If Jesus were here in person today, I think He would use flannel graph and PowerPoint
to get His points across. When we look at the end of Hosea and the first part of
Joel, we see Him speaking to us in word pictures. In the last three weeks I
have experienced two sermons where those preaching used visuals and word
pictures to get their points across. God does the same thing here. Read Hosea
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.
Are you far from God today? What a beautiful way He entreats you to come
back to Him. They idea of rains of righteousness falling on us is awesome. Are
you seeking the Lord today and experiencing His refreshing rain fall on you?
Then we see His ability to predict and foreshadow the future. We see a
messianic prophecy in Hosea 13. Many years later the Apostle Paul quotes part
of this chapter (1 Corinthians 15:55) in reference to the Messiah.
Hosea 13:14b … O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is
Perhaps not to those reading this for the first time does it make sense, but to
us, on this side of the cross it brings more credibility to the message of the
prophet Hosea many years before and we can take great confidence as we read
God’s Word that what we are reading is true and sure and that this book we read
each day has a common theme and structure that leads us to the Saviour.
Our readings today end in Joel. His writings are considered apocalyptic
(perhaps apropos for todays circumstances). And yet how beautiful His words.
Can you see that it’s our hearts that need rending not our outward appearances
and presentations. As we return to God, He will be merciful and gracious to us.
This world may seem apocalyptic at times, but God’s haven of peace and love and
safety is always waiting for us.
Joel 2:13 “… and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over
Father God, thank You for caring so much for us that You use language that
is sweet and picturesque to draw You to Yourself. I pray as we read today’s verses,
we will be drawn back into a strong relationship with You. It’s in the strong
and wonderful name of Jesus we pray, Amen!