2022 | Page 21

CHAZAK V ’ EMATZ

Paul Wilbur

STRENGTHENED TO FINISH STRONG

You have undoubtedly heard it before ... Chazak v ’ ematz … ’ Be strong and of good courage !’ The now famous phrase for the commissioning of Joshua as the new leader of Israel after Moses ’ forced retirement . These inspiring verses have been a watchword for many of us as we have pioneered this Messianic movement for some five decades or so .
These words of encouragement continue to live on in my heart , and the older I get , they are also connected to another desire of mine … To Finish Strong !
You have probably heard these words as well , and that word STRONG is very popular as a t-shirt logo for people who have survived very difficult situations . For instance , examples of this there is “ Sandy Hook Strong ,” and “ Boston Strong ,” and any host of other “ Strong ’ s ” which might be used . Even a Bible concordance takes on this name , Strong ’ s ! Alright , you get the idea . It ’ s a great concept , and a sure winner as a battle cry to rally the hearts of men for dangerous assignments , but how do we see this working for us practically ?
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