My People Perish For Lack Of Knowledge
by Sharon McClean
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Hosea 4:6—My people are DESTROYED for LACK of KNOWLEDGE, because you have REJECTED KNOWLEDGE, I also will REJECT you from being PRIEST for Me; (Mal.2:7—For the lips of a priest should keep KNOWLEDGE, and people should seek THE LAW from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. (8) But you have DEPARTED from THE WAY ;) (Ps. 25:4—Show me YOUR WAYS, O Lord; TEACH me YOUR PATHS. (5) Lead me in YOUR TRUTH and TEACH me. (Ps. 43:3—Oh send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH! Let them lead me: Let them bring me to Your HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE.) (Ps. 99:9—EXALT the Lord our God, and worship at HIS HOLY HILL; for the Lord our God is HOLY.
Returning to Ps.25:12--Who is the man that FEARS the Lord? Him shall HE TEACH in the WAY He CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.) (Ps. 2:6—Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will DECLARE THE DECREE: The Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me and I will GIVE YOU the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.)
Ps. 78:68—But chose THE TRIBE of JUDAH, MOUNT ZION which He loved. (69) And HE BUILT His SANCTUARY like the heights, like the EARTH which he has ESTABLISHED FOREVER. Heb.9:11—But Christ came as HIGH PRIEST of the GOOD things to come, with the greater and more perfect TABERNACLE not made with hands, that is not of this creation. Heb.7:12—For the PRIESTHOOD being CHANGED, of necessity there is also a change of THE LAW. (Micah 4:2—For out of ZION the LAW shall go forth and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Returning to Heb. 9:13--For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to ANOTHER TRIBE, from which NO MAN HAS OFFICIATED AT THE ALTAR. (14) For it is evident that our Lord arose from JUDAH, of which TRIBE Moses spoke NOTHING concerning PRIESTHOOD. (15) And it is yet far more evident if in the likeness of MELCHIZEDEK, there arises another PRIEST (16) Who has come, not according to THE LAW of a fleshly commandment, but according to THE POWER of an ENDLESS LIFE. (17) For He testifies: “You are a PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.)
Heb. 5:5—So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: You are MY SON, today I have BEGOTTEN You. (The second Ps. goes on to read: You are My Son today I have Begotten You. Ask of Me and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession) Returning to Heb 5:6—As He also says in another place, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
(Is. 45:20—They have NO KNOWLEDGE, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that cannot save. (22) Look to Me, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God and there is NO other.) (Returning to Mal. 2:7--you have caused MANY to STUMBLE at THE LAW. (James 2:8—If you really fulfill the ROYAL LAW according to the Scripture, “You shall love your NEIGHBOR as yourself,” you do well; (9) but if you show PARTIALITY, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors, (10) For whoever shall keep the whole law YET STUMBLE IN ONE POINT, HE IS GUILTY OF ALL. Returning to Mal. 2:9--Therefore I have made you CONTEMPTIBLE and BASE before all the people, because you have not kept MY WAYS but have shown PARTILIATY in the LAW. (10) Have we not ALL ONE FATHER? Has not ONE GOD CREATED US? Why do we deal treacherously with one another by profaning the covenant of the fathers?
Jere. 3:14—RETURN, O backsliding children, says the Lord, for I am MARRIED to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I WILL BRING YOU TO ZION. (15) And I will give you shepherds ACCORDING TO MY HEART, who will feed you with KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING. (17) At that time JERUSALEM shall be called THE THRONE OF THE LORD, and ALL THE NATIONS shall be GATHERED to IT, to the name of the Lord, to JERUSALEM; they shall walk NO more after the STUBBORNESS of their evil HEART.
