From Pastor’s Desk: 11-8-15
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
“Forsake” is first found, according to my source, in Deuteronomy 4:31. The same source records the last usage in Hebrews 13:5, that being one of only two used in the New Testament, with the other in Acts 21:21.
The word is translated from two original Greek words and various Hebrew words, having different, but similar, meaning.
“Leave” is first found in first in Genesis 2:24 and is used throughout the Scripture 115 times in 112 verses. It too comes from different origins.
Note that when God began leading His people, one of the first promises to them was that He would never leave or forsake them. How precious it is that this same promise holds true to those who follow Him today!
“Leave” in Hebrews 13:5 is ἀνίημι aniēmi (an-ee’-ay-mee); to let up, that is, (literally) slacken, or (figuratively) desert, desist from…
“Forsake” in the same verse is ἐγκαταλείπω egkataleipō (eng-kat-al-i’-po); to leave behind in some place, that is, (in a good sense) let remain over, or (in a bad one) to desert…
It is my belief that everything God’s people, historically, experienced in the natural realm, we, currently, experience in the spiritual. God did not leave (let up, slacken, desert, desist from) them nor did He forsake (leave behind in some place) them. The same holds true today.