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Query for the Month
Next up-date: August 1st 2013 (God willing).
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Some perpetual questions ....
Do you know the difference between the "love"
that is of Christianity
and the "love" that is of the world? Click here to find out!
Click on the link for a good book on the character of our God which you can download for free and share amongst your friends. It's called "Light through Darkness" and is one of the best books on this subject that I have ever read!
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In the meantime, try this site. And here's one where you can read it online.
Here's another great site on the character of God written in a way that's very easy to understand.
In this reply the old-fashioned words of the KJV have been modernised, and in some instances, the man-made punctuation has been altered for greater understanding. Some of the comments are adapted from books in my library. No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly. All the ideas expressed in this article, right or wrong, are my own.
In this article the old-fashioned words of the KJV have been modernised, and in some instances, the man-made punctuation has been altered for greater understanding. Some of the comments are adapted from books in my library. No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly. All the ideas expressed in these readings, right or wrong, are my own.
1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam [II] the son of Joash, king of Israel [more than forty years].
2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to you a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land has committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD”.
3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
There are many who believe that these words tells us of a LORD who gave us the Ten Commandments deliberately sending a man to seek out an active prostitute and marry her just so that He could have an example of how He was feeling!!
Let’s have a good look at the story and see if this is true.
Hosea was the last exclusive prophet to Israel (the northern kingdom) and he wrote between 753 – 729BC, a period of about 24 years. Samaria, the capital of the kingdom, fell to the Assyrians in 723BC. There were other prophets during his time, such as Amos, Micah, and Isaiah, but he spoke mainly to Jeroboam II who reigned for 41 years in a very successful worldly way.
Because of that success Baal worship was rife and physical adultery became very common among the people. Hosea 4:1-2.
The one thing that stands out in this story is that Hosea loved his wife with an undying love, and that he worked with her, and for her even after she left him and embarked on her life of debauchery. He was not “commanded” to marry a woman of ill-repute, but his choice (which God went along with) of a very lovely and compassionate companion who eventually left him and her children, shows that she had an ingrained fault which she did not overcome. (God tells us about His personal experience in Ezekiel chapter 16.)
In this story Hosea is an illustration of our LORD and Saviour the Son of God, while Gomer reflects the nation of Israel (the northern kingdom), whose wilful and deliberate choices ended with their being taken into captivity by the Assyrians soon after Hosea’s work was finished. His broken heart reflects the passionate way in which God speaks through him, as illustrated in the mourning and illogical messages in chapters 4-14.
Today Gomer’s life might illustrate the history of the Protestant churches which came into existence with the Reformation!
This is what God has to say about them:
1 And to the angel of the church in Sardis [c. 1517-1833] write;
These things says He that has [the oversight of] the seven Spirits [the seven aspects of the Spirit] of God, and the seven stars [the seven aspects of the church] ; I know your works, that you have a name [among men] that you live, and [yet] are [practically] dead [in My sight].
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.
If therefore you shall not watch, I will come on you [in the judgment of 1844] as a thief [in the night], and you shall not know what hour I will come upon you.
4 You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments [have kept their robes of righteousness]; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy. 5 He that overcomes [himself], the same shall be clothed in [permanent] white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.
6 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Hosea waited and searched for Gomer after she left him and the children, and he was only too willing to take her back when he could! He even paid for her with all he owned – money and goods! As such he was a fitting example of how our God lives and works.
“So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for a homer of barley, and a half homer of barley: and I said to her, ‘You shall abide for me many days [to get over your experiences]; you shall not play the harlot, and you shall not be for another man: so will I also be for you’.” Hosea 3:2-3.
That’s a clear picture to the repair work which will be done during the 1,000 years after the Second Coming.
We may understand that she realized, though it may be but dimly, that she had been a cumberer of the ground. Luke 13:6-9. Yet in his great mercy Hosea had not cut her down. He had not looked coldly upon her. He had not turned away with indifference, or left her to destruction. Looking upon her he had cried, as God had cried for so many centuries concerning Israel, “How shall I give you up, Ephraim/Gomer? How shall I deliver you, Israel? . . . I will not execute the fierceness of My anger. I will not return to destroy Ephraim; for I am God, and not man”. Hosea 11:8-9.
In like manner, the pitying Saviour is saying concerning all of us, “Spare it this year also, till I shall dig about it and dress it”. It is only if we absolutely refuse to come back, and choose to die, that He will reluctantly release us.
A more careful reading of the book of Hosea with an understanding of God’s character will soon show that Hosea was not forced or even asked to make the sacrifices he did. They were done because of his love for Gomer.
Who wants to add (or subtract!) from these thoughts? I won't argue as I have stated,
but I will publish your Scriptures so that we may review all the words of God on the subject.
Next query. To be discussed from August 1st 2013,
When do the seven angels of Revelation 8-9 blow their trumpets, and what do they warn about? What is so significant about the last three?
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