Is. 46:12—LISTEN to ME, you STUBBORN-HEARTED, who are FAR from RIGHTEOUSNESS; (13) I BRING MY RIGHTEOUSNESS NEAR, it shall not be far off; MY SALVATION shall NOT linger. And I will PLACE SALVATION in ZION, for ISRAEL My GLORY. Is. 51:7—LISTEN to ME, you who know RIGHTEOUSNESS, you people in whose heart is MY LAW: Do not fear the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their revilings. (8) For the moth will eat them like wool; but MY RIGHTEOUSNESS will be FOREVER, and MY SALVATION from GENERATION to GENERATION. (Ps.14:4—Have ALL the workers of iniquity no KNOWLEDGE, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and DO NOT call on the Lord? (5) There they are in great fear, for God is with the GENERATION of the RIGHTEOUS. (6) You shame the counsel of the poor, but the Lord is his REFUGE. (7) Oh, that the SALVATION of ISRAEL would come out of ZION! When the Lord brings back the captivity of HIS PEOPLE, let JACOB rejoice and ISRAEL be glad.) Is. 2:3—Many people shall come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of JACOB; He will TEACH US HIS WAYS, and we shall walk IN HIS PATHS. For OUT OF ZION shall go forth THE LAW, and the WORD OF THE LORD from JERUSALEM. Ps. 135:21—Blessed be the Lord out of ZION, who dwells in JERUSALEM!
Hosea 6:1—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. Pro. 11:9—The hypocrite with his mouth DESTROYS his NEIGHBOR, but through KNOWLEDGE the RIGHTEOUS will be DELIVERED. (11) By the blessing of the UPRIGHT the city is EXALTED. Pro. 2:1--My son if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, (2) so that you incline your ear to WISDOM, and apply your heart to UNDERSTANDING; (3) Yes, if you CRY OUT FOR DISCERNMENT and lift up your voice for UNDERSTANDING, (4) if you SEEK HER as SILVER, and SEARCH FOR HER as FOR HIDDEN TREASURES; (5) then you will UNDERSTAND the FEAR OF THE LORD, and FIND THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. (6) For the Lord gives WISDOM; From His mouth come KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING; (James 1:5—If any of you LACKS WISDOM, let him ASK of GOD, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (6) But let him ASK in FAITH, with NO DOUBTING, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (Every wind of doctrine?) (7) For let NOT that man suppose THAT HE WILL RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM THE LORD; (8) For he is a DOUBLE-MINDED MAN, UNSTABLE IN ALL HIS WAYS. Pro. 3:13—HAPPY is the man who finds WISDOM, and the man who gains UNDERSTANDING. (17) Her ways are ways of PLEASANTNESS and all her paths are PEACE, (18) She is A TREE OF LIFE to those who take hold of her, and HAPPY are all who retain her.
Returning to Pro. 2:10--When WISDOM enters your heart, and KNOWLEDGE is PLEASANT to your soul, DISCRETION will PRESERVE you; UNDERSTANDING will KEEP you. (12) To deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things. (Turned away from that which is right!) (13) From those who leave the paths of UPRIGHTNESS to walk in the way of DARKNESS. (21) For the UPRIGHT WILL DWELL IN THE LAND, and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN in IT; (22) But the wicked will be CUT OFF from the earth, and the UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from IT. (Amos 5:20—Is not the DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS, and NOT LIGHT?)
Hosea 6: 3-- Let us KNOW and 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. (Pro. 16:14—As messengers of DEATH is the king’s WRATH, but a WISE MAN will APPEASE it. (1 Thess. 3:9—For God DID NOT appoint us to WRATH, but to obtain SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.) (Pro.16:15--In the LIGHT of the king’s FACE is LIFE, and HIS FAVOR is like a CLOUD of the LATTER RAIN.) (James 2:7—Therefore be patient, UNTIL the COMING of THE LORD. See how the farmer WAITS for the precious FRUIT of the EARTH, waiting patiently for it until it receives the EARLY and the LATTER RAIN. (Is. 45:8—RAIN down, you heavens from above, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS, let the earth open, LET THEM BRING FORTH SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together. I, the Lord have created it. Heb. 9:28—To those who eagerly wait for Him HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, apart FROM SIN, for SALVATION.
