Day 345

Daily Bible Reading

(ESV: Through The Bible)

Hosea 9-11 (Listen)

The Lord Will Punish Israel

9:1 Rejoice not, O Israel!
  Exult not like the peoples;
for you have played the whore, forsaking your God.
  You have loved a prostitute's wages
  on all threshing floors.
Threshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them,
  and the new wine shall fail them.
They shall not remain in the land of the Lord,
  but Ephraim shall return to Egypt,
  and they shall eat unclean food in Assyria.

They shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the Lord,
  and their sacrifices shall not please him.
It shall be like mourners' bread to them;
  all who eat of it shall be defiled;
for their bread shall be for their hunger only;
  it shall not come to the house of the Lord.

What will you do on the day of the appointed festival,
  and on the day of the feast of the Lord?
For behold, they are going away from destruction;
  but Egypt shall gather them;
  Memphis shall bury them.
Nettles shall possess their precious things of silver;
  thorns shall be in their tents.

The days of punishment have come;
  the days of recompense have come;
  Israel shall know it.
The prophet is a fool;
  the man of the spirit is mad,
because of your great iniquity
  and great hatred.
The prophet is the watchman of Ephraim with my God;
yet a fowler's snare is on all his ways,
  and hatred in the house of his God.
They have deeply corrupted themselves
  as in the days of Gibeah:
he will remember their iniquity;
  he will punish their sins.

Like grapes in the wilderness,
  I found Israel.
Like the first fruit on the fig tree
  in its first season,
  I saw your fathers.
But they came to Baal-peor
  and consecrated themselves to the thing of shame,
  and became detestable like the thing they loved.
Ephraim's glory shall fly away like a bird—
  no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!
Even if they bring up children,
  I will bereave them till none is left.
Woe to them
  when I depart from them!
Ephraim, as I have seen, was like a young palm [1] planted in a meadow;
  but Ephraim must lead his children out to slaughter. [2]
Give them, O Lord
  what will you give?
Give them a miscarrying womb
  and dry breasts.

Every evil of theirs is in Gilgal;
  there I began to hate them.
Because of the wickedness of their deeds
  I will drive them out of my house.
I will love them no more;
  all their princes are rebels.

Ephraim is stricken;
  their root is dried up;
  they shall bear no fruit.
Even though they give birth,
  I will put their beloved children to death.
My God will reject them
  because they have not listened to him;
  they shall be wanderers among the nations.

10:1 Israel is a luxuriant vine
  that yields its fruit.
The more his fruit increased,
  the more altars he built;
as his country improved,
  he improved his pillars.
Their heart is false;
  now they must bear their guilt.
The Lord [3] will break down their altars
  and destroy their pillars.

For now they will say:
  “We have no king,
for we do not fear the Lord;
  and a king—what could he do for us?”
They utter mere words;
  with empty oaths they make covenants;
so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds
  in the furrows of the field.
The inhabitants of Samaria tremble
  for the calf [4] of Beth-aven.
Its people mourn for it, and so do its idolatrous priests—
  those who rejoiced over it and over its glory—
  for it has departed [5] from them.
The thing itself shall be carried to Assyria
  as tribute to the great king. [6]
Ephraim shall be put to shame,
  and Israel shall be ashamed of his idol. [7]

Samaria's king shall perish
  like a twig on the face of the waters.
The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel,
  shall be destroyed.
Thorn and thistle shall grow up
  on their altars,
and they shall say to the mountains, “Cover us,”
  and to the hills, “Fall on us.”

From the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel;
  there they have continued.
  Shall not the war against the unjust [8] overtake them in Gibeah?
When I please, I will discipline them,
  and nations shall be gathered against them
  when they are bound up for their double iniquity.

