He Shall Roar Like A Lion, Fearing God’s Goodness

Hosea 3:5  Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.

This morning as I got ready to read my daily Bible verses and devotional, my mind was being bombarded by the normal concerns of daily life. Getting projects I’ve started completed, choosing the right Medicare supplement plan and just the normal stuff. I prayed, “Lord please help me to clear my mind and give full attention to your Word. Help me to overcome the distractions in my mind from the enemy, my flesh and life. I’ve tasted the life of sin and I want no part in it anymore, forever. I’ve tasted the consequences of sin and want no part of them, forever.”

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In today’s My Daily Bible devotional reading, in the Book of Hosea 11:8-10, it says this,

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I set you like Zeboiim?
My heart churns within Me;
My sympathy is stirred.
9 I will not execute the fierceness of My anger;
I will not again destroy Ephraim.
For I am God, and not man,
The Holy One in your midst;
And I will not come with terror.

10 “They shall walk after the Lord.
He will roar like a lion.
When He roars,
Then His sons shall come trembling from the west;

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Probably most people, even non Christians have heard Jesus being referred to as “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.” We have seen so many pictures with Bible verses, website designs and everything imaginable with the face of a Lion wearing a crown of thorns as an icon of Jesus.

I searched the commentaries to see what they had to say about God’s people “walking after the Lord, when He roars like a Lion,” in verse 10.

Benson Commentary
Hosea 11:10-11. They shall walk after the Lord — The remnant shall hearken to God’s call, and shall comply with his commands, when he shall convert them by the powerful preaching of his gospel, and the efficacious influence of his grace. He shall roar like a lion — That is, he will show terrible signs of his anger, and then they will fear and obey him. God’s voice is elsewhere compared to the roaring of a lion, because of the terror which accompanies it: see the margin. The Chaldee says, The word of the Lord shall roar as a lion, and the words may be interpreted of the powerful voice of the gospel, sent forth, and sounding all over the world, and calling sinners to repentance. “The most learned commentators agree,” says Bishop Horsley, “that this roaring of the lion is the sound of the gospel; and that the subject of this and the following verse is, its promulgation and progress, the conversion of the Gentiles, and the final restoration of the Jews.

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
They shall walk after the LordNot only would God not destroy them all, but a remnant of them should “walk after the Lord,” i. e., they shall believe in Christ. The Jews of old understood this of Christ. One of them saith , “this pointeth to the time of their redemption.” And another , “Although I will withdraw from the midst of them My divine presence for their iniquity, and remove them out of their own land, yet shall there be a long time in which they shall seek after the Lord and find Him.” This is what Hosea has said before, that they should “abide many days without a king and without a prince, and without a sacrifice; afterward shall the children of Israel return and seek the Lord their God, and David their king” Hosea 3:4-5.

….. He shall roar like a lion – Christ is called “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” Revelation 5:5. His “roaring” is His loud call to repentance, by Himself and by His Apostles. The voice of God to sinners, although full of love, must be full of awe too. He calls them, not only to flee to His mercy, but to “flee from the wrath to come.” He shall call to them with a voice of Majesty command.

There are some books of the Bible that I just can’t read without crying my eyes out. Sometimes I even wonder “will that well of tears ever run dry?” but it doesn’t. The Book of Hosea is one of those books.

One day when I was having a really hard time accepting the depths of God’s Love, Faithfulness, Mercy, Grace and Forgiveness towards me after all I had done in backsliding away from Him, in gratefulness, I got on my knees and prayed. While sobbing almost uncontrollably I said, “Oh God, how can you possibly love me so much after all I’ve done.” Instantly, in my mind, I heard two simple words. READ HOSEA. So I did and ever since then the Book of Hosea has been very special to me. Hosea is full of God’s anger and promise of His coming justice and judgements against His people for their sinful ways but it’s also full of His Faithfulness, Unending Love, Mercy and Grace.

I wasn’t hard for me to figure out that I was a picture of Gomer in this story. God saved me the 1st time when I felt like a worn out prostitute because of all the sexual sin I had been involved in. That’s what God told Hosea to do,

Hosea 1:2-3 When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea:

Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry
And children of harlotry,
For the land has committed great harlotry
By departing from the Lord.”

3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

Later in my “Born Again with God’s Spirit” Christian life, I gradually let viewing porn drag me back into the bondage of sexual sin in my heart. Paul had his thorn in the flesh sin and God’s Grace was sufficient, Right? That could be mine. But God had a different opinion and made me totally aware of if as He began to let me feel like a dog returning to eat his own vomit when I looked at porn. It was only after months of struggle and God saving me from myself a 2nd time that I put the value on the “New Heart” God gave me as I should have the first time around.

Some say Gomer’s parent was a mother, others say a father but that doesn’t really matter, the name is Diblaim and according to Mr. Strong H1691 means “two cakes” and is used only this 1 time in the Bible. It’s actually talking about 2 cakes of figs. Figs pressed together to make a cake. Figs and fig trees in the Bible are sometimes used to refer to Israel. The only  2 other times this word “diblaim” is incorporated into words in the Bible are in Numbers 33 and is speaking of a place in the region of Moab and in Jeremiah 48:22.

