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Destination: Hosea 1-14
Hosea 1-14
Skip Heitzig

Hosea 1 (NKJV™)
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 son of Joash, king of Israel.
2 When the LORD began to speak by Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea: "Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry And children of harlotry, For the land has committed great harlotry By departing from the LORD."
3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
4 Then the LORD said to him: "Call his name Jezreel, For in a little while I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu, And bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5 It shall come to pass in that day That I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel."
6 And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him: "Call her name Lo-Ruhamah, For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel, But I will utterly take them away.
7 Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah, Will save them by the LORD their God, And will not save them by bow, Nor by sword or battle, By horses or horsemen."
8 Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son.
9 Then God said: "Call his name Lo-Ammi, For you are not My people, And I will not be your God.
10 "Yet the number of the children of Israel Shall be as the sand of the sea, Which cannot be measured or numbered. And it shall come to pass In the place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' There it shall be said to them, 'You are sons of the living God.'
11 Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel Shall be gathered together, And appoint for themselves one head; And they shall come up out of the land, For great will be the day of Jezreel!
Hosea 2 (NKJV™)
1 Say to your brethren, 'My people,' And to your sisters, 'Mercy is shown.'
2 "Bring charges against your mother, bring charges; For she is not My wife, nor am I her Husband! Let her put away her harlotries from her sight, And her adulteries from between her breasts;
3 Lest I strip her naked And expose her, as in the day she was born, And make her like a wilderness, And set her like a dry land, And slay her with thirst.
4 "I will not have mercy on her children, For they are the children of harlotry.
5 For their mother has played the harlot; She who conceived them has behaved shamefully. For she said, 'I will go after my lovers, Who give me my bread and my water, My wool and my linen, My oil and my drink.'
6 "Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, And wall her in, So that she cannot find her paths.
7 She will chase her lovers, But not overtake them; Yes, she will seek them, but not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go and return to my first husband, For then it was better for me than now.'
8 For she did not know That I gave her grain, new wine, and oil, And multiplied her silver and gold--Which they prepared for Baal.
9 "Therefore I will return and take away My grain in its time And My new wine in its season, And will take back My wool and My linen, Given to cover her nakedness.
10 Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, And no one shall deliver her from My hand.
11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, Her feast days, Her New Moons, Her Sabbaths--All her appointed feasts.
12 "And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, Of which she has said, 'These are my wages that my lovers have given me.' So I will make them a forest, And the beasts of the field shall eat them.
13 I will punish her For the days of the Baals to which she burned incense. She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, And went after her lovers; But Me she forgot," says the LORD.
14 "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her.
15 I will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.
16 "And it shall be, in that day," Says the LORD, "That you will call Me 'My Husband,' And no longer call Me 'My Master,'
17 For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, And they shall be remembered by their name no more.
18 In that day I will make a covenant for them With the beasts of the field, With the birds of the air, And with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, To make them lie down safely.
19 "I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy;
20 I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the LORD.
21 "It shall come to pass in that day That I will answer," says the LORD; "I will answer the heavens, And they shall answer the earth.
22 The earth shall answer With grain, With new wine, And with oil; They shall answer Jezreel.
23 Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, And I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, 'You are My people!' And they shall say, 'You are my God!'"
Hosea 3 (NKJV™)
1 Then the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the LORD for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans."
2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley.
3 And I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man--so, too, will I be toward you."
4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim.
5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days.
Hosea 4 (NKJV™)
1 Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: "There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed.
3 Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away With the beasts of the field And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.
4 "Now let no man contend, or rebuke another; For your people are like those who contend with the priest.
5 Therefore you shall stumble in the day; The prophet also shall stumble with you in the night; And I will destroy your mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
7 "The more they increased, The more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.
8 They eat up the sin of My people; They set their heart on their iniquity.
9 And it shall be: like people, like priest. So I will punish them for their ways, And reward them for their deeds.
10 For they shall eat, but not have enough; They shall commit harlotry, but not increase; Because they have ceased obeying the LORD.
11 "Harlotry, wine, and new wine enslave the heart.
12 My people ask counsel from their wooden idols, And their staff informs them. For the spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray, And they have played the harlot against their God.
13 They offer sacrifices on the mountaintops, And burn incense on the hills, Under oaks, poplars, and terebinths, Because their shade is good. Therefore your daughters commit harlotry, And your brides commit adultery.
14 "I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry, Nor your brides when they commit adultery; For the men themselves go apart with harlots, And offer sacrifices with a ritual harlot. Therefore people who do not understand will be trampled.
15 "Though you, Israel, play the harlot, Let not Judah offend. Do not come up to Gilgal, Nor go up to Beth Aven, Nor swear an oath, saying, 'As the LORD lives'--
16 "For Israel is stubborn Like a stubborn calf; Now the LORD will let them forage Like a lamb in open country.
17 "Ephraim is joined to idols, Let him alone.
18 Their drink is rebellion, They commit harlotry continually. Her rulers dearly love dishonor.
19 The wind has wrapped her up in its wings, And they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
Hosea 5 (NKJV™)
1 "Hear this, O priests! Take heed, O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the king! For yours is the judgment, Because you have been a snare to Mizpah And a net spread on Tabor.
2 The revolters are deeply involved in slaughter, Though I rebuke them all.
3 I know Ephraim, And Israel is not hidden from Me; For now, O Ephraim, you commit harlotry; Israel is defiled.
4 "They do not direct their deeds Toward turning to their God, For the spirit of harlotry is in their midst, And they do not know the LORD.
5 The pride of Israel testifies to his face; Therefore Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity; Judah also stumbles with them.
6 "With their flocks and herds They shall go to seek the LORD, But they will not find Him; He has withdrawn Himself from them.
7 They have dealt treacherously with the LORD, For they have begotten pagan children. Now a New Moon shall devour them and their heritage.
8 "Blow the ram's horn in Gibeah, The trumpet in Ramah! Cry aloud at Beth Aven, 'Look behind you, O Benjamin!'
9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke; Among the tribes of Israel I make known what is sure.
10 "The princes of Judah are like those who remove a landmark; I will pour out my wrath on them like water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, Because he willingly walked by human precept.
12 Therefore I will be to Ephraim like a moth, And to the house of Judah like rottenness.
13 "When Ephraim saw his sickness, And Judah saw his wound, Then Ephraim went to Assyria And sent to King Jareb; Yet he cannot cure you, Nor heal you of your wound.
14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, And like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear them and go away; I will take them away, and no one shall rescue.
15 I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me."
Hosea 6 (NKJV™)
1 Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
2 After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.
3 Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
4 "O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? For your faithfulness is like a morning cloud, And like the early dew it goes away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets, I have slain them by the words of My mouth; And your judgments are like light that goes forth.
6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 "But like men they transgressed the covenant; There they dealt treacherously with Me.
8 Gilead is a city of evildoers, And defiled with blood.
9 As bands of robbers lie in wait for a man, So the company of priests murder on the way to Shechem; Surely they commit lewdness.
10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: There is the harlotry of Ephraim; Israel is defiled.
11 Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you, When I return the captives of My people.
Hosea 7 (NKJV™)
1 "When I would have healed Israel, Then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, And the wickedness of Samaria. For they have committed fraud; A thief comes in; A band of robbers takes spoil outside.
2 They do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness; Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They are before My face.
3 They make a king glad with their wickedness, And princes with their lies.
4 "They are all adulterers. Like an oven heated by a baker--He ceases stirring the fire after kneading the dough, Until it is leavened.
5 In the day of our king Princes have made him sick, inflamed with wine; He stretched out his hand with scoffers.
6 They prepare their heart like an oven, While they lie in wait; Their baker sleeps all night; In the morning it burns like a flaming fire.
7 They are all hot, like an oven, And have devoured their judges; All their kings have fallen. None among them calls upon Me.
8 "Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned.
9 Aliens have devoured his strength, But he does not know it; Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, Yet he does not know it.
10 And the pride of Israel testifies to his face, But they do not return to the LORD their God, Nor seek Him for all this.
11 "Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense--They call to Egypt, They go to Assyria.
12 Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them; I will bring them down like birds of the air; I will chastise them According to what their congregation has heard.
13 "Woe to them, for they have fled from Me! Destruction to them, Because they have transgressed against Me! Though I redeemed them, Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
14 They did not cry out to Me with their heart When they wailed upon their beds. "They assemble together for grain and new wine, They rebel against Me;
15 Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms, Yet they devise evil against Me;
16 They return, but not to the Most High; They are like a treacherous bow. Their princes shall fall by the sword For the cursings of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
Hosea 8 (NKJV™)
1 "Set the trumpet to your mouth! He shall come like an eagle against the house of the LORD, Because they have transgressed My covenant And rebelled against My law.
2 Israel will cry to Me, 'My God, we know You!'
3 Israel has rejected the good; The enemy will pursue him.
4 "They set up kings, but not by Me; They made princes, but I did not acknowledge them. From their silver and gold They made idols for themselves--That they might be cut off.
5 Your calf is rejected, O Samaria! My anger is aroused against them--How long until they attain to innocence?
6 For from Israel is even this: A workman made it, and it is not God; But the calf of Samaria shall be broken to pieces.
7 "They sow the wind, And reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no bud; It shall never produce meal. If it should produce, Aliens would swallow it up.
8 Israel is swallowed up; Now they are among the Gentiles Like a vessel in which is no pleasure.
9 For they have gone up to Assyria, Like a wild donkey alone by itself; Ephraim has hired lovers.
10 Yes, though they have hired among the nations, Now I will gather them; And they shall sorrow a little, Because of the burden of the king of princes.
11 "Because Ephraim has made many altars for sin, They have become for him altars for sinning.
12 I have written for him the great things of My law, But they were considered a strange thing.
13 For the sacrifices of My offerings they sacrifice flesh and eat it, But the LORD does not accept them. Now He will remember their iniquity and punish their sins. They shall return to Egypt.
14 "For Israel has forgotten his Maker, And has built temples; Judah also has multiplied fortified cities; But I will send fire upon his cities, And it shall devour his palaces."
Hosea 9 (NKJV™)
1 Do not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like other peoples, For you have played the harlot against your God. You have made love for hire on every threshing floor.
2 The threshing floor and the winepress Shall not feed them, And the new wine shall fail in her.
3 They shall not dwell in the LORD'S land, But Ephraim shall return to Egypt, And shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, Nor shall their sacrifices be pleasing to Him. It shall be like bread of mourners to them; All who eat it shall be defiled. For their bread shall be for their own life; It shall not come into the house of the LORD.
5 What will you do in the appointed day, And in the day of the feast of the LORD?
6 For indeed they are gone because of destruction. Egypt shall gather them up; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their valuables of silver; Thorns shall be in their tents.
7 The days of punishment have come; The days of recompense have come. Israel knows! The prophet is a fool, The spiritual man is insane, Because of the greatness of your iniquity and great enmity.
8 The watchman of Ephraim is with my God; But the prophet is a fowler's snare in all his ways--Enmity in the house of his God.
9 They are deeply corrupted, As in the days of Gibeah. He will remember their iniquity; He will punish their sins.
10 "I found Israel Like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers As the firstfruits on the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal Peor, And separated themselves to that shame; They became an abomination like the thing they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird--No birth, no pregnancy, and no conception!
12 Though they bring up their children, Yet I will bereave them to the last man. Yes, woe to them when I depart from them!
13 Just as I saw Ephraim like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place, So Ephraim will bring out his children to the murderer."
14 Give them, O LORD--What will You give? Give them a miscarrying womb And dry breasts!
15 "All their wickedness is in Gilgal, For there I hated them. Because of the evil of their deeds I will drive them from My house; I will love them no more. All their princes are rebellious.
16 Ephraim is stricken, Their root is dried up; They shall bear no fruit. Yes, were they to bear children, I would kill the darlings of their womb."
17 My God will cast them away, Because they did not obey Him; And they shall be wanderers among the nations.
Hosea 10 (NKJV™)
1 Israel empties his vine; He brings forth fruit for himself. According to the multitude of his fruit He has increased the altars; According to the bounty of his land They have embellished his sacred pillars.
2 Their heart is divided; Now they are held guilty. He will break down their altars; He will ruin their sacred pillars.
3 For now they say, "We have no king, Because we did not fear the LORD. And as for a king, what would he do for us?"
4 They have spoken words, Swearing falsely in making a covenant. Thus judgment springs up like hemlock in the furrows of the field.
5 The inhabitants of Samaria fear Because of the calf of Beth Aven. For its people mourn for it, And its priests shriek for it--Because its glory has departed from it.
6 The idol also shall be carried to Assyria As a present for King Jareb. Ephraim shall receive shame, And Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.
7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off Like a twig on the water.
8 Also the high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, Shall be destroyed. The thorn and thistle shall grow on their altars; They shall say to the mountains, "Cover us!" And to the hills, "Fall on us!"
9 "O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah; There they stood. The battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity Did not overtake them.
10 When it is My desire, I will chasten them. Peoples shall be gathered against them When I bind them for their two transgressions.
11 Ephraim is a trained heifer That loves to thresh grain; But I harnessed her fair neck, I will make Ephraim pull a plow. Judah shall plow; Jacob shall break his clods."
12 Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
13 You have plowed wickedness; You have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, Because you trusted in your own way, In the multitude of your mighty men.
14 Therefore tumult shall arise among your people, And all your fortresses shall be plundered As Shalman plundered Beth Arbel in the day of battle--A mother dashed in pieces upon her children.
15 Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel, Because of your great wickedness. At dawn the king of Israel Shall be cut off utterly.
Hosea 11 (NKJV™)
1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.
2 As they called them, So they went from them; They sacrificed to the Baals, And burned incense to carved images.
3 "I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by their arms; But they did not know that I healed them.
4 I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them.
5 "He shall not return to the land of Egypt; But the Assyrian shall be his king, Because they refused to repent.
6 And the sword shall slash in his cities, Devour his districts, And consume them, Because of their own counsels.
7 My people are bent on backsliding from Me. Though they call to the Most High, None at all exalt Him.
8 "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.
9 I will not execute the fierceness of My anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim. For I am God, and not man, The Holy One in your midst; And I will not come with terror.
10 "They shall walk after the LORD. He will roar like a lion. When He roars, Then His sons shall come trembling from the west;
11 They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt, Like a dove from the land of Assyria. And I will let them dwell in their houses," Says the LORD.
12 "Ephraim has encircled Me with lies, And the house of Israel with deceit; But Judah still walks with God, Even with the Holy One who is faithful.
Hosea 12 (NKJV™)
1 "Ephraim feeds on the wind, And pursues the east wind; He daily increases lies and desolation. Also they make a covenant with the Assyrians, And oil is carried to Egypt.
2 "The LORD also brings a charge against Judah, And will punish Jacob according to his ways; According to his deeds He will recompense him.
3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, And in his strength he struggled with God.
4 Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; He wept, and sought favor from Him. He found Him in Bethel, And there He spoke to us--
5 That is, the LORD God of hosts. The LORD is His memorable name.
6 So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, And wait on your God continually.
7 "A cunning Canaanite! Deceitful scales are in his hand; He loves to oppress.
8 And Ephraim said, 'Surely I have become rich, I have found wealth for myself; In all my labors They shall find in me no iniquity that is sin.'
9 "But I am the LORD your God, Ever since the land of Egypt; I will again make you dwell in tents, As in the days of the appointed feast.
10 I have also spoken by the prophets, And have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets."
11 Though Gilead has idols--Surely they are vanity--Though they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal, Indeed their altars shall be heaps in the furrows of the field.
12 Jacob fled to the country of Syria; Israel served for a spouse, And for a wife he tended sheep.
13 By a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, And by a prophet he was preserved.
14 Ephraim provoked Him to anger most bitterly; Therefore his Lord will leave the guilt of his bloodshed upon him, And return his reproach upon him.
Hosea 13 (NKJV™)
1 When Ephraim spoke, trembling, He exalted himself in Israel; But when he offended through Baal worship, he died.
2 Now they sin more and more, And have made for themselves molded images, Idols of their silver, according to their skill; All of it is the work of craftsmen. They say of them, "Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves!"
3 Therefore they shall be like the morning cloud And like the early dew that passes away, Like chaff blown off from a threshing floor And like smoke from a chimney.
4 "Yet I am the LORD your God Ever since the land of Egypt, And you shall know no God but Me; For there is no Savior besides Me.
5 I knew you in the wilderness, In the land of great drought.
6 When they had pasture, they were filled; They were filled and their heart was exalted; Therefore they forgot Me.
7 "So I will be to them like a lion; Like a leopard by the road I will lurk;
8 I will meet them like a bear deprived of her cubs; I will tear open their rib cage, And there I will devour them like a lion. The wild beast shall tear them.
9 "O Israel, you are destroyed, But your help is from Me.
10 I will be your King; Where is any other, That he may save you in all your cities? And your judges to whom you said, 'Give me a king and princes'?
11 I gave you a king in My anger, And took him away in My wrath.
12 "The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; His sin is stored up.
13 The sorrows of a woman in childbirth shall come upon him. He is an unwise son, For he should not stay long where children are born.
14 "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes.
15 Though he is fruitful among his brethren, An east wind shall come; The wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness. Then his spring shall become dry, And his fountain shall be dried up. He shall plunder the treasury of every desirable prize.
16 Samaria is held guilty, For she has rebelled against her God. They shall fall by the sword, Their infants shall be dashed in pieces, And their women with child ripped open.
Hosea 14 (NKJV™)
1 O Israel, return to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity;
2 Take words with you, And return to the LORD. Say to Him, "Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously, For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.
3 Assyria shall not save us, We will not ride on horses, Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, 'You are our gods.' For in You the fatherless finds mercy."
4 "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from him.
5 I will be like the dew to Israel; He shall grow like the lily, And lengthen his roots like Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread; His beauty shall be like an olive tree, And his fragrance like Lebanon.
7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; They shall be revived like grain, And grow like a vine. Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 "Ephraim shall say, 'What have I to do anymore with idols?' I have heard and observed him. I am like a green cypress tree; Your fruit is found in Me."
9 Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right; The righteous walk in them, But transgressors stumble in them.

