Hosea 9:12 NASB
Though they bring up their children,
Yet I will bereave them until not a man is left.
Yes, woe to them indeed when I depart from them!
It gets almost monotonous and tiring, all those judgments.
The people can now gradually know this, don’t they?
And the prophet, won’t he get terribly tired of it?
Punishing sin all the time, and threaten with judgment?
Yes, but what a miracle that the Lord Himself does not get tired of it!
That He continues to warn, despite so much persistence.
Here too, when He pronounces woe ”, there is still love behind it.
▪︎ Love that goes to extremes.
▪︎ Love that seeks to save the people, and who wants to keep them from destruction.
This also applies to us!
The Lord does not want us to be lost. He does not want our destruction.
He gave us the joyful message of the Gospel to be proclaimed against the dark background of the coming judgment.
- When you know this as a Christian, what else can you do than call people to faith?
- When you know this as non Christian, what else can you do than surrender to Him? For why should you choose destruction above life?
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