Yesterday I wrote about doing a word study on the word “vision”. Today I would like to share about the word vision when it is used as a verb or the Hebrew word “hazah”. It means to see, behold, select for oneself, prophesy, provide, see, to gaze at, to perceive, to contemplate with pleasure. This word appears 54 times in the scriptures.
One reference you may be familiar with is in Proverbs 22:29, “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men.” (NASB) This seems to mean that someone who works hard to do his or her job well will not stay hidden, he will be recognized.
The word “hazah” can mean to see as in a prophetic vision as in Numbers 24:4. “The oracle of him who hears the words of God, Who sees the vision of the Almighty, Falling down, yet having his eyes uncovered…….” Here Balaam had to bless Israel because despite Balak’s orders to curse Israel he could not because of the vision God had given him. It would seem that having vision from God can release the discernment we need. In that way we can clearly discern the truth from lies.
The last example I want to share is from Lamentations 2:14: “Your prophets have seen for you false and foolish visions; And they have not exposed your iniquity so as to restore you from captivity, But they have seen for you false and misleading oracles.” (NASB) Here Jeremiah warns the Jewish people that false prophets are predicting peace and prosperity rather than telling them the truth, that they must confront their sin and repent. This begs the question, am I testing those who may come to me with a word from the Lord. 1 John 4:1 warns us: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
God must be very serious about wanting us to know His vision for us. It seems He wants us to have a vision for excellence in our work, to know Him so well that we can’t help but be blessed with discernment. We are living in a time when discernment and recognizing God’s vision for us is surely a blessing to have. Once again it would appear that to walk in His vision for our lives we must know His Word and rest in His presence. By His grace, ladies, we can do this!!
Patricia L. Wenzel
W. E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, William White Jr. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1996
James Strong, LL.D., S.T.D. The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible,Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990