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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DESTINATION: Hosea 1-14

Hosea means "salvation." He was the son of Beeri. Hosea was called to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam (and during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, over the Kingdom of Judah). Sources vary as to the date of the writing (between 750 and 715 B.C.), but his message was clear: they had rejected God and thus they would be sent into exile and become wanderers in other nations.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

760-720 BC
Lifespan of the Prophet Hosea

KINGS OF ISRAEL DURING HOSEA'S LIFE:

793-752 B.C.
Jeroboam II

753-752 B.C.
Zechariah

752 B.C. (one month)
Shallum

752-742 B.C.
Menahem

724-740 B.C.
Pekahiah

752-732 B.C.
Pekah

732-722 B.C.
Hoshea


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The first three chapters of Hosea give a picture of Hosea's private family life and the agony of living with an unfaithful wife. This picture lays a graphic foundation for God's message through Hosea to the nation of Israel and her unfaithfulness to God in the remaining chapters 4-14. Hosea addresses the primary sins of Israel as adultery, drunkenness, idolatry, and licentiousness.


PLACES OF INTEREST:

Valley of Jezreel - A plain situated to the north of Jezreel between the ridges of Gilboa and Moreh. It was here that Gideon was chosen by the Lord to defeat the Midianites and the Amelekites (Judges 6:3). Two centuries later, the Israelites were defeated here by the Philistines, and Saul and Jonathan were killed (1 Samuel 31:1-6). The ancient city of Megiddo is located in the south and west of the valley.

Valley of Achor - Means "trouble" in Hebrew. It is the name of a literal valley in the vicinity of Jericho, but is used by both Isaiah & Hosea in a proverbial sense to refer to the valley of trouble, a place for herds to lie down in (Isaiah 65:10), the valley of trouble for a door of hope (Hosea 2:15).


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Hosea the son of Beeri - The name Hosea means "salvation." It comes from the same Hebrew root (hoshea) as the names Joshua and Jesus. Throughout the book, Hosea will show us that salvation is found in turning to the LORD and away from our sin. We also know that he had a wife named Gomer (Hosea 1:3) and two sons and a daughter (Hosea 1:4, 1:6, 1:9). His contemporaries were Amos, Isaiah, Jonah and Micah.

Gomer - Means "complete." The root word is gamar (Strong's # 01584), and it is a verb. In addition to complete, gamar means to perfect or to finish. The harlot wife of the prophet Hosea whom God commanded him to marry. She bore him three children, then left the family to live a life of harlotry and eventually was "redeemed" by Hosea and was reconciled to him.

Jezreel - means "God will scatter/sow." First-born son of Hosea and his wife Gomer. Jezreel refers to the Valley of Jezreel, where Jehu - the founder of the dynasty that put Jeroboam II on the throne - massacred all the descendants of Ahab, thus establishing his throne (2 Kings 10:11). God directed Hosea to name his son Jezreel to confirm His promise to avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel by judging the house of Jehu. In the end will be the uniting factor between Israel & Judah (v. 11).

