Thursday, February 02 2012
Verse of the Day: V5 “Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.”
1. God Loves You (V1)
V1 “Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.”
God commanded prophet Hosea to return to his wife and love her even though she was unfaithful to him. Just like Hosea’s wife, the children of Israel had been unfaithful to God, yet God still loved them and waited for them to repent of their unfaithfulness. Today, God loves us and He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins that whosoever believes in Christ shall never perish but have everlasting life with God in heaven one day.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
2. God Bought You (V2-4)
V2 “So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:”
It seemed that Hosea’s wife was sold to somebody and he had to buy her back for fifteen pieces of silver. It was not easy for Hosea to love his unfaithful wife, and to buy her back when she had done nothing to deserve his love. This is exactly what God did when He bought us with the price of the death of His only begotten Son to redeem us from the fiery pits of hell to the portals of heaven when we have done nothing to deserve His love.
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
3. God Bless You (V5)
V5 “Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.”
One day, during the Millennium, all the children of Israel shall return to the Lord, seek their God and give God all the glory in the new city of Jerusalem. Indeed, whether we are Jews or non Jews, let us seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the things that we desire and need shall God bless and provide for us.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to seek You and Your goodness for Your glory.