Monday, March 30, 2020

ROAR

Today’s┬áReading: Hosea 11-12

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The “Lion’s Fountain” in the Peoples Square in Piazza Del Populo, Rome. Jesus Christ, known as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water!” (John 7:37-38). The “roar like a lion” statement in today’s reading symbolizes the power of God’s Word to communicate God’s desires for His people.

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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 currently 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 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 Chiu, “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 I know 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!!! Whether it’s a “Roar” or a still small Voice, are we listening?

David

P.S.

I came across some pictures of lions roaring (one is below). When a lion roars, we’d better listen!!!

23 thoughts on “Monday, March 30, 2020

  1. a few days ago you posted a picture of David,Norma Jean,Ron and Ann in Jeruselem.We were on that trip with you,and it brought so many wonderful memories to mind.We know David is in heaven and when Jesus comes back we hope to rejoin you in the holy city again.Ron are you and Ann still leading trips to the holy land?We would love to go again with Huntley Street and you.Thank you for posting Davids bible study every day Ron and God Bless you Brenda and Stan Sadowski

  2. Amen fellow saints. Beloved David’s blog is so meaningful to me today in light of what is happening on the earth right now. Each one of us have a ministry in light of the world wide virus, some to comfort more and others to warn. Felt led at 4am today to get up and put a message on fb to GET RIGHT WITH GOD. That was my lion’s roar as was written in Hosea. Felt moved with the Pastor Gideon Chiu for the Chinese people as have been there and worked among them. Take care during this crucial time.

      • He is gentle.I prefer to wait for His still small voice but perhaps this pandemic is His mighty roar?.Is this His call to turn back?Who is listening?I pray people are tuning their TV’s to the right channel and finding him,but will they understand the words being used?
        The World Forgot

        The world forgot what is right
        For we were supposed to teach them,
        By sharing with them the light
        But we could not reach them.

        Not long ago we ‘were’ them
        Until we found the light He gives;
        The One the world would condemn,
        Then died to show He lives.

        They don’t want to know our ways
        For they think their ways suit them best,
        But we know how it dismays
        When one begins the quest.

        We must begin to reach out
        Or we may loose them all to sin,
        So we must defeat the doubt,
        To plant the seed within.

        Using words at their command
        Will allow His word to imbed,
        Thus they can then understand
        How He rose from the dead.
        GW(Bill) Marshall/26 July, 2015

  3. Sorry about that last post,Ger.I mistakenly put it as a reply to you.I pray yall have a great day and may God bless

    A still small voice:
    Listen

    Listen,hear my voice in the silent breeze
    For I call out to you in your sorrow
    And as the sun shines o’er the trees,
    I will whisper on each new morrow.

    You cry because of the great loss you bear
    And I speak gently while you are asleep,
    For in this way your grief I share,
    And cry with you each time you weep.

    I am there for you when you call My name,
    I am there too as the morn awakes,
    But dawn fades like a candle flame,
    As does the sound My small voice makes.

    Trust me and listen,you will find my voice,
    It will grow as your faith grows stronger
    And one day you will make a choice
    To trust and fear death no longer.

    That day will come when faith will set you free,
    For you will hear me when I speak,
    Then you will know that it was me
    Who brought hope when you were still weak.
    GW(Bill) Marshall/27 May, 2015

  4. Amen to your mother’s birthday in heaven, yesterday, sister Ger. I just read your post. God bless you, as always.

  5. Sometimes get so tired. But He who never sleeps nor slumbers calls us to spend time with Him. We have so much but are we thankful? We Canadians can be so cynical and full of ourselves. It doesn’t take much exposure to mainstream Canadian media to hear it. We think we’re so much better than others. Please forgive us, Lord.
    It’s always refreshing to hear from those with good attitudes. Be-grateful-attitudes. Thank You for those who reveal these to us. Bless them, Father. Sometimes it takes humbling to get us to look up, as was the case for King Nebuchadnezzar.
    Help us, Lord, to remember who You are and who we are. Thank You for loving us despite how far short we fall. Help us to use the time You give us to store up treasures in Heaven with You. We commit our families, friends, even our enemies to You, Lord, and ask that You have Your way in and among them. In Jesus’s always-great name, amen

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