Hosea 6:6 Not Sacrifice

Hosea 6:6 (KJV)
For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

I know some folks who need to get this. While the Old Testament law had some benefit[1]it was never God’s intention, God’s desire for men to hold to it. God desires mercy and not sacrifice, a relationship with Him and not religious ritual.

There have always been those who, in one form or another, fall back on religion: sacrifice and offerings. It seems, in our modern rebellion against the faith of our fathers, many are turning back to the old heresy of the Judaizers; those who attempted to mix Christianity with Judaism.

To them I present these passages:

1 Samuel 15:22 (KJV)
And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Psalms 40:6 (KJV)
Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

Psalms 51:16 (KJV)
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

Proverbs 21:3 (KJV)
To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Isaiah 1:11 (KJV)
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

Jeremiah 7:22-23 (KJV)
For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.


[1]It was to point to Christ; its precepts picture the perfection of Christ and its demands teach us that righteousness cannot come by the Law. We need an advocate – Jesus Christ.

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Hosea 3:1 A Reason To Love

Hosea 3:1 (KJV)
Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.

The passage is speaking ultimately of Israel and the setting, as I understand it, includes today. It refers to a time when the children of Israel[1] is without:

  • King
  • Prince
  • Sacrifice or
  • Fellowship with God

Though they seem so far away from God, still He loves Israel and is for Israel. One day, under God’s directing hand, they will return to Him. 

I see in this verse a secondary lesson; a reason for us all to love the unlovely, to reach out in kindness to the worse of us. I see a reason to be for the wicked, the sinner, the prisoner, and the one who has offended us. Because God loves them. 

I am not saying that we forget what they have done. Hosea didn’t with his wife. God doesn’t with Israel. There was a process of restoration and a time of proving. I am only saying that we ought: 

  • Never to give up on them, 
  • Never to quit praying for them, 
  • Never to quit loving them, 

never stop being willing to restore them if they will but return to seek and fear the Lord. 


[1]To include both Israel, the Northern Kingdom and Judah, the Southern.

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Hosea 2:19-20 Give It To God

Hosea 2:19-20 (KJV)
And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.

This is a prophetical passage. It concerns Israel (all twelve tribes) in the Millennial Kingdom. But there is application for us all. The final verse of the chapter says in part, “I will say to them which are not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

I note these marks of those who are “betrothed” to the Lord:

  • Righteousness
  • Judgment
  • Loving kindness 
  • Mercies
  • Faithfulness

I take it that these are not the marks of those betrothed to the Lord but of the Lord toward the betrothed. The difference between the religious and the Christian (a true one) is this perspective. The religious always assign the work to the man. Biblical Christianity ascribes it to God.

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Daniel 9:3 Settle This First

Daniel 9:3 (KJV)
And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

There are reasons to set our face to the Lord in prayer.

Daniel began his prayer where I think we have lost it in prayer so often today. We don’t see ourselves as unworthy. Rather, our culture has taught us to see ourselves as deserving:

  • We deserve a new car
  • We deserve the best things
  • We deserve a nice vacation
  • We deserve to be happy
  • We deserve a living wage
  • We deserve a good cup of coffee and, in most people’s opinion,
  • We deserve for God to answer our prayers the way we want

Truth is, we don’t deserve anything. 

The very best of us (remember, Daniel is one of the very best of us we have record of) have sins to confess. As Daniel expresses it, 

Daniel 9:5-6 (KJV)
We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:
Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

I know we have reasons to set our face to the Lord in prayer. But I call believers everywhere first to stay in the presence of God until we have settled this in our hearts, 

Daniel 9:7 (KJV)
O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.

We are a mess these days because, while most Christians would say these words with their mouth, we don’t believe it in our hearts.

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John 19:7 A Deadly Faith

John 19:7 (KJV)
The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Romans 8:2
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 

2 Corinthians 3:6
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life 

1 Corinthians 9:21
To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

I understand and agree with obedience. I see: 

  • The virtue
  • The importance and 
  • The value 

of taking the Word of God literally and applying its instructions, commandments and principles to our Christian life today. 

But there are certain professing Christians of the Judaizing sort whose application of Old Testament law is deadly. 

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Daniel 7:28 Keep It To Yourself

Daniel 7:28 (KJV)
Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.

Daniel has received a vision that troubled him, I think, for a number of reasons:

  • It was ominous to say the least
  • Its fulfillment would be disastrous to the world
  • It seemed like there was little he could do about it 
  • It was only one of a number of similar visions he was to receive

Then he said this vision troubled him so much that his countenance changed. It made a visible impression upon his appearance. But he said that he kept the matter in his heart. 

There is a lesson here for all of us that experience troubling and difficult things. 

  • Some of us are troubled by the circumstances life throws at us. 
  • Some are troubled at the terrible news we hear about the condition of the world
  • Some are troubled at thoughts of a failing economy 
  • Some are rightly troubled at the turning away from God we see today

What do we do about our troubled thoughts?

