In The Word: Hosea

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This was tough stuff. I definitely wouldn’t call Hosea a “feel-good” book of the Bible. But we know that all Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching (2 Timothy 3:16); therefore, we cannot pick and choose the parts of the Bible we listen to. ALL of it is meant for us. ALL of it points to JesusIt’s so easy to read Hosea and think…goodness gracious, Israel is baaa-a-ad. Horrible. [I mean, I never realized the Bible said “whore” so much. Seriously!] But we are quick to forget who we are and what Jesus has done for us in spite of our sinfulness.

I love what the devotion said in response to reading Hosea 10:

Sisters, we need to keep in mind that sin is sin.
God grieves our sinful nature no matter what it looks like in human eyes.
We all have idols in our lives, we all stumble, we all put human capability before God’s sovereignty at times.
No matter how sweetly it’s packaged up and delivered, it’s still sin.

Ooof. “No matter how sweetly it’s packaged up and delivered, it’s still sin.” That one hit home for me.

But God doesn’t want us to get down on ourselves. He wants us to come to Him in our brokenness. He wants to cleanse and complete us. He wants us to sow in righteousness and reap in mercy

In the Lord, we have endless hope. No matter how far or how fast or how long we try to run away. We cannot escape His love. He wants us to be in relationship with Him. The way He loves us transcends all human perception. Hosea illustrates these truths.

I love the Tim Keller quote that was shared on the penultimate day of the study

The cross.
Hosea paints a story of what’s to come–before the world has met its Savior.
The cross.
It covers every ounce of our sin, shame, and guilt.
The cross.
Unending love. Amazing, undeserving, never-changing grace.

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