Lo-Ruhamah - Means "no mercy; not loved." Second child, a daughter, born to Hosea and a constant reminder to him and everyone else of coming judgment and exile. Her mercy and love would be given to another (the nation of Judah).

Lo-Ammi - Means "not my people." Third child born to Hosea and Gomer. This child was a constant reminder that the people of Israel had pushed away the Lord God, and should no longer be considered His people.

Kings of Judah ... king of Israel - Hosea's ministry spanned the years 760 to 720 B.C., during the days of the divided monarchy. This was after the days of David and Solomon, when the people of God divided in a civil war, creating two nations: Israel in the north, and Judah in the south. This is some 250 years after the time of King David, and some 650 years after Israel came into the Promised Land.

Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah - Used by Hosea as a reference point for the days of his ministry according to the kings of Judah.

Jeroboam ... king of Israel - Jeroboam I was the first king of a divided Israel, leading a popular revolt against the high taxation of Rehoboam, son of Solomon (1 Kings 12).

Jeroboam II - followed in the wicked footsteps of Jeroboam I. Hosea began his ministry in the days of Jeroboam II who, from a political and economic standpoint, was a successful and good king (2 Kings 14:23-29). Israel prospered politically and materially under his reign, but it was a time of significant spiritual and moral decay. The terrible result of this decay wouldn't become evident until the days of Jeroboam II were finished.

10 Tribes of Israel - the recipients of Hosea's judgment message from the Lord. They include:
  1. Reuben
  2. Simeon
  3. Issachar
  4. Zebulun
  5. Dan
  6. Naphtali
  7. Gad
  8. Asher
  9. Ephraim (son of Joseph)
  10. Manasseh (son of Joseph)

FUN FACTS:

Dramatic consequences of Jeroboam's sins - Of the six kings who followed Jeroboam II during the time of Hosea's ministry, four were violently overthrown and one died as a conquered exile in Assyria.

Break the bow of Israel - "The bow was a symbol of power in a day when it was the principal instrument of warfare. Thus, a broken bow symbolized the loss of power." (Hubbard)

Harlotry - Synonyms are "prostitution, whoredom, vice crime;" most often used as "offering sexual intercourse for pay."

Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind - Origin of this saying is Hosea 8:7.

Shekel - Refers to one of many ancient units of weight and currency. The shekel was originally derived from the weight of 180 grains (one grain weighs about 0.047 grams). A coin is money that is stamped with an official seal to certify its weight. Coins were invented by the early traders who stamped their own marks so that they would not have to weigh it again each time it was used. In Hosea's purchase of Gomer of 15 sheckels, it equaled about 6 ounces of silver.

A homer and a lethek of barley - Homer or Cor was an ancient Hebrew unit of measurement equal to 10 epah (or 12 bushel). One lethek is equal to 5 epah.

Hosea 2:23 - Only other mention of Hosea in the Bible is in the Apostle Paul's reference to this prophecy fulfilled in Romans 9:24-26.


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The Divided Kingdoms

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Let's turn to the Book of Hosea and let's have a word of prayer.

Father, we thank You for all the opportunities You have set before us, in Macedonia, in Belize and right in our own backyard, right here with people that we meet at McDonald's, at the super market, at the gas station, over the fence in our neighborhood. We pray we would be faithful to be Your witnesses; joy filled, spirit filled witnesses that would lead many to Jesus Christ. We pray Lord like we pray for Macedonia and Belize; we pray for our own town that You would fill this place with the gospel, with the knowledge of Jesus Christ. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Let me begin tonight by telling you a little story that is a true story happened in 1936. It seemed that one of the kings of England at the time, the only one at the time, King Edward the VIII, was going on a life radio broadcast that was going to be simulcast to the United States. It was all rigged up in advance. Now for 1936 that was pretty advanced technology. They had it all set up. Just a few minutes before the live broadcast of King Edward giving his message to England and to the United States, a wire that was the only connection between two continents was tripped on by a worker in the studio, WJC, back in New York City and severed the connection.

So the engineers frantic, oh no, we are suppose to go live in just a few seconds, what will we do? They scrambled and they scrambled. Finally, in those few remaining seconds, one smart apprentice grab one wire with one hand, one wire with the other hand and the King spoke his words through the body of that apprentice in the studio. Now it's not like an electrical wire like 220 -- but he was able by his body to be a connector so that the voice of the King could be broadcast through the body of that man. That's what a prophet is.

A prophet is a spokesperson who hears a message from God and then broadcast it to the nation; in this case, the nation of Israel, the Northern kingdom or look at it this way. A prophet in the Old Testament is like a radio in our modern era. A radio was both a receiver and a transmitter; receives the message and then transmits the message by a little speaker.

Now the prophets did that in a number of ways. Sometimes there was proclamation; they just spoke a clear message from God. At other times, there was prediction; they would make these sweeping prophecies, sometimes near and sometimes very far off. At other times, the prophets were by way of example; not so much proclamation, not so much prediction but demonstration and Hosea is like the ultimate example of this. Yes, he spoke, yes, he predicted the future but he uniquely would demonstrate before the people of Israel in his own life and marriage, how God would love the nation of Israel and here's the deal.

Hosea married a woman named Gomer. Now, I know that's a weird name, there is no two ways about it. Gomer for a check is a weird name and I just thought if your name, by any chance, happens to be Gomer tonight, I really apologize for what I just said. But you know what; Skip is a weird name for a guy, so there you go. Anyway, he was to marry Gomer, turned out to be a prostitute. So Gomer, the go-go girl, gets married to Hosea, the prophet and this girl goes out and leaves the marriage and has other flings with other men in the community. It was to be a demonstration of how God was loving an unfaithful group of people and would be committed to them to the very end.

So what we have here in this book is this. It's a heartfelt message from our heartsick prophet about a heartbroken God. In a nutshell, that is the Book of Hosea, a heartfelt message from a heartsick prophet because his own life was bearing the scars of a torn relationship and he was speaking on behalf of a heartbroken God for his people.

Now we call these books beginning with Hosea, the Minor Prophets and that's not because well they are just little minor prophets. They are not all that significant; they are the little guys. When we say Minor Prophets, we are not speaking in terms of significance but only size. They are just shorter books, that's all. It's about brevity not about significance. Well, what they said was very significant but they are minor because they were able to say a lot of stuff in a short period or a short few words, fewer pages. By the way, don't underestimate size; don't look at size as criteria because sometimes big things come in small packages.

I don't know if any of you like straight espresso. Did you ever have a straight espresso? Honestly, how many love straight espresso? Okay, I am one of those. An espresso cup of coffee has like a lot more bang for the buck in terms of compare to like a regular cup of coffee; you'd have to have a little espresso, it is like wow!! It's like it does the work of five cups of regular coffee or have you ever been to Starbucks and had those little mints? I mean they are tiny little mints, I remember my mom used to give me these mints growing up; they were big honking mints and you would put them in your mouth and they last a while but like a Starbucks mint is like ten of her mints. So I remember when I bought these Starbucks mints, I said, "Mom, from this day forward, you can throw out all of those other little mints you have here in the house; this is the Holy Grail of all mints. Just try one." And she was hooked after that.

So you can have in a little package something very powerful and that's what we'd find in these books, the Minor Prophets, very, very powerful messages. Okay, let's outline it, let's do it a couple of ways. You could take this book and look at all 14 chapters in two sweeps; Chapters 1 through 3 and Chapters 4 through 14. So the first three and the last 11, the first three are private personal chapters. The last 11 are public chapters. They are about his public ministry as he gives messages for the nation of Israel. You could also divide it this way.

Chapters 1 through 3 is about a faithless wife named Gomer as I mentioned; a faithless wife, Chapters 1 through 3. Then Chapter 4 through 10, a fickle nation, saying they love God, turning to God, turning back away from God; they are not really consistently following Him. So a faithless wife, 1 through 3; 4 through 10, a fickle nation and then finally, a faithful God and that balances out the rest of the book from 11 through 14.

Let's go to Chapter 1, Verse 1, "The word of the Lord that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam, the son of Joash." Notice, the book is dated by the chronology of two different kingdoms; the kingdom of Judah with the kings listed and the kingdom, the Northern ten tribes, of Israel. Hosea is from the North speaking to the North. While he is preaching this message to the north, Micah and Isaiah are preaching their messages to the South.

Now do you know what I mean by North and South by now? The kingdom was split after Solomon in 930 B.C. so we have the kingdom of Israel, ten Northern tribes, two Southern tribes. He is speaking to those ten Northern tribes of Israel.

Verse 2, "When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry for the land has committed great harlotry, by departing from the Lord." So Hosea, I want you to do something really difficult.

Now there is debate among scholars as to, did Hosea in advance know she was a prostitute or did he marry her at the command of God to find out that she was unfaithful. And there is a lot of debate; I am not going to settle the debate. But in her turning away from the marriage, this would provide a very tangible, visual illustration of how God loves people. It's like, "Okay Hosea, this is going to be a play; you are going to act it out. And Hosea, you play the part of God; you play My part. And the woman Gomer, your wife, she is going to play the part of Israel, My unfaithful people. So Hosea, when she leaves you, when she turns her back on you and violates her marriage vows, the pain that you feel, that's the pain that I feel. That's exactly how I feel when My people are unfaithful to Me."

So Hosea, the prophet, uniquely not just being denunciatory or conciliatory but he feels what God feels. I can help but think what Paul said in Philippians, "That I might know him", that was his heart cry, "and the fellowship of his sufferings as well as the power of his resurrection." It's a whole different way to fellowship with God when you enter into the same kind of pain that God feels over people that turn their back on Him and Hosea, the prophet, felt that.

Verse 3, "So he went and he took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim," I almost said, Gomer Pyle, that's where my mind goes when I read these things inside into my work thinking sometimes. Television did that. "And she conceived, and bore him a son. Then the Lord said to him, Call his name Jezreel." Now Jezreel is a valley in Israel today, we call it by another name prophetically, the Valley of Armageddon, same valley. Jezreel is a Hebrew word that means God sows like a sower would plant seed and throw seed out in the field, God sows or God scatters is what Jezreel means. "Call his name Jezreel; for in a little while, I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu, and bring an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel."

Now something you probably have noticed. I bet you have. The name, Israel, sounds very similar to Jezreel. In fact, it spelled almost identical; in fact, in the Hebrew, it's even closer in spelling and pronunciation. There is just a little bit of difference in the change of a letter from Israel to Jezreel. So we have here a play on words in the original, a play on phonetics. God is saying, "I am going to scatter, I am going to Jezreel Israel and I will Jezreel them, I will scatter them to the wind of the great Assyrian Empire."

