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Newsletter #236 June 1998
Dr. Arnold Murray, DRE
<&) 1998 SCN
Our Father wants your love not your
God wants your love and for you to have
burnt offerings. In this lecture, we will knowledge of Him more than burnt offer
learn that God also wants you to have ings.
knowledge of Him. All true knowledge
HOSEA 6:7-8 But they like men have
and wisdom is found in God's Word. Without
transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treach
this knowledge you will never be successful and have
erously against Me. Gilead is a city of them that work
peace of mind. Obtain this knowledge and wisdom, and
iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
God will bless you far beyond that which you think you
deserve. God loves to bless an obedient child. Let's begin Gilead was a city of refuge and of the priests. The
our study in Hosea. priests didn't do so well. They didn't stick to God's Word,
and they became idolatrous.
HOSEA 6:1 "Come and let us return unto the LORD: for
He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and
HOSEA 6:9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man,
He will bind us up.
so the company of priests murder in the way by consent:
for they commit lewdness.
God only chastises those that He loves. The farther
one pulls away from Him, the more severe the chastise The priests robbed the people by teaching traditions
ment. Turn your ways unto the Lord. of men and leading the people astray. They took part in
the murder of refugees that were supposed to find safe
HOSEA 6:2 After two days will He revive us: in the third
haven in Gilead.
day he will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight.
HOSEA 6:10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house
This refers to the revival of the two witnesses three
of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is
days after they are slain. Remember, this event happens
just prior to the seventh trump and return of Jesus Christ
when all will take on their spiritual bodies. The idolatry of Israel began with Jeroboam's golden
calves and continues to this day. Anything that prevents
HOSEA 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know
you from placing God first in your life is an idol. Let's
the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning;
go back to the first principle of knowledge.
and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and
former rain unto the earth."
PROVERBS 1:1-2 The proverbs of Solomon the son of
David, king of Israel; g To know wisdom and instruction;
The former and latter rain bring forth fruit. The Lord
To perceive the words of understanding;
will give you what you need to serve Him. If you are
producing fruit for Him, He will richly bless you and your The Proverbs are the rules for a successful life.
PROVERBS 1:3-4 To receive the instruction of.wisdom,
HOSEA 6:4 0 Ephraim, what shall I dO'unto tfU§e7V" Jristir:e, aM Ju11gfffEmt,andeqility: To'
Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is
as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.
Ephraim and Judah represent all twelve tribes of Israel.
Their goodness is their love. Their love towards God is
like a morning cloud. Morning clouds look promising;
however, when the sun hits them, they disappear without
a drop of rain. He wants your love.
HOSEA 6:5 Therefore have I hewed them by the proph
ets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth: and
thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.
The words of God's mouth through the prophets chastise
and correct. God's judgment is as certain as the sun comes
up in the morning and goes down in the evening.
HOSEA 6:6 For I have desired mercy, and not sacrifice;
and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
The word mercy in this verse may be translated love.
the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion.
Those that will receive instruction from God know
right from wrong and how to deal with those that are wise
in the ways of the world.
PROVERBS 1:5-6 A wise man will hear, and will increase
learning; And a man of understanding shall attain unto
wise counsels: !1 To understand a proverb, and the in
terpretation: The words of the wise, and their dark say
Those that listen to wise counsel learn more than those
that speak. Wise counsel will help you interpret and understand
the meaning of Proverbs in order to be successful in life.
PROVERBS 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning
of knowledge: But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Reverence, or love, of the Lord is the beginning of
knowledge. This is the first principle of wisdom. Those
that love God and seek knowledge of Him will receive
His blessings. We are going to build on this basic foun
dation in Chapter 8 with wisdom speaking to you.
PROVERBS 8:1-2 Doth not wisdom cry? And under
standing put forth her voice? g She standeth in the top
of high places, By the way in the places of the paths.
Wisdom doesn't hide. She cries out to you and may
be found all along the paths that follow God's way.