Returning to Hosea 6:5—Therefore I have HEWN THEM by THE WORDS of MY MOUTH; (6) For I DESIRE MERCY and NOT SACRIFICE, and THE KNOWLEDGE of GOD more than burnt offerings. (Heb. 10:5—SACRIFICE and OFFERING You did NOT DESIRE, but A BODY You have prepared for Me. (6) In burnt offering and sacrifices for sin YOU HAD NO PLEASURE. (7) Then I said ‘Behold, I have come---in the VOLUME of THE BOOK it is written of Me—to do YOUR WILL, O God. Ps.40:6—SACRIFICE and OFFERING You did not DESIRE; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and SIN OFFERING YOU DID NOT REQUIRE, (7) Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the SCROLL of THE BOOK it is written of me. (8) I delight to do YOUR WILL, O my God, and YOUR LAW is within my heart. (9) I have proclaimed the GOOD NEWS of RIGHTEOUSNESS in THE GREAT CONGREGATION. Ps. 22:25—My praise shall be of You in THE GREAT CONGREGATION; (27) ALL THE ENDS OF THE WORLD SHALL REMEMBER and TURN TO THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES of THE NATIONS shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. For THE KINGDOM is THE LORD’S and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS. Ps.110:1—The Lord said to my Lord, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, TILL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL. (2) The Lord shall send THE ROD of YOUR STRENGTH OUT OF ZION. RULE IN THE MIDST OF YOUR ENEMIES!
Pro.1:29—Because they HATED KNOWLEDGE and DID NOT CHOOSE THE FEAR OF THE LORD, (Pro. 1:7—The FEAR of the LORD is the BEGINNING of KNOWLEDGE.) (Deut. 4:9—Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you FORGET the things your eyes have seen, (in the word) and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, (10) ESPECIALLY concerning the day you stood before the lord your God in HOREB, when the Lord said to me. ‘Gather the people to Me, and I WILL LET THEM HEAR MY WORDS THAT THEY MAY LEARN to FEAR ME all THE DAYS THEY LIVE ON THE EARTH, and that they may teach their CHILDREN. (Deut. 5:2—The Lord our God made A COVENANT with us in HOREB. (3) The Lord DID NOT make this covenant with our fathers, but WITH THOSE WHO ARE HERE TODAY, ALL OF US WHO ARE ALIVE.)
(Mal. 4:2—But to you who FEAR My name THE SUN of RIGHTEOUNESS shall ARISE WITH HEALING in HIS WINGS. (4) REMEMBER THE LAW of Moses My servant, which I commanded him in HOREB for ALL Israel, with the statutes and judgments. (5) Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet BEFORE THE COMING of THE GREAT and DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And He will TURN the hearts of the FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the hearts of the CHILDREN to their FATHERS, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.) Ps.37:22—For those who are BLESSED by Him SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH, but those who are CURSED by Him shall be cut off. Amos 5:18—Woe to you who desire the DAY OF THE LORD! For what good is the DAY OF THE LORD TO YOU? (20) Is not the DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT? (21) I HATE, I despise your feast days, and I DO NOT savor your SACRED ASSEMBLIES. (23) Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I WILL NOT hear the melody of your stringed instruments. (24) But let JUSTICE run down like water, and RIGHTEOUSNESS like a mighty stream. Is. 42:1—Behold! My Servant whom I UPHOLD, My ELECT ONE in whom My soul DELIGHTS! I have put MY SPIRIT UPON HIM; He will bring forth JUSTICE to the GENTILES. (4) He will NOT FAIL nor be discouraged, till HE HAS ESTABLISHED JUSTICE IN THE EARTH;
2 Chron. 7:14—IF MY PEOPLE who are CALLED BY MY NAME will HUMBLE themselves, (Ps.25:9—The HUMBLE He guides in JUSTICE, and the HUMBLE HE TEACHES HIS WAY. (12) Who is the man that FEARS the Lord? HIM SHALL HE TEACH IN THE WAY HE CHOOSES, (13) He himself shall dwell in PROSPERITY, and his DESCENDANTS shall INHERIT THE EARTH.) Returning to 2 Chron. 7:14—(If my people) will HUMBLE themselves and PRAY and SEEK MY FACE, (Ps 24:6—JACOB is the generation of those who seek His face. Also his name is changed to ISRAEL in Gen.32:28—And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called JACOB, but ISRAEL: for you have STRUGGLED with GOD and WITH MEN, and have PREVAILED) Returning to 2 Chron. 7:14--and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, (Ps.37:9—For EVILDOERS shall be CUT OFF, but those who WAIT on the Lord, THEY shall INHERIT THE EARTH.) Returning to 2 Chron.7:14--then I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, (Deut. 26:15—Look down from Your holy habitation, from HEAVEN, and BLESS Your people ISRAEL and THE LAND which You have GIVEN US, just as You SWORE to our FATHERS, a land flowing with milk and honey.) Returning to 2 Chron 7:14--and will FORGIVE THEIR SIN and HEAL their LAND. Jere.3:22--RETURN, you backsliding children and I WILL HEAL YOUR BACKSLIDINGS. Jere. 30:17—For I will RESTORE HEALTH to you and HEAL you of your WOUNDS, says the Lord, BECAUSE THEY CALLED YOU AN OUTCAST saying: THIS is ZION; NO ONE SEEKS HER.