  • Many people break down in fear and panic. 
  • Others dump their troubles on others.
  • Some these days vent over social media. 

Daniel did, I think, three things:

First, he wrote it out
This was not the typical vent of today’s generation. He was reporting what God had given him for the benefit of others. Venting is for the benefit of the venter. It can be toxic to those upon whom it falls. What Daniel did was beneficial to those who heard and read. 

Secondly, he prayed
And in prayer God gave him the meaning of the vision. Sometimes knowing why there is trouble helps us get through a troublesome time. 

Thirdly, he kept the matter in his heart
Far from venting, he did the very opposite. He kept it to himself. He did not panic or explode in anger. He kept the matter in his heart. 

I know people say it’s okay to “get it out”. They tell us it’s unhealthy to keep our burdens locked inside. God says just the opposite. Take it to God, find answers from heaven, use those answers to help others. But keep your venting to yourself. 

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Daniel 6:5 They May As Well Be Atheists

Daniel 6:5 (KJV)
Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

The fact is this world, its governments and many of those in its leadership, are opposed to faith in God and His law. A man might be the very best of citizens but, if he is a man of true faith, it will at some point be used against him. 

This in no way means we should avoid public service as some of our Anabaptist forefathers did (and some still do today). God used Daniel and his friends in high public office. (Though it was not by their choice but thrust upon them.) Thank God our country allows that Christians may be and have been placed in positions of high public office.

Here’s the thing, Daniel never compromised his faith in order to gain or to keep his office. If we would be used of God, if we would escape the den of lions, we must have leaders whose confidence is in God and who therefore obey His law first. We don’t need compromising Christians in office. We need Christians of conviction in those places or they may as well be atheists. 

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John 15:2 The Key To Long Term Success

John 15:2 (KJV)
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Purging! The very Word brings negative images. We like growth, progress, increase. We have trouble seeing how loss, slowing down, decrease could ever be a good thing. 

Fact is, it’s the key to long term success. 

When I was a teenager, I got a short-term job in an apple orchard. My responsibility was to go through each of the apple trees and, where there were two or three young apples in a bunch, pluck them leaving just one. More than one apple in a blossom results in smaller, scarred, misshapen and bruised apples. Better one really good apple than two or three that are sub-standard. 

I think we see something like that in much of American Christianity. We have some huge, even mega-churches whose focus seems to be growth. They are always on the increase. But their produce is not what it ought to be. 

To be sure, there is no intrinsic virtue in small churches. Some of them are merely an excuse for spiritual laziness. But there can also be no question that some church growth results in shoddy spiritual life. 

It’s a humbling thing to be purged of God. When the time comes, I pray we are the sort of Christians who will surrender to it for the glory of the Lord. 

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John 14:22 Lord, How Is It?

John 14:22 (KJV)
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

Every caring Christian has wondered about this and maybe even wished it weren’t so. 

  • We want to see people saved
  • We want to see people in heaven and not hell
  • We want to see people believe in and trust Jesus Christ

But wanting it doesn’t make it happen. 

We can get frustrated, can’t we, that people we care about do not see the same obvious truths in the Bible we see. 

And we are likely to question the Lord about it, “How is it?”

I think the question can be in a couple of different ways:

  • Why is Jesus manifested to us and not the world?
  • How is it that a person can see Jesus unlike the world?

The answer seems to be the same in both cases; it is a faith issue. One has to “keep his words” and then everything else falls into place. This doesn’t mean that obeying the commands of the Bible is what saves us. It means that we accept the Word of God. 

  • We believe what it says about: sin, Jesus, eternity. 
  • We call upon Christ as instructed in the Bible. 
  • We respond to His overtures of love 

and then He, through the Holy Spirit, reveals himself to us. 

And we are likely to question the Lord about it, “How is it?”

I think the question can be in a couple of different ways:

  • Why is Jesus manifested to us and not the world?
  • How is it that a person can see Jesus unlike the world?

The answer seems to be the same in both cases; it is a faith issue. One has to “keep his words” and then everything else falls into place. This doesn’t mean that obeying the commands of the Bible is what saves us. It means that we accept the Word of God. 

  • We believe what it says about: sin, Jesus, eternity. 
  • We call upon Christ as instructed in the Bible. 
  • We respond to His overtures of love 

and then He, through the Holy Spirit, reveals himself to us. 

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Daniel 3:4-6 Nebuchadnezzar and God

Daniel 3:4-6 (KJV)
Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

It seems to me that there is a progression in Nebuchadnezzar’s understanding and relationship with the God of Israel. 

Chapter two

  • Daniel’s God is a God of gods
  • He is the God who speaks
  • He was God of the future 

Nebuchadnezzar could be proud to be in God’s plan. 

Chapter three

  • There is no other God like Daniel’s God
  • He is the God who saves
  • He is the God of governments

Nebuchadnezzar learned he could not overpower this God

Chapter four

  • He is the king of heaven
  • He is the God of the heart and soul

Nebuchadnezzar learned to humble himself before Him and to give Him praise. 

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