Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Tuesday, June 2nd: Hosea 5-8, Matthew 18:21-35 ~ Nathan
Hosea chapter 5 starts off with talking about how judgement is on Israel and then states in verse 6 how the Lord has withdrawn from them. But again, at the end of this chapter God says that if the Israelites acknowledge their guilt and seek His face, He will return again.
God mentions again in chapter 8:13 that He would redeem them, but they speak lies against Him. They try their best to do things on their own, but God will destroy all of it (8:14).
Those that tried to truly live the way God wanted back then, in a country that openly rebelled against God, would be similar to Christians living in North America today. Our society tries to provide all our needs on its own, without God. As useless as it seems, when we read about Israel's attempts at doing things without God, this is similar to what our society today is trying as well.
Why would I want to join in with that? We see clearly the end result. I want to have a desire to live for God and do things the way He wants, and not try to go do things myself without His help.
In our reading from Matthew, we get a reminder again about forgiving others. It's easy to ask for forgiveness when we've done something we know is wrong, and then we really appreciate how God forgives and forgets our sin. But it is often difficult to forgive when someone has done the same sin to us.