Today's been good so far :)
Went to school. Was in study hall forever and got almost zero done. I talked to Sean and Lilly for a long time. Then Sean for a long time. He was being my shrink. It was fantastic. I now sing a little "It's Sean the Shrink" every time I see him (to the tune of "Shaun the Sheep").
Ate lunch, went to Lit... which reminds me I need to e-mail my teacher, then we had ACT and then came home. And read the blogs that I wasn't able to read this morning. And then went and babysat. And now I'm home. I watched a sweet video on Stuff Christians Like. Annd now I'm doing this and listening to my Owl City Radio Station on Pandora. :)
Except not. Then I ate dinner.
Soooo NIPTO? Yeah. I'm gonna get this done before 10 pm! =P Hopefully I'll get it done before 7... or 7:30. =P
14 "Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her.
15 There I will give her back her vineyards,
and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
There she will sing as in the days of her youth,
as in the day she came up out of Egypt.
Therefore, because Israel (aka the adulteress) worshiped other gods and was unfaithful, God was going to lure her back. Lead Israel into the desert, give them what they had before. He would make them happy like they were when they came out of Egypt. When they came from having nothing to having something.
16 "In that day," declares the LORD,
"you will call me 'my husband';
you will no longer call me 'my master.'
17 I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips;
no longer will their names be invoked.
18 In that day I will make a covenant for them
with the beasts of the field and the birds of the air
and the creatures that move along the ground.
Bow and sword and battle
I will abolish from the land,
so that all may lie down in safety.
In that day that God would bring the Israelites back to him, they would address him intimately, not as a master. God would cleanse them. He would make a covenant for them so they could be safe.
19 I will betroth you to me forever;
I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,
in love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in faithfulness,
and you will acknowledge the LORD.
I had to look up betroth. I know what it means. But I wanted to see if there were other meanings. There are. Kind of. There's one that's not necessarily related to marriage. And now I'm literally laughing out loud because I go to Dictionary.reference.com (my favorite place to get definitions) and re-read the definitions. And there's a little section that I skipped over that says "Bible Dictionary" and has a little blurb about that. And then there's the last sentence: The term is figuratively employed of the spiritual connection between God and his people (Hos 2:19, 20).
HAAAH. That's weird. Or God. ya know. Same diff.
But God is setting up this relationship between him and his people forever. A relationship of righteousness and justice, love and compassion, faithfulness and acknowledgement.
That's how I want my relationships to be. Based on righteousness, justice, love, compassion, faithfulness, truth, acknowledgement.
21 "In that day I will respond,"
declares the LORD—
"I will respond to the skies,
and they will respond to the earth;
22 and the earth will respond to the grain,
the new wine and oil,
and they will respond to Jezreel.
23 I will plant her for myself in the land;
I will show my love to the one I called 'Not my loved one.'
I will say to those called 'Not my people, ' 'You are my people';
and they will say, 'You are my God.' "
In that day, the day when the Israelites came back to God, he said he would respond to them. The skies, the earth. They would get new wine and oil. And they would respond to Jezreel. Jezreel means God plants.
God would plant himself in the land. He would make them prosperous.
He would love those that were called not loved, he would call the people who said they weren't his people his people. And they would say to him that he was their God.
That's awesome. Just the reeconciliation that would happen between God and Israel. (Which also directly corresponds to Hosea and his wife. So tomorrow will be about that part of this! :)
And now I am going to chillax and watch Chuck in a little bit! =D
Have a good evening, y'all!