I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving kindness and mercy;
After these judgments the Lord would deal with Israel more gently. By the promise of rest in Jesus we are invited to take His yoke upon us so the work of conversion can be forwarded by comforts as well as by convictions.
Nowadays we are more concerned with conversion rates and costs than we are with the betterment of our self and the cost of our souls …
But usually the Lord drives us to despair of earthly joy and help from ourselves, that, being shut from every other door, we will knock at Mercy’s gate. In too many cases today, we see people turning a blind eye to God’s calling and they seek other methods of distraction and satisfaction …
From that time Israel would be more truly attached to the Lord; no longer calling him Baali, or My lord and master, alluding to authority rather than love, but Ishi, an address of affection.
This may foretell the restoration from the Babylonian captivity; and also be applied to the conversion of the Jews to Christ in the days of the apostles and the future general conversion of that nation.
Genuine believers are able to expect infinitely more tenderness and kindness from their holy God, than a beloved wife can expect from even the kindest husband.
When the people were weaned from idols and loved the Lord, no creature could do them any harm.
This should be understood of the blessings and privileges of the spiritual Israel, of the true believer, and the partaking of God’s righteousness.
Here is an argument for us to walk so that God may not be dishonored by us: “Thou art My people.” God calls us His children …
If a man’s family walks disorderly, it is a dishonor to the Master.
I was feeling a bit disrupted and disoriented making this video. I had a few interruption and problems with the device. I knew the devil was trying to stop what I had to say. I did not even end it well …
“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
Consider him that waits for a crop of corn, will you not wait for a crown of glory? If you should be called to wait longer than the farmer, is there not something more worth waiting for?
In every sense the coming of the Lord draws near and all His people’s losses, hardships, and sufferings would be repaid.
Men count time long because they measure it by their own lives but all time is as nothing to God, it is as a moment.
To short-lived creatures a few years seems like an age but Scripture, measuring all things by the existence of God, counts thousands of years as so many days.
It’s as I have said in the past. I do not believe the earth was made in 7 days, but in 7000 years. I have also theorized that the “New World Order” has been established since the time when our country was named the “New World” around 500 years ago. Things are in God’s time, not within the parameters of our limited thinking …
We bought to serve our God and bear our trials as those who believe that the end will crown all. Our eternal happiness is safe if we trust Him, all else is mere vanity which will soon be done with.
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
“But He answered and said” In reply to this artful temptation, Christ answered by a quotation from the Old Testament.
The passage is found in Deuteronomy 8:3. In that place the discourse is concerning manna. Moses says that the Lord humbled the people and fed them with manna, an unusual kind of food so that they might learn that man did not live by bread only but that there were other things to support life and that everything which God had commanded was proper for this.
From this temptation we may learn:
1. That Satan often takes advantage of our circumstances and wants to tempt us. He often tempts those in need to be discontent and complain and to be dishonest in order to supply their necessities.
2. Satan’s temptations are often the strongest immediately after we have been remarkably favored. Jesus had just been called the Son of God and Satan took this opportunity to try Him. He often attempts to fill us with pride and vain self-conceit then will urge us to do something in an attempt to cause us to sin.
3. His temptations are plausible. They often seem to be only urging us to do what is good and proper. They seem to even sometimes urge us to promote the glory of God and to honor Him. Some of the most powerful temptations of Satan occur when he seems to be urging us to do what might be for the glory of God. We fail in this discernment because of our blind use of pagan holidays …
4. We are to meet the temptations of Satan, as the Saviour did, with the plain and positive declarations of Scripture.
We must understand and realize that Jesus came to us as God in the “flesh” to know what it is to be human, and to be sacrificed as a man for us.