“I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord.” (Hosea 2:19-20)
Having married a prostitute by God’s requests, the prophet heard God speak of Israel’s relationship to Him as that of a prostitute. Prophet and God begin wooing the unfaithful brides with words of forgiveness and renewal of covenant commitment. Faithful, righteous, just love is God’s intention which He seeks to arouse in His people through prophetic words and symbolic actions. Beloved, instead of condemning people of their sins, God sought to talk about renewals of covenant relationship with Him and others, and forgiveness of sins. Oh by the way, He wants us to do the same thing in our relationships with others. He forgives our sins, if we are will to forgive others of theirs.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You are the Divine Husband, that betroths His people in faithfulness. You want our relationship to be based in faithfulness. You desire our relationship with You to be like a marriage; with a foundation of faith, truth, love, and personal. It is in Christ Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“You can give without loving but you can’t love without giving.”
“And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi may continue, says the Lord Almighty. My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence my name. True instruction was in his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin. ” (Malachi 2:4-6)
God’s intention even in chastising was to renew the solemn oath and purpose He had with Israel. Levi, the representative name for the priestly tribe which acted as mediator before God, provided the true teaching and honest interpretation of God’s will for His people. Revealed teaching seeks to turn people from sin to God. The agent of God’s revelation is expected to live a life of wholeness and moral uprightness.
“I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.” (Luke 6:47)
True followers are those who received God’s revelation and put the teaching into practice in their daily lives. To truly God’s Word, we must understand it and the best way to understand it is, to live it out in our daily lives.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Jesus said, ‘My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He who speaks on his own does so o gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me!;” (John 7:16-19)
Jesus was faithful to the message the Father gave Him. Fidelity may be measured by whether one seeks personal honor or God’s, personal will or the Father’s. Revelation comes through one who speaks and teaches truth, not falsehood. Scripture was revealed not to bring personal pride of achievement but obedience honoring God.