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Identifying with Israel 02/25/2012

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When my circumstance is not as easy or comfortable as I desire, I relate to the stubbornness of Israel by the attitudes of my heart.  And so God shows me as I continually need to be shown and changed.

 

Hosea 4:16, “Like a stubborn heifer, Israel is stubborn.

Then He goes on about Israel’s idolatry, their sin, and His wrath. He encourages in Hosea 10: 12, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

Here a beautiful picture of Christ’s love for His “sons” in Hosea 11:1-4, “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. The more they were called the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offering to idols. Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love.

12:6-7 “So you, by the help of your God, return hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”

13:4b “You know no God but me, and besides me there is no Savior.”

14:9 “Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them…

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One Response to “Identifying with Israel”

  1. suzanneshirley Says:

    I do love this Bible study!!! 🙂


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