Hosea Chapter 10

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Here we go with Chapter 10!

 

Jeremiah ch2 vs28 NKJV

We see here that Israel has taken all of the fruit for himself and increased the altars. As there is only one God, they only need one altar. But they are back to their old idolatrous ways. Pillars are erected and embellished according to the bounty of Israel. The bounty God gave them but they aren’t giving Him the glory and credit.

The heart of Israel is divided between idols and against the Lord who rescued them from slavery. He holds them guilty, of course. They have sinned and they must pay for it. God will destroy their altars and pillars they have for their false gods.

 

Zephaniah ch1 vs5 GNT (2)

2 Kings 17:3-4: Emperor Shalmaneser of Assyria made war against him; Hoshea surrendered to Shalmaneser and paid him tribute every year. But one year Hoshea sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, asking for his help, and stopped paying the annual tribute to Assyria. When Shalmaneser learned of this, he had Hoshea arrested and put in prison. GNT

They say they have no king and even if they did, what use would he be to them? They don’t fear the Lord and they’ve lied. A king anointed by God is of no use to the Israelites. Judgement will come upon them for their evil ways.

 

1 Kings ch12 vs28-29 GNT (2)

Because of their idols, Samaria lives in fear. Shame will come upon Israel and Ephraim because of idols and unwise counsel. The idol will be carried to Assyria and will increase their shame.

1 Kings 13:34: This sin on his part brought about the ruin and total destruction of his dynasty. GNT

Samaria and Israel will be cut off and destroyed due to their sin. Their altars will be overrun with weeds and thorns. In their anguish, they will want the mountains to fall on and destroy them.

Isaiah 2:19:  People will hide in caves in the rocky hills or dig holes in the ground to try to escape from the Lord’s anger and to hide from his power and glory, when he comes to shake the earth. GNT

 

Revelation ch6 vs16 GNT (2)

The Israelites have sinned for a long time so when God desires, He will punish them. Other nations will gather against them and bind them. The Israelites will be in slavery once more for their wickedness.

Jeremiah 50:11: The Lord says, “People of Babylonia, you plundered my nation. You are happy and glad, going about like a cow threshing grain or like a neighing horse, GNT

He will cause the Israelites to work and plow. Despite telling them to sow righteousness in order to reap mercy, they plow wickedness, reap iniquity and eat the fruit of lies.

Job 4:8: I have seen people plow fields of evil and plant wickedness like seed; now they harvest wickedness and evil. GNT

Because of their sin and trust in themselves instead of God, He will destroy them, cut them off and dash them to pieces.

 

Galatians ch6 vs7-8 GNT (2)

Sorry it took so long to post chapter 10! Blogging and babies do not go hand in hand! 😀 I’m finding time to do little bits here and there now that she’s older. So tell me what you think of chapter 10 in the comments!

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The Reason for Christmas

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This post is more of a reflection than a devotion. I had something else planned for Christmas but came to a realization.

I am so human. My mortality has become increasingly apparent to me since my sweet daughter was born in September.

She is growing so fast and I have been savoring my days with her as much as I can, knowing that she will be grown and gone before I know it. But as I was listening to one of my favorite Christmas songs this month, I realized how much I truly love her. As ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ played in the background while I talked to her, I realized just how much God truly loves us. I think it is something that you don’t really come to terms with until you become a parent. Because when a tiny little child is born to you and looks up at you with those beautiful eyes, you realize you would do anything to protect them.

Anything.

I love my daughter so much and I would do anything to protect her. I can’t imagine what Mary went through as she saw her Son hanging on that cross but what truly blows my mind is what God had to have gone through. Not only did he send Jesus to die for us, He turned His back on His ONLY Son as He died. I knew He loved me, loved us, but it really hit me as I listened to that song.

How much love could God have for us, for the entire world, past, present, and future, that He would let Jesus die for us? I could never let my daughter die for someone who hated her, spat at her, didn’t believe in her. I wouldn’t let her. But God has so much more mercy and forgiveness than I do.

And Jesus loves us too. He proved it when He was born this season, coming to us in human form, taking the servant role instead of the King of Kings role that He deserves, just so that we could all live with Him in Heaven some day.

I had planned to talk about the prophecies throughout the Bible of Jesus’ birth last week and then write about His birth this week but this thought came up and wouldn’t go away. It’s not the usual blog post about Christmas but I felt it was important. I felt like I had to share about Jesus’ coming this way. He came so that we could live with Him in Heaven one day and God’s love for us is more than infinite. I know that probably doesn’t make sense, but really, neither does His love for us.

Remember His love for us this Christmas and show that love to others, especially your family. God gave them to you just as He gave me my sweet little one.