Thursday, August 16, 2018

GOMER THE DAUGHTER OF DIBLAIM (3)

DEEPLY AND UNSELFISHLY LOVED

RECAP: The very first thing God ever said to Hosea tells us about his unlikely marriage: "Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry, and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord" (Hos. 1:2).


RESUME: So, we now have Hosea and Gomer wed and starting a family. Hosea loved his wife with a deep and unselfish love, and the early days of their marriage was lovely, it was shortly after the birth of Jezreel (God named the baby, for his name was to have prophetic significance to the nation of Israel. He called him Jezreel, because it was at Jezreel that King Jeroboam’s great grandfather Jehu had first come to the throne by ambitious crimes of bloodshed and violence. While his dynasty was prospering at the moment, its destruction was on the horizon and it would happen in the valley of Jezreel (Hos. 1:4, 5) that Hosea seems to have noticed a change in Gomer; she became impatient and unhappy.  Nonetheless, he went on preaching, inspiring the disobedient nation to turn from its sin and trust God for deliverance from the threat of surrounding nations. “Return unto the Lord!” was the theme of his message, and he preached it repeatedly with power (Hos. 6:1; 14:1). But Gomer she did not share her husband’s love for God and seemed less and less interested in his ministry; more than likely, grew to resent it. Soon, she began to find other interests to occupy herself, and spent more and more time away from home.


THE REAL STORY OF HOSEA AND GOMER

I’ve learned from my time of reading the Bible’s scriptures that if I take a deeper look into all the cross-references, not only is there a treasure to be found in the 'real' meaning of the passage, but  how each message is applicable to me. Wow, right?  So, let’s go on with the real story of Hosea and Gomer’s marriage.

We know that the Lord views Israel as His wife, and he viewed her worship of other gods as spiritual adultery…see where I’m going with this? The Old Testament speaks frequently of Israel whoring after or playing the harlot with other gods (e.g., Deut. 31:16; Judg. 2:17). Our Lord God Almighty told Israel from the very beginning that he would not share her with others.  So, why did he say to Hosea: “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry, and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord” (Hos. 1:2)?    Well, these instructions have been diversely understood by different students of Scripture through the years. In one of my studies, however, it stated that by taking a wife of harlotry would simply refer to marrying a woman from the northern kingdom of Israel, a land which was guilty of spiritual adultery.

SPIRITUAL ADULTERY

As we read more of the marriage of Hosea and Gomer, we come to learn that after the birth of their second child, a daughter, Hosea was most likely to be feeling pains of doubt about her faithfulness to him. At God’s direction, he called her Loruhamah, which means “unpitied” or “unloved,” implying that she would not enjoy her true father’s love. Once again, the name was symbolic of Israel’s wandering from God’s love and the discipline she would soon experience. But even that spiritual message could not soothe the prophet’s troubled soul ….....
.................to be cont’d


In Christ,
Janet Irene Thomas
Playwright/Screen Writer/Director
Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
FOUNDER/CEO
Bible Stories Theatre of
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

GOMER THE DAUGHTER OF DIBLAIM (2)

God gave Hosea an unusual command: “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord” (Hosea 1:2). 

Hosea obeyed by marrying Gomer, and the early days of marriage for Hosea and Gomer were probably beautiful as their love began to bud. and the couple had two sons and a daughter (verses 3–8). 

There are some commentators who believe that God’s description of Gomer as “promiscuous” is prophetic—that is, God’s command anticipated her infidelity, and only later did she become an adulteress. Remember, our Lord and Savior used Hosea and Gomer’s relationship as an object lesson to show how Israel had sinned against Him by following other gods and how God remains faithful even when His people don’t.


We’ve studied that God soon blessed their marriage with a son. We can guess how Hosea’s heart must have burst with delight. Now, by this time, he’s probably convinced that his marriage would be better than ever with a son to improve their home. God named the baby, for his name was to have prophetic significance to the nation. He called him Jezreel, because it was at Jezreel that King Jeroboam’s great-grandfather Jehu had first come to the throne by ambitious crimes of bloodshed and violence and meaning "God sows." I would guess that the name was intended to signify the replanting of Israel back on its own soil after it had been dispersed in exile. Then there was a second son who was called Lo Ami, meaning "not my people, " to indicate God's rejection of Israel as His people because of its faithlessness. Lastly, Hosea's daughter by Gomer was metaphorically named Lo-ruhamah, meaning "the unpitied one." ….to be cont’d


In Christ,
Janet Irene Thomas
Playwright/Screen Writer/Director
Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
FOUNDER/CEO
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

GOMER THE DAUGHTER OF DIBLAIM (1)

HOSEA LOVED HER BACK TO THEIR MARRIAGE

We last studied Hosea and Gomer, in May 2017. At that time part of our study centered on the stages of Israel’s relationship with God are depicted in the prophecies of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, as well as in Hosea’s relationship with Gomer (see below). Beginning today, we will dig a bit deeper into a fuller and more in-depth understanding of the multifaceted message of this love story. And still, the center is GOD. 