Hosea 14:1—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 offer THE SACRIFICE 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, (Ps.90:13—RETURN O Lord! How long? And have compassion on Your servants. (14) Oh, satisfy us EARLY with YOUR MERCY, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days! (15) Make us GLAD according to the days IN WHICH YOU HAVE AFFLICTED US, and the years in which we have seen evil. (16) LET YOUR WORKS APPEAR to YOUR SERVANTS, and YOUR GLORY to THEIR CHILDREN. (17) And LET THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD OUR GOD BE UPON US, and ESTABLISH THE WORK OF OUR HANDS FOR US; Yes, ESTABLISH THE WORK OF OUR HANDS. (2 Tim. 3:16—ALL Scripture is GIVEN by INSPIRATION of GOD, and is PROFITABLE for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for CORRECTION, for INSTRUCTION in RIGHTEOUSNESS. (17) that the man of God may be COMPLETE thoroughly equipped for EVERY GOOD WORK.)
Returning to Hosea 14:7--Those who DWELL under HIS SHADOW shall RETURN; They shall be REVIVED like GRAIN, and GROW like THE VINE (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 THE TRANSGRESSORS STUMBLE IN THEM. Ps. 91:1—He who dwells in the SECRET PLACE of the Most High shall abide under THE SHADOW of the ALMIGHTY. (Ps. 31:20—YOU shall HIDE THEM in THE SECRET PLACE of YOUR PRESENCE.) Returning to Ps. 91:2—I will say of the Lord, He is my REFUGE and my FORTRESS; MY GOD, in HIM, I WILL TRUST. (3) Surely He shall DELIVER you from THE SNARE of the FOWLER and from the perilous pestilence.
(Is. 31:1—Woe to those who go down to EGYPT for help, and rely on HORSES, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in HORSES because they are strong, but WHO DO NOT LOOK to THE HOLY ONE of ISRAEL, nor SEEK THE LORD! (Pro. 9:10—The FEAR of the Lord is the beginning of WISDOM, and the KNOWLEDGE of THE HOLY ONE is UNDERSTANDING. (11) For by me your days will be multiplied, and years of life will be added to you.) (Is. 49:7—Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, their HOLY ONE, (8) Thus says the Lord: In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in THE DAY OF SALVATION I have HELPED You. I will PRESERVE You and GIVE YOU as A COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to INHERIT the desolate heritages; looking back at verse 6…I will also GIVE YOU as A LIGHT to the GENTILES, that YOU SHOULD BE MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.)
Returning to Is. 31:2--Yet He also is WISE and will bring DISASTER, and WILL NOT CALL BACK HIS WORDS, but will arise against the house of evildoers, and against the help of those who work iniquity. (3) Now the EGYPTIANS are MEN, and NOT GOD; and their HORSES are FLESH, and NOT SPIRIT. (4) For thus the Lord has spoken to me: As a lion roars, and a young lion over his prey, when a MULTITUDE OF SHEPHERDS is SUMMONED AGAINST HIM, He WIIL NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR VOICE nor be disturbed by THEIR NOISE. So THE LORD OF HOSTS WILL COME DOWN TO FIGHT FOR MOUNT ZION and ITS HILL. (5) Like BIRDS flying about, (I’ll fly away O glory?) so will the Lord of hosts defend JERUSAEM. (Jere. 5:26—For among MY PEOPLE are found WICKED MEN; they lie in wait as one who sets SNARES; they set a TRAP; they CATCH MEN. (27) as a cage is FULL OF BIRDS, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have become great and grown rich. (28) They have grown fat, they are sleek; Yes, they surpass the DEEDS of THE WICKED; They DO NOT plead the cause of THE FATHERLESS, yet they prosper, and the RIGHT of THE NEEDY they DO NOT DEFEND. (29) Shall I NOT PUNISH THEM FOR THESE THINGS? Says the Lord. Shall I not AVENGE MYSELF on such a nation as THIS?)
