Archive for June 12th, 2013

Hosea 8

Hosea 8 continues to talk about the sad state of affairs that Israel is in.  They have “transgressed my covenant and rebelled against my law”.  In a word, they have sinned.  And when we do, and things go bad, we cry out to God.  We scream like a little kid that things are not going our way and we need God to step in and help us.  We spurn God, but expect Him to come running when we cry out.  It doesn’t work that way.  It isn’t going to be a solution to our problem.

Truth is that they set up leadership that walked against God and led the people that way.  They “made kings…set up princes…made idols”.  It was not of God.  It was man’s plan to do things man’s way which led to God’s punishment.  “They sow the wind, and they reap the whirlwind”.  Truth is that when we intentionally choose to disobey God and insist on doing things our way, the result does not get smaller, it multiplies into bigger and worse outcomes.  God isn’t tolerant of sin.  He can’t be.

God can pursue us in many ways, and we often are so self-absorbed we miss the entire effort to draw us to Himself.  “Were I to write for him my laws by ten thousands, they would be regarded as a strange thing”.  We ignore God so often.  And we just do our own thing until it falls apart.  But “he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins”.  God will respond.  He has to, because of His nature and character.  We will pay a price because like Israel, we have “forgotten his maker” and just do our own thing.

God’s punishment is strong.  It is severe, not what we would consider a God of love.  “I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour her strongholds”.  God will cause us to understand just how serious our sin problem truly is.  We have to deal with it.  And the only thing that will set us free is the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  Gods’ grace can redeem us if we repent and come to Christ as our Savior and Lord.  But aside from that, we need to be ready for the fire.  We need to be prepared to suffer and spend eternity without God.  That isn’t love.  That is justice.  It is coming.  Are you ready?

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