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June 17 – Hosea

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!

Faithful Love Not Sacrifice – Hosea 6:1-7:2

Israel Unrepentant

“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
    but he will heal us;
he has injured us
    but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
    on the third day he will restore us,
    that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
    let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
    like the spring rains that water the earth.”
“What can I do with you, Ephraim?
    What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist,
    like the early dew that disappears.
Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets,
    I killed you with the words of my mouth—
    then my judgments go forth like the sun.
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
    and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
As at Adam, they have broken the covenant;
    they were unfaithful to me there.
Gilead is a city of evildoers,
    stained with footprints of blood.
As marauders lie in ambush for a victim,
    so do bands of priests;
they murder on the road to Shechem,
    carrying out their wicked schemes.
10 I have seen a horrible thing in Israel:
    There Ephraim is given to prostitution,
    Israel is defiled.
11 “Also for you, Judah,
    a harvest is appointed.
“Whenever I would restore the fortunes of my people,
whenever I would heal Israel,
the sins of Ephraim are exposed
    and the crimes of Samaria revealed.
They practice deceit,
    thieves break into houses,
    bandits rob in the streets;
but they do not realize
    that I remember all their evil deeds.
Their sins engulf them;
    they are always before me.

Extra Reading: Matthew 12:1-8, Isaiah 26:16-19

SOAP Note

Rules vs. Mercy | Becky Newman

Scripture

Hosea 6:7

Observation

Jesus quotes Hosea 6:7 to the Pharisees who are griping about his disciples collecting grain to eat on the Sabbath, in violation of the law (Matthew 12:7). God gave His people rules to set them apart and make them holy. He did not give them rules in lieu of relationship with Him. His desire is for our hearts to be His, for us to see Him and know Him throughout our days. Keeping the law alone will never get us to heaven, and being law enforcers instead of showing others love and mercy will never point anyone to our loving and merciful Father.

Application

As a parent, there are rules I have to enforce to teach my kids about consequences for their choices, but I need to make sure I’m balancing that with the love and mercy that God shows me daily, or they will not grow up seeing and knowing You as their Good Father. But I also know a healthy fear of You is important in their upbringing. During our vacation, You’ve given us so many opportunities to talk about and see both, from You blessing us with a record-breaking heat wave to play in the cold water of the Pacific Northwest and hike in the snow on Mt Rainier to seeing Your amazing power and strength on display at Mt Saint Helens and hearing the stories of the survivors and those who died; though the Ranger called it “serendipity”, we call it divine providence.

Prayer

Lord, thank You that You are the Good Father, and we thank You for Your divine providence. Even when we don’t understand it, we know You are full of mercy and love. As I parent my kiddos, help me to balance rule enforcement and discipline with mercy and love, so that I may not hinder them in knowing You. Thank You for every opportunity You give for me to teach them more about You!

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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