FROM THE PASTORS DESK
“Though I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law, they are regarded as a strange thing.” Hosea 8:12
While my wife and I were still living back on the farm, our neighbors Harold and Lillian, in their mid to late 70’s, came down to see our new baby boy Isak. Our little boy was safely snuggled into my arms as Lillian approached us and said, “Does he make strange?” I had no clue as to what that expression meant, so I really didn’t give her an answer and our conversation continued in another direction. Harold, coming in from another room, had not heard our initial conversation said, “Does he make strange?” Surprised that both of them would ask the same expression I had to admit to Harold I had no idea what he meant. That expression was a phrase people two generations ahead of me used to find out if the child would cry if strangers held the baby. Isak was fine having others hold him, so I was glad to learn that Isak was not strange. J
The same was not true for the people of God known as the Israelites. In their unfaithfulness and unkindness they had become way too familiar with, “swearing, deception, murder, stealing, adultery, violence and bloodshed (Hosea 4:2).” Hosea says that God withdrew from His people in their unfaithfulness, “I will go away and return to My place until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”
Hosea goes on to say in the above Scripture passage that God had given them “ten thousand precepts of My law.” God gave His word to His people and they regarded The Word as a strange thing. The people of God were so unfamiliar with the written word of God that truth had become a strange thing in their hands, while trash had become common and comfortable. How about you? Is the Holy Bible given to you from God something that is regarded as strange? What should we do if we are more familiar with trash than truth?
Hosea (chapter 14) gave the Israelites the solution and because this is God’s living and active Word the remedy is the same today. “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to Him, ‘Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously, that we may present the fruit of our lips.’ I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from them…O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like a luxuriant cypress; From Me comes your fruit. Whoever is wise, let him understand these things.”
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