Month: August 2011

Cautious Excitement

CAUTIOUS EXCITEMENT They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings in the last days.  Hosea 3: 5             It would seem that people should run toward something that seems too good to be true.  That's not always the case.  People often fear joy … Continue reading Cautious Excitement

No King, No Priest

NO KING, NO PRIEST, NO GOD-CONNECTION For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or teraphim.  Hosea 3:4             When a nation turns her back on God, it languishes in more … Continue reading No King, No Priest

Minus Revenge

MINUS REVENGE Then I said to her, "You shall stay with me for many days.  You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man, so I will also be toward you." Hosea 3:3     It's pretty easy to do the right thing … Continue reading Minus Revenge

“EVEN AS”

EVEN AS: THE POWER OF A CONJUCTION Then the Lord said, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel."  Hosea 3:1             It is easy to restrict my concept … Continue reading “EVEN AS”

Breaking The Cycle Of Isolation

BREAKING THE CYCLE OF ISOLATION I will sow her for Myself in the land.  I will also have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion.  Hosea 2:23     Our sin has consequences but God is able to look into the future, past the present time when … Continue reading Breaking The Cycle Of Isolation

I Can’t Believe Who I Am

I CAN'T BELIEVE WHO I AM   I will say to those called `Not my people, ' `You are my people'; and they will say, `You are my God.' "  Hosea 2: 23              Has it ever been said of you, "She'll never amount to much!"  … Continue reading I Can’t Believe Who I Am

Till Death And Beyond

TILL DEATH AND BEYOND I will betroth you to me forever.  Hosea 2: 19            "I'll be your friend forever," many say to one another.  Yet one small comment that leads to a misunderstanding has the potential to fracture the relationship and cause the friendship to erode.             … Continue reading Till Death And Beyond

Different Kind of Marriage

DIFFERENT KIND OF MARRIAGE I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. Hosea 2: 19             Betrothal to the God of Israel can seem frightening but it is nothing to fear.  On earth, many experience marriages characterized by unrighteousness, injustice; … Continue reading Different Kind of Marriage

The Cross & Sacrifice

THE CROSS AND SACRIFICE I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips.  Hosea 2: 17             The cross symbolizes sacrifice.  God sacrificed His Son.  Jesus sacrificed His life.  And if I decide to follow Jesus Christ, I must come by way of … Continue reading The Cross & Sacrifice

Name Change

NAME CHANGE "In that day," declares the LORD, "you will call me `my husband'; you will no longer call me `my master.'  Hosea 2: 16             The only thing that used to unsettle me more than thinking of myself as a slave in God's household was discovering … Continue reading Name Change