Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Treasure Verse Tuesday - Hosea 9:10

"When I found Israel, it was like
finding grapes in the desert."
Hosea 9:10

Grapes in the desert! Oh I love that imagery! Grapes in the desert! Life. Hope. Nourishment.

When I read this scripture, I thought about the Treasure Verse from June 30th: "I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her." (Hosea 2:14) Now here is another scripture in Hosea referencing the desert and the wonderful provision found there. Grapes were considered a refreshing delicacy when these words were penned. God spoke to me through this scripture. His love, His Word and His truth are grapes in a desert for me.

That WOW is that this scripture actually represents God's covenant relationship with His people, which is traced back to the desert. The NIV Study Bible notes that the grapes "beautifully convey God's delight in Israel when she committed herself to Him". WOW! God delights in His people who are committed to Him. We are like grapes in the desert to Him! Oh how He loves us!

A few days ago, I was sharing a concern with a dear friend. She softly and tenderly spoke His love into my heart: "Sharon, we need to relax in His presence and in listening to His voice and letting Him Lead. Now let me ask you, would the God who prepared a table for you to celebrate His intimate relationship with you, ever not lead you through even the "stickiest" of situations. He is able, He is faithful." Her words reminded me of the pleasure He takes in His people. He delights in me, one of His "peeps"! He delights in you. We are a delicious bunch of grapes to our Vine Dresser! Amazing!

May He minister His love and truth to you through His Word in such a deeply personal way. If you'd like to dig deeper into today's treasure verse, click here: Blue Letter Bible.

Going to grab a cluster of grapes to enjoy while I have my quiet time! Simply delightful!
Update at 7:17 AM -- I am finishing up the book of Zephaniah in my One-Year Chronological Bible. Look at one of the verses I read today! This is one of my all time favorites and goes right along with this post! Pour on the grape juice!
"The LORD your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17


Sarah Dawn said...

He will lead her into the desert .... Grapes here I come! Thank you sweet one for you words of encouragement and hope. You always splash me in His goodness and remind me of the tidal wave of love that is pouring over me.

With our move to the US, I hope to meet you in person and give you the real hug from my heart.

Preparing for the desert,
Sarah Dawn

Runner Mom said...

I will never look at grapes the smae way again!! Thanks so much, Sharon for these words of wisdom and insight as you read the Bible. I loved the verse from Zeph. too!!Beautiful. Thank you also for all of the prayers for She Speaks!Keep them coming please!!

Love ya!

Heather said...

Totally a treasure! I love the conversation you had a with a friend...profound and so meaningful. It is so good to see when His words come to life in our very situation. Such a blessing to others (moi!) when you share those Aha! moments.

Blessings for a beautiful Tuesday.


christy rose said...

God takes delight in me! Wow! He feels as if He has found grapes in the desert every time i sit with Him and allow Him to nourish me with His love and affection toward me.

This is what I got from this post today Sharon! Thank you!

Chatty Kelly said...

Isn't it wonderful to have friends to remind us what we already know - how much God loves us. I know I need friends to remind me too!

I'm glad I have you as such a friend!

Tea With Tiffany said...

I feel like JOY from being in HIS presence. Peace and love to you. He's definitely singing over you. Sweet songs of love.

Mich said...

Oh dear friend, you ended your post with my favorite verse...

Loved this! You have such an insight into scripture. God has blessed you with a special gift. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Joyful said...

Sharon, I love the idea of "grapes" in the desert being refreshing provision. No "sour grapes", but delight.

Thank you also for your comment today. You're right...we're part of the "She Prays" team this weekend!!! Joining with you.


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