Notice the next verse, "It shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel." Now what He means by that is the date 722 B.C. was coming down the pike when Sennacherib, Shalmaneser, the great Assyrian kings, would take over those ten Northern tribes, conquer them and make them captive and Hosea, the prophet, is speaking as to why that happened as well as experiencing that in his own life.

Verse 6, "And she conceived again, and bore a daughter. And God said to him, Call her name Loruhamah", which means no mercy or un-pitied or unloved; now it's not a great name for a kid, no mercy, Loruhamah. I think back to the Book of Ruth, remember, the two boys named Mahlon and Chilion. Sickly that's what Mahlon means; Chilion means cry baby or whining, pining. So there are names that people often ask me, "Hey, I am thinking about name of my kid some cool, wild Bible name. Some of them stay away from; some of them don't even entertain. This would be one of Loruhamah." No, it means no mercy, un-pitied, unloved. "For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away. Yet..."

Yet, notice the word, "Yet, I will have mercy on the house of Judah, I will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, or battle, by horses or by horsemen." Notice God says this, "I am going to bring judgment on Israel, ten Northern tribes, but I am going to be merciful and pity and spare Judah." It is the word yet, so we have a glimmer of hope in a message of judgment.

And here's the glimmer, though I am going to take away Israel, I am going to spare the nation of Judah, that small little two-nation group down South around Jerusalem. I am going to spare them and indeed for 136 years while all of the Northern kingdom was taken away and being judged, during that period of time, down South they were spared. And why were they spared? God's mercy number 1; number 2, the faithfulness of a king. I will tell you the story and I bet as I tell you'd go, I remember that.

King Hezekiah was worried because the Assyrians had taken the Northern kingdom. He was worried, they are going to come down south and wipe Judah out. So he gets a letter that was sent to him by the Assyrians, he freaks out over it. He tears his clothes. He gets Isaiah, the prophet, brought in and he spreads out the letter before the Lord and Isaiah, Chapter 37, "O God, please help us, spare us," he cries out. God hears his prayer. Isaiah, the prophet, walks into the king's base and he says, "King, God says, don't sweat it. I am going to take care of these Assyrians." Now the king shaken in his boots because already the Assyrians have conquered virtually every city in Judah except Jerusalem, but something happens.

While the troops are stationed outside the city walls, Sennacherib and his gang, he hears about war on another front, in another city up North, the city of Lachish. He decides to pull his troops out of Jerusalem, take care of Lachish and he says basically, "I'd be back." He doesn't come back; well he tries to come back, and they surround the city. Bible says, "In one night, the Angel of the Lord destroyed 185,000 Assyrians in the camp." So they were spared 136 years of God's mercy until 586 B.C., remember, when the Babylonians came in.

Verse 8, "Now when she had weaned the little child named Loruhamah", it's about two to three years after birth, "she conceived and bore a son. God said, Call his name Loammi;" which means not mine, not my people. Hey, this is my son, Not-Mine. "For you are not My people and I will not be Your God". Now did you notice something in both these names? There is a little word, a prefix, ‘Lo'; Lo-ruhamah, Lo-ammi. Because in Hebrew if you want to change the meaning of a word, you can often put a prefix like ‘Lo' in front of it and it negates it. So if I want to say mine, my people, I say "Ammi". If I want to say not mine, "Loammi" and I can take that and change the whole meaning of it. So Loammi, for you are not my people.

Verse 10, "Yet...", again here is a glimmer of hope, "Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea which cannot be measured or numbered and it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, You are not my people, there it shall be said to them, You are sons of the living God." So, isn't this interesting, you have a prophet saying on one hand, "I am done with you, you are not my people." And then right after he goes, "It's going to be said you are not my people but in the place where it's said that I am going to make you my people." So we have this wonderful nature of God who must judge because of sin hates to do it and promises mercy and restoration for the covenant people.

There is an old saying, "Big doors hang on small hinges" or turn I should say, "Big doors turn on small hinges". So to here with this situation, the door of hope is swinging on the hinges of a promise. God made covenant after covenant with the Jews and there is always that door of hope that swings on the promise that God has made to restore them.

We have that same kind of the thing in the New Testament. He says in Ephesians, Chapter 4. Ephesians, Chapter 2, "You are dead in trespasses and sins in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, you once conducted yourselves in the lust of the flesh", here it is, "But God who is rich in mercy with a great love with which He loved us". And then it describes our salvation. This is what it used to be like, but God and then salvation.

So God like the hero, everybody is holding on the edge of their seat, going "Oh! There is no hope", suddenly the hero rides in, but God and that is every one of our testimonies tonight. I bet your testimony is something this, "You know before I was saved, I used to be a scoundrel. I did this and I did that and I thought this way and that way and ram with those people, on those people, but God did this and now I have hope." The door of hope that swings on the promise of God.

Chapter 2, Verse1, "Say to your brethren..." Now watch this, "Say to your brethren, my people, Ammi..." not Loammi, Ammi, my people, "and to your sisters, Ruhamah." Mercy is shown; not no mercy, Lo-ruahmah, say, Ammi, Ruahmah. My people, mercy is shown. Again, notice that all the prophet has done by the Spirit of God is dropped the prefix ‘Lo' to make it positive.

Now I will make it a point out of this; here is why. You know how many people, when they think of God, they think, "Yeah, He is the dude who wants to take all the fun out of life." Right? He is the guy that lauds, thou shall not, thou shall not, thou shall not, who wants to follow God when all He wants to do is make everything negative?" It's not the God I know. Your sin and my sin has put the negative in our life. Jesus Christ comes along and drops the Lo, drops the negative and gives life. "I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly." That's the gospel. He doesn't take something from us; He gives something that's not there. That's the message of Hosea and that's the message of the gospel.

Somebody once said, "Medical science can add years to your life". A Christian heard that and said "But only Jesus can add life to your years." That's the promise of the gospel. So throughout Chapter 2, we have this switch. The switch between God saying, "There is going to be temporary abandonment. I am going to temporarily abandon you, but there is going to be an eternal, eventual, everlasting restoration. I will abandon you in judgment, I'll bring you back in restoration."

Verse 13, "God says, I will punish her." Verse 14, "I will allure her." Verse 19, look at the change, "I will betroth you to me for ever". Yes, I will betroth or engage you. It's the language of intimate relationship. "I will betroth you to me in righteousness, and justice, in loving kindness and mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness and you shall know the Lord."

Here is a little fun fact. These two verses, Verses 19 and 20, are recited by orthodox Jews as they are putting on their phylacteries. You know what the phylacteries are? Remember, Jesus talked about that in the New Testament. Phylacteries are little boxes with scriptures in them and they wear them on their head and on their hand and as they are strapping to the middle finger of the left hand the phylactery, they recite these verses of God's faithful love, for His nation.

Now again, I want to underscore what is the overarching theme so far because it's couched in the terms of relationship. God is all about having a relationship with you. I am going to describe it in two ways; as a father and a child, because that will come through the rest of the book, a father and his child. But also as a husband to a wife intimate relationship; faithfulness, growth, promise and also, as a servant to a master or a slave to a master doing whatever God tells us to do. That's the relationship God wants.

When I was dating my wife, she used to be in an organization called Youth With A Mission. We were at dinner one night and I was even wondering, "Is this relationship going to go anywhere?" So she told me a little story about wanting to draw close to the Lord. She was a single girl living in Hawaii with Youth With A Mission and rest of the mission team was out, she was left alone to mind the house that night. So she decided, "I am going to cook a meal for Jesus tonight." She cooked a beautiful meal, put on her nicest dress, put candle light on the table, dimmed all the lights, had an extra plate for Jesus; sort of like Jewish Passover. You leave one chair for Elijah. This was special table setting. It was a meal she was cooking all of her heart to dine with Jesus. Now she is telling me this and I was like, "Wow! I like this girl. Number 1, she can cook." No, Number 1, she loves Jesus with all of her heart. Number two, she can cook.

The beautiful desire for a relationship with God, that's the heart of God. So I was a little shocked when she -- I got her to come back to the United States, she was living in Hawaii, I said, "You know, you have to come back to the mainland and come out here to California, we can date and get to know each other better." So she said she would and she came and we were dating a period of time and one night I looked at her and I said, "Lenya", I went right up there and I was bold, I said, "I love you." I was expecting to hear, I love you too, because I just know the kind of girl she was and that love for relationship and I said, "I love you" and she said "Oh!" and then she said. "Thanks." I went -- I felt so deflated.

Next afternoon I am at work in the hospital, I get a phone call, some girl name Lenya and I picked it up and she said, "Skip, this is Lenya. I love you too, but I couldn't tell you last night until I wanted to ask God first if I had permission to commit my heart to you and He said it was okay". So then I thought, "I really like this girl now." But the Lord, Your God, loves it when you pursue the relationship that He's been trying to pursue with you for a long time, wanting intimacy. And here is Hosea demonstrating with his own life and marriage, even to an unfaithful woman, like the unfaithful nation of Israel, his love.

Chapter 3, very short, as you can see five verses. One commentator called Chapter 3 the greatest chapter in the Bible because it portrays the greatest story in the Bible. You know what the greatest story in the Bible is? Redemption, how God stepped into humanity to pay a price to buy back, that's what redeem means. In Greek, exagorazo; to buy back from the market place. To buy you back from the market place of the sin you are entrapped in and bring you to Himself. Chapter 3 illustrates redemption.

Now, so far Hosea's marriage hasn't been great. Let me tell you the four stages so far of his marriage. Number 1, betrothal that means engagement; Number 2, marriage itself; Number 3, adultery: Number 4, estrangement; Number five now, the best part, restoration. Again, this is all illustrative of what God would do.

Verse 1, "The Lord said to me, Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel who look to other gods, and love the raisin cakes of the pagans". These were used in sacrificial feasts by the Kananites. "So I bought her for myself." I bought her; he went and found his own wife out in the slave market and exagorazo, bought her back from the market place. He paid the price and bought her for 15 shekels of silver and one-and-a-half homers of barley. That's the typical going rate for a female slave at that time period.

What a life this prophet had? He marries a wife, has some kids, she leaves him, goes out and chases other men. His heart is broken and God says, "Go get her, take her back, forgive her, love her". Boy! What? Come on Lord! In real life? Now this might seem like, I don't know, that's a little too tough to swallow. I don't know if I buy into this whole scheme. I sort of thought that until I met a modern day Hosea, except the roles were switched. It was a girl who bought her husband back. Let me explain.

