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We are still reflecting on Hosea 4:1 – 6:3. The first section of Hosea is the first 3 chapters and is the visual and experiential picture of God and His relationship with Israel. He pictured it through the experience of Hosea and his wife, Gomer. In the second section of the book, God is bringing His case against Israel.
We looked into the core of the problem – there was no knowledge of God left in the land. The people had ignored the Word of God so long … they had gone their own way so long … they had More >
Jesus is in Jerusalem. He knows why. His band of disciples don’t quite get it yet. How could they? They think they are in Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. They are … but … they do not realize that they are accompanying the Passover lamb to the altar for the sacrifice.
- there is the ridding of the house of any and all leaven
- there is the preparation of the unleavened bread
- the lamb had to be taken to the temple where its blood would be offered as sacrifice
- the meat of the lamb brought back to the house for the meal
- a bowl of salt water (or More >
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is one of the most beloved Christmas hymns of all time. The lyrics were written by Charles Wesley in 1739 while the music was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1840. Let’s look at a few stanzas of this beautiful carol:
Hark! The herald angels sing, ”Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
“God and sinners reconciled” through Christ. This is the true meaning of Christmas and the true meaning of Christianity. Jesus Christ was sent “through the tender mercy of our God to give light to those who sit More >
read the bible in a year: day 302 2 Thessalonians 3
1 For the rest, my brothers, let there be prayer for us that the word of the Lord may go forward with increasing glory, even as it does with you; 2 And that we may be made free from foolish and evil men; for not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is true, who will give you strength and keep you safe from evil. 4 And we have faith in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things about which we give you orders. 5 And may your hearts be More >
Matthew 26 contains what detail we have about Judas. Today, as we continue our walk through Matthew, let’s consider all the passages about Judas together. Read …
Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. He appointed twelve – designating them apostles – that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. (Mark 3: 13 – 15)
It is much more likely that Judas kissed Jesus as a disciple kissed a master and meant it, and that More >
We are in Hosea’s second message … Hosea 4:1 – 6:3.
In Lesson 1 of our Hosea study, we observed that the people were perishing because there was no knowledge of God in the land. Today, let’s consider the responsibility carried by the priests for that condition. I am not sure if the religious leaders go the way of the people … or if the people go the way of the religious leaders. In the NIV, verse 9 says, “Like people, like priests” which makes me think that the religious leaders just made themselves say and do whatever the people More >
read the bible in a year: day 301 2 Thessalonians 2
1 Now as to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our meeting with him, it is our desire, my brothers, 2 That you may not be moved in mind or troubled by a spirit, or by a word, or by a letter as from us, with the suggestion that the day of the Lord is even now come; 3 Give no belief to false words: because there will first be a falling away from the faith, and the revelation of the man of sin, the son of destruction, 4 Who puts himself against More >
read the bible in a year: day 300 2 Thessalonians 1
1 Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 It is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, because of the great increase of your faith, and the wealth of your love for one another; 4 So that we ourselves take pride in you in the churches of God for your untroubled mind and your faith in all the troubles More >
Read Hosea 1:10 – 3:5.
Hosea 1:10 begins chapter 2 in the Hebrew Bible so begin there as you read today’s passage.
Adultery is an horrific sin. Any of you who have walked there know the pain. Any of you who have watched people you love walk there know something of the pain. Relationships are torn apart … families are ripped wide open … it is all about loss. That is just on the physical level. Hosea lives out the physical form so that Israel will have a live demonstration of the spiritual form. As a nation … as God’s chosen More >
As we enter Matthew 26, we become witnesses to the last act in the story of Jesus’ physical life in our space-time continuum. The prophecies have been fulfilled … the scene has been established … the pattern has been set … the teaching has been done … the sacrifice has been prepared … it is time.
This chapter is long – 75 verses. The individual events happening in rapid-fire momentum are many – at least 9. I plan to organize thoughts around character studies. Therefore, we may jump around a bit in the text rather than read straight through. As More >