It was late and we were tired as we got out of the car in the dark. We had left a light on by the front door. As we walked to the door we swatted at the flying bugs! There were all kinds of bugs swarming around the single light. Welcome to Florida! That night I noticed that there was something else that had been attracted to the light; a frog. This frog was a bright green, and was feasting on the bugs. I realized that we were going to have to be really careful as we opened our front door, otherwise the frog was going to come in for a visit. I yelled at my husband (don’t judge me) to be careful, and not let the frog in, but it was too late, because it jumped right in! We chased the frog around as it jumped around in our dining room and then we couldn’t find it. Now, we had a slimy frog in the house. As pictures of it climbing onto our bed and onto my face filled my head, I realized that it was late and we were going to have to go to sleep. Hopefully, in the morning we would be able to find it, and get it outside where it belonged.
The next morning we found it. It wasn’t the bright green that it had been the night before. In fact, it was a greyish green, and it was no longer alive. I felt so badly as I picked it up from the dining room floor where it had been the night before. How could it have died overnight? What happened to it? I felt sadness for this little frog, because it had been so close to its freedom. The only thing that stood in its way was the door. Our front door was “the door of hope” for that frog. If he had been able to go through that door he would have had life.
The phrase “door of hope” was rattling around in my head as I turned to Hosea 2:15, “Then I will give her her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor as a door of hope, and she will sing there as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.” As I looked at this verse I found several interesting points. The valley of Achor was a fertile, rich plain according to the Rabbis, and was near Jericho. The name of Achor (which means “trouble”) was given because of the incident of Achan. Joshua had given the instructions to the people in Joshua 6:17-19 that everything in Jericho belonged to the Lord and nothing would be taken except for Rahab and her family. Unfortunately, Achan took several things from Jericho and hid them under the ground in his tent. The Lord knew of Achan’s sin, which caused the Lord to remove His presence from the people. In Joshua 7:24-26 we see the Lord punishing the disobedience of Achan at the valley of Achor. In this valley, Achan and his family faced death but, for the people of Israel the valley became a door of hope, because they were reconciled to God.
This theme of a door reoccurs many times in the scriptures. I thought about Passover, and about how the Israelites put the blood of the lamb on their doors. They were saved from the angel of death by placing the blood on their doors. We also see Yeshua using this theme several times. In John 10:9 He says, “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” This door becomes the door of hope for us when it has the blood of the lamb on its doorposts and when the door itself becomes Yeshua. When we enter that door of hope we are redeemed, receive salvation and “find pasture”, we find our rest. This rest is what we see in Psalm 23:1-3, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” In this same psalm King David speaks about “dwelling in the house of the Lord forever.” This is the rest that we receive when we enter through the door of hope!
When you celebrate Passover this year, and you open the door for Elijah, remember that Messiah Yeshua desires for you to open the door to Him. In Revelation 3:20 He says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”