They were married for a period of time, he turned to her one day and said, "I don't love you anymore" and started leaving the house at night and leaving the house more frequently and seeing another younger woman. Got that younger woman pregnant and then said to his wife, "I am divorcing you." He didn't divorce but he left the house. Months went by, he filed for divorce. All in the meantime, she is saying, "Vincent, I will take you back. This is horrible. You are breaking our marriage apart but I love you, I will wait for you, I will receive you back, I will forgive you. In fact, if you would like, we can adopt this little baby and I will raise this baby as my own". Husband said, "No deal." She waited probably for two years and I remember seeing her at work because I work everyday with this young lady.

Now here she has a husband and she has the biblical right to divorce her spouse because of the one and only clause for that and that is adultery and he is unrepentant of it and he says, "I don't want anything to do it" and he is the one who divorced her and he was an unbeliever. She had every right to start a life over again. She goes "God is going to restore us. I just know it." Well that sounded good for the first week or two but then into the sixth and seventh month and into the first and second year, people were saying, "It's a pipe dream; never going to happen".

A year after that, I had the privilege of performing the wedding ceremony for those two husband and wife divorced for she had forgiven him and in the process, because of her abiding love won him to Christ. I stood with him in Newport Beach, California and I was able to watch them with tears in their eyes, broken before God, come back together. I know that's not the story of every person but that was their story and it's very reminiscent of this story. I saw in front of me a couple who exemplified God's restoring love. It is possible.

"I said to her," here is Hosea talking to his woman now, to Gomer, "Gomer, you shall stay with me many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man; so to I will be towards you". In other words, "Okay, I am bringing the back, but you stay committed to me as I will stay committed to you." "For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king, or prince". Now watch this, "The children of Israel will abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod," that's what the high priest would wear if you remember, or teraphim. These were a little household false god's teraphim. You get what He is saying?

God is saying, "I am going to grant you no access. You might seek the Lord to the high priest, no access. I am not going to tell you anything because you are going to have days and days and days, a long period of time without any priest to it. Same with all of these false gods and goddesses; I will deprive you of any kind of contact whatsoever." "Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God and David their king; they shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days." Now to me this is one of the great prophetic pronouncements in scripture.

Now I want you to know why. Notice the phrase "many days". It's ambiguous, isn't it? What does many days mean; 20 days, 120 days, years? It's strange if you're a prophecy student because God is very exact, isn't he? There are a few times in the Bible, three times, where God says that He is going to bring His people back into the land and two of those times He is very, very exact. He tells Abraham, "Your people are going to be in a foreign land for 430 years" and under Moses, the children of Israel populated and they were there for 430 years till Moses brought them out.

Through the Prophet Jeremiah, God said, "Judah will be taken captive into Babylon for 70 years." Then he was reading that prophecy and thought, "We are about up; time to go home." So God is very exact. God isn't exact here; God just simply says, "For many days they will be without king."

Now when was the last time Israel had a king? Anybody know when the last king of Judah was? Last king of Judah was Zedekiah. It's about 2,500 years ago. Now Israel is back in their land today but for 2,500 years they have been without king and without prince. Yet Jesus came as the King of the Jews. He came into his own but his own received him not; they rejected him. So for the last 2,500 years, many days they have been without king or without prince. What has God been doing those many days?

You know what God was doing during those many days? He is calling out another people to Himself, the gentile peoples, until he's done called the fullness of the gentiles in the Book of Romans. Then again he will turn to the Jewish people that's Daniel's 70 weeks prophecy. God has been building up his own people by calling many people from among the gentiles and notice this, "They will also be without sacrifice", Verse 4. Since 70 A.D. that's the last time the temple was destroyed, they have had no sacrifice, not priesthood or ephod, since 70 A.D. Here is where I want to get to. In Jerusalem right now, there is a kingless throne; the throne of David has not been occupied for 2,500 years. In Jerusalem today, there is a kingless throne. In heaven right now, there is a throneless king. When the kingless throne and the throneless king come together, that will be glory for the world and in particular, the nation of Israel. The many days will be completed.

So the first section, God wants a relationship with you. Love not the world, seek the Lord. Let's go to the second section; Chapters 4 through 11 and we will be able to breeze through these pretty quickly. Now, this second section if the first section was personal, private, the second section is public. In this section, I am only going to show you some select verses.

Hosea, the prophet, is like God's lawyer. He is the lawyer for the prosecution and he levels charge after charge in a case against the nation of Israel. So sometimes prophets act like holy lawyers. I know some of you have thought you would never see those two words next to each other, holy and lawyers, but they do exist. I will have you know, I know some pretty fine Christian lawyers. It's not an oxymoron to have a holy lawyer. It's rare but it's not impossible.

Charge number 1; Chapter 4, Verse 1. Charge number 1 is spiritual apathy. They stopped hungering after God. They stopped growing. Verse 1, "Hear the word of the Lord, you children of Israel, for the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land. There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in Israel." Look at Verse 6, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge", same word as in Verse 1. "Because you have rejected knowledge", in other words, knowing God through his revelation, "I will also reject you from being priest for me. Because you have forgotten the law of your god, I will also forget your children."

Let me just say, beware of any anti-intellectual sentiment. It seems to be this little trend that runs through the modern church today. It's a whole new generation right now. It is saying, well you can't know anything for certain, hence the emerging church. So let's just have a conversation about everything. One thing we don't want to do is say I know the truth and be dogmatic; let's just be whimsically subjective and open to everything. It's almost put on a pedestal and truth is de-emphasized and feeling is way overemphasized. My people perish for lack of knowledge. God wanted to give them truth from the law.

You know what Jesus said to his disciples? Learn of me, not just get around me and feel. Learn about me. Peter picked up on that in 2 Peter 3:18, "Grow in the grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." So you and I need Bible truth, Bible knowledge, you need Bible doctrine. Don't you ever say, "I am not into doctrine." That's not a good admission. That's like saying, "I don't care about knowing anything about God." That's what doctrine means, it means good Bible solid truth. We need that, but it's just the beginning. Once we have it, we have to transform knowledge about God, intellectual knowledge, interpersonal knowledge of God, hence the relationship.

J.I. Packer, one of my favorite authors wrote a book called ‘Knowing God' years ago. Here is a little quip from it. Whenever we embark on any line of study of God's holy book, we need to ask ourselves questions. What is my ultimate aim and object in occupying my mind with these things? What do I intend to do with this knowledge about God once I have gotten it? If we pursue theological knowledge for its own sake, it's bound to go bad on us. It will make us proud and conceded. The very greatness of the subject matter will intoxicate us. So heads up all you theological brains and Bible nerds and School of Ministry Students and Shepherd School of Students. Make sure that you take all of that knowledge and it becomes very personal.

Second charge against the nation was uncertainty. This is what I mean. You decided, "Let's not trust God. That's so passe. Let's form political alliances with other nations who can make us strong." Chapter 5, verse 13, "When Ephraim saw his sickness and Judah saw his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria and sent to King Jareb; yet he cannot cure you, nor heal you of your wound." Skip over to Chapter 7, Verse 8, "Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned."

Now this is what they did. They went up North to a guy named Teglath Phalasar. I know it sounds like a skin ailment; Teglath Phalasar. He happened to be an Assyrian king and they tried to buy him off for protection. He became the very dude that invaded and took them captive in 722 B.C. Now God says, you're a cake unturned. You are half-baked. You have got half-baked schemes. You know what cake unturned would be baked on one side and gooey and cold on the other side, inedible.

Imagine if I made you pancakes and one is nice grilled brown or just sloppy gooey muck on top. Go for it. Really trust me, this is good. No, thank you. It's the Old Testament equivalent of what Jesus said to the Church of Laodicea, "You are neither cold nor hot but you are lukewarm. So I will spew you out of my mouth." I love ice tea, I love hot tea. I hate it when it's lukewarm. I love hot coffee. Somebody two weeks ago said, "You ought to try ice coffee". I said, "Yuk". Then I tried it with the right little mix of all little things, it's like, "That's quite good." But lukewarm coffee, it's been sitting there for four hours. Yuk! That's the idea of a cake that is unturned.

Verse 9, "Aliens have devoured his strength," in Chapter 7, Verse 9, "but he doesn't know it. Yes gray hairs are here and there on him, yet he does not know." People telling me that a lot lately. They are not so subtle about it. You sound like you have gray hair and then it's like "Dude, you are getting gray like everywhere." Yeah, thanks. It's that I know it, they didn't know it. You know they were getting basically aged into craped and they were still holding onto the lie that they weren't as old as they were. Their condition had waned.

Third charge is idolatry. Back in chapter 4, Verse 17, "Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone." That's the Northern kingdom, 36 times in the book, Israel is called Ephraim. Chapter 5, Verse 1, "Hear this, O priests; take heed, O House of Israel; give ear, O house of the king; for yours is the judgment, because you have been a snare to Mizpah and spread a net on Tabor." Two different mountains, one on either side of the Jordan River. On both mountains, idols were put up, statues were put up, false worship was conducted. So idolatry was the charge.

Now Chapters 8 through10 predict God's judgment in a whole lot of different ways. Here are just a few verses. Verse 3, "Israel has rejected the good; the enemy will pursue him." Verse 7 of Chapter 8, "They sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind." Hey, you have been worshiping at pagan altars. That's what you have been sowing. You have been saying, "Oh man! I am into not worshiping God; I am into all these other, these statues and these cool alternative styles of worship." God says, "Really? You like that stuff? Okay good, because I am going to put you in the land where they develop that stuff. They like invented idolatry that would be Babylon. You like it that much then you will reap the whirlwind. You love idolatry, I will put you in the land of idols." That's what it means, except here it's Assyria, later on, it would be Babylon.

"They stalk..." same verse, verse 7, "The stalk has no bud, it shall never produce meal; if it should produce, aliens would swallow it up." Again, the captivity is predicted. Chapter 9, Verse 7, "The days of punishment have come; the days of recompense have come. Israel knows." Verse 17, "My God will cast them away, because they did not obey Him; and they shall be wanderers among the nations."

