The Family of Hosea
When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Go, take for yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.’ So he went and took Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
And the Lord said to him, ‘Name him Jezreel; for in a little while I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. On that day I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.’
She conceived again and bore a daughter. Then the Lord said to him, ‘Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have pity on the house of Israel or forgive them. But I will have pity on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God; I will not save them by bow, or by sword, or by war, or by horses, or by horsemen.’
When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. Then the Lord said, ‘Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not my people and I am not your God.’
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
This Old Testament story is written during a time when Israel had widespread beliefs. God, speaking through Hosea, is warning of dire times coming to those who worship false idols. Like my previous devotion, what does this have to do with today?
What false idols do we worship? Celebrities? Athletes? Politicians? Money? Wealth? Vacations? Work? When does liking something go too far and become worshiping something? When do these shiny-glittery objects distract us from God?
Dear God. Help me become less enamored with the world's shiny-glittery objects and take more of a shine to you! Amen.