Summary: To show that we need to learn and experience the LORD while it is called Today, and we will be included in His Second Coming to reign and rule with Him.
Are you growing in your knowledge of the LORD today?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we need to learn and experience the LORD while it is called Today, and we will be included in His Second Coming to reign and rule with Him.
Hosea 6:3 (Amplified Bible)
6:3 Yes, let us know (recognize, be acquainted with, and understand) Him; let us be zealous to know the Lord [to appreciate, give heed to, and cherish Him]. His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us as the [heavy] rain, as the latter rain that waters the earth.
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You have shown us the Way to Salvation, You, Yourself and have allowed us to learn from You while here on earth, You will take us with You and in Your Second Coming, we will return here on earth to rule and reign the earth with iron hand.
Revelation 2:26-27 (Amplified Bible)
2:26 And he who overcomes (is victorious) and who obeys My commands to the [very] end [doing the works that please Me], I will give him authority and power over the nations;
2:27 And he shall rule them with a sceptre (rod) of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, and [his power over them shall be] like that which I Myself have received from My Father;
The LORD today, His first coming and His second coming
A. Author: Hosea, son of Beeri, contemporary of Isaiah and Micah
B. Date written: Approximately 755 B.C. to 710 B.C.
C. Purpose: To reveal God's unconditional love, especially illustrated in contrast to the sinful harlotry of His people.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
D. To whom written: The Northern Kingdom (Israel)
E. Main Theme: Spiritual Message. Apostasy from God is spiritual adultery.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
F. Key words: Unconditional love
G. Key verse: Hosea 3:1
Hosea 3:1 (Amplified Bible)
3:1 THEN SAID the Lord to me, Go again, love [the same] woman [Gomer] who is beloved of a paramour and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins [used in the sacrificial feasts in idol worship].
H. Notable Passage: Hosea 14
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Today, more experiential knowledge for you
"Yes, let us know (recognize, be acquainted with, and understand) Him; let us be zealous to know the Lord [to appreciate, give heed to, and cherish Him]."
Know or "yada" in Hebrew meaning:
1. acknowledge, advise, answer, acquaintance = We acknowledge the LORD in everything, we do this by thanking Him for everything whenever we receive it and use it, for example, we give glory to the LORD before we eat, acknowledging the LORD is the Source of our food and drink and whatever we do.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (Amplified Bible)
10:31 So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.
Acts 17:28 (Amplified Bible)
17:28 For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.
2. answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware = Whenever we are praised for whatever accomplishments, we answer the LORD, we say that the LORD is the One that did it.
John 15:5 (Amplified Bible)
15:5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
Philippians 4:13 (Amplified Bible)
4:13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
3. discern, discover = We discern and discover that everything existed because of the LORD.
Romans 1:20 (Amplified Bible)
1:20 For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks). So [men] are without excuse [altogether without any defense or justification],
Colossians 1:16 (Amplified Bible)
1:16 For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.
1 Timothy 1:17 (Amplified Bible)
1:17 Now to the King of eternity, incorruptible and immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever (to the ages of ages). Amen (so be it).