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Monday, January 4 2016

Hosea 12: The Way Out

"By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God"

The English-language word "exodus" originated from a compound Greek word, ex, meaning out, and hodos, meaning way, or road. Exodus, in practice and principle, means the way out.

While the Exodus of the time of Moses is the most-familiar to many people (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Exodus), there are, historically and prophetically, actually many people of a LORD-called exodus recorded in the Holy Scriptures. As we will read, true Christianity itself is an exodus out of the dead-end ways of the world by means of the Way of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).

The LORD called Abraham to an exodus out of Babylon - the place that had once been Eden, but was lost when humans chose to become delusional rebels against the winning Way (see How Did Eden Become Babylon? and Iniquity In History And Prophecy).

The Way

"12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

12:4 So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 12:5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came." (Genesis 12:1-5 KJV)

Abraham's pilgrimage was Christian (see also The Pilgrims), in that while he came out of the religious and political "Babylon," the remainder of his life, even after he arrived where the LORD told him to physically go (see A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan), was dedicated to the journey that all must make in order to arrive at the Kingdom of God (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?). What Abraham was given to do is the same journey that all true followers of the LORD have done before and since the time of Abraham - including Abraham's son Isaac and Isaac's son Jacob, who the LORD renamed as "Israel."

"11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city." (Hebrews 11:1-16 KJV)

The LORD, through His true prophets, frequently reminded the Israelites of their history and of the "exodus" that they should have been making, but over and over, they not only stopped along the Way, they abandoned themselves along it (see Forward, Backward, Awayward).

"12:1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

12:2 The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.

12:3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: 12:4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us; 12:5 Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial. 12:6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

12:7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress. 12:8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.

12:9 And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast. 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

12:11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

12:12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

12:13 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved. 12:14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him." (Hosea 12:1-14 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does being "saved" actually mean in the Word of God? When will it happen?
See Who Can Be Saved?; also Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?


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This Day In History, January 4

46 BC: Julius Caesar defeated Titus Labienus at the Battle of Ruspina (see also The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

41: The Roman emperor Caligula was murdered (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

771: Upon the death of his brother Carloman, Charlemagne becomes sole ruler of the Frankish Empire - that grew into the so-called "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

871: The forces of Ethelred of Wessex were defeated by a Danish invasion army at the Battle of Reading.

1493: Christopher Columbus set sail from "America" (all 4 voyages of Columbus actually did not go beyond the islands of the Caribbean Sea) to return to Spain on his first voyage of discovery (for a map of the four voyages of Columbus, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1528: Ferdinand of Austria, brother of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (see The Holy Roman Empire), outlawed the Anabaptists.

1642: King Charles I of England ordered the arrest of members of Parliament, triggering England's civil war.

1643: Isaac Newton was born. The English physicist and mathematician is widely regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time. His book PhilosophiƦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica ("Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy"), which was first published in 1687, laid the foundation for much of modern physics. Newton also made great contributions to optics (the Newtonian telescope, an excellent design that is still in use today, is named after him; the author's Newtonian telescope is shown in the photograph) and shares credit with Gottfried Leibniz for the invention of the infinitesimal calculus.

Isaac Newton
1754: King's College was founded in New York. After the revolution of the New England colonies, the college was expropriated by the rebels and renamed as Columbia University (after Christopher Columbus - who never set foot in mainland North America; see the Columbus entry, above, for the year 1493).

1861: The Confederate States of America were formed, first consisting of South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana - in effect, a rebellion against the states that had rebelled against Britain.

1863: During the U.S. Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln ordered General Ulysses Grant to revoke Grant's infamous "General Order Number 11" that expelled all Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.

1912: The moon made its closest approach to the earth in the 20th century, 438,249 km. / 272,315 miles.

1944: The British Fifth Army launched an attack upon Monte Cassino, Italy. On the same day, Soviet troops crossed the former Polish border.

1948: Burma withdrew from the British Commonwealth and became independent after more than 100 years of British rule.

1951: During the Korean War, Chinese and North Korean troops captured Seoul, South Korea from United Nations forces.

1974: Richard Nixon refused to deliver evidence subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.

1990: Panamanian President Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. invasion forces after taking refuge in the Vatican Embassy. Noriega's diplomatic status (he was a President of a sovereign nation) and prisoner of war rights (Noriega was a military officer in the Panamanian army), according to longstanding laws of civilized nations (including the Geneva Convention), were ignored; he was taken and imprisoned in jails for U.S. common criminals.

2010: The Burj Khalifa, in the United Arab Emirates, was officially opened. At 829 meters / 2,723 feet in height, it is the world's tallest building (in comparison to former record holders, the World Trade Center Towers in New York were 1,368 feet high and Canada's CN Tower is 1,815 feet tall).



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