As we know Jonah was commanded to go and preach to the Ninevites, Israel's worst enemies, so that they’ll be saved from destruction. But it almost seems like Jonah wanted to see the Ninevites destroyed, but God was compassionate towards them when they repented. The book ends with a theme that Salvation can be given to anyone who accepts God and repents. We should understand that God is not just a Creator but he is still creating and everyone in this world is part of his creation and they play their own unique role in the kingdom of God. Johannes Verkuyl says "If a person draws his lifeblood from the one greater than Jonah and yet declines to spread the Good News among others, he in effect is sabotaging the aims of God himself.
Paul explains to them that they did not receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses but by having faith in the Lord. Paul reminds all the people of Galatia that when Jesus died on the cross, “He rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law.”6 Paul tells the Galatians that they have been given the same blessings as God has promised to Abraham so that through faith and only faith that they could receive the Holy Spirit. Paul admits that the law was given to show people their sins, however, the law was to last only until the coming of the child that was promised to Abraham. The reasoning of law’s purpose is written in the way that Paul said “The law was our guardian until Christ came”7. Now that Christ had came the way of the law was no longer needed to keep the people in line.
According to Arnold & Beyer (2008), “the terms of the covenant were a result of God’s grace and love for his people… [and they] established His bond of intimate relationship with them” (p113). All the Commandments show God’s redeeming grace for His people, “He gave them His law in the context of His redemption” (Clowney, 2013, p. 106), and are a “positive expression of God’s will for His people” (Arnold & Beyer, 2008). Clowney (2013) writes, The Ten Commandments begin with God’s description of Himself as the Redeemer of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery’ (Exodus 20:2). The great mistake of legalism is to detach the law of God from the God who gave it. (p 106) God is making it known to His people that He is their God, who saved them and is worthy of their love, worship and praise.
God’s commitment to the people of Israel in spite of their unfaithfulness and rebellion demonstrates that hesed is an enduring quality of God. This commitment leads him to punish his wayward people and to regulate their punishment in such a way that they desire to return to him. Although people cannot manipulate God, he still awaits the opportunity to manifest his hesed again when his people repent and return to him. (Clark 267) 2. Application for NT Believers a.
God used Hosea as a prophet, to speak to the Israelites about their sins and to ask God for forgiveness. Breaking the covenant with God typically results in punishment and destruction and the end of the people’s relationship with God, but God does not want this relationship to end. He wants Israel to get back to him because he
It further goes on to talk of living as a community, and it is in a community that we are able to manifest the image of God. It is in this regard to acknowledge that human relationship is very important to God and it must serve as an example for us to follow despite our ethnic or tribal differences. This tells us that God in His own wisdom wants us to live as one people without any discrimination. The Bible also stress that we should not oppress any person of a different tribe. This reference is clearly seen in the Book of Exodus where God told the Jewish people not to despise the other tribe for they were once a tribe in Egypt.(Exodus:23:9).
This covenant was only rightly to be fulfilled by God himself because He is a covenant keeping God. We see this in the number of times He is promising to fulfil this covenant. “I will” --- 4 times in Gen. 12:1-3 and “ I will” – 7 times in Gen. 17:1-8. It is my hope that at least things are getting into shape as we observe that God is promising Abraham to give him and his descendants a land, a land with physical boundaries and physical dimensions. Scanning through history we are left with questions to ask is
By God’s grace Hosea lived in the hope and knowledge that one day, eventually, this love would draw her back to him. Hosea was so convinced of this outcome, that even when the consequences of Gomer’s pursuits resulted in a life of slavery, Hosea willingly and most likely in spite of public ridicule and criticism, bought her back in order to release her from slavery brought on by her choices. It is God who has defined truth. By His spirit God identifies these truths by our experience. When we experience His
The word if is small, but its meaning is clear. He expects us to turn, that move he will cheer. He's asked us before, in fact, he implored, That we turn to him and accept him as Lord. He'll heal our land and bless our work now. If we'll repent of our sins and on our knees bow.
The record of this revelation is given by God to man for His edification, guidance, and blessings. The Bible contains great wisdom and truth, and it has been verified throughout history as being flawlessly accurate. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. ( John 17:17) Inspiration 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 perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Tim.