And we’ll give a bit of background on Hosea and his real purpose in the story. But, please know this; God observes Israel as His wife, and He views her worship of other gods as spiritual adultery.


 ISRAEL’S APOSTASY AND HOSEA’S MARRIAGE (3:1)


Stage
Israel’s Prophets
Hosea’s Marriage
Betrothal
Jeremiah 2:2
Hosea 1:2
Marriage
Ezekiel 16:8-14
Hosea 1:3
Adultery
Jeremiah 5:; Ezekiel 16:15-34
Hosea 3:1
Estrangement
Jeremiah3:8-10; Ezekiel 16:35-52
Hosea 3:3,4
Restoration
Ezekiel 16:53-63
Hosea 3:5



Old Testament scripture teaches us that often there is the referral of Israel whoring after or playing the harlot with other gods (e.g., Deut. 31:16; Judg. 2:17). God had told Israel from the beginning that he would not share her with others. “You shall have no other gods before Me” was the first of his ten great commandments (Ex. 20:3). Nonetheless, she had stubbornly ignored His command, and by the days of Jeroboam II, the condition was intolerable. God was about to speak once and for all, and He chose first a prophet named Amos. The former herdsman of Tekoa thundered God’s warning of imminent judgment, but the nation paid little attention. So, God spoke again, this time through the prophet Hosea whose name meant "Jehovah is salvation."   Hosea was the son of Beeri and seemingly belonged to the upper classes. Judging from his elegant style, he was highly cultured.

THEN ALONG COMES GOMER. God is an awesome God. As much as we can, we ought study, study, and study His word, while asking and seeking wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Here we have God telling Hosea: “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry, and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord” (Hos. 1:2).  God directed him to take her as his wife, and so it was that Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, became the unlikely wife of a prophet…to be cont’d

Janet Irene Thomas
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Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
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Monday, August 13, 2018

THE LORD IS INCOMPARABLE

Psalm 89:6
King James Version (KJV)


6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?


Psalm 89 is a messianic psalm reaffirming the Davidic covenant in which his Seed will reign. It shows that God is able to rescue His promise from the depths of the grave, if necessary to fulfill it.


Janet Irene Thomas
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

JOHN THE BELOVED DISCIPLE

IN TELLING of the life of that great apostle who began his work after Christ’s death, it seems fitting to tell you that he lived to be the last man alive who had known and talked with Jesus; his name was John.




Among that valiant little band who walked with Jesus during His brief ministry on earth, none is so interesting to us as that "beloved disciple" – as he has ever since been called-John, the son of a fisherman of Galilee.

Jesus loved all his disciples. We may even doubt if He had anything in His heart but pity and compassion for Judas; but to John He gave a large measure of this divine affection.

There were three especially intimate disciples among the twelve, an inner circle mysteriously close to Jesus than the other nine, and these three were John, his brother James, and Peter. Luke tells us that Jesus committed to John and Peter the arrangements for the Last Supper. Peter, John and James alone witnessed the Transfiguration. They alone were present, according to Mark, in the dark hours of Gethsemane.


The Disciple Who Best Understood
The Love and Beauty of Jesus

Although it was to Peter that Jesus confided the charge of His brotherhood, He gave to John the fullest measure of His friendship. Peter could found and manage the brotherhood; it was John who could breathe into it the love and beauty and mystery of the Master. So, we see that John outlived all the other disciples, and _had penetrated the brotherhood, and was secured to all the ages to-do Galilean fisherman named Zebedee, able to hire servants and to live in some ease.  John and James, his two sons, probably received some education in their boyhood and certainly from their mother, the pious Salome, they must early and all through life have gained a desire to live closely with God.


Janet Irene Thomas
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Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
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Bible Stories Theatre of
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

THE LAWS OF SOWING AND REAPING

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7
King James Version (KJV
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9:6 Giving bountifully (“literally with blessings”) blessed both the recipients and those who give.

9:7 cheerful, hilaros (hil-ar-oss); Strong’s #2431: Willing, good-natured, joyfully ready. The word describes a s spirit of enjoyment in giving that sweeps away all restraints. The English word hilarious is a transliteration.


Janet Irene Thomas
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Friday, August 10, 2018

OUR HEAVENLY FATHER GIVES GOOD GIFTS

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.


Not only is God not responsible for human sin, He is the source of all good. In contrast to the wandering heavenly bodies He created, God is unchangeable. He always keeps His promises.


Janet Irene Thomas
Playwright/Screen Writer/Director
Published Author/Gospel Lyricist &Producer
FOUNDER/CEO
Bible Stories Theatre of
Fine & Performing Arts