What’s the Cure

Reading in Hosea 3-4, Gomer left Hosea and became an adulteress. In order for Hosea to live with her again, Gomer had to stop being a prostitute and being intimate with other men (v. 3). This type of reunion depicts God’s relationship with Israel as the people would live for many days without a king or prince. Afterwards the Israelites would return; seek the Lord their God and His blessings (v. 5).

Within this passage, we are given an indictment towards Israel and the reason for their suffering.  There was murder, adultery, and stealing throughout the land. The leaders gave the people the wrong incentives that promoted sinfulness. Instead of instructing the people towards dependence on God and morality, they led them towards idolatry and immorality.

The more the people sinned, the more the priest received because a sin offering was given to the priest (v. 7). The incentives were upside down much like the incentives are upside down in societies throughout our world today. Think about it, governments are going into tremendous debt throughout the world because they manipulate interest rates to try and stimulate the economy. They also give more incentives to negative behavior rather than to positive behavior.

What’s the cure? Certainly not government. I submit that the cure is God’s grace.  Once received, one can gain wisdom to live the way life is meant to be lived. Lord, we come to You today asking for Your forgiveness and accepting Your grace. Without You, our days ahead would look bleak but with You, every trial we go through adds wisdom and every challenge brings triumph. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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3 Responses to What’s the Cure

  1. oldpoet56 says:

    Very good article, thank you for taking of your time to post it.

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