Archive for June 7th, 2011

THE PROPHETS: Hosea

The word of YHWH which came to Hosea consisted of some 185 “wills” of God.

God is sovereign.

He will have righteousness and justice and peace!

Consider the following list of willful sins committed by the northern tribes of Israel as recorded in Hosea:

Will we match up?

ISRAEL’S SINFULNESS: Harlotry-forsaking the LORD/Bloodshed/Adultery/Silver and gold used for Baal/Nakedness/Lewdness/Gaiety at their own feasts and assemblies/Her lovers/The bow-sword and war/Other gods/Swearing/Deception/Murder/Stealing/Violence/Consulting wooden idols/Liquor/Pride/Satisfied/Forgot God/No loyalty/Transgressed the covenant/City of wrongdoers/Dealing falsely/Bandits raid (crime)/Lies/Consumed their rulers/Rebelled/Insolence of their tongue/Rejected the good/Set up their kings (not by God)/Silver and gold idols/Hired lovers/Forgotten maker/Built luxurious palaces/Fortified cities/Listening not to God/High places/Wickedness/Trusted in their way/Numerous warriors/Deceit/Unruly/Merchants with false balances/Wealth for self/False prophets/Exalted himself/Make for themselves molten images, idols.

GOD’S CHESED: His covenantal, loyal love. Unswerving love and undying devotion. He is faithful and kind though we be faithless and unkind. Committed by covenant, enduring in passion. Everlasting in duration.

“For the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble in them.” (The last words of Hosea).

How will we walk?

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A Word of Encouragement

You will have heard of the expression “to get ahold of yourself”.

God was hoping that Jonah would have ‘got ahold of himself’ for the task God had for him to do.

And yet, as we read from the account in Jonah, the only ‘hold’ Jonah knew was when he put himself deep down into the hold of the ship.

You could say he was ‘holed’ up there!

But alas, when God gets ahold of him

He ends up in the hold of a whale.

And the ‘fix’ that Jonah had fixed for himself in attempting to flee from the presence of the Lord

Ended up with God fixing his fix by fixing a fix of His own!

Even David the Psalmist had this to say about that, “Where can I go from your Spirit, or where can I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold you are there!”

So let us yield to the will of the Father the first time.

And hold fast to Him who has a hold on you!

A fixed and firm hold.