Monday, December 11, 2017
The idea is that usually if you love someone, you kiss them on the lips. If you give an honest answer, that must mean you love that person.
But then I think, I don't kiss everyone on the lips. In fact, I only kiss one person on the lips: Tim. I'm married to him and can do that. Usually, you only save a lip kiss for someone you intend to marry or are married to or have a romantic relationship with. You are making yourself vulnerable to betrayal and heartbreak.
So, if you don't kiss everyone on the lips, do you give everyone an honest answer? You must be truthful with everyone yes. The Lord commands us to not bear false witness. But just like you don't run around naked in public, you also don't have to reveal everything lest it be used against you. Be wise with who you tell the truth to.
For example, it is true that I did not give this talk like planned. But what only a handful of people know is why it got cancelled. Even fewer know the finer details of that. And knowing the conundrum I'm having with this verse, it's just as well.
But in the long run, you must be truthful and loving to everyone you meet, even at risk to yourself and your emotions. You won't get close to people otherwise. Just how much you reveal takes much prayer and maybe advice from someone you trust. It's hard for me to be close to people for that very reason. I don't know the difference of being truthful and telling too much. But I'm not alone in that struggle. How do you go around with that balance?
Monday, December 4, 2017
1. First is chapter 8 verses 4-6:
Gilgal is where Israel decides it needs a king: just like everybody else. God was supposed to be their king, but he isn't cool, so they need a king.
How many of our sins start by trying to be like everybody else? Sure, you heard in church that sex is to be saved for marriage between a man and a woman but all your friends are doing it and you have these strong feelings for someone. Sure, you heard that you should only worship the God who revealed himself through Jesus and not bow down to stars, but horoscopes are so interesting and harmless. Sure, the teacher told you to not touch her things, but they looks so inviting and I'll look cool if I touch it.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Just the same, the idea of this one that I'm doing is to learn to read the Bible with as little extra help as possible. To not rely on commentaries or study notes or other people's words, but to read what it actually says within its context. She started with observation, and now she is moving to interpretation. To take verses and post questions that you have. The thing is, the questions will probably lead to me getting out a Bible dictionary or commentary. But here is the Hosea passage from 7:11-16 and questions I form for each verse.
I do know that when the kingdom of Israel split into a northern and southern kingdom during the reign of Solomon's son Rehoboam, the northern kingdom began to be called Ephraim. Ephraim was one of Joseph's sons that Jacob adopted as his own. He was younger than his brother Manasseh, but Jacob blessed him more than the other. They became tribes of Israel along with Joe's 11 other brothers. The southern kingdom was Judah, David and Jesus's tribe. Egypt was the country that held Israel captive for 400 years that God rescued them from through Moses. Assyria was the frightening country that later took the Northern kingdom captive. It was the country that Jonah ran away from. Israel wanted to leave God and go back to the sinful people that made their lives miserable.
Usually doves symbolize peace. God calls them silly and senseless. I guess doves are birds that are sweet but naive. Only Israel isn't that innocent. They reject the God who loves them and will later send his Son to die for them but they go for the Egyptians and Assyrians and their false gods who have nothing to give.
In verse 14, I ask, why would they turn away from God. Then I remember, why do I lose faith in God? Because he is taking too long to give me what I want. But why do I think I know more what is good for me than God? God is God and I am not. If God doesn't answer my prayer the way I want, that's his right. He's God. I don't deserve anything good from him. But he does give me good things. Why should I want more? In my natural sinful state, I can only love myself and my own ways and not God. My free will needs to be changed before I can truly love God and be content with the situation that he has given me and know that he will do the right thing in his time.
Monday, November 6, 2017
they will engage in prostitution but not flourish,
because they have deserted the Lord
to give themselves
old wine and new wine
take away their understanding.
and a diviner’s rod speaks to them.
A spirit of prostitution leads them astray;
they are unfaithful to their God.
and burn offerings on the hills,
under oak, poplar and terebinth,
where the shade is pleasant.
Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution
and your daughters-in-law to adultery.
when they turn to prostitution,
nor your daughters-in-law
when they commit adultery,
because the men themselves consort with harlots
and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes—
a people without understanding will come to ruin!
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday, September 24, 2017
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
Who is a teacher like him?
23 Who has prescribed his ways for him,
or said to him, ‘You have done wrong’?
24 Remember to extol his work,
which people have praised in song.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Women need to come to the Bible and read what it says rather than come with pre-conceived notions that they have heard all their lives. I don't think I come unbiased. I don't think anyone does. I do my best to follow the instructions but still need to put my own interpretation on them. So here are 4 things I noted when I tried to follow directions.
1. Kelly had her class underline all verbs and then double underline any command. The very first word of verse two is a command: "Plead." Plead with your mother for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband - that she put away her harlotry from her face, and her adultery from between her breasts. The command is addressed to the children of Gomer and more greatly, the children of Israel to plead with God's lost loved ones to quit cheating on him with other gods and looking to them.
I also went and double underlined any verb that had "you" in front of it. In verse 16 it says, "in that day...you will call me 'My Husband,' and no longer will you call me 'My Baal.'" The kings of the Northern kingdom of Israel would set up golden calves so that they would not have to go to the Jerusalem temple to worship and told them that the people were really worshiping the true God through calves. They didn't have direct access to the priests who had the law saying you should not worship God through images - ever. So they were led astray into worshiping God in ways that he forbid, and often it did involve literal prostitution to try to appease fertility gods.
God wants his lost loved ones to return to him and relate to him in his terms and not on theirs.
2. In three different places there is a list of assets prized by the woman addressed in this passage. In one sense, this woman is Gomer, Hosea's wanton wife, and in a greater sense, the woman is Israel/the church, God's wanton bride. Verse 5b, "For she said, 'I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.'" Verse 8, "And she did nto know that it was I who gave her the grain, the wine, and the oil, and who lavished on her slver and gold, which they used for Baal." And verse 22, "and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel."
We need to stop crediting our incomes and all we have to anyone other than God. Do you have a house, heating and air, internet, food, a job? Do you thank your own self for those things and not God? I don't know how many times I've heard somebody say that "mother nature" is doing such and such or the universe has planned life differently than I did. Mother nature and the universe are all non-entities along with evolution and chance. They don't exist. God does, and he is tired of not getting credit for all that happens. He gives us everything and he doesn't have to, and we need to love him more than anyone or anything else.
3. There is a series of "answering" in verses 21 through 22. I will start with verse 20. "I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD. 'And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth, and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel." And before that in verse 15, "And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt." God formed a covenant with Abraham and later on with all of Israel that if the nation would follow him, they would live, but if not, somebody would die. And God passed through the torn animals in Genesis 15 when he covenanted with Abram saying that if the covenant was broken, then he would take the punishment. Israel has done nothing but break the covenant promises. Yet, God faithfully held them accountable by still claiming them as his bride and later sending Jesus to die for the sins of his Church. And God answered all of heaven, which answered the earth with its grain, wine, and oil, which answered Jezreel, the plain where king Jehu slayed Ahab's family and also another name for Israel.
4. Despite the Church's unfaithfulness, God still desires her for Christ's bride. Verses 2 through 13 show God's judgment for unfaithful Gomer's adulteries. He is going to divorce his wife because she always goes after other men/gods who give her luxuries that she already had with her husband. He will publicly shame her in front of everyone for her shameful behavior.
In ancient Israel, it was unheard of for a man to take back his wife after she had had affairs. Sometimes she could live with her man but not have conjugal relations again. But in verse 14, God changes his tone and says, "I will allure her." He still wants to take her back. She will face consequences as he will take her into the wilderness until all that she knows is God, the only true oasis in this cursed life. I feel like this is my life. I long for something, get it, but it is never enough and I always want more. But in this life, I will never be truly satisfied because I was made for God and I don't know him in his fullness in this life. And I have been unfaithful, longing for friends and relationships that would fill a hole in my life. But they don't satisfy and my desires are unrequited. But they will never be filled with anything other than the physical presence of Jesus which I will not know until the end of time.