Follow the truth…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Hosea 9

Do not rejoice, O Israel, with joy like other peoples,

​​For you have played the harlot against your God.

​​You have made love for hire on every threshing floor.

 ​​The threshing floor and the winepress

​​Shall not feed them,

​​And the new wine shall fail in her.

 ​​They shall not dwell in the LORD’s land,

​​But Ephraim shall return to Egypt,

​​And shall eat unclean things in Assyria.

 ​​They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD,

​​Nor shall their sacrifices be pleasing to Him.

​​It shall be like bread of mourners to them;

​​All who eat it shall be defiled.

​​For their bread shall be for their own life;

​​It shall not come into the house of the LORD.

​​What will you do in the appointed day,

​​And in the day of the feast of the LORD?

 ​​For indeed they are gone because of destruction.

​​Egypt shall gather them up;

​​Memphis shall bury them.

​​Nettles shall possess their valuables of silver;

​​Thorns shall be in their tents.

 ​​The days of punishment have come;

​​The days of recompense have come.

​​Israel knows!

​​The prophet is a fool,

​​The spiritual man is insane,

​​Because of the greatness of your iniquity and great enmity.

 ​​The watchman of Ephraim is with my God;

​​But the prophet is a fowler’s  snare in all his ways—

​​Enmity in the house of his God.

 ​​They are deeply corrupted,

​​As in the days of Gibeah.

​​He will remember their iniquity;

​​He will punish their sins.

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Once again it is striking how we can substitute America for Israel and the shoe fits.  O that it wasn’t so!!  The believer can take comfort in knowing they do not face personal judgment;  there is redemption found for us at the cross, forgiveness and new life.  However, we are reminded that we live in the world even though we are not of it..  The old adage, ‘it rains on the just and the unjust’ applies.  When we are treated as the prophets of old

“…the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac…” 

we can rise above the hostility knowing it is not surprising but to  be expected in a hostile land.  We answer to God, not mankind.  We will find opposition even in the church!

“…hostility [awaits]  him in the house of his God…!” 

The place we go to, to seek comfort, is often where we receive judgment and hostility, from those who are invested in self rather than God.

Other translations cast a different light on this passage:  The prophets and spiritual men were considered snares, fools and insane due to the corruption in their ranks.  Israel knew this and could not come to the place of worship to find knowledge of the ways of God.  The same could be said today  and the general population knows this and holds the ‘church’ in scorn for their actions and teachings that stray from the word.

Let us not follow the paths of so many, paths that lead way from God.  Let us be found faithful to the  God of His word.  Let us seek him and know him.

2 thoughts on “Follow the truth…

  1. As I’ve been reading through Hosea, too, I’ve been thinking about it on a personal and universal level: each of us has betrayed God through our sins. No one is totally faithful. We all need forgiveness and redemption. I’ve also considered the ugly stain that marital adultery leaves on a relationship…I’ll only say that forgiveness through Christ can make all things new. Praise Him. Nationally, I think of haughtiness, Godlessness, stubbornness…I pray that as a nation we would seek and know the truth, as you said!

    I find great encouragement in blogs like yours, in God’s growth of my husband and children and myself. My husband and I were watching “The Fellowship of the Ring” recently, and the main character was lamenting the situation that was upon him; a mission of doom but which would allow for the destruction of an evil power. His friend, a wise wizard, told him in essence that no one would have chosen to have things this way, but that he was in that role for “times such as these”. My husband and I looked at each other with slightly misty eyes, as this echoes many of our prayers lately.

    Let us stand firm in the truth and never let it go! Blessings to you. Thank you for being open to God’s work in and through you! –Alison

  2. Thank you for your comment. We can sense the heart of God for his people through the study of the prophets. There are times my heart is filled with overwhelming sadness at the futility of mankinds striving to be something they aren’t. So many are harmed along the way. How better to rest in the mercy and love of God extended to us through his Son, Jesus. Blessings to you also.

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