PROVERBS 8: 3-4' She crieth at the gates, at the entry
of the city, At the coming in at the doors. Unto you,
0, men, I call; And my voice is to the sons of man.
Do you hear her, when she calls?
PROVERBS 8:5-6 0 ye simple, understand wisdom:
And, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Ii Hear;
for I will speak of excellent things; And the opening of
my lips shall be right things.
Wisdom speaks woWs,
right, or just.
PROVERBS 8:7-8 For my mouth shall speak truth; And
wickedness is an abomination to my lips. fi All the words
of my mouth are in righteousness; There is nothing
froward or perverse in them.
The words of wisdom will not deceive and lead you
astray from God's way.
PROVERBS 8:9 They are all plain to him that understandeth,
And right to them that find knowledge.
Those of you that have knowledge of God's plan
should thank Him for opening your eyes and ears.
Unfortunately, you are in a minority. Let's skip to verse
PROVERBS 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom:
I am understanding; I have strength.
Receive instruction from wisdom, and all of these
things are also yours.
PROVERBS 8:15-16 By me kings reign, And princes
decree justice. 1Q By me princes rule, And nobles, even
all the judges of the earth.
Those kings, princes and judges that don't have wisdom
arif"pretenderiCThey will be judged harshly. Remember,
wisdom is speaking.
PROVERBS 8: 17-18 I love them that love me; And those
that seek me early shall find me. 1Jl Riches and honour
are with me; Yea, durable riches and righteousness.
Those that would ehoose silver and gold over wisdom
are missing out on the riches that last.
8:19-20 My fruit is better than gold, yea,
than fmd gold; And my revenue than choice silver. 211
I lead in the way of righteousness, In the midst of the
paths of judgment:
Many times in life we come to a fork in the road
and know way to go. With wisdom in your
possessIOn you WIll choose the right way more often than
not. Even if you choose the wrong path, wisdom won't
let you go too far down the wrong path.
PROVERBS 8:21-22 That I may cause those that love
me to inherit substance; And I will fill their treasures.
gg The LORD possessed me in the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
Wisdom was with the Lord before the creation of
the first world age. It has no beginning and no end.
PROVERBS 8:23-24 I was set up from everlasting, from
the beginning, Or ever the earth was. 2.4. When there
were no depths, I was brought forth; When there were
no fountains abounding with water.
Wisdom was with God before the firmament and the
oceans. Friends, the beautiful thing is that she also wants
to be with you.
PROVERBS 8:25·26 Before the mountains were settled.
Before the hills was I brought forth: 2n While as yet He
had not made the earth, nor the fields, Nor the highest
pt:trt of the dust of the world.
Before the first atoms or particles of earth were
formed, wisdom was there with God.
When He prepared the heavens,
He set a compass upon the face
of the depth: 2n When He established the clouds above:
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep:
Wisdom was there, when the laws of nature were
PROVERBS 8:29-30 When He gave to the sea His
decree, That the waters should not pass His command
ment: When He appointed the foundations of the earth:
Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him:
And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him;
How can you be a delight to God? Receive instruc
tion from wisdom.
8:31-32 in habitable part of
HIS earth; And my deltghts were With the sons of men.
Ji Now there.fore hearken unto me, 0 ye children: For
blessed are they that keep my ways.
The choice is yours. Keep the ways of wisdom and
be blessed, or disregard wisdom and not be blessed. How
are you doing?
PROVERBS 8:33-34 Hear instruction, and be wise, And
refuse it not. ;M Blessed is the man that heareth me
Watching daily at my gates, Watching at the posts of
Seek wisdom, and you will find her.
PROVERBS 8:35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, And
shall obtain favour of the LORD.
Don't overlook the significance of this verse. Those
that find wisdom find eternal life and obtain favour of
the Lord. Knowledge of God and wisdom bring blessings
and eternal life to you and I.
In His Service,