Returning to Is.31:6--RETURN to HIM, against whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. (7) For in that day every man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold—SIN, WHICH YOUR OWN HANDS HAVE MADE FOR YOURSELVES. (8) Then ASSYRIA (Is.19:5—Woe to ASSYRIA, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation. (7) Yet he does not mean so, nor does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to DESTROY and CUT OFF not a few NATIONS.) Returning to Is.31:8—Then ASSYRIA shall fall by a sword NOT of man and a SWORD NOT of MANKIND shall devour him. (9) He shall cross over to his stronghold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the banner. Says the Lord, WHOSE FIRE IS IN ZION and whose FURNACE is in JERUSALEM.) Is. 64:1-Oh that You would rend the heavens! That You would COME DOWN! That the mountains might shake at Your presence—(2) As FIRE burns brushwood, as FIRE causes water to boil—TO MAKE YOUR NAME KNOWN TO YOUR ADVERSARIES, that THE NATIONS may tremble at YOUR PRESENCE. (3) When you did AWESOME THINGS for which we did NOT look.)
Returning to Ps. 91:4--He shall COVER YOU WITH HIS FEATHERS, and UNDER HIS WINGS you shall take YOUR REFUGE. (Ps.14:4—Have the workers of INIQUITY no KNOWLEDGE, who eat up MY PEOPLE as they eat bread, and do not call on the Lord? (5) For GOD IS WITH THE GENERATION of THE RIGHTEOUS. (Pro. 10:30—The RIGHTEOUS will NEVER be REMOVED, but the wicked will NOT INHABIT THE EARTH.) (Ps. 72:18—Now also when I am old and gray headed, O God, do NOT forsake me, UNTIL I DECLARE YOUR STRENGTH to THIS GENERATION, YOUR POWER to EVERYONE WHO IS TO COME.) (Ps. 111:6—He has declared to HIS PEOPLE the POWER of HIS WORKS, in giving them THE HERITAGE of THE NATIONS.) Returning to Ps. 14:6--You shame the counsel of the poor, but THE LORD HAS GIVEN HIM REFUGE. (7) Oh, that the SALVATION of ISRAEL would come out of ZION! When the Lord BRINGS BACK the CAPTIVITY of HIS PEOPLE, let JACOB rejoice and ISRAEL be GLAD. (Is. 14:32-What will one then answer the messengers of the nation? That THE LORD has FOUNDED ZION, and the poor of HIS PEOPLE shall take REFUGE in it.) Ps.87:1—HIS FOUNDATION is in the holy mountains. (2) The Lord LOVES the GATES OF ZION more than the dwellings of JACOB. (3) GLORIOUS things are spoken of you, O CITY of GOD!
Hosea 10:12—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. (Ps.51:18—Do good in Your good pleasure to ZION; build the walls of Jerusalem. (19) Then you will be PLEASED with the SACRIFICES of RIGHTEOUSNESS.) (Is. 45:8—RAIN down, you heavens from above, and let the skies pour down RIGHTEOUSNESS; let the earth open, let them bring forth SALVATION, and let RIGHTEOUSNESS spring up together. I, the Lord, have created it.) (Heb. 9:28—To those who eagerly wait for Him HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART FROM SIN, FOR SALVATION.) Hosea 12:6—So YOU, by THE HELP OF YOUR GOD, RETURN, observe MERCY and JUSTICE, and WAIT ON YOUR GOD CONTINUALLY. Jere.30:10—JACOB shall RETURN, have REST and be QUIET, and NO ONE shall make him AFRAID.
Hosea 11:7—MY PEOPLE are bent on BACKSLIDING from Me. Though they call to the Most High, NONE at ALL EXALT HIM. Ps. 93:10—But my horn you have EXALTED like a wild ox; I have been ANOINTED with FRESH OIL. (11) My eye has also seen my desire on my enemies; My ears hear my desire on the wicked who rise up AGAINST me. (12) The RIGHTEOUS shall flourish like a palm tree, (Pro.10:30—The RIGHTEOUS shall NEVER BE REMOVED, but the wicked will NOT inhabit the EARTH.) Returning to Ps. 93:12--he shall grow like a Cedar in Lebanon. (13) Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. (14) They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, (15) to declare that THE LORD IS UPRIGHT; He is my rock, and there is NO unrighteousness in Him. Ps. 140:13—Surely the RIGHTEOUS shall give THANKS to Your name; THE UPRIGHT shall DWELL in YOUR PRESENCE.
