At the very core of the message of the New Testament writers was this theme: When God became king by overcoming sin, death and Rome on the cross, he left his temple in Jerusalem to inhabit his people, who belong to him and follow Jesus, his Son. Now we are his temple and he actually lives within us. (more…)
The physical, emotional, spiritual closeness between a husband and wife is a real life, tangible analogy created by God to illustrate the relationship God desires to have with all mankind, his image bearers on earth. (more…)
Hosea’s story, is Israel’s story, is our story. God is the master life illustrator. His involvement in the story of Israel as a nation is a picture of the relationship he desires to have with the entire human race, his image bearers in this world. We see our own story in the story of Israel—people for whom God provides beauty, purposeful work, sustenance and unconditional love. Although we know he is there, and that what can be known about him is clearly seen in what he has made, we choose not to recognize him or honor him as our Creator. We go our own way, worshipping the created and the work of our own hands rather than the Creator. Yet God pursues us relentlessly and continually expresses his everlasting love to us. Occasionally, he must get our attention by allowing trials and enemies to invade and oppress us. His mercy is severe at times. He will go to any length to win back his beloved. That is Israel’s story and ours.
God wants us to know him as he knows us. It stands to reason. What Creator would not want his creatures to know him and experience his affection for them? God does this despite our unfaithfulness to him. He goes after us even though we are like an adulterous wife. (more…)