Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tuesday, June 28: Hosea 1-5 ~ Danae

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Hosea 1-5

A few verses stood out to me today…

When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife & children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing the Lord.”
Hosea 1:2

Are we willing to do the hard things God asks of us?  I can't imagine that Hosea was very comfortable with this instruction & yet we don't see any record of him even questioning God (not even asking for another sign to make sure that he didn't misunderstand).

She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for I was better off than now.’
Hosea 2:7

We go our own way, chase after things in this world that we think are what we need to be happy, but we “can't catch them & “do not find them.”  How long do we chase before we realize that it is better with God, his way?  

“In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.’”
Hosea 2:16

God wants to have a relationship with us where we recognize that is isn't trying to control us, take our fun away.  He's not a master over his slave.  God wants us to have a deep, personal relationship based on love & trust. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Hosea 6-10


Nathan Reimer said...

Hosea 1:2
When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.”

What a tough command to go out and follow. As a parent, it would have been tough to see your child follow this command. But it was God who commanded this, and I give Hosea credit for following what God wanted. God used the example Hosea showed to speak to the people and show them the wrong they were doing.

Tammy Reimer said...

Great thoughts and some hard lessons Hosea had to illustrate!