2017: Year of betrothal
January 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Every day is a good day but this day is a special day
In Hosea chapter 2: 19 -23, God is explaining how the church will be established and how a family will be blessed.
Let us read those chapters. The verse begins with a BETROTHAL. For Israelites’, betrothal was very important and it was more important than the modern day engagement function. The verse 19 says that betrothal has righteousness in it, judgement in it, loving kindness and mercy. Verse 20 talks about faithfulness while verse 21 says “I will hear says the lord, I will answer”.
Here is what God wants to explain to you. The days are very close to His second coming and he wants to have a Betrothal service for every believer in the church and He doesn’t want you to be a stranger but instead, someone close to His heart. To understand what our role is in all this, let us look into verse 16 “At that day says the Lord that thou shall call me Ishim and call me no more Bali.”
What is Ishi and Balli? Those are really amazing words. The meaning of the word ‘Ishi’ is ‘My husband’ and ‘Balli’ means ‘My Master’.
So here is a message for you in the beginning of 2017. He doesn’t want to be your master but your husband. He doesn’t want to master over you, He wants to a husband to you. It means He wants to bring you into a closer relationship with Himself.
What is God expecting out of the church?
We know that the church is the bride God has set on the earth
But what happened in Israelites life is they went into the land of Canaan but some of them got involved in idol worship. Somehow, the same is happening today also. It is not idol Gods that we are dealing with but the flesh and world has creeped into our world so frighteningly. Now Church is becoming like a club house and people go to church to have entertainment and fun in the church. But the Lord is reaching out to the church encouraging to change the mindset from a slave to His bride.
God wants to make the Betrothal with you and that betrothal should be the foundation of your life.
Hosea 2:1 Say to your brothers, “Ammi,” and to your sisters, “Ruhamah.”
Ruhamah means ‘To receive mercy’. He wants to create a foundation such that you will be called ‘His people’. How can you be His wife? How can God be your husband?
In Israel, for a betrothal to happen, a price has to be paid.
2 Samuel 3:14 Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, “Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins.”
There was a price paid for betrothal in the Old Testament times. So if we have a betrothal with Jesus Christ, what is the price that God is expecting out of us?
Jesus Christ is our Bridegroom. We are His bride. He paid the price by dying on the cross of Calvary. The Cross of Calvary is the betrothal that happened with us and God. By that sacrifice, we are engaged to Jesus Christ, our God. So, how do we maintain that betrothal? Till the holy Marriage that is going to happen, we should maintain our relationship with Him. To Israelites, betrothal was almost like marriage. Actually, it was more than that. This is what the bible says, “When Jesus did it on the cross, you are already the bride”
Is there a price that we need to pay back? Verse 19 says “I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.” In mercy, that is what God is going to do.
In Hebrew, righteousness means TSADDIQ and for Justice it is MISHPAT. It says that it maintains Israel’s just cause which includes vindication through deliverance. To a New Testament believer, righteousness means right living with God. When you have right living with God, you will have justice in your life. Whatever God gives will be clean and clear.
Here is the spiritual application that is going to happen in your life in 2017. If you have right living, God is going show justice over your life, God is going to show justice over your family. If you have a right living, it will enable you to operate blessing in your life.
So God wants to have action in your family. Your 2017 is going to be an action film. Amen!
How many of you are ready for the action from God? Action of prayer will happen in your family; Action of worship will happen in your family; Action of good living within your life will happen. There will be action in every part of your Christian life.
Right living with God; Justice of God in your life and a divine love: These will be the 3 principles of the betrothal. Divine love is an unanswering devotion that happens which fulfils the responsibilities arising from relationship. In Hebrew the word ‘AHEB’ had a deeper meaning in it. It refers to an ‘Unanswering devotion’.
Love will make you more responsible in relationships in your life. In 2017, our love is going to be a devotion to him and this love will sweep out as compassion/
In Hebrew, Compassion is represented by the word RACHUM.
“And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then God said to him: “Call her name Lo-Ruhamah, For I will no longer have mercy on the house of Israel, But I will utterly take them away.
Yet I will have mercy on the house of Judah, Will save them by the LORD their God, And will not save them by bow, Nor by sword or battle, By horses or horsemen.”
He is showing compassion towards her. The other word for mercy is ‘Compassion’. It is the compassion that comes out of the love in your relationship with God. It is a compassion that God will pour over your life when you in right living with him. This will definitely be followed by a splendorous feeling that motivates one to gracious action and that is faithfulness. Amen!
The Hebrew word EMUN is the implication of dependability and constant loyalty.
Having the right living with God, will release justice in your life and that justice will lead to greater love in relationship with God and that love will bring compassion into your life and without you knowing it, you will walk into faithfulness with Him.
If you are based on this relationship with God, God is going to bless you in 2017. This is the foundation of the blessings of the Lord.
Do you want to invest in this? Are you ready to Invest? Are you ready to open the account from this day? Are you ready to get the interest that no bank will give you? Are you ready to receive the compassion of God that will be in immeasurable portions?
God, I want to live for you! I will walk in faithfulness! I will do what He speaks to me! I will go where He tells me to go! Do not worry about the circumstances! 2107 might bring different circumstances in your life! Unexpected circumstances might appear but God will never leave you alone! He is going to stand by your side!
2017 will be a betrothal year! God is going to have an intimate relationship with you! This betrothal is not going to be for just one day! This betrothal is forever!