Ever have a verse or passage simply jump off of the page . . . or appear to be larger print than the rest, or bolder, highlighted (but not by you)? Well, two verses in Hosea, chapter 6 did that to me. Let me share them with you:
Vs. 3a – “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him.” (NIV) “
Vs. 6 – “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.”
These two verses tell us that God’s primary issue with us is our being able to see and know who He is, to have an intimate relationship with us. He does not care how much we bring to Him! He wants us!
Wanting to go deeper, I started to look up ‘press on’ in the Strong’s but found that the NIV had chosen those words to replace whatever was used in the KJV. Here is what the KJV says:
Vs. 3a – “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.”
The word ‘follow’ here is actually one that means to hunt, pursue, chase . . . so, we are to ACTIVELY go after God. The word ‘know’ here is one of recognition, acknowledge, familiar friend . . . as one would know a family member, or someone so close to them that there would be no doubt in their mind who that person was. They would know their voice, their mannerisms, their desires, etc. That is what kind of relationship God wants with us! And, WE are the ones upon whom the relationship grows or stops . . . we are the ones to pursue it! God never changes – He is the same yesterday, today and forever – it is up to us.
Vs. 6 in the KJV says, “For I desired mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”
So, God speaking here . . . “I desired” . . . to us . . . “mercy and not sacrifice”. Are we walking in mercy towards others? We do a fairly good job with people we work with . . . and even at church . . . but, what about at home with our spouse, our kids, our neighbors? It is God’s desire that we live our lives with His love overflowing, extending mercy to all, showing others His character, helping to draw others to Him.
And, again, God speaking . . . “I desired” . . . to us . . . “the knowledge of God” . . . here is that intimacy call once more. He created us to be in His presence, in complete fellowship with Him . . . we can give and give and give and sacrifice and give more, but if we do it with NO true relationship with Him, it is as if it were nothing. His heart’s cry to us here is for relationship. Out of that relationship stems our becoming more and more like Him, thus our character begins to reflect His.
\o/ Lord, here I am . . . let us spend time together . . . and get to know each other more. I want to fulfill Your desire for me to have that intimate relationship with You. Here I am, Lord \o/ ready to receive! I love You, Lord! Change my heart and my ways to be all that You desire me to be, in Jesus Name, amen.
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