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Peaceable Kingdom – Friday Q&A

Peaceable Kingdom – Edward Hicks

Deborah asks:

I have a question for tomorrow studying Hosea 2. Do you think that verse 18 is not only referring to the natural but also the spiritual realm of warfare?

shalom, shalom

Deborah

Wow Deborah!

What a great question.

I have to say, as I have said before, I am not a scholar by any means.

Here is the text Deborah is asking about – with a little bit extra on either side.

And it will come about in that day,” declares the LORD, “That you will call Me Ishi And will no longer call Me Baali. For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, So that they will be mentioned by their names no more. In that day I will also make a covenant for them With the beasts of the field, The birds of the sky, And the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, And will make them lie down in safety. And I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion, ~ Hosea 2:16-19

When I read this, I am thinking we are talking as yet unfulfilled prophecy. This is not something that I believe has come to pass as yet.

The Lord is pointing to a day in the future. What is sometimes called the Peaceable kingdom.

So Deborah’s question is does this mean actual animals at peace with one another, some cessation of spiritual warfare, or I might add a third choice – both.

Generally speaking I don’t hold strongly to any one view of end times at this point. I have just not studied it enough to be convinced one way or another. Actually, my problem may be the opposite of that. I was convinced, and then I studied from a different point of view and was convinced again – and then — well you get the idea. There are many ways to read these scriptures.

So will there be a time in heaven or on earth when wars will cease and animals will get along.

Yep, I believe so.

I get the sense that was the case in the garden with Adam and Eve, which was an expression of a time with men and no sin. There was however that old serpent even then, stirring things up.

There are other accounts (2 in Isaiah – Ch 11 and 65) where the animals are getting along.

I love that this talk of peace is sandwiched in bridal language – Vs 16 – you will call me man not master – or perhaps  – husband not master. And in vs 19 – I will betroth you to me forever.

One more thing for you all to ponder. I am a firm believer in breaking through dispensations.

What I mean by breaking through dispensations is doing like the Syrophonecian woman did with Jesus, where He said, “I can’t heal the gentile dog because at this time I am here for the Jews.” (really loose paraphrase therefore not in red)

She was like – I want it now – I can’t wait for the cross – my daughter is going to kill herself before that – and she would not take no for an answer.

How is it with you. Are you hoping for a day of peace? Spiritual – Natural – Political? Pull it forward – press in – Ask Seek Knock and not just a little. Knock for all our are worth.

Ben NelsonHappy Friday

Have a great day

Ben

About Ben Nelson

Jesus Lover, husband, dad, worshipper, writer, preacher. I love to see people activated in what God has created them to be.

12 comments on “Peaceable Kingdom – Friday Q&A

  1. Hallelujah Ben, Hosea is one of my favorite books – especially the first three chapters. I agree that this is a prophetic word, and that prophecy has yet to be fulfilled. It’s also a word for the bride of Christ – in that day we will call Him “my husband” no longer master. Just think of the implications of this! He is truly going to set the slaves free from mere servitude, so that we will respond to Him intimately, in love. No longer will people serve Him because He is God and it is required. Instead, we will serve Him out of love, not just for a reward, but just because we want to please the One that we love.

    That part of the prophecy has begun in part, but this side of heaven, I believe we still haven’t grasped the fullness of His love for us and our love for Him. That’s why I pray like Paul prayed, that we, His people would understand (grasp, embrace, experience) how wide, how long, how high and how deep His love for us is. I truly enjoy reading your posts, Ben, they bless me and give me food for thought.

    Blessings,
    Cheryl

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    • amen Cheryl. Well said! We have come so far, but there is so much more of Him for us ahead – i love that the Spirit of God in us – which is sooooo huge, so completely mind blowing and wonderful, is a down payment, a “foretaste of glory divine.” There is so much more even here, for us, and forget about heaven – i can’t even begin to think about how wonderful it will be.

      Thank you for jumping in.
      Ben

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  2. Prof, I’m intrigued by the last bit–about the Syrophonecian woman. Can you talk more on that story sometime? In the meantime, I’ll do my own homework–thanks. God bless you and the fam–love, sis Cj

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  3. Okay, so I read all 3 of the links–and will do further Bible study later–but my question for you is, “Was this a test for the woman? Was Jesus wanting to see how persistent she would be, how bad she wanted His healing for her daughter? Would He really not have answered, if she’d just gone away–or would His compassion have won out?” Just interested in your answer, when you have time.

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    • Would you mind if i tackle this for next Friday’s Q&A? that way i can ponder it a bit and do it justice.

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      • No burden intended, Ben–just whenever is fine with me. Like I said once before, I only present these niggling questions to show you I’m actually listening/reading, paying attention/thinking–and not just taking up a front row seat.

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