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Trip 532:  Prediction of Israel’s Exile—Part 2

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Hosea 9

Focal verse(s):  Hosea 9:1:  “Do not rejoice, O Israel, with exultation like the nations!  For you have played the harlot, forsaking your God.  You have loved harlots’ earnings on every threshing floor.”

Israel had progressed so far into Baal worship that the nation gave total credit to all crop successes to the false god, so God withdrew His blessing from the people and there would be no more plentiful harvests…instead there would be curses from God upon the people!  The 2 main ingredients of God’s judgment would be invasion of the nation and exile of the people.  Once in exile, the people would have no opportunity to worship the true God and they would develop a new hunger and thirsting to worship the Lord.  When the invading army came, all the people’s material possessions would be taken and their homes and lands destroyed.  When people turn away from God and become as hardened as Israel did, then God has no other alternative but to severely punish us and bring us to our knees where we can again realize that without God in our lives our life is meaningless!  God is our “supreme compass”, as illustrated by the following story:  Before the days of modem navigational aids a traveler made the Atlantic crossing in a boat equipped with two compasses.  One was fixed to the deck where the man at the wheel could see it.  The other compass was fastened up on one of the masts, and often a sailor would be seen climbing up to inspect it.  The passenger asked the captain, “Why do you have two compasses?” ”This is an iron vessel,” replied the captain, “and the compass on the deck is often affected by its surroundings.  Such is not the case with the compass at the masthead; that one is above the influence.  We steer by the compass above.” *   We are drawn off course spiritually unless we steer by the compass of God’s Word, which is above all others!

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 407, #1509.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 531:  Israel’s Unfaithfulness—Part 2; Prediction of Israel’s Exile

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Hosea 7-8

Focal verse(s):  Hosea 8:1:  “Put the trumpet to your lips! Like an eagle the enemy comes against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed My covenant and rebelled against My law.”

Even though the Lord wanted to once again make Israel a place of blessing, the people continued to go against His will.  They were so hardened spiritually that repentance was seemingly out of the question.  The 7th verse of chapter 7 describes 4 kings who had been executed within 20 years in Israel because of her wickedness.  An analogy of an old man failing to realize that aging had brought him close to the point of death is told to illustrate how close Israel was to facing God’s judgment.  Even as far downhill as Israel had gone, she still did not repent of her sins! The 8th chapter of Hosea continues to list specific sins of the nation and heralds God’s coming judgment on the nation.  The term “Set the trumpet to your lips” which opens chapter 8 refers to the fact that a trumpeter always was used to signal the troops for battle, and tells of the coming invasion of Israel by foreign troops.  The trumpet must be God’s favorite instrument because it will also be used by the angel Gabriel to sound the second coming of the Lord! (1 Corinthians 15:52).  Look up the following verses to see how trumpets were used in the Bible: 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Exodus 19:16; Numbers 10:4; Judges 7:16; Psalm 81:3; Isaiah 18:3; Jeremiah 4:5; Ezekiel 33:3; Joel 2:1; Amos 3:6; Zephaniah 1:16; Zechariah 9:14; Revelation 1:10 .

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 530:  God’s Accusation against Israel—Part 2; God’s Judgment for Israel; Hosea’s Exhortation for Repentance; Israel’s Unfaithfulness

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Hosea 5-6

Focal verse(s):  Hosea 5:5:  “Moreover, the pride of Israel testifies against him, and Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also has stumbled with them.

In the fifth chapter of Hosea, the corruptness of Israel is again stated, indicating the nation’s sin was past the point of any repentance to stop God’s judgment.  Hosea pointed out sexual sins of promiscuity that resulted in illegitimate children, probably due to much of the cultic sexual practices.  Israel would first be invaded by an enemy army and ultimately even Judah in the south would fall.  Hosea said that the end goal of the Lord’s judgment upon His people was to redeem them so that they would again worship the one true God.  In the 6th chapter Hosea tells how the Israelites had rejected all of God’s attempts to restore them to fellowship by their constant rebellion.  The crimes of the priests included the most disgusting of sexual sins and there was widespread physical violence and crime throughout the country.  Whenever we turn away from the Lord our character becomes opposite of the Lord and like Satan.  Instead of being pure we become immoral…instead of love, we become hateful:  This is the progression which always takes place when we rebel against God!   Check your own spiritual life today and see if there are areas where you have begun to rebel that need to be “nipped in the bud” before they get out of hand, then confess these things to the Lord and ask for His forgiveness!

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 529:  Kingship of Hoshea (732-721 B.C.); Undated Prophecies of Hosea (753-722 B.C.); God’s Accusation against Israel

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:  __2 Kings 17:1-2     __Hosea 1

Focal verse(s):  Hosea 1:11:  “The people of Judah and the people of Israel will be reunited, and they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land …”

