ADOPTION (Part 3c of 4)

Even though God disciplined His children, he loved them dearly.

Jeremiah 31:20—this account is probably the same as Israel being God’s son.

“Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord.”

Hosea 1:3-11—Jezreel seems to be a physical place but starting in verse 10 could be a prophecy of the church

God used Hosea as an object lesson to prophesy of a spiritual nation that would genuinely love him.

So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son. 4 And the Lord said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel. 6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Lo-ruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away. 7 But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen. 8 Now when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son. 9 Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God. 10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God. 11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Romans 9:23-27—This is obviously a fulfillment of the prophecy concerning the church. It proves by the prophecy in Hosea that He would call his nation out of the world to be his beloved people.

“And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, 24 https://tinyurl.com/y5xwk3sgEven us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:”

Hosea 11:1—Even though this is quoted in Matthew 2:15 and applied to Christ, it no doubt applies to God calling ‘his son’ Israel, his firstborn, out of Egypt by Moses. Israel’s leaving Egypt is a shadow of God calling His Son Jesus out of Egypt.

“When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.”

In the Old Testament our Heavenly Father made Israel his nation (2 Cor. 6:16 from Isa. 51:4), which is a shadow of the New Testament. He quotes the OT references that he will dwell with them, and applies this to the NT spiritual temple of the Holy Spirit.

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Exodus 29:45 God did send His Presence with Israel who remained with them until the law of Moses was fulfilled.

45 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.

Leviticus 26:12

12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.

Haggai 2:5 Even after the Captivity where there is no mention of the Ark of the Covenant, God comforted the Israelites to know that His Spirit still remained among them.

5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.

Now also in the New Testament we have the promise of God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in the one spiritual temple.

Deuteronomy 23:14—One main purpose for the presence of the Holy Spirit was to deliver the physical Israelites from their enemies.

This is the same reason he dwells in the New Testament spiritual temple of God.

14 For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.

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TWISTED

The Angel Oak is a popular attraction near Charleston, South Carolina (photo taken in early November 2017).  Barely visible near the trunk, are my daughter and son-in-law, who went to visit for the day.  Presently the live oak tree is recovering from damage sustained during hurricane HUGO and appears to be healthy, but not as symmetrical as it was when this photo was taken in 2010.

 

In the Old Testament Scriptures, ‘oak’ is used 15 times in fourteen different verses, but the word is not used in the New Testament Scriptures at all.

Gen 35:4  And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.

Note that idol worshippers often stored their idols under the oak trees.

Gen 35:8  “But Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.”

This tree had a name and may well have been as revered as the one in South Carolina, where weddings and other ceremonies are frequently held.  So far burials are not allowed under the Angel Oak.

Jos 24:26  And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD.

Jdg 6:11  And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

The Israelites were saved from enemy raiders after Gideon became involved.  His willingness to be used to deliver them was of special importance.

Jdg 6:19  And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.

2Sa 18:9  And Absalom met the servants of David. And Absalom rode upon a mule, and the mule went under the thick boughs of a great oak, and his head caught hold of the oak, and he was taken up between the heaven and the earth; and the mule that wasunder him went away.

With Absalom’s hair being his glory, it was also his destruction.  Maybe with this verse and the pictures of the oak we can visualize the whole scenario better.

2Sa 18:10  And a certain man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an oak.

2Sa 18:14  Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.

1Ki 13:14  And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am.

1Ch 10:12  They arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oakin Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

Isa 1:30  For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

Oak leaves fade and drop with the seasons.

Isa 6:13  But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.

Isa 44:14  He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.

Eze 6:13  Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.

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