HOSEA‬ ‭8:1-14‬ ‭‬‬

““Sound the alarm! The enemy descends like an eagle on the people of the Lord, for they have broken my covenant and revolted against my law. Now Israel pleads with me, ‘Help us, for you are our God!’ But it is too late. The people of Israel have rejected what is good, and now their enemies will chase after them. The people have appointed kings without my consent, and princes without my approval. By making idols for themselves from their silver and gold, they have brought about their own destruction. “O Samaria, I reject this calf— this idol you have made. My fury burns against you. How long will you be incapable of innocence? This calf you worship, O Israel, was crafted by your own hands! It is not God! Therefore, it must be smashed to bits. “They have planted the wind and will harvest the whirlwind. The stalks of grain wither and produce nothing to eat. And even if there is any grain, foreigners will eat it. The people of Israel have been swallowed up; they lie among the nations like an old discarded pot. Like a wild donkey looking for a mate, they have gone up to Assyria. The people of Israel have sold themselves— sold themselves to many lovers. But though they have sold themselves to many allies, I will now gather them together for judgment. Then they will writhe under the burden of the great king. “Israel has built many altars to take away sin, but these very altars became places for sinning! Even though I gave them all my laws, they act as if those laws don’t apply to them. The people love to offer sacrifices to me, feasting on the meat, but I do not accept their sacrifices. I will hold my people accountable for their sins, and I will punish them. They will return to Egypt. Israel has forgotten its Maker and built great palaces, and Judah has fortified its cities. Therefore, I will send down fire on their cities and will burn up their fortresses.””

Hosea‬ ‭8:1-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The story of mankind is a history of repeating themes and ideas. One of these ideas is the idea of the restlessness of men without God. Era by era, time and time again, no matter culture or location, the people of God, by calling or making choose to leave him. They choose to abandon the safety and sanctity of relationship with him, in favor of the opportunity to exercise his image as their own. They seek to do their own will and create their own futures. As God is our creator, this is offensive. But what is far worse is that they are not content to leave God, but instead, wish to take his name, his iconography, his stories and abscond with them, turning them into their own twisted versions of these things. This is the story of the Golden calf in exodus, which Aaron called “the God who brought you out of Egypt.” Their is consequence for this. Their is a difference between the God we have given ourselves to worship and the one true God. It is terrifying that we often don’t know the difference. But we should be more terrified that he does know the difference and he is not pleased.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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