Today you should read: Hosea 9
Good morning JumpStarters! Thank you for being so faithful to God’s Word. Any reports of how JumpStart and your time in the Word are affecting you? I would love to hear about it – comment below and let us know.
If you’re like me, when you read today’s chapter – you walk away with some thoughts and asking some very relevant questions…
• God seems so harsh – that doesn’t seem like the Father I know…
• Will the people of Israel ever learn?
• The price of sin seems so high – are the consequences really this severe?
• How have I been unfaithful to God?
Let’s tackle these thoughts today – one at a time.
God seems so harsh – that doesn’t seem like the Father I know…
When we think about God, we are conditioned to think about His love. Some of this comes from the verses that stick out to us, some from the idea that this is what we like to think about when it comes to God. The reality is – God is love. If you cut His heart open, it would bleed love – in fact it did.
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real loved—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:9-10
God is also just. He’s as much justice as He is mercy – as much truth as He is grace.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
He’s the perfect balance of both and knows EXACTLY what we need and when we need it. He’s the model dad.
Will the people of Israel ever learn?
Maybe a better question is – Will people ever learn? The answer: yes, some day. If you are a true follower of Jesus, you will be made complete when you stand before Him.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6
As for non-believers in Jesus…
…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11
The price of sin seems so high – are the consequences really this severe?
Yes – the price of sin was so high that it cost Jesus His life on the cross. Sin must be paid for, and God poured out His wrath on His Son on the cross. That’s why it was so cruel.
What about in our lives?
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. Galatians 6:7
This brings us to our last question…
How have I been unfaithful to God?
The key verse seems to be verse 1:
For you have been unfaithful to your God, — hiring yourselves out like prostitutes, — worshiping other gods…
How have we done this? James calls us adulteresses in chapter 4.
You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4
When we choose our sin over our commitment to follow and obey God we are “cheating on Him”.
How is this true in your life? In what ways?
What needs to change?
The children of Israel have paid a huge price for their rebellion and disobedience.
My God will reject the people of Israel
because they will not listen or obey.
They will be wanderers,
homeless among the nations. (v.17)
Sin will ALWAYS take you further than you planned to go, cost you more than you planned to spend, and keep you longer than you planned to stay.
Posted by: Tim Parsons