Yesterday we looked at the very troubled marriage of Hosea and Gomer; and their marriage is a picture of Israel’s broken fellowship with God.
Today’s reading is Hosea 12 through Amos 7. We find God doing the work of redemption, grace, healing, and restoration in Hosea.
God says to Israel through the prophet Hosea,
“I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for Mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.” Hosea 14:4-7 (KJB)
Yes! You could say Hosea had a “Bad Marriage”, but he also followed God’s plan and restored that marriage. It was based on open eyes, seeing clearly, and loving his bride anyway; alluring her back to himself. What a wonderful, holy, love.
The gift of Christ on the cross is the marvelous gift of God’s wonderful love. Jesus Christ bore our iniquities on His cross, took our sins upon Himself, and paid the price that was owed to God for our sins. By His bodily resurrection we are justified by God forever. You cannot find a stronger love than that.
All of creation is for the glory of the LORD; even the one’s made in His image; yet we have fallen short of His glory (Romans 3:23), and because of Adam’s sin have brought a curse on the created order.
We will take a short glimpse at the prophet Amos.
God, in His Word, shows us quite clearly that He will be glorified; and will spare nothing to make it so. He who spared not even His own Son, to bring us back into His glory.
There are a couple of verses in Amos I want us to consider this morning. God shows us His glory in the creation;
“Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is His name…” Amos 5:8 (KJB)
According to the gospel of John it is Jesus who has made all things,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:1-3
and in the book of Colossians,
“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” Colossians 1:15-17
The hope, salvation, peace, grace, mercy, and love is only found in the One who loves us. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God who died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and He rose again. He is the One who holds all things together. Believe Him.