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Hosea 6-9:17

COME AND let us return to the Lord, for He has torn so that He may heal us; He has stricken so that He may bind us up. After two days He will revive us (quicken us, give us life); on the third day He will raise us up that we may live before Him. [Isa. 26:19; Ezek. 37:1-10.] Yes, let us know (recognize, be acquainted with, and understand) Him; let us be zealous to know the Lord [to appreciate, give heed to, and cherish Him]. His going forth is prepared and certain as the dawn, and He will come to us as the [heavy] rain, as the latter rain that waters the earth.
(Hosea 6:1-3 AMP)

The above words are convicting especially when you read everything after verse three which is God’s charge against the people who speak these words. I am good at making mental assents to things I need to do, should do; however, doing them is another thing. Talk is cheap and talking is not the same as doing but I want the talking to count as if it was a done deal. As part of my e-mail, personal e-mail, signature I have,

Change is not change until it’s changed. Talking and doing or not doing is like that. Until I walk the walk instead of just talking the talk, I am counted as a hypocrite, Yikes! We want other to give us credit for talking, “Well, you know I said I was going to do it and I meant too …” That is just hot air blowing past a couple of muscles we call vocal cords.

I think so few of us really get into the Bible and read it because it is so convicting. People try to say that this book contradicts itself and that usually means they haven’t read or studied it, I know I use to say that. But it truth, the reading of the Word really contradicts our behavior and that’s not something we find hard to face and accept.

My toes seem to have been stepped on by the Word.

Grace and peace,

Mike and everyone,
i'm learning the following from, Hosea 6:1-2, "The Invitation To Contrition" -
"Come, let us return to the Lord..." (Hosea 6:1a)
The phrase "let us return" implies that before, the people had a closer relationship with the Lord.
Yet now, they had become a wayward people.
They were described as -
a, "the morning cloud" and "the early dew" (Hosea 6:4). Their devotion to God might sparkle under the first gleam of the sun, but soon burns away.
b, "a heated oven" (Hosea 7:4). They burned with a passion for sin.
c, "a man whose strength has ebbed away" (Hosea 7:9). As time passed, like Samson, they didn't realize the LORD had left him (Judges 16:20).
d, "a silly dove" (Hosea 7:11). Instead of looking to the Lord for help, they made covenants with heathen nations (e.g. Egypt and Assyria).
e, "a deceitful bow" (Hosea 7:16). They had been given His Law and His training. They should have been able to hit a bull’s eye by walking with in faithfulness and righteousness. Yet, they missed the target.
Those six descriptive phrases God used to describe Israel, perhaps we can see in our lives today.
Father, please again use Your Words to convict us, remind us, correct us, and teach us! Please continue to use this blog to bring many to know You and revere You more. May Your Name be glorified. In Your Son's Name we pray, amen.


3 John 1:11 really spoke to me as well! It's so simple and obvious, but it's easy to overlook the obvious sometimes. Those who are doing good know God and those who aren't don't.

Thanks for this blog! I love your comments on the reading and the visuals. :-)

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