Pro.2:21—For THE UPRIGHT will DWELL IN THE LAND, and THE BLAMELESS will REMAIN in IT; (22) But the wicked will be CUT OFF from the earth, and the UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from it. (Jere.25:4—And the Lord has sent to you all His servants and the PROPHETS, RISING EARLY and SENDING THEM, but you HAVE NOT LISTENED nor inclined your ear to hear. (5) They said REPENT (Acts 4:19—REPENT therefore and be CONVERTED, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of REFRESHING may come from the PRESENCE of the Lord, (20) and that HE MAY SEND JESUS CHRIST, WHO WAS PREACHED TO YOU BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive until the TIMES OF RESTORATION of ALL THINGS, which GOD has SPOKEN by the mouth of all His HOLY PROPHETS since the world began.) (Is. 49:8—I will PRESERVE You and GIVE You as a COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to INHERIT the desolate heritages; (9) That You may say to the PRISONERS, ‘Go forth, to those who sat in DARKNESS SHOW YOURSELVES. (Amos 5:18—Woe to you who desire THE DAY OF THE LORD! For what good is that day to you. (20) Is not the DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT?)
Returning to Jere. 25:5—REPENT now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and DWELL IN THE LAND that the Lord has given to you and your fathers FOREVER and EVER. (6) Do NOT go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and DO NOT PROVOKE ME TO ANGER WITH THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS TO YOUR OWN HURT.) (Eze. 22:30—So I SOUGHT FOR A MAN among them who would MAKE A WALL, and stand in THE GAP BEFORE ME ON BEHALF OF THE LAND, THAT I SHOULD NOT DESTROY IT; BUT I FOUND NO ONE. (31) Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My WRATH; and I have RECOMPENSED their deeds ON THEIR OWN HEADS, says the Lord God.
Eze. 13:4—O Israel, your PROPHETS are like FOXES in the DESERT. (5) You HAVE NOT GONE UP INTO THE GAPS to build a WALL for the house of ISRAEL to STAND IN BATTLE on THE DAY of THE LORD (6) They have envisioned FUTILITY and FALSE DIVINATION, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord!’ But the LORD HAS NOT SENT THEM; (1 John 4:13—By this we know that we abide in the Father and He in us, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (in the word) and testify that THE FATHER has SENT the SON as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.) Returning to Eze. 13:6--yet they HOPE that THE WORD may be CONFIRMED. Rom. 8:19—For the earnest expectation of the CREATION EAGERLY WAITS FOR THE REVEALING OF THE SONS OF GOD. (Heb.9: 28--To those who EAGERLY WAIT for Him He will appear A SECOND TIME apart from SIN for SALVATION. Returning to Rom. 4:20--For the CREATION was subjected to FUTILITY, NOT WILLINGLY, but because of HIM WHO SUBJECTED IT IN HOPE; (21) Because the CREATION ITSELF also will be DELIVERED FROM the BONDAGE of CORRUPTION into THE GLORIOUS LIBERTY OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
Returning to Hosea 11:9--I will NOT execute the fierceness of My anger; I will NOT again destroy EPHRAIM. (fruitful), 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; 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. Is. 10:5—Woe to ASSYRIA, the rod of MY ANGER and the staff in whose hand is My indignation. (7) Yet he does not MEAN so nor does his heart THINK so, but IT IS IN HIS HEART TO DESTROY and CUT OFF NOT A FEW NATIONS. (Ps 2: 8—I will give You THE NATIONS as YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.)
