Saturday, October 9, 2010

NIPTO, Day 244

I'm not even going to go into my day. Because it's currently 2:15 (am!) and I want to go to bed.
That can wait till tomorrow. When you'll read this anyways. Unless you're insane or an insomniac.

Starting Hosea today for NIPTO! Should be a good study.

Hosea 1:1-11
 1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel:

Hosea was a prophet. Or in other words God told him what to say to the people at large. (Isn't that a wonderful beginning?)

Hosea's Wife and Children
 2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, "Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD." 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
Well then! When God first started speaking through Hosea, he told him to go marry a prostitute. Why would God tell his prophet to do this? Good question. Well, God told him to marry a prostitute because the people of the time were acting like prostitutes. They were parting from God.
So Hosea married Gomar. And they had a son.

 4 Then the LORD said to Hosea, "Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. 5 In that day I will break Israel's bow in the Valley of Jezreel."

God told Hosea to name the baby Jezreel. Names in the Bible are very symbolic. They all mean something. I mean, sure our names today mean something, but not quite like this.
God told Hosea to name the baby Jezreel because he was going to punish the house of Jehu. And when he did that, he was going to "break Israel's bow in the Valley of Jezreel."
Huh. Interesting...

 6 Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the LORD said to Hosea, "Call her Lo-Ruhamah, for I will no longer show love to the house of Israel, that I should at all forgive them. 7 Yet I will show love to the house of Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but by the LORD their God."
Then Hosea and Gomer had a daughter! God told him to name her Lo-Ruhamah because he wasn't going to show love to the house of Israel. But he was going to show love to the house of Judah. He would save them. Not by their might, but by their God.

 8 After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. 9 Then the LORD said, "Call him Lo-Ammi, for you are not my people, and I am not your God.
10 "Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.' 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will be reunited, and they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.

Then they had another son. God told them to call him Lo-Ammi because they weren't his people and he wasn't their God.

But Israel was going to be like the sand on the seashore. Sand can't be counted or measured. There's just tooooo much of it. Why that's said, I'm not sure. I might just be super tired and not putting two and two together. (And is it "two and two" or "one and one," because I can't remember! hah. I think it's two and two...)
But where God told them that they weren't his people and he wasn't their God, they would also be called 'sons of the living God.'
And the people of Judah (whom God was favoring at the moment) would be reunited with Israel. And they would have one leader. And it would be great!

And now... I'm going to go to sleep. Because I have to get up for church in the morning. YAAAAY. hah.
I'm tired.


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