I thought it best to declare a time of rest
in our "in-between time" of Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Looking forward to picking up and completing Amos in the first weeks of 2011!
3For thus says the Lord GOD,
"The city which goes forth a thousand strong
Will have a hundred left,
And the one which goes forth a hundred strong
Will have ten left to the house of Israel."
4For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel, "Seek Me that you may live.
5"But do not resort to Bethel And do not come to Gilgal, Nor cross over to Beersheba; For Gilgal will certainly go into captivity And Bethel will come to trouble.
6"Seek the LORD that you may live, or He will break forth like a fire, O house of Joseph, And it will consume with none to quench it for Bethel,
7For those who turn justice into wormwood and cast righteousness down to the earth."
"Seek Me that you may live." (vs. 4)
"Seek the Lord that you may live...." (vs.6)
"Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the LORD,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon."--Isaiah 55:7
"Yet you have not returned to me...." (vs. 11)
"'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD. 'Do you not tremble in My presence?..."--Jeremiah 5:22a
"A name or title of God frequently used in the OT, always translated 'Jehovah of Hosts'.... The meaning of the title is that all created agencies and forces are under the leadership or dominion of Jehovah, who made and maintains them. It is used to express Jehovah’s great power."--International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
"For behold, the Lord GOD of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support, the whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water...."--Isaiah 1:3
"Yet you have not returned to Me," declares the Lord. (vs. 8)
"So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and He gave them continually into the hand of Hazael king of Aram, and into the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael.... For he left to Jehoahaz of the army not more than fifty horsemen and ten chariots and 10,000 footmen, for the king of Aram had destroyed them and made them like the dust at threshing."--II Kings 13:3 & 7
"Yet you have not returned to Me," declares the Lord. (vs 10)
"O LORD, do not Your eyes look for truth? You have smitten them, but they did not weaken; You have consumed them, but they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent."--Jeremiah 5:3
"Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." So the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day."--Joshua 5:9
"...then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered!'--that you may do all these abominations?"--Jeremiah 7:10