July 23, 2012

1 Peter 2:9-10 (NLT)
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. [10] “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”.

Observation:  Hosea goes after a prostitute. She runs away, goes back to her whoring. He finds her and brings her home. Again and again. It is a parable of God’s relationship with Israel, and with his Church. Their first child is named “God tosses (the baby out with the bath water?). No. 2 (any resemblance to Hosea is purely coincidental) is called “Not mine.” Gomer runs again. She is brought home, and no. 3 will be along soon, named “Not loved.” We who were once not loved and not God’s, are now loved, and the children of his love.
Application:  Once I was defiant and deliberate in my rebellion against God, cut off from him by my own choices and actions. No longer. Like the song, I can sing, “I am yours.” You know my name. It is carved in the palm of your hand.
Prayer:  Lord, who am I that the Lord of all the earth would call me by name? Compared to you, I am nothing. Yet you love me anyway. I am grateful. I am so like Gomer-willfully defiant and deliberately disobedient. I return to my own vomit, as Proverbs 26:11 says. Yet you love me anyway. I can only say thank you. Help me to live faithfully for you. Help me to love you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. In the name of Jesus I pray.

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