Tis my first post for this year… been very busy these past months because of work (shifting schedules). Mamaya papasok ulit (panggabi). But after four weeks it will all change.. I think I will be going back to rest again.
As usual, kahit madaling araw na ay nagsusulat pa rin, gumagawa ng blog… really wanna update myself here, and wanna share some of my sentiments. Ngayon andami ko na namang katanungan.. medyo nagiging conflicted din ako sa sarili ko.
After reading kuya Randy’s blog, chinecheck ko na rin ang sarili ko kung masyado na rin ba akong “extreme,” or parang nagiging Pharisee. Parang nagiging self-righteous. His blog narrates how God’s command to him is also similar when God told Hosea to take a wife of harlotry (prostitution).
Chinecheck ko ang sarili ko kung masyado na rin ba akong mahigpit sa mga bata (I am currently one of the trainors sa Music Ministry ng aming local church, and I fondly call our trainees bata because majority of them are 10 years younger than I :D). Hindi ko alam. Conservative kasi ako. But I cannot make others be like me. Kaya kadalasan hinahayaan ko nalang ang iba. Ayoko rin masyadong magsaway or pumuna sa kanila (kasi naii-stressed lang din ako..). Because God will bring into the light of His understanding the things we don’t understand, or can’t.
A Sign to the People
Dati, bahagya kong na-i-devotion ang Hosea chapter 1… sabi ko dun, “God let those things to happen… [for us to] know what He is feeling.” In the case of Hosea, God was making the people know what He was feeling at that time — His jealousy. God was also making an illustration of the “great harlotry” the land of Israel had committed against Him. It is also just like how the death of Ezekiel’s wife illustrated the word of the LORD at his time:
15 Also the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 16 “Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke; yet you shall neither mourn nor weep, nor shall your tears run down. 17 Sigh in silence, make no mourning for the dead; bind your turban on your head, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your lips, and do not eat man’s bread of sorrow.”
18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died; and the next morning I did as I was commanded.
19 And the people said to me, “Will you not tell us what these things signify to us, that you behave so?”
20 Then I answered them, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 21 ‘Speak to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I will profane My sanctuary, your arrogant boast, the desire of your eyes, the delight of your soul; and your sons and daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword. 22 And you shall do as I have done; you shall not coveryour lips nor eat man’s bread of sorrow. 23 Your turbans shall be on your heads and your sandals on your feet; you shall neither mourn nor weep, but you shall pine away in your iniquities and mourn with one another. 24 Thus Ezekiel is a sign to you; according to all that he has done you shall do; and when this comes, you shall know that I am the Lord God.’” (Ezekiel 24:15-24, NKJV)
Both Ezekiel and Hosea became a “prophetic act” to show people what the LORD really was saying, and what He wanted them to see because of their faults and sins.
see Part 2