June 20, Reading 2 – Hosea 8, 9

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SAA Notes

Reap the whirlwind is a Biblical phrase that passed into the English language many centuries ago. Wanderers amongst the nations (9:17) recalls the Gospel perspective – remember James’ description of the Christian Church: the twelve tribes scattered amongst the nations, and Peter’s: God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout

SJA Notes

“For it is from Israel; a craftsman made it; it is not God.”

In some ways this is the simplest of truths. So bindary.

Israel has rejected THE LORD for man-made idols. These things are not God.

And you can adjust the emphasis a little; an idol is NOT GOD.

We have two categories here; GOD and NOT GOD.

And the truth today is the same as it was in Hosea’s time.

People go after NOT GOD entities. We hero-worship humans, or ideas, or demons and devils.

And importantly, notice that while Israel went after the idols, showing their religion as FALSE, they still gave outward appearance of spiritua life. They made sacrifices.

BUT.

God has a hard word. He rejects their offerings, and instead remembers their iniquities.

This is in stark contrast to the blessing of TRUE religion.

We read the Lord’s words in Jeremiah 31 (and in Hebrews 8), of those who KNOW THE LORD, “For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Hebrews links this directly with the new covenant in Jesus, that of grace (and Him being our great High Priest).

This is a litmus test for us, and a story that should burn on our lips to tell those around us.

There is only GOD. Everything else in this world, people, structures, creation, ideas, thoughts – Everything else is NOT GOD.

Praise God that in Jesus, GOD, our sins are remembered no more. Our offering (we’ve been reminding ourselves of Romans 12, ourselves as living sacrifices) are acceptable in Jesus.

* Gracious Father, thank You that in Jesus we are saved, that our black mirky sin, staining all that is us, has been washed away. That because of Him, in Your sight, we are cleansed. He took our punishment, the curse, so that we could be free, obtaining blessing.

Please help us to spread this word to the nations. Those afar, but also those right next to us. Our family, friends, our neighbours.

Grant us opportunity day by day to witness You. That You are GOD. There is no other!

Amen.

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