Is. 35:3—Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. (4) Say to those who are fearful-hearted, be STRONG, DO NOT FEAR! Behold, your God will come with VENGEANCE, with the RECOMPENSE of GOD; He will come and save you. (10) and THE RANSOMED of the LORD shall RETURN, and come to ZION with SINGING, with EVERLASTING JOY on their heads. They shall obtain JOY and GLADNESS, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Is 59:15—So TRUTH fails and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. THEN THE LORD SAW IT, and IT DISPLEASED HIM that there was NO JUSTICE. (16) He saw that there was NO MAN, and WONDERED THAT THERE WAS NO INTECESSOR; Therefore His own arm brought SALVATION for Him; and HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, it sustained Him. (17) For He PUT ON RIGHTEOUSNESS as a BREASTPLATE, and A HELMET of SALVATON on HIS HEAD. He put on THE GARMENTS of VENGEANCE FOR CLOTHING, and was clad with ZEAL as a cloak
Is.61:1—The Spirit of the Lord God is UPON ME, because the Lord has ANOINTED Me to preach GOOD TIDINGS to the poor; He has sent Me to HEAL the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the CAPTIVES, and the OPENING of the PRISON to those who are BOUND; (2) to proclaim the ACCEPTABLE YEAR of the Lord, and THE DAY OF VENGEANCE of our God, to comfort all who mourn, (3) to CONSOLE those who mourn in ZION to GIVE THEM BEAUTY for ASHES, the OIL of JOY for MOURNING, the GARMENT of PRAISE for the SPIRIT of HEAVINESS; that they may be called TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, THE PLANTING OF THE LORD, THAT HE MAY BE GLORIFIED.
Zeph.3:16—In that day it shall be said to JERUSALEM: Do not fear; ZION let not your hands be weak. (17) The Lord your God IN YOUR MIDST , the MIGHTY ONE , WILL SAVE; He will REJOICE over you with GLADNESS, He will quiet you in HIS LOVE, He will REJOICE over you with SINGING. (18) I will GATHER those who SORROW OVER THE APPOINTED ASSEMBLEY, among you, to whom its reproach is a BURDEN. (19) Behold, at that time I will deal with all who afflict you. I will SAVE the LAME, and GATHER THOSE who were DRIVEN OUT. I will appoint them for PRAISE and FAME in every land where they were put to shame. (20) At that time I WILL BRING YOU BACK, even at the time I gather you: For I will give you FAME and PRAISE among ALL THE PEOPLES OF THE EARTH, when I RETURN YOUR CAPTIVES BEFORE YOUR EYES, says the Lord. Is. 11:11—It shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall SET HIS HAND AGAIN THE SECOND TIME to RECOVER THE REMNANT OF HIS PEOPLE WHO ARE LEFT. Jere. 13:11—For as the sash clings to the waist of man, so I have caused the whole house of ISRAEL and the whole house of JUDAH to CLING TO ME, says the Lord, that they may become MY PEOPLE, for RENOWN, for PRAISE, and for GLORY;
Is. 51:3—For the Lord will COMFORT ZION, He will comfort all her waste places; HE WILL MAKE HER WILDERNESS LIKE EDEN, and HER DESERT LIKE THE GARDEN OF THE LORD: JOY and GLADNESS will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. Joel 2:15—Alas for the day! FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD IS AT HAND; it shall come as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY. (16) Is not the food cut off before our eyes, JOY and GLADNESS from the HOUSE OF OUR GOD? Ps.90:3—You turn man to DESTRUCTION, and say, RETURN, O children of Men. (4) For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a WATCH in THE NIGHT. Is. 10:22—For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, Yet a REMNANT of them will RETURN; THE DESTRUCTION DECREED SHALL OVERFLOW WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS.(24) Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: O MY PEOPLE WHO DWELL IN ZION, do NOT be afraid of the ASSYRIAN. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of EGYPT. Jere. 4:1—If you will RETURN, O Israel, says the Lord, RETURN to Me; and if your will put away your abominations out of My sight. Then YOU SHALL NOT BE MOVED. (2) And you shall SWEAR, THE LORD LIVES, in TRUTH, in JUDGMENT, and in RIGHTEOUSNESS; THE NATIONS SHALL BLESS THEMSELVES IN HIM, and in Him they shall glory.
