Eric, no matter the situation you grew up under, God is the master at molding and shaping us into who He wants us to be. He is doing a wonderful work in you! We cannot change the past but with God we need not worry about our future.
No Eric; like you, I grew up with rough people and a monster as well. I'm no one's hero, saint, preacher or much anything else. But the One who saved me and began to heal me is the One whom deserves all praise. As for me, I was "The Thing That Should Not Be" before the Lord had mercy upon me.
I just LOVED what he was teaching. George and I just finished watching the DVD Patterns of Evidence in which Tim Mahoney examines the evidence for the Bible in the Exodus account. It was wonderful and it was just those passages. Mahoney brought up that obscure scribe that was complaining about the plagues -- but it's about 200 years before the archeologists want to date Exodus. Wonderful DVD and I was remembering that scribe-- I'm sure he is aware of the material.John does a Great job with his Bible studies on Weds. Years of teaching under his belt.
I have to get that next one. Loved this first one.Excellent film! Actually, we are going to play that film this Saturday night for our movie night. John just asked if I had the DVD. I tipped him off on it last year. The next in that series is awesome as well. The Moses Controversy, I believe it is called. I am glad you were blessed!!
Ok so I read this last night offline, and oh MY! Sent me right quick into Hosea. Exciting. Yes it's eschatological. The whole book is an outline of history in advance beginning with the idolatry of the Northern kingdom, and the diaspora under the Assyrians of old, but then it looks forward to the future millennial reign of Christ, the 3rd day in which Israel is healed after 2 days of terrible times-- 2 millennia of wandering, repentance and a millennia of healing. Sprinkled throughout are references to Assyrian kings.We are always learning and being encouraged by God. I had so much more to say. Look at Hosea, who prophesied during the 8th century near to when Assyria took the Northern Ten (Israel) captive and scattered them to the winds in 721 BC. In Hosea 8 there are some interesting things written concerning the future of the Northern kingdom and God's disdain for the golden calves of Samaria. One of the terms referred to is "king of princes" lower case. As I read this in the context of Israel being swept away by Assyria and not returning to the land, I thought about vs. 10 which states they would be regathered and suffer a little because of the burden or proclamation of the king of princes.
Here is the NKJV:
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.
10 Even though they hire lovers among the nations, I will now round them up, and they will begin to decrease in number under the burden of the king and leaders.
Personally, I think it is eschatological, and may reference a regathering in the last days where they may suffer under the proclamation of the AC. The regathering itself, is an act of mercy by God on the nation of Israel. Pink and some others agree, but 95% do not. So what do you think? Read vss. 1-10 carefully.
First off, YES! It is annoying reading those who like to brush aside any possibility that prophecy would have both a near and far fulfillment. They do a disservice when they read their own ideas back into the text. So discouraging when I read a commentary on something that says in effect- Oh yeah, that was all fulfilled when the Assyrians motored thru and destroyed everything they got their paws on. Completely missing the point that prophecy often has a near and a far fulfillment. And completely missing the potential for a far fulfillment.Now some translations seem to have taken some liberty to make it sound as if they will be gathered from within Israel or "Rounded up" and then suffer under the King and leaders. Clearly not the intent of the Hebrew IMO, but it makes the verse contemporary with 8th century events and pushes any future aspects away.
I hadn't noticed that before, but YES you are right. Ok I was remembering one of the names for the AC is "the Assyrian" and I'm fascinated by that possibility that this is the one Hosea is referring to. "king of princes" which would fit the little horn that rises up. And in chapt 11:5 there is another reference to the king of Assyria, and unlike ch 10 v 6 it doesn't refer to him by name.In Hosea 8 there are some interesting things written concerning the future of the Northern kingdom and God's disdain for the golden calves of Samaria. One of the terms referred to is "king of princes" lower case. As I read this in the context of Israel being swept away by Assyria and not returning to the land, I thought about vs. 10 which states they would be regathered and suffer a little because of the burden or proclamation of the king of princes.
Wow, thank you Mike, so much packed into each verse! It's bigger on the inside than the outside to quote CSLewis about a baby in a stable born 2000 years and a bit back.“A cunning Canaanite! --> Literal Hebrew "K'anan" and also means trafficker - Merchant
Deceitful scales are in his hand; --> Perfect picture of the lies told by AC, on the one balance protector and the other weightier balance he is oppressor.
He loves to oppress."