Friday, October 22, 2010

NIPTO, Day 257

Hey alllll!

Not a whole lot has happened in the last 24 hours.
I babysat. Came home. Did random junk. Painted my nails. Ate dinner. Helped with the dishes. Chilled for a bit. Went down to Kayt's for about half an hour. Watched Pushing Daisies. Finished painting my nails. Watched The Office. Finished an episode of Pushing Daises. Got ready for bed. Sat in bed and read It's Kind of a Funny Story. Went to sleep. Woke up. Got ready. Did school. Ate lunch. Did more school. And here I am listening to Dave Ramsey like I usually am. (He's awesome. Have I ever mentioned that?) If you ever want to listen to Dave, you can go here!

HAAAAH. I just realized that I've been trying to log onto Facebook for about 5 minutes straight. Maybe I shouldn't be on Facebook right now! Wow. Novel idea! haha

Hosea 11:12-12:14
12 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, 
       the house of Israel with deceit. 
       And Judah is unruly against God, 
       even against the faithful Holy One.
Hosea 12
 1 Ephraim feeds on the wind; 
       he pursues the east wind all day 
       and multiplies lies and violence.
       He makes a treaty with Assyria
       and sends olive oil to Egypt.

This is Israel's sin. They lied and were unruly. They didn't pursue God, they pursued worldly thing. They made treaties with other countries.

 2 The LORD has a charge to bring against Judah;
       he will punish Jacob according to his ways
       and repay him according to his deeds.

God had a score to settle with Judah and he would punish Jacob how he wanted to punish Jacob.

 3 In the womb he grasped his brother's heel;
       as a man he struggled with God.
 4 He struggled with the angel and overcame him;
       he wept and begged for his favor.
       He found him at Bethel
       and talked with him there-
 5 the LORD God Almighty,
       the LORD is his name of renown!

Jacob, when he was born, grabbed his brother's heel. He struggled with God. Literally. Wrestled an angel. The angel beat him up and then Jacob begged for God's forgiveness. God found him at Bethel and talked to him. God talked to Jacob. God. Talked. To Jacob. A person. CRAZAY. 

 6 But you must return to your God;
       maintain love and justice,
       and wait for your God always.
 7 The merchant uses dishonest scales;
       he loves to defraud.

I like verse 6. You must return to your God, not someone else's God.
Keep up the love and justice and always wait for your God. There's never a time that waiting on God won't be good. It's always good. You should always wait on God. 
And the merchant likes to be dishonest. Don't do that. It doesn't turn out well. 

8 Ephraim boasts,
       "I am very rich; I have become wealthy.
       With all my wealth they will not find in me
       any iniquity or sin."
 9 "I am the LORD your God,
       who brought you out of Egypt;
       I will make you live in tents again,
       as in the days of your appointed feasts.
 10 I spoke to the prophets,
       gave them many visions
       and told parables through them."

Ephraim had a big ego. HA. (It's late. I'm tired. Excuse any bad puns.) They believed that because they were so wealthy, they had no sin. Erm... yeah. no.
God was the one who brought them out of Egypt. He said that he would make them live in tents again, not in cities, like when they had their feasts.
God spoke to the prophets and gave them visions and told parables through them to teach the people.

 11 Is Gilead wicked?
       Its people are worthless!
       Do they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal?
       Their altars will be like piles of stones
       on a plowed field.

Ah the questions... is Gilead wicked? They're worthless. Do they sacrifice bulls? Apparently, seeing as their alters will be like stones in a plowed field. 

 12 Jacob fled to the country of Aram ;
       Israel served to get a wife,
       and to pay for her he tended sheep.
 13 The LORD used a prophet to bring Israel up from Egypt,
       by a prophet he cared for him.
 14 But Ephraim has bitterly provoked him to anger;
       his Lord will leave upon him the guilt of his bloodshed 
       and will repay him for his contempt.

Jacob fled. Israel served to get a wife and he tended sheep for his wife.
God used a prophet (Moses) to bring Israel out of Egypt. God cared for them via prophet.
But Ephraim provoked God to anger and God would leave the guilt of his bloodshed on them. God would repay Ephraim for his contempt.

Sounds... violent.
And I'm going to end there.
Because time has passed and now it is very late.
I need sleep because I'm becoming incoherent. And that's not a good thing.
Gooooodnight my blogger-roos.

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