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.