Hosea

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Hosea has really been speaking to me today. I love how the Father-heart of God is so clearly displayed all throughout this book. It gives me such a great glimpse at how the Father feels about me, Israel and the church. Towards the end of the chapters it speaks of God’s heart churning with sympathy, healing backsliding, loving freely, destroying death and the grave.

Here are some of my favorite verses:

“Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, And wall her in, So that she cannot find her paths.  She will chase her lovers, But not overtake them; Yes, she will seek them, but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband, For then it was better for me than now.’  For she did not know That I gave her grain, new wine, and oil, And multiplied her silver and gold—" Hos. 2:6-8

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her. I will give her her vineyards from there, And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; She shall sing there, As in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. “And it shall be, in that day,” Says the Lord, “That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ And no longer call Me ‘My Master,’ For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals (lords), And they shall be remembered by their name no more.“ Hos. 2:14-17

“I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy;  I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the Lord." Hos. 2:19-20

"I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; Then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ And they shall say, ‘You are my God!’ ” Hos. 2:23

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." Hos. 11:3-4

“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." Hos. 11:8-10

“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes.” Hos. 13:14


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