What does it mean when we say, “God in three persons?” At Pentecost, God came to dwell in His people, never to leave us again.
God’s people are called to be faithful and not repeat the sins of their fathers.
God urges Israel to return to Him, as a child clings to his father.
To lay down our empty short-term sinful pursuits and break up the fallow ground of idolatry, is to trade the fruit of wickedness that can never satisfy, for the fruit of righteousness that will never disappoint.
We must sacrifice fruitless and empty short-term idolatrous and sinful pursuits, for long-term Christian eternal gain. We are called to faithfully follow God at all costs, lest we lose everything.
When we, the church corporately, rely on ourselves, we foolishly set ourselves, our desires, and our wisdom up as competition for the jealous, Sovereign God of the universe.
If Jesus is not raised our faith is worthless, and if we have hoped in him in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. But in fact, Christ has been raised!
What do you mean when you call Jesus King? Which kingdom are you pledging allegiance to?
As we contemplate the plea in Hosea to return to the LORD we ask, “Which way are we facing in our relationship with God?”
The call to return to the LORD is given lip service by a people of false and fleeting loyalty.
God gives pictures of Israel’s idolatry and the punishments that will be brought upon them, for the purpose of calling them to repentance.
God details the ways in which Israel has committed idolatry and identifies those who are responsible for their unfaithfulness.
The remarriage of Hosea and Gomer, like other biblical pictures, helps us understand God’s love for His wayward people.