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Beat swords into ploughshares

Beat swords into ploughshares
One day things will be made right. It all begins with Christ and His ministry of truth and grace. Micah looks forward to the ministry of Christ in today's reading.Micah 4: The Mountain of the LORD1 It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall b...
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Jesus - the breaker of chains

Jesus - the breaker of chains
Praise God for His faithfulness. Jesus says I will honour those who honour Me. Remain steadfast and He will bless you. Be consistent in your calling. Micah encourages us to remain faithful in our ministries.Micah 2: Woe to the Oppressors1 Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, becaus...
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Micah - the mountains melt

Micah - the mountains melt
As a companion with the books of Hosea and Amos we go through the book of Micah this week. As you would expect, when God speaks to His prophets their voices are united in their message to His people. Just as the four gospels present Christ from different angles so too are the messages these prophets bring to Judah and Israel.Micah 1: 1 The word of ...
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Israel will be destroyed then restored

Israel will be destroyed then restored
The Lord had promised to judge Israel due to her rebellion, but He also promises to restore and rebuild. This is the good news that is only possible in Christ.Amos 9:The Destruction of Israel1 I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said: "Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake, and shatter them on the heads of all the people; and ...
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Measured against God's plumb line

Measured against God's plumb line
The Lord gives many warnings, but eventually if they are ignored judgement comes. This was about to happen to Amos' hearers. The Lord's plumb line did not lie and the Lord's people were out of line.Amos 7: Warning Visions1 This is what the Lord GOD showed me: behold, he was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and be...
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Let justice flow like a mighty river

Let justice flow like a mighty river
Why die? Seek the Lord and live, may the Lord's justice roll on like the waters of an ever flowing stream – that's Amos' message to us.Amos 5: Seek the LORD and Live1 Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel:2 "Fallen, no more to rise, is the virgin Israel; forsaken on her land, with none to raise her up."3 For thus ...
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Can two walk together unless they be agreed

Can two walk together unless they be agreed
If the hat fits, then we should wear it. Israel's women were called cows in our reading today. Their husbands were morally weak men. God and man can only walk together unless there is agreement.Amos 3:Israel's Guilt and Punishment1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up ou...
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Hear the Lion's call

Hear the Lion's call
Sometimes we are called into ministries where we have no experience. Like David, Amos was a shepherd, yet was called into prophetic ministry. Not easy when it was for the northern tribes of Israel. But he listened to the Lion's call.Amos 1: 1 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzzi...
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Be imitators of God

Be imitators of God
Paul's advice for us today – walk in love, be faithful in life, within your family, while being covered with the whole armour of God.Ephesians 5:Walk in Love1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.3 But sexual immorality and all ...
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The mystery of the gospel

The mystery of the gospel
Who doesn't love a good mystery? Paul explains the mystery of the gospel and the unity that should be on display among the believers of the mystery.Ephesians 3:The Mystery of the Gospel Revealed1 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles---2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was...
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Before He made the world - He loved us

Before He made the world - He loved us
We begin Paul's letter to the Ephesians – look at our inheritance in Christ.Ephesians 1: Greeting1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.Spiritual Blessings in Christ3 Blessed be the God and Father...
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The power over death and the grave

The power over death and the grave
The Lord pleads for Israel to return to Him. There is victory over death and the grave in Christ. Hosea finishes off by saying "Whoever is wise, let him understand these things". Let's do the same. Hosea 13:The LORD's Relentless Judgment on Israel1 When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling; he was exalted in Israel, but he incurred guilt through Baal...
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The Father's love for us

The Father's love for us
We see that even though the Lord used the names of Hosea's children as a rebuke to Israel, He still has an electing, covenant love for His people.Hosea 11: The LORD's Love for Israel1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.2 The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and bu...
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Reaping what you sow

Reaping what you sow
The final end of Israel's journey in playing with foreign idols comes to an end. Judgement is finally on the horizon with the armies of Assyria.Hosea 9: The LORD Will Punish Israel1 Rejoice not, O Israel! Exult not like the peoples; for you have played the whore, forsaking your God. You have loved a prostitute's wages on all threshing floors.2 Thre...
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Sow the wind reap the whirlwind

Sow the wind reap the whirlwind
What earthly efforts are you putting in that just don't seem to be working? Committing everything to our Saviour for His guidance is always the best option. Have a read as to how Israel failed to carry out this important principle.Hosea 7: 1 When I would heal Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed, and the evil deeds of Samaria; for they deal ...
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On the third day He will raise us up

On the third day He will raise us up
We are rebels with a cause. The cause of course is that we get the glory rather than giving glory to the One who made us. Israel had forgotten her identity, but the Lord had not forgotten them and He will restore.Hosea 5:Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah1 Hear this, O priests! Pay attention, O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the king! Fo...
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God's unfailing love for us

God's unfailing love for us
Israel though she has been unfaithful in the past will be brought back because she has been redeemed – paid for by her Saviour. This is also true for us in Christ.Hosea 3: Hosea Redeems His Wife1 And the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel, though t...
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Go marry a prostitute

Go marry a prostitute
Back in the OT with Hosea this week. Hosea addresses Israel's rejection of their God through the relationship of a husband with a faithless wife – even one who has been a prostitute.Hosea 1: 1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the...
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New heavens and new earth

New heavens and new earth
John shows us the eternal destiny for those whose names are in the Lamb's book of Life.Revelation 21: The New Heaven and the New Earth1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a...
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The fall of Babylon and the reign of Christ

The fall of Babylon and the reign of Christ
John shows us the end of this age and the beginning of the Millennial age on earth.Revelation 18:The Fall of Babylon1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory.2 And he called out with a mighty voice, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling pl...
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