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Hosea 2:1-13, Hosea Prophesies Against Israel

Key Verse

I will put an end to all her mirth,
her festivals, her new moons, her sabbaths,
and all her appointed festivals.
— Hosea 2:11

RCL Daily Devotion for Monday, July 29, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Through the prophet Hosea, God compared Israel to a whore that has cheated on her husband. With all the bitterness and spite of a scorned husband, God threatens to expose her shame. Is there anything more vulnerably shameful than being naked and exposed for the world to see? Clearly God is angry and hurt and Israel will suffer for her indiscretion.

This is probably one of the texts that leads people to say that the God of the Old Testament is angry and mean, while the God of the New Testament is gentle and loving. But maybe there’s another way to look at it. The God of the Old Testament is passionate, loyal, committed, and loving. God exposes God’s vulnerability by loving Israel fiercely.

Anyone who has had a broken heart knows that loving someone is both amazing and terrifying. Because if the one we love betrays us, the pain can be unbearable. This is God – vulnerable, heartbroken, and irrevocably wounded. It’s no wonder God sounds angry and hurt – God dared to love deeply and people betrayed God. Even so, God never stopped loving with passion and ferocity.

Thank you, God, for loving me fiercely and deeply. Amen.

 

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