Guest Blog written by: Colin Raynor
Of the 3 books we covered in todays reading, Hosea was my favorite, but particularly chapter 14. But before I get into that, I want to note that I am normally a very ADD person and struggle reading with other things happening. But something today was different, I read in Hosea 13:14 “oh death where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting?” So I instantly looked up the song “Christ has risen”, and it went right along with what I was reading. The whole song sings “Christ has risen from the dead trampling over death by death come awake come awake come and rise up from the grave.” Right after that in Chapter 14 God tells Israel to come to him and repeat some things. Starting with “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good”, and in coming to God and saying those things God says he “will heal their (our) apostasy and I (the God who they abandoned) will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.” What an amazing reminder of our God’s love. The past several days we have read what God was going to do to Jerusalem but today we read that all they have to do is trust Him and admit they are wrong and God freely accepts them, just like Jesus does to us even when we abandon Him for a day, a week, or years.