Archive for May 10th, 2017

In today’s reading, we continue to hear Hosea’s prophecy against Israel and Judah. He reaffirms that Israel has broken their covenant with God and that although they say they acknowledge Him, they demonstrate by what they do that He is a stranger to them. The shift of emphasis in this chapter to the broken covenant between God and Israel for me somehow compounds the pain God feels, which we can hear echoed in the words recorded in Hosea.

This has been outlined in all the books which make up the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament from Genesis to Deuteronomy and the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments). The long and prior existence of the Ten Commandments and the whole law of Moses, in written form, is the stark background against which every line of Hosea is written. Nothing in this prophecy would make any sense at all without the situation provided by that background.

We read here a summary of Israel’s sins, especially related to covenant breaking, in which those who sow the wind reap the whirlwind (v.7). So this chapter continues the sad lament of the forth-coming destruction of God’s unfaithful people. It might be difficult to believe that the people of Israel and Judah, who had witnessed over their generations the hand of God working to rescue them and prosper them in all that they did, still turning away from that same God in favour of wooden idols and gods who never responded to their cries for help.

We of course have the blessing of knowing God through His son Jesus Christ. Jesus the man, fully human and also fully God, who came to our world to show us exactly who and what God is. But more than that, he died for us as a sacrifice to atone for all our sins and even for all this sins yet to come.  I don’t know about you, but that really blows my mind. A God we have failed in so many ways who still loves us and longs for us to love him, and who sees first all our good points and because of Jesus removes all our bad points so that to Him we appear worthy to stand before him and praise Him for all eternity. Oh what grace!















Dear God. Please keep my eyes on you and on the goals you have laid before us. I want to finish the race and glorify Your name. Amen.

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