Day 177

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Isaiah 12:1-6; Isaiah 17:1-14; 2 Chronicles 28:16-21; 2 Kings 16:10-18;
2 Chronicles 28:22-25; 2 Kings 18:1-8; 2 Chronicles 29:1-2; 2 Kings 15:30- 31;
2 Kings 17:1-4; Hosea 1:1 – 2:13

Travis Groat, Technical Arts Director

Isaiah 12:1-6 Starts with Songs of Praise for Salvation
Then we have Isaiah 17:1-14 describing the destruction of Damascus and Israel.
Then we go through several Kings that turn the people of Israel away from God.
Next we make it to Hosea.

Hosea was a prophet whose life was a living prophecy about the people of Israel’s relationship with God. All aspects of his life reflect this. From his marriage to Gomer to the names of his children “Jezreel, for I am about to punish King Jehu’s dynasty to avenge the murders he committed at Jezreel. Next Lo-ruhamah—‘Not loved’—for I will no longer show love to the people of Israel or forgive them. Then Lo-ammi—‘Not my people’—for Israel is not my people, and I am not their God.” Then we come to a snapshot from God’s perspective. ”Yet the time will come when Israel’s people will be like the sands of the seashore—too many to count! Then, at the place where they were told, ‘You are not my people,’ it will be said, ‘You are children of the living God.’ Then the people of Judah and Israel will unite together. They will choose one leader for themselves, and they will return from exile together. What a day that will be—the day of Jezreel when God will again plant his people in his land.

 “In that day you will call your brothers Ammi—‘My people.’ And you will call your sisters Ruhamah—‘The ones I love.’”

So once again here comes the story of redemption even as the prophecy of destruction is proclaimed. It amazes me how God declares His redemption at the same time He is spelling out the punishment for our betrayal. He never stops declaring His Love no matter how we have hurt or what we have done. I am so amazed that He never stops proclaiming His love and redemption no matter what.

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4 responses »

  1. Thanks Travis,

    Scripture is full of God’s promises and though we may need discipline from time to time He will never leave us of forsake us. It is we that leave Him.

    Romans 11:22 (NLT)
    Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in his kindness. But if you stop trusting, you also will be cut off.

    Remember it only takes the faith of a mustard seed to move mountains so even with the smallest amount of faith we can learn to turn from sin and be redeemed.

  2. Father, thank You for Gomer. Her name mean “perfect”. Thank You that You pursue her in her sin, You block her way with thorn bushes (Hosea 2:6) and You keep the door of repentance open. Your faithfulness and Your patience is truly amazing. Your love for Your children is constant and unchanging. Your desire for restoration, relentless. As You pursue and perfect Gomer, thank You that You do the same for me and all of Your beloved children. Search me, O God, and know me. Try me and know my thoughts and intents. Perfect me and lead me in Your eternal way. Amen.

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