Hosea chapter six is an often quoted, often preached-from passage of scripture that also includes a prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection. (On the third day He will raise us up)
It’s amazing and intriguing how God’s Word produces these doctrinal chestnuts in seemingly random places. It’s a healthy discipline for the Christian to read God’s entire canon of scripture on a through-the-Bible basis. It imparts a sense of God’s genius in drawing us into searching it for hidden treasure.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: [Ps. 19:10]
READ/LISTEN: Hosea 6-9
God instructed Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman named Gomer. Among the many lessons we derive from this book and this relationship is that God loves people even though they are unfaithful to him.
In that “All have sinned and come short of God’s glory,” we see the broad category of unfaithfulness His creation has dealt to Him. You and I have failed the Lord countless times, yet His unconditional love continues to shine our way. That love came to us in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Who else and for what other reason than perfect love could anyone offer cleansing for all sin for just the confessing and asking?
READ/LISTEN: Hosea 1-5
Wisdom will characterize Christians in the end times.
- They will have accepted Christ’s blood cleansing for their sin and they will tell others of it. [Dan. 12:3]
- They will strongly resist the power and tenets of the Anti-Christ. [Dan. 11:32]
- They will operate with the wisdom God gives. [Dan. 2:22]
- They will see through the folly of sin and its consequences, but understand the seriousness of the end times. [Dan. 12:10]
READ/LISTEN: Dan. 11,12
Daniel and David both knew and understood God’s great mercy. They were aware not only from the law, but had experienced His mercy nature for themselves. They were both men given to prayer and quality time in His presence. Both had found great favor with the Lord because of their personal devotion to Him.
As we spend time before the Lord in prayer and humility, He affects our own nature and makes us more merciful. Mercy is welcoming, forgiving, loving, kind, generous, thoughtful, and tends to a warm softness of nature rather than a cold, edgy hardness of nature.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” [Matt. 5:7]
READ/LISTEN: Dan. 9,10
Daniel no doubt saw visions and had dreams about the times we are living in. Bible prophecy teachers have many interesting theories about these revelations. Ultimately, it will be revealed what God was trying to say. When events happen that prove the Word of God true, we simply rejoice at God’s great power over the earth and its inhabitants.
Whenever an eagle is mentioned, it may be referring to the U.S. in prophecy … just saying.
READ/LISTEN: Dan. 7,8
King Darius had given the highest position of leadership to Daniel which stirred jealousy in his subordinates. They combed his life and performance for weakness, but they could find NO CORRUPTION in him.
What a marvelous commendation to be placed upon a man. He performed his daily duties with such a high level of integrity that not one flaw was found in his demeanor.
The Spirit of Christ within us wants to lead us in a similar path. Surely we have a failed and come short, but obedience to God’s Spirit and the energy of His grace will enable us to attain the highest levels of integrity possible. God sanctifies us by His Holy Spirit because of our faith in Christ Jesus. [Acts 26:18; Heb. 10:10]
READ/LISTEN: Dan. 5,6
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would not bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. They bowed to no one but God. For their perceived resistance, they were thrown into the fiery furnace to a certain death.
God vindicated them.by miraculously preserving their lives … even manifesting His presence by appearing as the pre-incarnate Christ in the fire with them.
When the idolatrous pressures of life taunt us, we have this example of God’s keeping power. What are you tempted to bow down to?
READ/LISTEN: Dan. 3,4