Numbers 33:46-47 And they removed from Dibongad, and encamped in Almondiblathaim. 47 And they removed from Almondiblathaim, and pitched in the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo.

If you look at the meaning of Almondiblathaim, you can see somewhat of why “two cakes” is important.

Almondiblathaim – H5963 – From the same as H5960 and the dual of H1690 (compare H1015) with enclitic of direction; Almon towards Diblathajim; Amon {Diblathajemah} a place in Moab:

Brown-Driver-Briggs’ adds this to the definition, 1. Almon-diblathaim = “concealing the two cakes” a. a station of the Israelites in the wilderness of Moab.

Jeremiah 44:22  And upon Dibon, and upon Nebo, and upon Bethdiblathaim,

All of Jeremiah chapter 22 is about God’s hatred and destruction of the land of Moab. Here, Bethdiblathaim H1015 means “house of (the) two cakes;”

God’s hatred for the land of Moab stems from the sexual sins Israel fell into that was brought about by the counsel of Balaam described in Numbers chapters 22-24. It is clearly stated in Numbers 31:16

Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord.

The worship of Baal Peor is still alive and well today. Google it for yourself.

Even with the strong pull of sexual sin that comes against the animalist nature of man, there is a Roar From the Lion of the Tribe of Judah that brings a Holy terror, “fear the Lord and his goodness.” It brings the honesty of the offer of Mercy, Grace and Faithfulness of the Gospel along with the understanding that choosing not to repent of willful sin will bring consequences. The Faithfulness of God’s Word also includes faithfulness in His justice shown through the consequences of our sins.

The “fear the Lord and his goodness ” is The Love of God that Roars out to a backslidden sinner and may even come through the divine presence of one of God’s ministering spirits, His Angel of Repentance. I didn’t wrestle with God’s angel of repentance like Jacob did for 1 night. No, I wrestled with him and would not let him go for months until God blessed me with the Love of God restored into my filthy heart, making it “new again.”

That’s where the meaning of “two cakes” comes in. We can’t have two hearts, one for God and one for sin, any more that Gomer had a heart for Hosea and one for sexual sin through prostitution. Or the way Israel did whenever they tried to serve Almighty God along with the gods of the pagan nations around them. The prophet Elijah called on God to bring a famine to the land of Israel because of it’s sins. God honored and answered that prayer until the day Elijah confronted the people of Israel and the 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah.

1 Kings 18:19-21 Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

20 So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. 21 And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.

The Gospel of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah ROARS in the hearts with the  “fear the Lord and his goodness”  to those who will listen to the call of the Holy Spirit drawing them to Father God. No one is forced to listen or obey the call. We have been given by God the “freedom” to accept or reject the wonderful offer of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Freedom is a virtue that is highly exalted in America. We are the “Land of the Free.” We are “free” to do a multitude of things that many people in many countries around the world are NOT Free to do. Too seldom, almost NEVER are the “consequences” of the choices we are “free to make” considered.

I believe that if you have ever really tasted the “Love of God” in your heart, the Roar of the Gospel will haunt you with a “fear of the Lord and his goodness” reminding you of the outcome of willful sins you choose to indulge in. Jesus said,

John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Jesus DIDN’T say we can’t get out of their hand if we “choose” to. We are NOT Robots for Christ. We are FREE to choose if and how we will Love God back for the Love He expresses towards us constantly.

This short video has a lot to say about the Amazing Love of God. It’s something I still have a hard time grasping. It may come as tender whispers of Love, He may send an angel to wake you often at exactly 3:33 or it may come with the Roar of the warning of the Gospel to repent of sin, but because of God’s Faithfulness, it will come.

I’ve said many times how God woke me up a multitude of times to see 3:33 on my bedside clock. I finally thought, is God trying to get my attention and I looked at all the 333 scriptures of the Bible. This one speaks of deliverance,

Numbers 33:3 And they departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the morrow after the passover the children of Israel went out with an high hand in the sight of all the Egyptians.

That passover pointed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ when Jesus would take my sins upon Himself and die the death I deserve. His resurrection now is my resurrection if I let His Life be my life. I am “Free” to choose that. I don’t have to but as I said to God in my prayer to Him this morning,

“I’ve tasted the life of sin and I want no part in it anymore, forever. I’ve tasted the consequences of sin and want no part of them, forever.”

Hosea 12:3-6  In their mother’s womb he (Jacob) took his brother by the heel, And in his maturity he contended with God. He wrestled with the angel and prevailed; He wept [in repentance] and sought His favor. He met Him at Bethel And there God spoke with [him and through him with] us— Even the Lord , the God of hosts, The name of Him [who spoke with Jacob] is the Lord . Therefore, return [in repentance] to your God, Observe and highly regard kindness and justice, And wait [expectantly] for your God continually.
HOSEA 12:3‭-‬6 AMP
https://bible.com/bible/1588/hos.12.3-6.AMP

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