13For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14saying, ”Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 16For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.17So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
A promise is a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc. In other words, a promise is an expressed assurance on which expectation is to be based. Over the years, there have been some promises made by people which just didn’t come true.
- “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
- “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” — Western Union internal memo, 1876.
- “Who wants to hear actors talk?” — H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
- “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” — Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre
- New York Times declared, “Thomas E. Dewey’s Election as President is a Foregone Conclusion.”
- “A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” –New York Times, 1936.