Tag Archives: Repentance

Jesus: King and Judge (part 2)

Matthew 3:1-12 Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 11:1-7) sounded pretty fabulous, didn’t it, if not mind-blowing! That’s what we all want the world to be like; but we can’t have peace just on its own, without justice and truth. Which is why … Continue reading

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Love hurts: the decision

Hosea 14 The way back is always open – even for those as persistently rebellious and unfaithful as Israel. What must we do if we find ourselves far away from the God we once knew? We must acknowledge our sins … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Finding hope

Hosea 13:9-16 Israel was doomed – not because God wanted to destroy her, but because she refused to let Him save her. The monarchy – in which such high hopes had been invested – could not take the place of … Continue reading

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Blessings and curses

Israel were not expected to serve God for nothing. If (as a nation) they observed His laws, He promised to reward them (as a nation) with material blessings (Leviticus 26:1-13). He would supply their needs (by giving them rain at … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Facing up to the truth

Hosea 10:9-15 The town of Gibeah was infamous for its association with corruption and destructive immorality: it was Israel’s very own Sodom and Gomorrah (Judges 20:1-11). Sadly, the shocking events at Gibeah were no isolated incident; Hosea’s contemporaries were no … Continue reading

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Love hurts: ‘Come, let us return’

Hosea 6:1-11 True repentance (verses 1-3) What is repentance? Fundamentally, it is a change of attitude towards God. It means turning away from the idols that have captured our attention and devotion. It means acknowledging our sinfulness, and the fact … Continue reading

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Love hurts: When it all turns sour

Hosea 5:13-15 Eventually Israel realised that something was wrong, but instead of turning back to God they sought help from the pagan world – a ‘cure’ worse than the disease! Verse 13 could refer to the tribute paid to Assyria … Continue reading

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