Wednesday, March 30, 2016

ROAR

Today’s┬áReading: Hosea 11-12

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The “Lion’s Fountain” in the Peoples Square in Piazza Del Populo, Rome. Jesus Christ, known as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water!” (John 7:37-38). The “roar like a lion” statement in today’s reading symbolizes the power of God’s Word to communicate God’s desires for His people.

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Key Verses: Hosea 11:8, 10

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?

How can I hand you over, Israel?

How can I make you like Admah?

How can I set you like Zeboiim?

My heart churns within Me;

My sympathy is stirred”…

“They shall walk after the Lord.

He will roar like a lion.

When He roars,

Then His sons shall come trembling from the west.”

 

A prophet represents God to people. A priest represents people to God. In today’s reading Hosea reveals God to us as One whose great heart “churns” because of His love! God is moved to action and He roars like a lion, thus getting attention for His call to return. About 6,000,000 of the children of Israel, who were scattered throughout the world, have come to the land of their ancestors. Israel is now a nation state once again. God has not given up on His ancient people.

But what about the rest of the human family? He has not given up on us either. The Apostle Matthew, a Jew, quotes his prophet, Hosea, referring to the fact that, as a Child, Jesus was taken to Egypt to protect Him from the murderous rage of King Herod. “Out of Egypt I called My Son!” (Hosea 11:1). Let’s read Matthew 2:1-15. Jesus Christ, as no other, revealed the compassionate, longing heart of God for all people. He roars with the Words that come from His mouth. God’s final Words in the Bible through John, who ministered as the final Bible prophet, says to the entire human race, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel [messenger named John] to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” John goes on to proclaim, “And the Spirit and the bride say ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him come and drink of the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:16,17).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Yes, Lord, I tremble at Your Word, and I do come to You every morning! You roared from the cross the most powerful communication ever, and You have gotten the attention of at least 2 billion people currently on earth. You did not give up on the human race, and You continue to call to us to come to You! I thank You that I heard You and responded the day I received You as Saviour, and I remain in Your holy presence. I pray that Your “Roar” will be heard around the world today. May many more come to You! In the Name of the One who has gotten the attention of more people throughout the centuries than any other person, Jesus Christ. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Yes, I know that God also speaks in a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-13). Whatever it takes for God to communicate to me, bring it on! I need to hear from God daily. I do so by consistently, without fail, listening to God as I read His Word. I must confirm anything I’ve heard, or think I’ve heard, by checking it out in the written Word!

I may have mentioned this before, but I’ll never forget hearing a Vancouver pastor of Chinese extraction “Roar!” (he made a noise like a lion). I said to Gideon Chu, “What are you doing?” He answered, “The serpent has had my Chinese people for far too long. The ‘Lion of Judah’ roars against the serpent!” It was a prophetic gesture. We have many examples in Scripture of the prophets making various gestures to illustrate their points. Pastor Gideon is so on fire for God, that I know I need to stoke the fires of my fervency more and more.

Yours for making ourselves available daily for God’s communication to His human family through His written Word!!! Whether it’s a “Roar” or a still small voice, are we listening?

David

P.S.

I came across some pictures of lions roaring (one is below). When a lion roars, we’d better listen!!!

9 thoughts on “Wednesday, March 30, 2016

  1. We’re roaring like a lion over our fire for You, Lord–the Bright and Morning Star!
    For we are nothing without You, but everything with You. You are the Alpha and the Omega. The beginning and end. The truth and only answer to the world! Blessings dearest saints in the Lord, and thank you for your love and prayers, yesterday.

    Isreal & New Breed – Come and Let us Sing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtoRsFdiDc0

  2. Like the symbolism of Jesus as the Lion of Judah and Pastor Chu roaring like a lion against the serpent of China. Perhaps we need to do the same with some of the issues we are facing here in Canada and in our own lives. I remember seeing those beasts in the fields in Kenya and you don’t want to be anywhere near them when they are feeding or at anytime. They are the” King of the jungle!”

  3. Agreeing with your prayer this morning, thank you!! To listen, hear and act in the Name of Jesus, the Mighty one of Israel!!!

    Hearing God’s heart in this scripture this morning, His great love for His people!!!

    Blessed be the Name of the Lord for ever and ever, Amen!!!

  4. “Remember that it is better to walk in the dark with God than to walk alone in the light.” The Still Small Voice

    HIS WAY

    “God bade me go when I would stay
    (‘Twas cool within the wood);
    I did not know the reason why.
    I heard a boulder crashing by
    Across the path where I stood.

    He bade me stay when I would go;
    “Thy will be done,” I said.
    They found one day at early dawn,
    Across the way I would have gone,
    A serpent with a mangled head.

    No more I ask the reason why,
    Although I may not see
    The path ahead, His way I go;
    For though I know not, He doth know,
    And He will choose safe paths for me.”

    The Sunday School Times
    Streams in the Desert, March 30

    • Thank you Beverlee, that is a wonderful poem. I went to visit my friend Elizabeth today, she is the one who has terminal cancer. She is still having chemo but seems to doing well. I was able to talk to her about The Lord, and will continue to pray for her salvation.
      Bless all my dear blog friends this day
      Thank you Pastor David for sharing about Pastor Chu. We all need to roar out the saving message of Christ.

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