- No need going to Greek and Hebrew lexicons when seeking the meaning of words in scripture. In 98% of the cases, our English Bible (1611 A.V.) will interpret them by comparing scripture with scripture. For example, the wise man in Proverbs chapter three tells us, "lean on" is to "trust in." And in the book of Second Kings, the eighteenth chapter, "trust upon" is equated with "leaning upon." We used to sing in our churches:
What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
- Leaning on the everlasting arms;What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,Leaning on the everlasting arms.
O, how we as God's people in this day of turmoil, chaos, and unrest, need once again to lean heavily upon our Lord. I like the story of the elderly missionary woman who was all-in, as they say, after years of toiling and ready to give up because of the heavy trials. Seeing her sitting there discouraged on the floor of her hut, her servant girl (who loved her dearly) sat with her back to her mistress and said, "Lean hard, Missy, lean hard!" David tell us, "Cast thy burden upon He Lord, and He shall sustain thee."
The wise man said if we lean on the Lord He will direct our paths; Hezekiah found there is deliverance for those who lean on the Lord; and in Song of Solomon, we find it is the way out of the wilderness, "Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?" John the Beloved shows the way to intimacy with God and have questions answered is to lean upon the Lord."Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake...[and] Jesus answered."
Like Jacob of old, who when dying, leaned upon his staff, we should lean upon the Lord to the very end!