Chapter 10, Verse 15, "Thus it shall be done to you to you, O Bethel," Bethel means house of God, the center of the nation. "Because of your great wickedness, at dawn the king of Israel shall be cut off utterly." Now the king of Israel at that time was a guy named Hoshaiah. Hoshaiah sounds a lot like Hosea. Hosea was the prophet; Hoshai'ah was the king, bad dude, wicked guy and history shows that this happened. One of the most famous battles, the battle at the Arbel, when Shalmaneser, assemble all of his troops at a mountain peak near the Sea of Galilee called the Arbel and from there, he could look down on the whole Sea of Galilee. From there he staged his battle and from there, King Hoshaiah and the troops of Israel fell. So this is the law of the harvest. Whatever a man sows that shall he also reap.

Have you ever thought of a harvest? Think of the law of the harvest. It's not you sow a little bit and you get a little bit back; you can sow a handful of seed and get acres of product. Typically what happens in a harvest is you reap way, way more than you have sown. So if you sow a little bit of wickedness, you will get a lot of corruption that can take over your life. It can lead from one sin to another sin. You sow a little bit of righteousness, you can grow to a fruitful field of blessing.

Now the best part is the last part; Chapters 11 through14. It's all about how faithful God is. Judgment is left behind, God's faithfulness is highlighted here. Now the first few chapters, the relationship between God and His people was, what example, husband and wife. Now, it's father and child. Father and child is highlighted. So it's a mixed metaphor, change of metaphor here. Now this is how it works.

Chapter 11 is the illustration of a runaway child. Remember as a kid running away from home? How many ran away from home as a little kid? So I am getting out of here. I did, I ran away from home. I made it one block and came home. Chapter 11 is the runaway child. Chapter 12 and 13, the rebellious teenager. Chapter 14, the restored adult, and that's the rest of the Book of Hosea.

Verse 1, Chapter 11, "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son. As they called them, so they went from them; they sacrificed to the Baals and burned incense to carved images." You ran away from Me; you ran after other Gods. "I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with gentle cores, with bands of love. I was to them, as those who take the yoke from their neck, I stooped and I fed them." Notice the gentle father like compassion, not kicking His children or dragging His child but picking up His child and encouraging them to go on. "I stooped and I fed them."

Verse 7, "My people are bent on backsliding from Me, though they called to the most High, none at all exalt Him." Wow! The more God lovingly pursued them, the more they ran in the opposite direction and chased idols. You might say, "I don't get that, I don't get that." I had a dog like that once. His name was Toby. He was a springer spaniel, beautiful dog, dumb. Not all of them, mine was dumb. Maybe because it was mine, it was dumb, I don't know.

I was training Toby and I remember saying, "Toby, come." As soon as I would say, come, he would turn in the opposite direction and he'd run that way saying, "No, that means go." Maybe I should have said, go, and he would have come to me but I said, come, he would leave. This was detrimental especially the day I was training him in my front yard and I said, come, because I saw a car coming down the street. I said, "Toby, come" and I thought, "Oh! That was dumb", because he ran right toward the car in the opposite direction and actually hit the car with his body. The car didn't hit him. He ran into the car. He was okay, the car was fine, my dog was fine, ran in the opposite direction. The more God was pursuing His people, the more they orbed.

Why would anybody run from God? God says, "Would you come to Me so that I can bless you, so that I can have a relationship with you, so that I can forgive you, so that I can establish a covenant?" "No." "Really? What's up with that?" "No." That's a runaway child.

Chapter 12 and 13, a rebellious teenager. I was one, I can relate to this. Verse 1 of Chapter 12, "Ephraim feeds on the wind, he pursues the east wind. He daily increases lies and desolation; also they make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried to Egypt." This should be olive oil, not for your car. Verse 3, "He took his brother by the heel in the womb" notice, "He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and in his strength he struggled with God. Yes, he struggled with the angel and prevailed. He wept and sought favor from Him. He found Him in Bethel, and there He spoke to us;" that is God spoke to us.

Okay, gives him a history lesson, pulls out two incidents from Jacob's life, birth and bethel. At birth, remember Rebecca, his mom, having stomach crams one day and she was in pain and she cried out and God said, "Two nations are in your womb." That would explain. That would be painful; I thought I was having kids, now you're telling me, two nations are in my womb. Okay, well that's a lot of kids. Of course, God meant two nations will come from these two kids. "Two nations are in your womb, two peoples will be separated. The older will serve the younger." So the first one came out, Esau means hairy, he was all hairy and red. So they called him Hairy. After Hairy, a little boy grabbing the heel of his brother, they called him Heel Catcher, Jacob, one who grabs the heel. So at birth, he was already tripping up his brother. Later on he was at bethel and he wrestled with God till the breaking of the day.

Here is what the point of the prophet is. This nation has a history from birth. Just like Jacob, this nation of Israel has a history from birth of being rebellious against God's laws, God's prophets, God's ways. They have set a president. There is a historical president that has been set. Chapter 14 is the restored adult. Verse 1, "O Israel, return to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity."

Now before we close out this book, please notice something about Hosea. Notice that whenever Hosea is dealing with the problem of his loved people, Israel, he calls sin, sin; he calls iniquity, iniquity. Those aren't fun words. Those are not like words designed to make somebody feel really good about themselves, but it happens to be the truth. You guys have eaten your lunch and it's your own fault. Your own iniquity has done this to you. You have stumbled because of your own iniquity. He calls it sin, iniquity. He uses the term backsliding in this book. That's important.

In 1 John, we read, "If we say, we have no sin," you are a liar? The first step to being healed is to admit, I have a disease. You go to a doctor, "Well we have examined you. You have this disease." "No, I don't." "Like I said, you have got this disease and we can treat you." "I don't have it." You can deny it all you want but that's kind of dumb. Go, get treat it but you have to admit it. Second thing is to confess it. Verse 2, "Take words with you, and return to the Lord." Be specific when you confess your sins. "Say to him, take away all iniquity, receive us graciously; for we will offer sacrifices of our lips."

There is a great story about a Prussian king named Frederick the Great. He was touring a prison in Berlin one day and as Frederick was walking through with his entourage, there was cell block after cell block, prisoner after prisoner and every prisoner said, "Let me out. I am innocent. I have been convicted wrongly of crimes I didn't commit." They all said they were innocent. Now, this was very interesting to Frederick the Great and he finally came to one guy who said nothing at all. Frederick the Great said, "I suppose you are going to tell me you are innocent too." He said, "No sir, I am not innocent. I am guilty and I deserve the punishment that has been leveled against me." This took Frederick the Great by surprise. He called the guard and he said, "Release this rascal before he infects all of these other innocent people." See he knows here is a guy that's willing to confess his sin, he gets free. All these other guys, they stay in.

Bible says in the Book of Proverbs "He who covers his sin will not prosper. Whoever confesses and forsakes them will find mercy." Verse 4, God promises, "I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely," means without cause that's grace right there. They don't deserve it but I am going to love them anyway. "For my anger has turned away from him. I will be like the dew to Israel." That refreshing morning water.

"He shall grow like the lily and lengthen his roots like Lebanon." God will restore strength and stability to the nation. "His branches will spread, his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like Lebanon." I didn't know what that meant till about a year-and-a-half ago when I traveled to Lebanon. Up in the high country, the cedar is beautiful; fragrance of Lebanon, a delight. "Those who dwell under His shadow shall return, they shall be revived like grain, and grow like the wine. Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon. Ephraim will say, what have I to do anymore with idols. I have heard and observed him, I am like a green Cyprus tree, your fruit is found", God says, "Your fruit is found in Me."

So Hosea, through his own personal pain, levels a very heavy message on Israel, but the result would be repentance, thus restoration. So there is an upside to this. Don't think of Hosea as the finger pointing prophet as much as, I am going to point the finger but as soon as I see our heart change, arms go out, God will embrace you, come back, bring words with you, confess, repent, forgiveness. That's the message of this book. It's no different in the New Testament.

Paul wrote a very scaving letter to the Corinthians. He said in his second letter, "I am happy, not because you are made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance; for you became sorrowful, as God intended." I am sad to say repentance as a message is absent from most churches today. Even most Evangelical churches shun away from using sin, iniquity, backsliding, the need for repentance. But they do not understand how good it is to say it like it is because the upside of that is wonderful.

The Bible says, "Blessed are those who mourn. They shall be comforted." When a person is sorry for his sin, there is God ready to forgive. So here is a heartfelt message through this Prophet Hosea, a heartsick prophet, about a heartbroken God. The patching of his life, the result, people came to know God. Let's pray.

Lord, the word that overshadows tonight's message is not retribution but restoration and sandwiched in between those two very real events that happened in their history is the word repentance. When a heart, when a life chooses to turn around and go in different direction and announce that to their God and to be very specific and confess and say, I need forgiveness, I need a word of hope. I need help, You are there to forgive. Like the thief on the cross, his whole life lived apart from God and in his dying moments, believed in Christ. Jesus said, "Today you will be with me in paradise."

Lord, You desire I believe to grant everlasting life to maybe a few more than I or maybe there are those who were religious growing up, made some decision at a young age but today, they are not walking with Christ. There is no daily reality. There is no lifestyle of repentance. Lord, I pray that You would reach out in Your great mercy, Your great grace, Your unfathomable love and bring those people back to You and You would heal their backsliding and You grant them forgiveness, give them everlasting life and plant them and it is like you promised you would let the roots go deep in and give them stability.

