Steven Long
Broken and healed; sinful and forgiven. His mercies are new every morning!
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The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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...They Shall Know the Lord
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Published May 3rd, 2019
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Wisdom, Works, & Worship
Main point summary
God saves a people in order to be worshiped. He desires that He and He alone be given glory. For this reason, He continually strips our idols from "our mouths" and proves His faithfulness through the covenant He has made with us through His Son, Jesus. Because of this covenant, His people shall know the Lord!
Hosea 2:16-20
“And h in that day, declares the Lord , you will call me ‘My Husband,’
and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’
For i I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth,
and they shall be remembered by name no more.
And j I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground.
And k I will abolish 1 the bow, the sword, and war from the land,
and I will make you lie down in l safety.
And I will betroth you to me m forever .
n I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy.
n I will betroth you to me in faithfulness.
And o you shall know the Lord .
Bracket Notes
First Half The Action-Manner overshadows the entire passage. God tells His people that they will call Him husband. They had been unfaithful spiritually by whoring after the gods of other nations. But how will God accomplish this? He shall do it by the manner of a brand new covenant. This covenant will come through His Son, Jesus the Christ. This promise is Grounded in the fact the names of the Baals will no longer be present on their tongues. The Action-Result shows that God was serious that His people no longer syncretize their worship. They were still trying to maintain their appointed feasts, yet worship Yahweh. This leads to a Positive action is buttressed by the Negative side of this; namely that God Himself will accomplish this action. Second Half An Action-Purpose is the main portion of this half. God's initiative is to make a covenant with the Temporal promise, "on that day." We know that "that day" refers to the advent of Jesus, who would save His people from their sin (Matthew 1:21). God's Purpose was so that His treasured people would know Him, worship Him, and ascribe glory to Him alone. The Action-Result coordinates this covenant by promising peace and safety as God abolishes all war. A second Action-Result shows the union of Christ and His bride, the Church and the resulting finality being that His people intimately know the Lord rather than simply "knowing" about Him. This is followed by an Idea-Explanation , fleshing out what God meant when He stated that Israel would be betrothed to Him. Finally, an Action-Manner describes briefly what this betrothal means: it is in righteousness, justice, love, and mercy.
Block Color Designations
I see the pink block as the main "thought." The two gold boxes are designated as the other two secondary main thoughts.
Hosea 2:16-20
“And in that day, declares the Lord,
you will call me ‘My Husband,’
and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’
Result #1
For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth,
and they shall be remembered by name no more.
Result #2
And I will make for them a covenant on that day
with the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens,
and the creeping things of the ground.
And I will abolish the bow,
the sword,
and war from the land,
and I will make you lie down in safety.
And I will betroth you to me forever.
I will betroth you to me in righteousness
and in justice,
in steadfast love
and in mercy.
I will betroth you to me in faithfulness.
And you shall know the Lord.
Wisdom, Works, & Worship
God has given His people the gift of Himself through the covenant with Jesus. His desire and purpose are to have a people for His own possession [so that] we may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9) . But we are sinful people by nature. We are bombarded by our Baals from society and our own desires. God desire to remove these Baals from our hearts and minds that we may call Him and only Him "husband." And the ultimate climax of this desire is that we would know His Son, the Lord of all creation, the King of Kings, and the Bridegroom.
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