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The Way God Sees You Now Because of Jesus

Hosea 4:1-2 (NIV)
1 Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. 2 There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.

Here in Hosea 4 Joel describes the way God saw the people of Israel and their priests — as nothing but sinners (v1-2), given to unfaithfulness and idolatry (v12-13, v17), hurt and hurting one another, lovers of evil (v18), unsatisfied (v10), stubborn (v16), stumbling (v5), rejected by God (v6), and wasting away (v3). Let this chapter be a reminder that until Jesus Christ came and reversed our fortunes, Hosea 4 was our destiny too. If it were not for Jesus, Hosea 4 is a perfect description of how God would see us today.



6 飢渴慕義的人有福了!因為他們必得飽足。

6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.(MSG)

飢渴,在信息聖經裡是指good appetite好胃口;慕義,是指for God。有很多人試著解釋這個“義”字,但是我覺得再沒有比“神”這個解釋更好的了。有的人把這個義解釋為公義,但我想這個義是指神本身,因為只有神才擔得起這個“義”字。當一個人在尋找神時,他的心態就是渴求神的臨在,神必然親近他,滿足他。至於公義,那是人對神的期待,盼望神在他們的生命中給他們一個公平。

3 Truths about God’s Love for You

Today’s passage is Hosea 3:1-5.  It contains a powerful lesson for us as we begin our fast together.  Open your Bible, click on the above Scripture link or check out your GAME booklet to read today’s passage.  Let’s go!

First, God’s love for you is unconditional (v1).  We see God’s unconditional love in verse 1 where it says “the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes” (v1).

To illustrate His unconditional love, God tells the prophet Hosea to love his wife, though she had cheated on him, with that same unconditional love: “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress.  Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites” (v1).



5 溫柔的人有福了!因為他們必承受地土。

5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

有很多人喜歡畢德生牧師的信息聖經The Message,也有不少人批評他翻譯得不像聖經。畢牧師翻譯聖經的動機來自他的教學經驗。當他在教〈加拉太書〉時,他發現學生完全不能從英文的聖經裡感受到保羅寫信的那份心情。所以他開始用第一手的翻譯來寫聖經,為了讓讀經的人可以真正地理解經文裡的含意,而有豐富的收穫。

12 Ways God Loves You

Hi GAMErs,

Today’s passage is Hosea 2:14-23.  Let’s go!

On verses 14-23:  After describing in previous verses how God wanted to punish Israel for their unfaithfulness to Him, Hosea now goes on to describe the amazing, forgiving, second-chance-giving love that God extends to Israel.  From these verses we can learn 12 ways that God loves you and me.

1. God’s love takes initiative. God is a leader and, like a good leader, God takes the initiative.  God will not force Himself upon you, but He does take the first step and waits for you to respond.  He stands at the door and knocks.



4 哀慟的人有福了!因為他們必得安慰。

4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

每次讀到〈傳道書〉第四章第10節時,我總是感到迷惘:“ 我見神叫世人勞苦,使他們在其中受經練。”我不明白為何一定要勞苦才能受經練。但是最近觀察了一些剛作父母的朋友,心裡稍有體會。可能因為自己的兒子己經做父親,我己經忘了他小時候,我的不眠之夜。因此看到這些年輕父母疲乏的面容時,心裡就明白了何謂勞苦和經練。

10 Clues That You Might Be Worshiping An Idol

Today’s passage is Hosea 2:1-13.  Let’s go!

Hosea 2:1 (NIV)  “Say of your brothers, ‘My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’ 

Verse 1:  This verse fits in more with the contents of chapter 1 than with chapter 2.  At the end of chapter 1 Hosea describes how God will show His people amazing grace and mercy and restore them after they have cheated on Him.  Verse 1 here is part of that restoration. 


馬太福音5:3  虛心的人有福了!因為天國是他們的。

3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.(MSG)


Find Your Story in the Book of Hosea

Hi GAMErs,

Today we begin the book of Hosea, a book written by the prophet Hosea in approximately 8th century B.C.  Today’s passage is Hosea 1:1-11.  Let’s go!

Hosea 1:2-3 (NIV) 
2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the LORD.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 

God Watches How You Treat His Other Children

Joel 3:1-21

On verses 1-21: While everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved from God’s wrath (Joel 2:32) and blessed abundantly (2:18-32), the opposite is also true: those who do not trust in the Lord, who reject the Lord as God, will suffer God’s wrath.