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Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Phrase.
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Arc.
Galatians 1:1-5
Arc.
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
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Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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The Gospel in Hosea
Hosea 2:16-20
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
#TheGospel
#Mercy
#GodsFaithfulness
Published May 13th, 2019; Updated May 13th, 2019
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Hosea 2:16-20
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“And in that day, declares the Lord,
Temporal
you will call me ‘My Husband,’
and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’
Result #1
For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth,
Ground
and they shall be remembered by name no more.
Result #2
And I will make for them a covenant on that day
with the beasts of the field,
Series
the birds of the heavens,
and the creeping things of the ground.
And I will abolish the bow,
Separation
the sword,
and war from the land,
and I will make you lie down in safety.
Result
And I will betroth you to me forever.
I will betroth you to me in righteousness
Purpose
and in justice,
in steadfast love
and in mercy.
I will betroth you to me in faithfulness.
Explanation
And you shall know the Lord.
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Block Color Designations I see the pink block as the main "thought." The two gold boxes are designated as the other two secondary main thoughts. Structure The passage begins with the Temporal promise, "And in that day..." The promise is the picture of marriage faithfulness on the part of Yahweh. Note the correlation between 16a and 20b. While Yahweh is the husband His people shall know Him. The two images present the love of God for His people. The word 'know' is the typical word used when an intimate, filial relation is in view. It is sometimes translated in sexual terms (17 x's) to convey intimacy between two people (Gen 4:1), though the connotation here is used for God's concern and emotion for the people of Israel. The promise has two specific Results : (1) the people will no longer syncrretize their worship, associating the LORD of all Heaven with the wicked Baals of the Canaanite gods. The Israelites were continually swaying between Yahweh and false gods. In times of God's chastisement, they would cry out for deliverance, being delivered and then soon returning to their mire of idolatry. The attempt to "please" the True God by building shrines and altars in forbidden places was met by God's messengers, such as Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the other prophets. Although the book of Hosea is specifically to the Northern kingdom of Israel (the Southern was called Judah) the prophecies are still relevant for the Southern kingdom, as they fell shortly after their sister for the same types of sins. ( 2) The promise that they will again use the pure Name of Yahweh is g rounded by God's own words of complete removal of foreign entities from their hearts and minds. The language is clear and is stated first by the Ground for the preceding promise and is followed by the totality of that promise, the removal of idols from the very soul so as not to even be called to remembrance. Hosea continues the thought by stating what will happen in that day; it is the day that a covenant is made between God and all of creation, referencing the eschatological promise to bring peace to all the earth and judge all the nations in equity (Psalm 46:9, Isa 2:4). The covenant, like the promise, includes two parts: first, it is not only with men but with all creatures. This is shown by the Series of the list of these animals with the all-encompassing "creeping things of the ground." Second, the covenant includes total peace throughout the land and earth. War shall be entirely gone with a Separation from the hand of God Himself. Umbrellaing underneath of the covenant is the surety and Result of safety. This is immediately followed by a second Temporal , ensuring the people that this covenant is not a temporary thing. God is not fickle like His people and His faithfulness endures forever! This betrothal is intentional and purposeful. The Purpose of this wedding is to have a people for Himself. The Explanation shows that this is done with the people's faithfulness to God in view. The pr0mise culminates to what I believe is the crux of the entire passage. What was the purpose of God's betrothal to His people? It was so that they would know the LORD! An intimate fellowship of people to the Triune God is the finality. God chastised the people yet lovingly reminds them that in His faithfulness He has not, nor will He ever forget them or abandon them to the wayside. The Gospel The gospel is fittingly presented in this brief passage: The revelation of the Law to convict of idolatry • we have forsaken our "Husband" in order to appease our own appetites • we have vained God's Name by ascribing to Him that which He is not (i.e., we make our own Baals) • God's desire is that we, as His people, put away all things that we cherish above Him (He removes the Baals from our mouths, hearts, and minds) The initiative of God in sending His covenant Son • The Son brings complete peace to our hearts and minds as we, by faith, receive God's promise of justification. The war we have fought with God as His enemies is now over and we may rest in the Son's labors • We have the surety that He keeps our souls. Even in physical affliction & danger He ultimately brings us into His presence, effectually causing us to lie down in safety * We are justified and made righteous because of God's steadfast love and mercy • It is only God's faithfulness that accomplishes this The finality of ultimate fellowship with the Triune God • An intimate Fellowship with the Son at the Father's election and the Spirit's indwelling is the end result. The ultimate intimacy will be on the last day when we are presented to the Father without spot or blemish (Jude 24). Wisdom, Works & Worship God has given His people the gift of Himself through the covenant with Jesus. His desire and purpose are to have a people for His own possession [so that] we may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9) . But we are sinful people by nature. We are bombarded by our Baals from society and our own desires. God desire to remove these Baals from our hearts and minds that we may call Him and only Him "husband." And the ultimate climax of this desire is that we would know His Son, the Lord of all creation, the King of Kings, and the Bridegroom.
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