God Is Faithful Despite The People’s Unfaithfulness

January 17, 2020 Leave a comment

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity
and passing over the transgression
of the remnant of your possession?
He does not retain his anger forever,
because he delights in showing clemency.
He will again have compassion upon us;
he will tread our iniquities under foot.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.
You will show faithfulness to Jacob
and unswerving loyalty to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our ancestors
from the days of old.

Hosea 7:18-20

The prophet Hosea focuses on human faithlessness and God’s continued faithfulness. God even commands the prophet to marry an adulterous wife to illustrate this point.

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Israel’s Faithlessness

January 15, 2020 Leave a comment

I will take you for my wife forever; I will take you for my wife in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy. I will take you for my wife in faithfulness; and you shall know the Lord.

Hosea 2:19-20

After a chapter-long rant describing Israel’s worship of Baal, we learn that Israel will be brought back to the Lord in faithfulness.

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Faithful Jesus Prophesied

January 11, 2020 Leave a comment

When the oppressor is no more,
and destruction has ceased,
and marauders have vanished from the land,

then a throne shall be established in steadfast love
in the tent of David,
and on it shall sit in faithfulness
a ruler who seeks justice
and is swift to do what is right.

Isaiah 16:4b-5

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Faithfulness Proverbs

January 9, 2020 Leave a comment

Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 3:3

Do they not err that plan evil?
Those who plan good find loyalty and faithfulness.

Proverbs 14:22

By loyalty and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by the fear of the Lord one avoids evil.

Proverbs 16:6

Loyalty and faithfulness preserve the king,
and his throne is upheld by righteousness.

Proverbs 20:28

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David Acknowledges God’s Faithfulness

January 8, 2020 Leave a comment

10 I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;
I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness
from the great congregation.

11 Do not, O Lord, withhold
your mercy from me;
let your steadfast love and your faithfulness
keep me safe forever.

~Psalm 40

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King David ––>King Solomon

January 6, 2020 Leave a comment

When David’s time to die drew near, he charged his son Solomon, saying: “I am about to go the way of all the earth. Be strong, be courageous, and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his ordinances, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn. Then the Lord will establish his word that he spoke concerning me: ‘If your heirs take heed to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail you a successor on the throne of Israel.’

King David speaks prophetically about his descendents.

His words of wisdom are frequently ignored by leaders of the Divided Kingdom.

Each reign is evaluated by the Biblical authors in terms of each king’s faithfulness to the Lord.

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Faithfulness and Mercy

December 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Here is the spear, O king! Let one of the young men come over and get it. The Lord rewards everyone for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the Lord gave you into my hand today, but I would not raise my hand against the Lord’s anointed. As your life was precious today in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the Lord, and may he rescue me from all tribulation.

King David, 1 Samuel 26

The Lord gave David the opportunity to kill King Saul.

Despite this opportunity, David spared Saul’s life.

David expressed his faithfulness to the Lord by leaving revenge directly in God’s hands.

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