God always knows where we’ve been and what we’ve done. So what should we do in light of this? God’s lamentation of Israel’s sorry state and relentless urging for Israel’s return continues in Hosea 7 as a parallel to our own sinful condition.
Although not particularly fun to read through the Lord’s judgment against the people of the Lord, still it serves as a message to us in the ways that we can return to the Lord. As God’s difficulty, we often find ourselves saying NO to God without much thought to the blessings of obedience or the consequences of disobedience. Don’t let yourself starve from God’s Word.
This past Saturday’s workday yielded good results for the coming winter. All the windows are now sealed for the coming cold.
As Christmas approaches, Operation Christmas Child is back! Operation Christmas Child is an organization that takes donated shoe boxes filled with toys and other useful supplies for young children, particularly for children in impoverished countries. It is a great opportunity to show our love for all of God’s children and to let them know of the Good News. First Baptist will begin gathering donations to be handed off to Operation Christmas Child.
Looking to put those free hands to work? Come down to the First Baptist building on Saturday, October 20 and join us in getting our beloved building ready for the coming winter. Work will start at 9 AM to about 12 PM (feel free to leave whenever), or even join the early birds at 7:30 AM.
Where is the joyful message? It is a scary thing to know who God is, and then to be told of the coming departure of God. Yet, it is not God who wants to leave us, but it is we who drive God away with our unfaithfulness towards and rejection of God. God shows us the correct way, but all too often our eyes wander. What happens on Sunday morning in Marlborough besides church? Our priorities change all too easily.
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Judgment Against Israel
5 “Hear this, you priests! Pay attention, you Israelites! Listen, O royal house! This judgment is against you: You have been a snare at Mizpah, a net spread out on Tabor.
Hosea 3-4 paints an image of the deterioration of Israel’s society eerily resembling modern times. Though Israel was unfaithful to God and deep in sin, still God works to bring Israel back. Walk through another two chapters in Hosea that speak of God’s firm and faithful love, even as our eyes wander. What is it that God wants? What keeps Him from giving up on Israel?
3 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”