Ephraim was a trained calf
  that loved to thresh,
  and I spared her fair neck;
but I will put Ephraim to the yoke;
  Judah must plow;
  Jacob must harrow for himself.
Sow for yourselves righteousness;
  reap steadfast love;
  break up your fallow ground,
for it is the time to seek the Lord,
  that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

You have plowed iniquity;
  you have reaped injustice;
  you have eaten the fruit of lies.
Because you have trusted in your own way
  and in the multitude of your warriors,
therefore the tumult of war shall arise among your people,
  and all your fortresses shall be destroyed,
as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle;
  mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel,
  because of your great evil.
At dawn the king of Israel
  shall be utterly cut off.

The Lord's Love for Israel

11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him,
  and out of Egypt I called my son.
The more they were called,
  the more they went away;
they kept sacrificing to the Baals
  and burning offerings to idols.

Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;
  I took them up by their arms,
  but they did not know that I healed them.
I led them with cords of kindness, [9]
  with the bands of love,
and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws,
  and I bent down to them and fed them.

They shall not [10] return to the land of Egypt,
  but Assyria shall be their king,
  because they have refused to return to me.
The sword shall rage against their cities,
  consume the bars of their gates,
  and devour them because of their own counsels.
My people are bent on turning away from me,
  and though they call out to the Most High,
  he shall not raise them up at all.

How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
  How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
  How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
  my compassion grows warm and tender.
I will not execute my burning anger;
  I will not again destroy Ephraim;
for I am God and not a man,
  the Holy One in your midst,
  and I will not come in wrath. [11]

They shall go after the Lord;
  he will roar like a lion;
when he roars,
  his children shall come trembling from the west;
they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,
  and like doves from the land of Assyria,
  and I will return them to their homes, declares the Lord.
 [12] Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,
  and the house of Israel with deceit,
but Judah still walks with God
  and is faithful to the Holy One.

Revelation 2 (Listen)

To the Church in Ephesus

2:1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who overcomes (see 1 John 5:4-5) I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

To the Church in Smyrna

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.

“‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander [13] of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who overcomes (see 1 John 5:4-5) will not be hurt by the second death.’

To the Church in Pergamum

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.

“‘I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith [14] even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who overcomes (see 1 John 5:4-5) I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’

To the Church in Thyatira

“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

“‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants [15] to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. Only hold fast what you have until I come. The one who overcomes (see 1 John 5:4-5) and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’


Note:  Who IS "The one who overcomes"?


"Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) IS born of God,

  and everyone who loves Him (God/Jesus) who begot

  also loves him who is begotten of Him (others on Earth).

  By this we know that we love the children of God,

  when we love God and keep His commandments. 

  For this is the love of God,

  that we keep His commandments

  (to love God above all things, and to love others by treating them as we would want to be treated)

  And His commandments are not burdensome.

  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.

  And this is the victory that has overcome the worldour FAITH.

  Who IS he who overcomes the world,

  but he who believes that Jesus IS the Son of God!!!"

  (1 John 5:1-5)


Whoever clings to their love and faith in Jesus Christ and believes He is the promised Son of God (while reflecting His love and kindness towards others) to the very end of this short and trouble filled life on Earth (even through many afflictions and death) HAS "Overcome" (conquered) this World, and will then lovingly receive a crown and eternal life in His Kingdom of Heaven with true peace, joy, and great happiness (along with much needed rest) ... FOREVER!!!


“No eye has seen,
nor ear heard,
nor have entered into
the heart of Man
The things which God
has prepared (in Heaven)
for those who love Him.”
(1 Corinthians 2:9)



[1] 9:13 Or like Tyre
[2] 9:13 Hebrew to him who slaughters
[3] 10:2 Hebrew He
[4] 10:5 Or calves
[5] 10:5 Or has gone into exile
[6] 10:6 Or to King Jareb
[7] 10:6 Or counsel
[8] 10:9 Hebrew the children of injustice
[9] 11:4 Or humaneness; Hebrew man
[10] 11:5 Or surely
[11] 11:9 Or into the city
[12] 11:12 Ch 12:1 in Hebrew
[13] 2:9 Greek blasphemy
[14] 2:13 Or your faith in me
[15] 2:20 Greek bondservants





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