Where would we be without rain? The earth would dry up and stop producing. Not only would the earth be parched and dry, but what would we drink? Rain fills the rivers, the lakes, and all the places that hold our sources of water. We need rain. Rain is a blessing of the greatest magnitude. Pastor Mark brought this concept out in his teaching on Vezot HaBerachah.
Deuteronomy 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, My speech shall distill as the dew; as the small rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb.
1. Distill means to purify. How do the words of our G-d purify?
This verse reminds us of the great benefit of everything in the path of gentle rains. Even the tender blades of grass and the small herb plants will enjoy the blessing of the rain. And as the word of G-d purifies us, making us clean, everything is washed off and cleaned by the rain.
Rain is also connected with the Messiah, as we are told that His speech shall purify or distill. Speech is all about words!
John 1:1,14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
1. What do you learn about the beginning and the Word in verse 1?
2. An incredible thing occurred in verse 14. Can you explain it?
3. Who is the Word?
Hosea gives us yet additional information about the Messiah.
Hosea 11:2-4 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, (and) like the spring rains that water the earth.
1. What will the restoration He is doing bring? What biblical holy day will this be?
2. When it says, “press on to acknowledge Him,” describe how you “press on.” Does pressing on allow for gaps of time when He is not our main focus and love?
How do we prevent those gaps?
3. “He will appear,” means what?
Hosea 11:2-4 are Messianic verses referring to both His first and second coming.
the first reference to this is “after two days he will revive us” – this is His first coming. Then on the “third He will restore us.” This is a direct reference to His second coming and the restoration is happening now. Then very specifically, it tells us that we are being restored “that we may live in His presence,” in other words, He will return and will live among us!
Notice there are two rainy seasons, and they are compared to His comings! He has already come the first time. We are waiting for His blessed second coming! We are alive in the most amazing times of history. Are we ready for His appearing?