Daily Archives: July 3, 2018

July 3 – Beatitudes Study Day 31

This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)

Hosea 6:6

Israel Unrepentant

“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
    but he will heal us;
he has injured us
    but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will restore us,
    that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.”
“What can I do with you, Ephraim?
    What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist,
    like the early dew that disappears.
Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets,
    I killed you with the words of my mouth—
    then my judgments go forth like the sun.
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,    and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
As at Adam, they have broken the covenant;
    they were unfaithful to me there.
Gilead is a city of evildoers,
    stained with footprints of blood.
As marauders lie in ambush for a victim,
    so do bands of priests;
they murder on the road to Shechem,
    carrying out their wicked schemes.
10 I have seen a horrible thing in Israel:
    There Ephraim is given to prostitution,
    Israel is defiled.
11 “Also for you, Judah,
    a harvest is appointed.
“Whenever I would restore the fortunes of my people,
whenever I would heal Israel,
the sins of Ephraim are exposed
    and the crimes of Samaria revealed.
They practice deceit,
    thieves break into houses,
    bandits rob in the streets;
but they do not realize
    that I remember all their evil deeds.
Their sins engulf them;
    they are always before me.

SOAP Note

Love God First | Shiree King

Scripture

Hosea 6:6

Observation

Love for God was the #1 priority for the people of Israel.  The whole law, including the offerings and sacrifices, was to serve as an expression of this love for the Lord.  However, over time, the Israelites began to worship other gods while continuing the ritual of the sacrifices.  They “obeyed the law”, yet they did not display love toward God, and they did not truly know Him.

Application

I was a dorm leader at Kids Camp last week for the 2nd year. Last year I let my frustrations at the girls’ lack of obedience and respect toward me on the last day get the best of me, and I was hoping for different results this year.  Unfortunately, history repeated itself, and I experienced the same lack of obedience and lack of respect from the girls on the last day of camp. I, in turn, again reacted out of my emotions and frustrations.  I feel like a failure.  As I consider this verse, I question whether my love for God was my primary motive at camp?  Or, was I caught up in all of my responsibilities and my “role” to teach the girls to be responsible and my own personal desire to feel respected?  Had I allowed my love for God to lead my emotions, I may have been able to show mercy toward the girls and use it as a teachable opportunity about God’s love and His mercy for us.

Prayer

Dear God, Please forgive me for my behavior this week at camp and for allowing my feelings to get in the way of my love for You and for the girls You entrusted to me.  I thank You for the mercy You extend toward me and Your forgiveness.  Please grow Your love in me so that I am more able to extend mercy in the future.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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