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7/11/2007
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Destination: Genesis 1-11
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We begin The Bible from 30,000 Feet with a tour of Genesis Chapters 1-11. On this flight we'll travel all the way back to the very beginning - The Creation. We'll meet the first man and woman and their deceiver - the Serpent. We'll fly over God's new creation and meet a man named Noah, who God saved from His judgment - the Flood. We'll also take a look at "beginnings," the first time things are mentioned in the Bible a special significance should be given to them. The word Genesis itself is a Greek word that means "origin," the book describes the origins of creation.
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Destination: Genesis 12-50
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This week's flight is going to take us over the second section of Genesis, which is biographical in nature and focuses on the lives of four key people. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. We'll travel through the time era known as the Age of the Patriarchs. If you look at your window, we'll be passing over Canaan and Egypt, Canaan is modern day Israel.
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7/25/2007
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Destination: Exodus 1-18
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In our third tour, we'll be visiting the book of Exodus chapters 1-18. We'll get an overview of the central historical event contained in the book, the redemption of God's people from the bondage of Egypt. The setting for our journey is the nation of Egypt and Israel's wanderings through the wilderness. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12 and 14.
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8/1/2007
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Destination: Exodus 19-40
Exodus 19-40
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In our fourth tour, we'll again visit the book of Exodus, visiting chapters 19-40. The setting for this week's journey is the Sinai Peninsula where God reveals the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel and gives specific instructions on how He is to be worshiped. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 20, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 32.
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8/8/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 1-17
Leviticus 1-17
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In our fifth flight from 30,000 Feet, we fly over the first seventeen chapters of the book of Leviticus. This is a book on worship and describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. In this first tour of Leviticus, we'll see how the first part of the book focuses on the way to God through sacrifice and lays down the law - literally - on how man was designed to live and how man can be atoned for his sins. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus: 1-5, 10, 16, 17.
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8/15/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 18-27
Leviticus 18-27
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This week's study will take us through Leviticus chapters 18-27. The theme of Leviticus could be summed up in one word - holiness. The second section of Leviticus focuses on our walk with God through sanctification. Sanctification is the process by which we become holy or set apart for God's purposes. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus 18-20, 22, 23, and 25.
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8/22/2007
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Destination: Numbers 1-14
Numbers 1-14
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Our seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through Numbers chapters 1-14. Numbers is the fourth of the Pentateuch. In the Hebrew it is called ba-midbar, "in the wilderness." In the Septuagint version it is called Arithmoi or "numbers," and this name is now the usual title of the book. It is so called because it contains a record of the numbering of the people in the wilderness of Sinai (1-4), and of their numbering afterwards on the plain of Moab (26). The key chapters to review in advance are: Numbers 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 & 14.
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8/29/2007
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Destination: Numbers 15-36
Numbers 15-36
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In our eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give us a tour of Numbers chapters 15-36. We'll see that the second section of Numbers covers the failure of one generation to enter the Promised Land and the reorganization of a new generation that enters into the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27.
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9/5/2007
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Destination: Deuteronomy 1-34
Deuteronomy 1-34
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In our ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us on a tour through the entire book of Deuteronomy. The Hebrews called it "Elleh Haddevarim," "These are the Words," or "Devarim," (words). Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages given by Moses while the Israelites were on the plains east of the Jordan River. It occurs after the 40 years of wandering and the Israelites are now ready to enter the Promised Land. The key word of this book is covenant and speaks of the special relationship that God has established with His people. Key chapters for this flight are: 6, 7, 31, 32, 33 and 34.
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9/12/2007
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Destination: Joshua 1-12
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Pastor Skip Heitzig will be our tour guide during our tenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week's journey will take us through Joshua 1-12. We'll get to know Joshua, son of Nun, who shared in all the events of the Exodus, and held the place of commander of the host of the Israelites. The book of Joshua describes Israel's conquest of Canaan and the first section describe how Joshua conquered the land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10.
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Destination: Joshua 13-24
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In our eleventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the Promised Land. We will see how Joshua divides the land "as an inheritance to Israel," and we'll see different tribes and where they settle, both in and out of the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 13 and 20-24.
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Destination: Judges 1-10
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In our twelfth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will once again be our tour guide as we take our first look at the book of Judges. We'll see on this tour how the nation of Israel is caught in the cycle of sin and how each cycle results in ever worsening conditions for them. We'll meet some of the characters that God divinely appointed to the office of Judge. The key chapters to review for this flight are Judges 1–3 and 6–8.
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Destination: Judges 11-21
Judges 11-21
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Flight thirteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over Judges chapters 11-21. Pastor Skip Heitzig will guide us as we complete this overview of Judges. We will see that the second part of Judges shows the fragile nature of these Judges and a people who, "did what was right in their own eyes," that kept them in their sin cycle.
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10/24/2007
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Destination: Ruth 1-4
Ruth 1-4
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In our fourteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the little romantic book of Ruth. We'll see how the book of Ruth shows the godly courage and love of two very different women from very different backgrounds. We'll meet some amazing characters on this flight who become key people in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
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11/7/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 1-15
1 Samuel 1-15
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The fifteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on journey through 1 Samuel chapters 1-15. Join our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig for this exciting tour on which we'll meet a man who would be become King. This man's good looks, physical size and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but the book of 1 Samuel highlights his tragic flaw - he disobeyed God's commands. From the ashes of Saul's tragedy God raises up another man who would become King, a man after His own heart, King David. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 8-10 and 15.
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11/14/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 16-31
1 Samuel 16-31
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will complete our tour of the book of 1 Samuel, covering chapters 16-31. On this flight we'll meet the man who God calls, "a man after my own heart (Acts 13:22)," David son of Jesse. We'll see David as a young shepherd boy who defeats Goliath and rises to national prominence overnight. His instant popularity arouses the jealousy of King Saul and forces David into hiding.
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11/21/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 1-10
2 Samuel 1-10
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Flight Seventeen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over 2 Samuel chapters 1-10. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will show us David's triumphs as King over Israel, after the death of Saul. Join us as we see how David's faith in God leads him to be victorious politically and militarily as one by one he defeats his enemies. We will also see how David's obedience leads to a new promise from God. The key chapters to review for this flight are 1-3, 5, 7 and 9.
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12/5/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 11-24
2 Samuel 11-24
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In our eighteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us to our next destination, 2 Samuel 11-24. On this flight we'll see David's transgressions and the troubles that resulted from them. By presenting both the strengths and weaknesses of David, we see a complete picture of a very real person who was described as being "a man after God's own heart." The key chapters to review are 2 Samuel 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 23, and 24.
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1/9/2008
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Destination: 1 Kings 1-22
1 Kings 1-22
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Get your travel planner out for flight nineteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over 1 Kings 1-22. On this flight we will see the transition that Israel undertakes as it moves from the rule of King David to the rule of his son King Solomon after his death. After Solomon turns from the Lord, we will see how Israel is divided and moved in and out of the power of many kings such as Ahab, Jehoshaphat, and Ahaziah. These chapters will reveal a story of true loyalty and disobedience to God. The key chapters to review are 1 Kings 1-3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 18, and 19.
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Destination: 2 Kings 1-25
2 Kings 1-25
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Flight twenty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of 2 Kings. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will continue to lead us through the history of the divided nation of Israel, and how in spite of the many kings who took control of the land, we will still see a nation without true leadership. As we soar over this book, we will see first how Israel comes into captivity by Assyria, and then the triumph of Babylon over Judah. The key chapters to review are 2 Kings 1-4, and 18-21.
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1/23/2008
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Destination: 1 Chronicles 1-29
1 Chronicles 1-29
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of 1 Chronicles. On this flight we look back once again at God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through King David. Chapters 1-9 of 1 Chronicles will look in-depth at the the royal line of David and then we will see again the reign of David in chapters 10-29. Join us as we fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet and see how God fulfilled His promises to David and how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us as well. The key chapters to review are 1 Chronicles 17-18, 21-22, 25, and 28-29
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1/30/2008
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Destination: 2 Chronicles 1-36
2 Chronicles 1-36
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Get ready for our twenty-second departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us soaring over the entire book of 2 Chronicles to see the beginning of the reign of King Solomon all the way to the spiritual roller coaster after Solomon's death and the separation of the kingdoms. From the building of the temple (2 Chronicles 1-9), to the decline of the temple (2 Chronicles 10-36:16), to the destruction of the temple (2 Chronicles 36:17-23), we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint. The key chapters to review are 2 Chronicles 17-20, and 29-32.
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2/6/2008
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Destination: Ezra 1-10
Ezra 1-10
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Flight twenty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Ezra. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will point out two very important sections of this book; the restoration of the temple (chapters 1-6), and the reformation of the people (chapters 7-10). This book will continue the narrative of 2 Chronicles by showing God's faithfulness to keep His promises by returning His people to their homeland. The key chapters to review are Ezra 1-10.
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2/13/2008
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Destination: Nehemiah 1-13
Nehemiah 1-13
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Get ready for our twenty-fourth departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the entire book of Nehemiah with our pilot, Pastor Skip Heitzig. In this book, Nehemiah, the king's cupbearer, is given permission to lead third and final return to Jerusalem to repair and rebuild the city's walls. This book will show us a political construction (chapters 1-7), and a spiritual instruction (chapters 8-13). Join us as we see how Nehemiah gathers his spiritual strength from God during a time of great opposition.
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2/27/2008
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Destination: Esther 1-10
Esther 1-10
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-five over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of Esther. The flight will be divided into two highly important sections: the threat to the Jews (chapters 1-4), in which we will see Haman's attempt to completely eradicate the Jewish people from Persia, and the triumph of the Jews (chapters 5-10), where we will see a young girl's godly strength and fight to save her people. This flight will show us a whole new set of villains, heroes, and ultimately the ever abounding faithfulness of God towards those who follow Him. The key chapters to review are Esther 1-10.
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3/5/2008
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Destination: Job 1-42
Job 1-42
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Our twenty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us over the entire book of Job, the first book in the section of poetical books. This is a powerful story of a man who has everything taken from him; his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. Yet as we see God allowing Satan to test Job, God's faithfulness to those he loves is clear and Job's steadfast faith prevails. Join us this week as we see Job's dilemma (ch.1-2), the debate with his four friends (ch. 3-37), and his final deliverance (ch. 38-42). The key chapters to review are Job1-4, 8,11-12, and 29.
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3/12/2008
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Destination: Psalms 1-72
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Psalms 1-72. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us through the first seventy-two chapters of Psalms, which is divided into five books of songs, prayers, and poetry. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 1, 14, 23, 40, and 63.
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3/19/2008
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Destination: Psalms 73-150
Psalms 73-150
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Get ready for our twenty-eighth departure of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the last three books in Psalms as we read through chapters 73-150. We will see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 119, and 146-150.
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Destination: Proverbs 1-31
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Flight twenty-nine over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Proverbs. Known for the wisdom it contains, Proverbs reveals to us how to deal with every day situations; be it love and lust, life and death, friends and enemies, and what our God loves and hates. On this flight, Pastor Skip will point out some of the most noted chapters and verses of one of the most read books of the Old Testament. The key chapters to review are Proverbs 1-2, 5, 14, 22, and 31.
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Destination: Ecclesiastes 1-12
Ecclesiastes 1-12
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Join us as we continue The Bible From 30,000 Feet, taking our thirtieth flight high above the book of Ecclesiastes. This book reveals some startling truths about how King Solomon felt about finding meaning and fulfillment in life through the things of this world, and ultimately his conclusion that "all is vanity" in a life lived without God. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 5, 8, and 12.
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4/30/2008
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Destination: Song of Solomon 1-8
