by: Daniel Chua
Third Year High School
MGCNewLife Christian Academy
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
Hosea, a prophet of God, was ordered by God to marry a prostitute. He did so and married Gomer. He was also commanded to name his three children as Jezreel (indicates God’s judgement on the Isrealites), Lo-Ruhamah (means not loved), and Lo-Ammi (means not my people). The Lord told him to do this to show the Israelites that God had forsaken them because they had forsaken Him. They were no longer His people.
God compared Israel to a woman who turned to other men for worldly desires. Israel was compared to a prostitute who gave up all the love and blessings God had given her and rejected it for the lust of others. God stripped her off, made her barren, and rejected her children of adultery; but God gave her a chance to come back, and the day will come where God will show her endless love. He will show her His mercy and compassion and protect her, and she will come back and love Him too. The Lord will tell the people whom He rejected and hated that He accepts and loves them once more.
God told Hosea to love his wife as much as He loves Israel. Hosea should show acceptance and love to his wife. He gave her gifts and told her to be loyal to Him. This symbolized the Israelites return to God’s loving embrace after many years of forsaking Him.
Hosea spoke to the Israelites as God’s prophet. The Israelites were full of immorality, unrighteousness, and crimes. Because of this, God did not bless them. All of them had sinned, and God shall punish them. They rejected God’s wisdom and God, and God then rejected them from being His people. The Israelites sinned greatly. God did not bless them with success and greatness despite their efforts because they chose other gods. The Lord asked them to not bring Judah into immorality also. The Lord disowned the Israelites and will bring judgement to them.
The crimes of Israel were not hidden. God knew all that they did, and He will not let them go unpunished. Sin had corrupted their hearts and had prevented them from returning to God. Though they tried to seek God, they would not find Him. They despised God. The Israelites were being warned for the coming judgement. After the Lord delivers justice, the Israelites would seek Him once more for forgiveness.
Hosea told the Israelites to seek the Lord once more. He had given His judgement for them to see Him once more. He would let them recover because He loves them. He would show Himself again to the Israelites if they truly sought Him. The Lord gave judgement for He saw Israel being defiled and their covenant broken, but the Lord will restore them.
The Lord saw all the sins Israel had committed. Nothing is hidden from His sight. They fulfilled their earthly desires and rejected God. All of their rulers failed because they did not seek God. The Lord described Ephraim as someone who mingled with many different people, unknowing that the others took advantage of him. Because of his pride, he did not seek God. Because Israel was not loyal, easily fooled, and mislead, God will strike them down by letting other nations conquer them for them to seek Him, the one true God, once more.
The Israelites tried to call out to God, but He did not answer because the Israelites made and worshipped their own man-made idols. They no longer sought God’s guidance and were influenced by the evil nations around them. The Lord saw how the Israelites had fallen into sin. Though they thought they were still worshipping God, they had already fallen into sin. Israel shall be punished for the evil that they had committed. They will reap the evil they had sown, and nothing can protect them from the coming judgement.
Israel should not be happy for all the earthly pleasure they had attained because they had rejected God by doing that. The Lord would no longer provide for them and protect them against their enemies. They offered unclean “sacrifices” unto the Lord. The Lord would allow the other nations to conquer Israel for all the unrighteousness they had committed. The Israelites did not heed the words of the prophet from God and continued their sinful ways. Israel was once a faithful nation to God, compared to the first fruits of a tree; but once they worshipped other false idols and gods, they turned away. Because of this, God would curse them and make them barren. God would no longer let them prosper and flourish as a nation and would let them be conquered by others because of all their wickedness.
Israel had been blessed by the Lord, but they have squandered this and worshipped other gods. God showed that all these other gods and idols were nothing. They were powerless and useless. They could not protect them or help them at all. All the kingdoms and nations who relied on their earthly kings and false idols would all crumble and fall. God would give Israel countless trials and problems, so through those, they might seek Him once again. Despite this, Israel still did not seek God. They depended on worldly help from kings, nations, and false idols. Because of this, God would punish and destroy the king of Israel.
God really truly loved Israel from the beginning. It was compared to a parent’s love to his child. God guided and protected Israel every step of the way, yet they still grew far from Him. Israel had ignored Him; they no longer considered Him as their God, even if they said He was. The Israelites deserved all the judgement and wrath of God for all the sins they had committed, but God is a loving and compassionate God. Ultimately, all God desired for Israel was for them to come back to Him and love Him again. Israel all hated and sinned against God, but He still loved them.
