Suggested Reading: Hosea 11-12
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Key Verses: Hosea 11:8, 10
“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I set you like Zeboiim?
My heart churns within Me;
My sympathy is stirred”…
“They shall walk after the Lord.
He will roar like a lion.
When He roars,
Then His sons shall come trembling from the west.”
A prophet represents God to people. A priest represents people to God. In today’s reading Hosea reveals God to us as One whose great heart “churns” because of His love! God is moved to action and He roars like a lion, thus getting attention for His call to return. About 6,000,000 of the children of Israel, who were scattered throughout the world, have come to the land of their ancestors. Israel is now a nation state once again. God has not given up on His ancient people.
But what about the rest of the human family? He has not given up on us either. The Apostle Matthew, a Jew, quotes his prophet Hosea referring to the fact that as a child Jesus was taken to Egypt to protect Him from the murderous rage of king Herod. “Out of Egypt I called My Son!” (Hosea 11:1). Let’s read Matthew 2:1-15. Jesus Christ, as no other, revealed the compassionate, longing heart of God for all people. He roars with the Words that come from His mouth. God’s final Words in the Bible through John, who ministered as the final Bible prophet, says to the entire human race, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel [messenger named John] to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” John goes on to proclaim, “And the Spirit and the bride say ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him come and drink of the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:16,17).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Yes, Lord, I tremble at Your Word, and I do come to You every morning! You roared from the cross the most powerful communication ever, and You have gotten the attention of at least 2 billion people on earth. You did not give up on the human race, and You continue to call to us to come to You! I thank You that I heard You and responded the day I received You as Saviour, and I remain in Your holy presence. I pray that Your “Roar” will be heard around the world today. May many more come to You! In the Name of the One who has gotten the attention of more people throughout the centuries than any other person, Jesus Christ. Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Yes, I know that God also speaks in a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-13). Whatever it takes for God to communicate to me, bring it on! I need to hear from God daily. I do so by consistently, without fail, listening to God as I read His Word. I’ve heard Him this morning as I meditated on Hosea’s prophetic call to “Come!” I’ve heard Him as I searched the Scriptures for God’s voice in other books of the Bible which amplify today’s reading. I must confirm anything I’ve heard, or think I’ve heard, by checking it out in the written Word!
I may have mentioned this before, but I’ll never forget hearing a Vancouver pastor of Chinese extraction “Roar!” (he made a noise like a lion). I said to Gideon Chu, “What are you doing?” He answered, “The serpent has had my Chinese people for far too long. The ‘Lion of Judah’ roars against the serpent!” It was a prophetic gesture. We have many examples in Scripture of the prophets making various gestures to illustrate their points. Pastor Gideon is so on fire for God, that sometimes when in his presence, I feel backslidden. I am not backsliding. It’s just that by comparison to Gideon, I need to stoke the fires of my fervency more and more.
Yours for making ourselves available daily for God’s communication to His human family through His written Word!!! That’s a “Roar!” Are we listening?
I came across some pictures of lions roaring (one is below). When a lion roars, we’d better listen!!!