Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Welcome to Day 185 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
2 Kings 15, kings, kings and more kings. Heading toward Judah’s demise… (2 Kings 24-25)
2 Kings 16, King Ahaz was one of the worst kings in Judah’s history… A notorious idolator.
2 “Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God. 3 He followed the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. 4 He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree.”
Hosea 1:2, “When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.”
6 “Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”).”
The theme of Hosea is God’s unending love for his people, in spite of their history of idolatry.
Hebrews 1:1, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe . 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
Wow! What a counter to all the negative stuff from Kings and Hosea!
We sing the song, “It’s All About Jesus” and it really is.
These three verses from Hebrews 1 are incredible!
No one is really sure who the author of Hebrews is. Some say Paul, others Apollos, others Peter. The primary message of Hebrews is “the superiority of Christ.” He is greater than Moses, Aaron the priest, the angels…
Interesting it says in these last days God has spoken to us “by” his son. (Not “through?”)
Romans 8:34, “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and
is also interceding for us.”
That’s amazing! Jesus is praying for us, right now, always.
I get the feeling that Hebrews is going to be a mind-blowing adventure!
Thank you Lord!