The fire of His love…

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

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Hosea 11

“When Israel was a child, I loved him,

​​And out of Egypt I called My son.

As they called them,

​​So they went from them;

​​They sacrificed to the Baals,

​​And burned incense to carved images.

“I taught Ephraim to walk,

​​Taking them by their arms;

​​But they did not know that I healed them.

I drew them with gentle cords,

​​With bands of love,

​​And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck.

​​I stooped and fed them.

 ​​“He shall not return to the land of Egypt;

​​But the Assyrian shall be his king,

​​Because they refused to repent.

And the sword shall slash in his cities,

​​Devour his districts,

​​And consume them,

​​Because of their own counsels.

My people are bent on backsliding from Me.

​​Though they call to the Most High,

​​None at all exalt Him.

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?

​​How can I hand you over, Israel?

​​How can I make you like Admah?

​​How can I set you like Zeboiim?

​​My heart churns within Me;

​​My sympathy is stirred.

​​I will not execute the fierceness of My anger;

​​I will not again destroy Ephraim.

​​For I am God, and not man,

​​The Holy One in your midst;

​​And I will not come with terror.

“They shall walk after the LORD.

​​He will roar like a lion.

​​When He roars,

​​Then His sons shall come trembling from the west;

 ​​They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt,

​​Like a dove from the land of Assyria.

​​And I will let them dwell in their houses,”

​​Says the LORD.


God’s Charge Against Ephraim

​​“Ephraim has encircled Me with lies,

​​And the house of Israel with deceit;

​​But Judah still walks with God,

​​Even with the Holy One who is faithful.

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History is recounted over and over.  Truth is spoken.  The pains brought are spoken.  The resulting anger is reviewed.

“…My people are bent on backsliding from Me.

​​Though they call to the Most High,

​​None at all exalt Him….”

And within it all the love of God shines forth.  His love for his people overrides the pain, rejection, denial they hand him.  His love overrides his anger at their arrogance, greed and pride.  Ultimately it comes down to, he is God.

“…​​For I am God, and not man,

​​The Holy One in your midst;

​​And I will not come with terror. …”

We can apply these principles to our own lives.  God offers forgiveness and so can we.  We have His love within us and it allows us to override the anger, pain and rejection we often receive at the hands of others we hold dear.  He demonstrates for us the power of His all-consuming love.  This love burns the trash and leaves the gold.

“…“How can I give you up…​​How can I hand you over,…How can I make you like …

​​My heart churns within Me;

​​My sympathy is stirred.

​​I will not execute the fierceness of My anger;…They shall come trembling like a bird from Egypt,

​​Like a dove from the land of Assyria.

​​And I will let them dwell in their houses,”…​​But Judah still walks with God,

​​Even with the Holy One who is faithful….”

We sow seeds of unrighteousness and face the fire of his love.  We are consumed and rise from the ashes in beauty.

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