Israel continued in their sinful ways. They relied on the nations around them. Hosea remembered the days of Jacob where he had asked for God’s help always. He longed for Israel to return to God. Because of Israel’s pride, God would make them humble again and would make them low. The Lord had been with Israel always, even out of Egypt. He used the prophets to speak and warn His people about the wrong they were committing. He had always been there for the Israelites, yet they still did not seek Him again. Because of Israel’s anger, guilt, and sin, God would judge them.
Israel grew more in their sin. Their leaders were successful but fell into idol worship and fell. They made idols, images, and gods for themselves. Because of this, they had become nothing and worthless in the eyes of God. Israel became proud, forgetting that all their success and wealth came from God and God alone. Since they turned against God, God would destroy them. No earthly king and nation could save them from His wrath and judgement because God was the one who gave them a king in the first place. He had the power to remove them also. God wanted the Israelites to be free from death and in His presence forever; but because of their sins, Israel would fall and be destroyed. God would have no compassion.
The Lord asked Israel through Hosea to return back to Him. Sin had separated the people with God. They had to confess of their evil works and admit that no one else can save them from this sin because only God is almighty. If they did this, God would return back to them. He would love them endlessly and bless them bountifully. Israel would be a great nation once more. He would have mercy and compassion to His people. He would make Israel thrive and flourish because He had always loved them. Hosea concluded by saying that God is truly wise and righteous. He hoped that Israel’s eyes would be open and heed the Lord’s warnings to repent and turn back to Him.
Common Errors in a Reconciliation Statement
Deposit written twice on the stub
Check issued written twice on the stub
Deposit omitted on the stub
Check issued omitted on the stub
Deposit wrongly recorded on the stub
Check issued wrongly recorded on the stub
Check deposit omitted on the stub
On June 1, 2012, Sam Paul was given his monthly bank statement showing the balance to be P3,412.70. On that date, his checkbook showed a balance of P4,240.70. Upon examining the bank statement and his checkbook, he discovered the following: Outstanding check was P807; deposit of 1,500 was not recorded on the stub; deposit of 1,237 was entered as 1,372 on the stub; check deposited for 5,186 was entered as 4,186 on the stub; deposit of 2,048 was recorded twice on the stub; 2,512 was late to be included in the bank statement; the bank deducted 40 as service fee. A check of 3,729 was written on the stub as 3,129. Prepare a reconciliation statement.
Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?
Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, (a) am not my own, (b) but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; (c) who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, (d) and delivered me from all the power of the devil; (e) and so preserves me (f) that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; (g) yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, (h) and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, (i) and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him. (j)
(a) Rom.14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. Rom.14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. (b) 1 Cor.6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (c) 1 Cor.3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. Tit.2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (d) 1 Pet.1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 1 Pet.1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. (e) Heb.2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. John 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (f) John 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 2 Thess.3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 1 Pet.1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (g) Matt.10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Matt.10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matt.10:31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish. (h) Rom.8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (i) 2 Cor.1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2 Cor.1:21 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 2 Cor.1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Cor.5:5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Eph.1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Eph.1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Rom.8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: (j) Rom.8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
I. Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q#1 What is the chief end of man?
Ans. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
II. Memory Verse: 2Timothy 3:14-17
III. Value of Spiritual Discipline
2. Devotion / Quiet Time
4. Reading and Studying the Bible
“Can I still teach?” “Do I still have the ‘it’?” “Can I handle the students?” thoughts bugging me this morning.
On the way to school was just like any ordinary traveling routine (45 mins). Arriving the gates of the school, seeing students arriving, realization seeks in… “This is it. Today is the day!”
From “Good Morning, Pastor!” for the past eight years to “Good Morning, Mr. Ang!” (again). I just got the feeling of the past. But no more canteen, no more Manang and no more Lita to meet me with my breakfast (I miss them all). But yet, the feeling got back to me and said… “I am back!”
In the faculty room, co-workers ask, “How’s your first day?” I can’t find a word to describe it… just uttered… “Ok naman… with a smile :)” But deep inside, I was shouting, “I’m Back, this is Where I Belong.”
Now, just got home… excited for tomorrow’s class.
Excited going to MGC New Life this morning; excited yet again to go tomorrow. What can I say? Students are great. Co-workers are awesome. God is magnificent!
Soli Deo Gloria!
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