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 …
* Righteous God, please fix our eyes on You today.
“For it is from Israel; a craftsman made it; it is not God.”
In some ways this is the simplest of truths. So binary.
Israel has rejected THE LORD for man-made idols. Things that are not God.
As in Hosea’s time so in ours.
People go after NOT GOD entities. We hero-worship humans and ideas, ideologies and world-views, demons and devils.
Israel still gave the outward appearance of spiritual life. They made sacrifices.
God has a hard word for them, and for us.
He rejects their offerings. He remembers their iniquities.
This is a stark contrast to the blessing of TRUE religion.
In Jeremiah 31 we read,
“For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
There is only GOD.
Everything else in the world; people, structures, creation, ideas, thoughts – everything else is NOT GOD.
* Gracious Father,
Thank You that in Jesus You forgive us, our black mirky sin washed away.
Please help us to tell the good news of Jesus to those around us.