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Persistent Love: Hosea 11v1-11
Speaker Jonny Grant, on March 12, 2017
Part of the Hosea: The Passion and Pursuit of God series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Persistent Love: Hosea 11v1-11 (page 907)
Father / Son
The Fathers Gracious Love...
- God rescued
- God healed
- God delighted
‘This is what the Lord says: Israel is my first born son, and I told you let my son go, so that he may worship me’. (Exodus 4v22-23)
...towards a run-away child
‘My Son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.’ (Proverbs 3v11-12)
The Fathers Persistent Mercy...
- God's persistence
- God's mercy
- God's relenting
Deuteronomy 21v18-21 (page 200)
...towards a returning-home child
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Hosea 11:1–11 (Listen)
11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
2 The more they were called,
the more they went away;
they kept sacrificing to the Baals
and burning offerings to idols.
3 Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk;
I took them up by their arms,
but they did not know that I healed them.
4 I led them with cords of kindness,
with the bands of love,
and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws,
and I bent down to them and fed them.
5 They shall not return to the land of Egypt,
but Assyria shall be their king,
because they have refused to return to me.
6 The sword shall rage against their cities,
consume the bars of their gates,
and devour them because of their own counsels.
7 My people are bent on turning away from me,
and though they call out to the Most High,
he shall not raise them up at all.
8 How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.
9 I will not execute my burning anger;
I will not again destroy Ephraim;
for I am God and not a man,
the Holy One in your midst,
and I will not come in wrath.
10 They shall go after the LORD;
he will roar like a lion;
when he roars,
his children shall come trembling from the west;
11 they shall come trembling like birds from Egypt,
and like doves from the land of Assyria,
and I will return them to their homes, declares the LORD.
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