Wednesday, October 20, 2010

NIPTO, Day 255

Hey all!

Time for an update starting with yesterday afternoon:
I went to Urban Vision. And I was in the gym (two periods), art (one period), dinner (one period)(and I helped serve. Peaches. Peachy! haha), gym (one period), art (one period), and homework (about one and a half periods).
Then I went upstairs to the "studio" and got changed and then Lauren and I worked on the dance a little bit. The girls are dancing to "Who Am I" by Casting Crowns. I think it will be a very pretty dance.
The girls got there and we stretched and warmed up some and then started working on the dance. Annd that took us to the end of the class time. Then I went to dance, danced, fell down, almost fell down, and almost fell down again (my socks were not conducive to turns!). Annnnnnd then there was Modern. Which was much better. We worked on our dance (True Colors, Cindi Lauper). Annnd I drove home. And finished my blog (I let you in on a secret there =P). Took a shower and then went to sleeep.
Got up this morning, managed to get ready. Went to Spanish, got half a doughnut from Carrie (YUM!), annnnd we did Spanish. And it was good. Annnnnnnd then I did stuff? Ate lunch outside. Sat in on Mom's class. Came home. Did Geometry and listened to Dave Ramsey. And now here I am. Listening to my parent's conversation... occasionally adding something. (They're eating dinner. I'm a loser and am sitting in the living room. But I'll eat at Alpha.)

So that's all for my update, so on to NIPTO!

Hosea 10:1-15

1 Israel was a spreading vine;
       he brought forth fruit for himself.
       As his fruit increased,
       he built more altars;
       as his land prospered,
       he adorned his sacred stones.
A'ight. God is still going over Israel's punishment. They were fruitful... for themselves. They did things for themselves. And they prospered. 

 2 Their heart is deceitful,
       and now they must bear their guilt.
       The LORD will demolish their altars
       and destroy their sacred stones.
3 Then they will say, "We have no king
       because we did not revere the LORD.
       But even if we had a king,
       what could he do for us?"

They were lying and deceitful. And because of that, they had to bear their guilt. God would destroy their alters and stones. And then they would say that they don't have a king because they didn't honor and revere God. Even if they had a king, what could he have done for them?

 4 They make many promises,
       take false oaths
       and make agreements;
       therefore lawsuits spring up
       like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.

They made promises that they would break. And that would cause lawsuits to come up: "like poisonous weeds in a plowed field."

 5 The people who live in Samaria fear
       for the calf-idol of Beth Aven.
       Its people will mourn over it,
       and so will its idolatrous priests,
       those who had rejoiced over its splendor,
       because it is taken from them into exile.
6 It will be carried to Assyria
       as tribute for the great king.
       Ephraim will be disgraced;
       Israel will be ashamed of its wooden idols.
7 Samaria and its king will float away
       like a twig on the surface of the waters.

The people of Samaria lived in fear of Beth Aven's idols. Those who had rejoiced over the idol would mourn because it would be taken from them into exile. It would be carried away by another country as a tribute to a great king. The other cities would be ashamed of their idols and Samaria would float away, insignificant.

 8 The high places of wickedness will be destroyed—
       it is the sin of Israel.
       Thorns and thistles will grow up
       and cover their altars.
       Then they will say to the mountains, "Cover us!"
       and to the hills, "Fall on us!"

God tells them that their wicked places will be destroyed. Those places were the sin of Israel. The altars would be overgrown and would want to be covered.

 9 "Since the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel,
       and there you have remained.
       Did not war overtake
       the evildoers in Gibeah?
 10 When I please, I will punish them;
       nations will be gathered against them
       to put them in bonds for their double sin.

Israel sinned for a long time. And they stayed in their sin. War overtook the people who did evil. And when God wanted, he would punish them. Nations would be gathered against them and would take them and put them in bonds that were twice as bad as their sin.

 11 Ephraim is a trained heifer
       that loves to thresh;
       so I will put a yoke
       on her fair neck.
       I will drive Ephraim,
       Judah must plow,
       and Jacob must break up the ground.

Ephraim was routine. They liked what they did. So God put a yoke on their neck and drove them. Judah had to plow and Jacob broke the ground up. 

 12 Sow for yourselves righteousness,
       reap the fruit of unfailing love,
       and break up your unplowed ground;
       for it is time to seek the LORD,
       until he comes
       and showers righteousness on you.

God gives instruction here: sow righteousness for yourselves and reap the fruit of unfailing love. Break up your own ground. It's time to seek God. We seek him until he comes and showers his righteousness on us. 

 13 But you have planted wickedness,
       you have reaped evil,
       you have eaten the fruit of deception.
       Because you have depended on your own strength
       and on your many warriors,
14 the roar of battle will rise against your people,
       so that all your fortresses will be devastated—
       as Shalman devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle,
       when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children.

So if you sow righteousness, you'll reap righteousness. If you plant wickedness, you reap evil... you eat the fruit of deception. Because they depended on their own strength and on their warriors, the battle would rise up against them and their fortresses would be destroyed. 

 15 Thus will it happen to you, O Bethel,
       because your wickedness is great.
       When that day dawns,
       the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.

That was going to happen to Bethel. They were wicked to the max. Not in a good way either. When the day dawned the king of Israel would be destroyed. 
Bummer, eh?

Well.... off to Alpha!
Have a gooood day! :)

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