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September 4 - Evening

"You must return to your God;
    maintain love and justice, 
    and wait for your God always."

- Hosea 12:6

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The Two Sides of Repentance    

Sometime between 755-725 BC Hosea told northern Israel that if they were to return to God that
two basic things would be seen in their lives to indicate their conversion was sincere:

1) Their treatment of people
2) Their attitude towards God

This is similar to Jesus’ words in Matthew 22:37-39 which identify the two greatest commands:

1) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all you soul and with all your mind.”
2) “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus applied these guidelines to test to the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:19-22. The young man had dedicated his entire life to God and had expressed his extreme love for God from his youth by faultlessly obeying the commandments of God. But, when Jesus asked him to show the same extreme dedication to the second of the “greatest commands” the rich young man staggered.
The young man could not show the same extreme love for people as he had to God. He could not make a similar commitment to men by giving all his possessions to the poor.  Repentance is a two side coin, or a double edged sword, according to Hosea and Jesus.

Hosea describes a true return to God as:

1) treating others in LOVE and JUSTICE – notice both love and justice are required. There is never a time that one of these can properly exist perfectly without the balance of the other. Love can simply be described as selflessness, and justice is basically fair consequences for behaviors, words and attitudes.
2) trusting God by continually waiting for him to manifest –  a key word is “always” (NIV) or “continually (ESV, NAS) to describe “wait for your God.”  “Continually waiting on God” means to do so in every situation and to not be trusting in yourself or any other identity/system/philosophy.  

It needs to be noted that during the time of Hosea, sometime between 750-686 BC, Micah also picks up on these two great commandments with these very similar words in Micah 6:8:

He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, 
and to walk humbly with your God

Hosea 12:6 is immediately followed by ten verses which once again disclose the intense level
of northern Israel’s apostasy. These social evils towards men along with faithless towards God
violates both of the two great commandments and indicates how far away Israel actually was from showing the signs of repentance that God demands. In Hosea 12:7-13:2 God accuses Israel of:

Dishonest scales
Boasting in wealth
Hiding sin with wealth
Being a wicked people
Being a worthless people
Trusting sacrifices
Provoking God
Contempt for God
Idol worship
Human sacrifices
Kissing the Calf Idol

  Christian Quote from Church History

“The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.” – Charles Dickens





Something to Ponder??
There were many social issues and problems for Jesus to take a stand against or to speak out against, but the issue he chose was the spiritual corruption of the religious leaders (or, “the clergy”)…and, then they killed him.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
mesites (Gr) – mediator (Eng) – from the Greek word “mesos”
(“in the middle” or “in the midst”).
“Mesos” was a word for neutrality in Greek courts
and the man who sat in the middle to negotiate
between two parties represented in court.
Jesus “mediated” a better covenant
with better promises in Heb.8:6.
(also see 1 Tim.2:5)
  Josephus, a Jewish historian from 70 AD, wrote: “At that time lived Jesus, a wise man, if he may be called a man, for he performed many wonderful works. He was a teacher of such men as received the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him many Jews and Gentiles. This was the Christ; and when Pilate, at the instigation of the chief men among us, had condemned him to the cross, they who before had conceived as affection for him, did not cease to adhere to him; for, on the third day, he appeared to them alive again, the divine prophets having foretold these and many wonderful things concerning him. And the sect of the Christians, so called from him, has not yet died out.”
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Am I practicing both love and justice?
While I wait for the Lord to establish his kingdom,
I will demonstrate the qualities of the King:
Love and Justice.
  "My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart."
Proverbs 4:20
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(morning only) Luke 1:5-44 (5 BC) Ezekiel 26-27
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Sleep Humility among leaders President Montenegro - fighting within Orthodox community (click World box for daily update)
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
This is the back wall of Herod's lower palace of the three hanging palaces at Masada. Here you can see some of the original wall covering and paint (fresco) in the back ground. The brighter paint and and wall covering has been restored. When Josephus described these pillars he called them marble pillars. That was the way they were designed to look to the guests. Here we see they were circular shaped rock that were stacked and then covered with plaster and fluted to give the appearance of marble. (click on image for larger size) Map detailing the borders of Herod the Great's kingdom
after it was divided up after his death around
4 BC near the time of Jesus' birth.
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