Hab.2:9—Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house, that he may set his nest on high that he may be delivered from the power of disaster! (10) You gave shameful counsel to your house, CUTTING OFF MANY PEOPLES, and sinned against your soul. (14) For the earth WILL BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD as waters cover the sea. Amos 9:9—ALL THE SINNERS of MY PEOPLE shall die by the sword, who say, ‘THE CALAMITY SHALL NOT OVERTAKE US NOR CONFRONT US.’ (15) I WILL PLANT them in their land, and NO LONGER shall they be PLUCKED UP from the LAND I have GIVEN THEM, says the Lord your God. Is. 5:7—For the VINEYARD of the LORD of HOSTS is the HOUSE of ISRAEL, and the men of JUDAH are his PLEASANT PLANT. Is. 52:15—But I am the Lord your God who divided the sea whose waves roared—The Lord of hosts is His name. (16) And I HAVE PUT MY WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, that I may plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth, and SAY TO ZION, YOU ARE MY PEOPLE.
Zech. 8:2—Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am ZEALOUS for ZION, and will DWELL IN the MIDST OF JERUSALEM. JERUSALEM shall be called the CITY OF TRUTH. The mountain of the Lord of hosts, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN. Is. 52:1—AWAKE, awake! Put on your STRENGTH, O ZION; put on your BEAUTIFUL GARMENTS, O JERUSALEM, THE HOLY CITY! (7) How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who BRINGS GOOD NEWS, who proclaims PEACE, who brings GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS who proclaims SALVATION, WHO SAYS TO ZION, YOUR GOD REIGNS! (8) Your watchmen shall lift up their voices with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye WHEN THE LORD BRINGS BACK ZION. (9) Break forth into JOY, SING TOGETHER, you waste places of JERUSALEM! For the Lord has COMFORTED HIS PEOPLE He has REDEEMED JERUSALEM, (10) The Lord has made bare His HOLY ARM in the eyes of ALL NATIONS; and ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD. Ps.135:21—Blessed be the Lord out of ZION who dwells in JERUSALEM!
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My dear Robin it was the Holy Spirit who was leading me in presenting the Scriptures. I know knowledge is not enough. Knowing God is the most important thing in the world. However after we get to know Him, His knowledge is what we should get to know. Love, Sharon
Reading scripture is truly profitable and good for those who take it to heart. However, scripture alone doesn't really make the writing an article. Sometimes the scriptures need to be explained so the reader can understand the point you are trying to make. Also, too many scriptures overwhelm the reader and they can only remember one or two points at a time. At some point, a brain overload takes place and the reader loses interest in the rest of the story. Perhaps a few less scriptures and more explanation of your points would help. I agree that, in many cases, more knowledge can be good. However, salvation doesn't come from knowledge of scripture; it comes from knowing God which can only happen through revelation that the Holy Spirit brings to the person's heart and mind. This revelation comes from the Holy Spirit when a person reads scripture or spends time in prayer and fellowship with God. Knowledge of scripture is powerless without the Holy Spirit bring life to it. Also head knowledge of scripture is useless if we don't take it and apply it to our daily lives. Many times we have a great amount of head knowledge but don't use it or apply it to our life. If knowledge just sits and ruminates in our head, what good is it?
Hi Sharon - Thank you for this rich message. Yes, we the people of GOD need to increase in our knowledge of Him. He delights when we draw nigh to His awesome holiness and do His will...
Hi Sharon, thanks for commenting on my article. I really like your work on this topic. Thanks for teaching me more about the heart of God.
If only we could get people who have knowledge, then we could not have anyone perish, but all to come into fulness of Joy in the Lord, our God.Keep writing for Him, it's a great blessing to me, love sent, Justus
Dear Sharon, I donâ€™t think I have ever known anyone like you who can put together such an exhausted string of scriptures to convey a single or directed message like this. The study that is involved is beyond human effort. May God richly bless you and keep you in His perfect will. You are loved. Ps, I no longer have PM also. In the words of that great Italian master, MYFUNDSARELOW!
Dearest Sharon... Like Lucian, I am awed by your amazing gift of receiving God's Word in this way! God bless you for sharing this very special gift with all of us. You are teaching us how to know God through His Word and His Wisdom. From your 'lessons' we need to go on to develop our personal faith and put into practice what God is showing us: "ASK in FAITH, with NO DOUBTING". I might add that in addition to 'teaching us' you also inspire us by the wonderful way you live your life and the way you let your beautiful faith lead your way! God bless you!!!! Love, Peggy