The 4th chapter of Hosea is concerned mainly with the wickedness of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, including the breaking of 5 of the Ten Commandments specifically mentioned: (1) Cursing; (2) Killing; (3) Committing adultery; (4) Bearing false witness; and (5) Stealing. Because Israel had blatantly broken these commandments, God would send a drought which would encompass the entire nation.  The priests were guilty of leading the people into false religions and not teaching them God’s Word, thus receiving the consequences of disobeying His laws.  The people had also engaged in cult prostitution, allowing their daughters to have sexual relations with male temple prostitutes, thinking they would have better crops with the blessing of the god Baal.  In the last part of the chapter Judah is warned to avoid the same sins as Israel in the north, because judgment was coming for Israel.  God cannot allow sin to go unpunished because it is against His holy divine nature. In the book of John the Bible says, “When we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).  At an outdoor Gospel meeting the preacher asked for testimonies.  While this was going on a skeptic was passing by just when the testimony of a saved drunkard was being given. He stopped and listened.  The former drunkard was telling how Jesus had done a miracle in his life and saved his poor soul.   The skeptic scoffingly made a few remarks to those standing near him, saying that “it was nothing more than a dream, religion saving a man in this manner.” Among the listeners was a little girl about 10 years old.  She had known the misery of a drunkard’s home.  She heard the remark of the skeptic and, going up to him, she said: “Please sire, if it is only a dream, please don’t wake him – that is my daddy!” *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 491, #1924.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 528:  Prophesy of Damascus’ Destruction; Invasion of Assyria (733-732 B.C.); Death of Pekah (732 B.C.)

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Isaiah 17     __2 Kings 15:29-31

Focal verse(s):  Isaiah 17:7-8:  “In that day men will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.  They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands…”

Isaiah prophesied that Israel would be defeated by the Assyrians and the city of Damascus would be totally destroyed.  This came true a few short years later in 722 B.C. when Assyria defeated both Israel and her ally Aram.  Israel would find just how impotent her false gods were when Assyria defeated the nation, suddenly realizing that only God Almighty could deliver them.  After Israel was defeated by the Assyrians, Pekah was assassinated by Hoshea, who became a puppet king under the Assyrian regime.  During times when nations turned away from God in the past, the Lord sent His prophets to warn of impending judgment and urge the people to repent. However, the prophetic words usually fell on deaf ears because of the hardness of heart that straying from God causes.  Christian friend, you had better keep your ears open to God’s prophets and your eye on the Word of God!  Augustine was once accosted by a heathen who showed him his idol and said, ”Here is my god; where is yours?”  Augustine replied, “I cannot show you my God; not because there is no God to show but because you have no eyes to see Him.” *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 4972, #1132.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 527:  Kingship of Pekahiah (742-740 B.C.); Kingship of Pekah (752-732 B.C.); Syro-Ephraimic War (734 B.C.); Prophecy of Israel’s Chastisement

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __2 Kings 15:23-28;     __Isaiah 9:8 through Isaiah 10:4

Focal verse(s):  Isaiah 9:14:  “So the LORD cuts off head and tail from Israel, both palm branch and bulrush in a single day.”

Pekahiah was king in Israel for only 2 years and followed his predecessors in turning away from God and worshipping idols.  A soldier in Pekahiah’s army named Pekah assassinated the king and became the next ruler in 740 B.C.  He was equally evil and was overthrown 8 years later. During this time the prophet Isaiah started telling of God’s coming judgment upon the Northern Kingdom which would turn the nation back to God.   Isaiah pictured Israel like a stubborn child who refuses to obey his parents and has to be punished repeatedly.  Isaiah said the nation would destroy itself from within by its wickedness.  The prophet pointed out that Israel’s leaders were guilty of 6 major sins: (1) Passing unfair laws; (2) Taking actions which oppressed the people; (3) Robbing the poor and needy of their rights; (4) Erasing justice from the land; (5) Hindering and harming helpless widows; and (6) Stealing from orphans.  These actions would lead the people of Israel not only to downfall, but to being carried away as captives to a foreign land. “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27) was certainly not the rule in the nation of Israel in those days.  Rather, it was “Get all you can, can all you get, sit on the can, and poison the rest.”   The way you treat others will always come back to you in bigger doses!  Turn to Galatians 6:7 and reflect upon this great truth.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 526:  Death of Jeroboam II (753 B.C.); Kingship of Zechariah (753 B.C.); Kingship of Shallum (752 B.C.); Kingship of Menahem (752-742 B.C.); Payment of Tribute to Assyria (743 B.C.); Death of Menahem (742 B.C.)

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __2 Kings14:28 through 2 Kings 15:22

Focal verse(s):  2 Kings 15:9:  “He did evil in the sight of the LORD, as his fathers had done; he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel sin.”

After Jeroboam II died, Zechariah became king, but only reigned six months.  He was publicly assassinated by Shallum, who took the throne, but only reigned one month!  Shallum was murdered by Menahem, who had been commander of the army under Jeroboam II.  Menahem ruled for 10 years in Israel, but he was as bad as most of his predecessors, doing all kinds of evil in the eyes of the Lord.  Pul, the king of Assyria, invaded Israel in 743 B.C. and forced Menahem to pay tribute to him.  For 1000 talents of silver, Pul supported Menahem, whose son Pekahiah reigned after Menahem died.  The sad state of Israel is seen in these evil and weak kings who took Israel further down the road towards God’s judgment because Israel had hardened its heart toward God through a series of godless kings and corrupt governments.  The end of a formerly great nation was nearing as God’s patience began to run out on His own people!  Don’t ever forget the power of our almighty God!  A poem entitled, “One Beside Us” aptly illustrates God’s omnipotence: ”Without Me you can do nothing” Lord, I know, I know!  “Without Me you can do nothing” — Only a round “0”, Stand by my side, 0 Master, then One and 0 are ten; stand by my friend and me, Lord — we are a hundred then.  A little group of two or three are gathered in Your name — It is a hundred or a thousand if You are standing there with them.  Stand by the side of each of us — Your servants in the fight — with each new “naught” the numbers grow; the imps of hell take fright.  Ten thousand millions-myriads — an adjustment of our thoughts — It is the One who stands beside us that makes the value of our “naughts.” *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 503, #1976.

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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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