God blessed Israel in so many ways, yet they abused those blessings by turning to false gods and trusting in themselves and others. He waits for His people to turn to Him. Like the prodigal son, He will be there and accept him with open arms and celebrate his return to Him. In the previous post, we discussed how God would turn from His people until they turn back to Him. But He is always there and will show mercy and grace to all who will accept it and trust in Him.Continue reading “Hosea: God Waits for His People to Come to Him”
Hosea: God’s Charge Against the Nation
Hosea has a message for Israel that I think can also apply to this country (and perhaps to the world): Turn away from your idols and turn back to God. The country was in relative prosperity, but that was soon to change. As I read through Hosea, it keeps reminding me of the world we live in. People are accepting immorality as the “new normal.” God is being forgotten and some are even being hostile toward Him and anyone who believes in Him. Persecution is prevalent in many countries and it may not be long before it is here too. Laws are being passed that go against God and His righteousness. People are all about what is comfortable for them and don’t want to accept consequences. We live in a “me” society. Much like Israel was in Hosea’s time. And God had a message for them.
Minor Prophets: Hosea
God is always reaching out to His people to come to Him
I always wondered why they call the prophets at the end of the Old Testament “minor prophets.” Maybe just because the book is smaller.They seem to be less known so let’s try to get know know them a little bit. Hosea’s ministry was at a time when Israel was divided; Israel (The Northern Kingdom) and Judah to the south were two separate entities. During Hosea’s time, both were living in relative prosperity but have turned away from God and toward idols and their own evil desires. They trusted in themselves and others more than God. Sound familiar? Continue reading “Minor Prophets: Hosea”