Daily Archives: June 9, 2019
For the summer months, we are reading the minor prophets, starting with Hosea. Our 3-week Hosea reading plan reveals the character of God and comes from the She Reads Truth blog. Click HERE to go to the website for the reading plan and a devotion to go with each reading. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
God’s Command to Hosea – Hosea 1:1-11
The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel:
Hosea’s Wife and Children
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.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
4 Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. 5 In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.”
6 Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. 7 Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.”
8 After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. 9 Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.
10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.
Extra Reading: Titus 3:4-7
His Masterpiece | Marianne Toovey
What a bleak picture that’s painted in this first chapter. Are not these Israelites the same line of Israelites from Genesis & Exodus? Is this not the same God who bent over backward to save them? And now He’s destroying them! Imagine if, instead of “spring” my daughter’s name meant “I hate you.” That’s a strong message! But as is true with all things concerning our Heavenly Father, all hope is not lost. God may be punishing his children for their sinful ways right now, but restoration is coming. They’d done nothing to earn this newfound righteousness, God gave it freely out of His own love and mercy.
If it were just up to me, all hope would be lost. I’m no better than these Ancient Israelites. I sin with abandon. I worship other gods. I look for love in the holes of donuts and ‘likes’ on facebook. I set time with God aside to make room for time with family. But at the end of the day, God still chooses me. He still wants to spend eternity with me. I can paint an ugly picture of our relationship like the Israelites did, but He took the brush and is painting a masterpiece instead!
Oh God, I’m sorry I make You work so hard for the throne on my heart. You are the King of kings and I know You want my life to reflect that, and that You won’t stop working on me until it does. Thank You for Your persistence, for never giving up on me. For painting the beautiful picture I could never hope to create on my own. Your mercy amazes me. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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