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Song of Solomon. This poetic book gives us a glimpse into the true love that Solomon has for a shepherdess, and the love and fulfillment they share in a marriage relationship. At an altitude of 30,000 feet we will be able to see the strong tie into the fulfillment and joy seen in the love of God for His people. The key chapters to review are Song of Solomon 1-8.
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Destination: Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39
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Our thirty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us soaring over the entire book of Isaiah. Thought to be the greatest of all the Prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years, and his prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Prophet. This book shows us a mix of both prophecies of condemnation (chapters 1-39), as well as prophecies of comfort (chapters 40-66). The key chapters to review are Isaiah 1-2, 6, 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah 40-66
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In our thirty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the second half of Isaiah. As we look through chapters 40-66, we will see the continued work of Isaiah, and how God used his gift of prophecy, both comforting and condemning, to generate change in the individuals he encountered. The key chapters to review are Isaiah 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Jeremiah 1-52
Jeremiah 1-52
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-four over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the entire book of Jeremiah. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us at an altitude of 30,000 feet to see the three writings of the book of Jeremiah. From the warning of judgment, to the promise of restoration, and finally the protective hand of God over those He loves, we will catch a glimpse of a man who openly allowed God to speak through him in unusual and sometimes bizarre ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Jeremiah 13, 18-20, 25, 31, and 52.
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Destination: Lamentations 1-5
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-five over the Bible From 30,000 Feet. On this departure, we will look once again at Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. We will learn why Jeremiah is referred to as "the weeping prophet," as we see him lament over the destruction of Jerusalem. This poetic book begins by revealing a man who is distressed for a nation under the consequences of its own sin, and ends with a prayer for the restoration of the nation from captivity. The key chapters to review are Lamentations 1-5.
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Destination: Ezekiel 1-48
Ezekiel 1-48
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In our thirty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the book of Ezekiel. We will witness prophecies we've seen in past books being fulfilled as we see Jerusalem at the time of the Second Babylonian Deportation. As Ezekiel the Priest is deported alongside his people, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through him, bringing the people a sense of hope in spite of their current tribulations. The key chapters to review are Ezekiel 1-3, 7, 33-34, and 38-39.
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Destination: Daniel 1-6
Daniel 1-6
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Flight thirty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on a tour of Daniel 1-6. In these chapters, we will see the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon, and witness both the prophetic history of the book, as well as the four prophetic visions of Daniel. Ultimately, the powerful stories in Daniel reveal a man of God; unwilling to compromise and full of faith. The key chapters to review are Daniel 1-2.
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Destination: Daniel 7-12
Daniel 7-12
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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.
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Destination: Joel; Amos; Obadiah
Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Get ready for flight forty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us soaring over Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. In these three books, we take a look at the strong warnings that God gives His people against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. We'll see God's use of these ordinary men to give extraordinary messages; we'll witness His patience, and at the end, we'll see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin. The key chapters to review are Joel 1-3, Amos 1, 3 and 7, and Obadiah 1.
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Destination: Jonah 1-4
Jonah 1-4
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Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.
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Destination: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our forty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk, three prophets used by God to criticize, comfort, and encourage the people of Judah. Through these prophets, God's people confess their sins and are confident in the salvation of God's mighty acts. The key chapters to review are Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, and Habakkuk 1-3.
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Destination: Zephaniah & Haggai
Zephaniah; Haggai
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Prepare yourself for our forty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This flight will take us soaring over the entirety of both Zephaniah and Haggai. The two books cover five chapters which speak of the coming Day of the Lord, His wrath upon Judah and her neighbors, and an encouragement after their return from exile to rejoice and rebuild the Temple. The key chapters to review are Zephaniah 1-3 and Haggai 1-2.
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Destination: Zechariah and Malachi
Zechariah; Malachi
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We are about to take our forty-forth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, journeying over the final two books of the Old Testament. In ending the Minor Prophets, we'll first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple as Zechariah encourages the people to look to the future reign of the Messiah. We will then speed forward 100 years after the temple was rebuilt to the book of Malachi, where God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. After 400 years of prophetic silence, Malachi brings a message of exhortation to the people who had resettled in Jerusalem. The key chapters to review are Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi 1-4.
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Destination: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Matthew, Mark; Luke
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Get your travel planner out for our opening tour of the New Testament and flight forty-five of the Bible from 30,000 Feet! This flight will take us on a sky-high tour over the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three synoptic gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. We'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of our King as we witness the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies we have previously studied. The key chapters to review are Matthew 1-5 and 17, Mark, and Luke.
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Destination: John
John
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of John, written by the Apostle John from Ephesus between A.D. 80-90. The spiritual depth of this book and its presentation of the incarnation through the God-man Jesus Christ sets it apart from the other gospels.
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Destination: Acts
Acts
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On our forty-seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give a tour of the entire book of Acts. Acts is the history of how Christianity was founded and organized and solved its problems. The gospel writer Luke tells the story of how the community of believers began by faith in the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor and Guide, who enabled them to witness, to love, and to serve.
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Destination: Romans
Romans
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We are about to take our forty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Join us as we soar over the entire book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. This letter primarily focuses on the basic gospel message along with God's plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind, Jew and Gentile alike. In our broad overview, we'll take a look at Paul's strong emphasis of Christian doctrine and his concern for Israel. The key chapters to review are 1, 3, 4, and 9-11.
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10/8/2008
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Destination: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! As we look at 1 Corinthians, we'll see Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. His letters to the influential church confront their "religious" and arrogant mindsets and defend his ability to be an apostle of Christ. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the turnaround and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 1 Corinthians 2-3 & 12-13.
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10/15/2008
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Destination: 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
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Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
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10/22/2008
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Destination: Galatians
Galatians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of Galatians, a clear letter to the church in Galatia about the importance of remembering grace through faith and not the law. Paul's forceful letter addresses issues of legalism in the church and the false gospel of works. The key chapters to review are Galatians 1-6.
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11/5/2008
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Destination: Ephesians
Ephesians
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Who are we in Christ? Grab your travel planner for flight fifty-two as we look at the book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, Paul explains how we are the bride of Christ, a temple, and a soldier for the gospel. The unity that Paul emphasizes is described as a body working together for a common goal. The key chapters to review are Ephesians 1-6.
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11/19/2008
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Destination: Philippians
Philippians
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In our fifty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us through the book of Philippians, another of Paul's letters to the church. Referred to as "the epistle of joy," the message contained in these pages is one of long suffering and joy in the midst of Paul's time in prison. Despite his trials, we will see Paul rejoice over the church in Philippi and encourage them in unity, humility, and prayer. The key chapters to review are Philippians 1-4.
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1/7/2009
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Destination: Colossians
Colossians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-fourth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! On this flight, we will take a look at the young church in Colosse, and how they became the target of a heretical attack. The main theme in the book of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. The key chapters to review are Colossians 1-4.
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1/14/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1-5;2 Thessalonians 1-3:18
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In our fifty-fifth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Both books are written as an encouragement to the church in Thessalonica, exhorting them in the word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in the truth of the Lord. The key chapters to review are 1 Thessalonians 1-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1-3.
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1/21/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Timothy
1 Timothy 1-6;2 Timothy 1-4:22
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Join us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Timothy as we take our fifty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. These loving letters to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus, reveal Paul's true love for his brother in Christ and desire to encourage him in the Word and warn against false teachings. In these letters, Paul exhorts Timothy to stand strong and "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2). The key chapters to review are 1 Timothy 1-6 and 2 Timothy 1-4.
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1/28/2009
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Destination: Titus and Philemon
Titus 1-3:15;Philemon 1:1-25
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Get your travel planner out for flight fifty-seven of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the books of Titus and Philemon. While the letter to Titus focuses on the importance of sound doctrine and the elements of the church order, Philemon takes a more personal approach and speaks on the application of the great principles of Christian brotherhood to social life. The key chapters to review are Titus 1-3 and Philemon 1.
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2/4/2009
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Destination: Hebrews
Hebrews
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In our fifty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the book of Hebrews. Although the author of the book is not fully known, this well written letter reveals a man with a great desire to encourage Jewish believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to escape persecution by bowing to the rites and rituals of Judaism. The key chapters to review are Hebrews 1-2, 6, 11, and 13.
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2/11/2009
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Destination: James
James
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Our fifty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the distinctive book of James. Although grace through faith in the cross was vital for Jewish believer to understand, James addresses the issue of faith without a consistent lifestyle. This epistle adamantly declares that, "Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, also." (James 2:26) The key chapters to review are James 1-5.
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2/18/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Peter
1 Peter 1-5; 2 Peter 1-3
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us on a tour of the books of 1 & 2 Peter. Peter's first letter to the church exhorts Christians to remain steadfast in their faith when under persecution, and his second letter tackles the issue of false teachers and a need for discernment against the spreading apostasy. Both books contain a level of warmth in Peter's expressions, making them a great source of encouragement. The key chapters to review are 1 Peter 1-5 and 2 Peter 1-3.
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2/25/2009
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Destination: 1 John
1 John
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In our sixty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the book of 1 John. John writes to define and defend the nature of the person of Christ against heretical teachings affecting the early church. As John addresses the heretical teachings of the time, he also addresses the preeminence of God's love for us, and our duty to love others in return. The key chapters to review are 1 John 1-5.
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3/25/2009
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Destination: 2, 3 John and Jude
2 John, 3 John; Jude
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Flight sixty-two over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will give a sky high view over three small but concise books, 2 & 3 John and Jude. While all three books have a different primary focus, all are written with the purpose to encourage the church to keep a strong biblical foundation. This study will take us through the importance of biblical discernment, the need to be in fellowship with other believers, as well as the vital need to keep strong in the faith. The key chapters to review are 2 & 3 John, and Jude.
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4/1/2009
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Destination: Revelation 1-11
Revelation 1-11
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With only two more flights to go, we welcome you to get your travel planner ready for the first half of the book of Revelation and flight sixty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Considered to be one of the most powerful books in Scripture, Revelation is a direct vision from God, to John, which he was asked to record for future generations. Revelation 1:19, "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later." As the final warning to the world of the tribulation to come, it also serves as a source of hope for the Church. The key chapters to review are 1-4, 7, and 11.
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4/8/2009
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Destination: Revelation 12-22
Revelation 12-22
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Flight sixty-four brings us to the end of the scriptures and the second and final part of the book of Revelation. Chapters 12-22 lead us into some of the most thrilling text in the entire Bible, giving us a glimpse into the seven bowl judgments, the Beast, and the future tribulation, but also bringing us great hope for God's Church. The key chapters to review are Revelation 12-14, 18, and 20-22.
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4/15/2009
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Bible from 30k Final Q&A
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We have landed our flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. As we touch down and head to pick up the final baggage from our 65 flight series, our last sky-high view of the scriptures will includes this final Q&A Celebration. Pastor Skip and others answer questions from the last year, as well as on the spot questions from the audience.
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There are 64 additional messages in this series.