Hosea 1 & Psalm 119

Hosea

Chapter 1

The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to 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, the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

And the LORD said to him, “Call his name Jezreel, for in just 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. And on that day I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.”

She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the LORD said to him, “Call her name No Mercy, for I will no more have mercy on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all. But I will have mercy 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 No Mercy, she conceived and bore a son. And the LORD said, “Call his name Not My People, for you are not my people, and I am not your God.”

Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be like the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And in the place where it was said to them, “You are not my people,” it shall be said to them, “Children of the living God.” And the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint for themselves one head. And they shall go up from the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

(Hosea 1 ESV)


Psalm 

Chapter 119

Yodh

    Your hands have made and fashioned me;
        give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
    Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
        because I have hoped in your word.
    I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous,
        and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
    Let your steadfast love comfort me
        according to your promise to your servant.
    Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
        for your law is my delight.
    Let the insolent be put to shame,
        because they have wronged me with falsehood;
        as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
    Let those who fear you turn to me,
        that they may know your testimonies.
    May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
        that I may not be put to shame! 
    
    Kaph

    My soul longs for your salvation;
        I hope in your word.
    My eyes long for your promise;
        I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
    For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
        yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
    How long must your servant endure?
        When will you judge those who persecute me?
    The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;
        they do not live according to your law.
    All your commandments are sure;
        they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
    They have almost made an end of me on earth,
        but I have not forsaken your precepts.
    In your steadfast love give me life,
        that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.
    
    Lamedh

    Forever, O LORD, your word
        is firmly fixed in the heavens.
    Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
        you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
    By your appointment they stand this day,
        for all things are your servants.
    If your law had not been my delight,
        I would have perished in my affliction.
    I will never forget your precepts,
        for by them you have given me life.
    I am yours; save me,
        for I have sought your precepts.
    The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
        but I consider your testimonies.
    I have seen a limit to all perfection,
        but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

(Psalm 119:73-96 ESV)

Eternally Relevant

Terry Evans

 

Psalm 119 tells us that the Word of God is eternal. It is "firmly fixed" and yet exceeds beyond cultures and throughout generations. Through His Word, God spoke life into existence on earth, and through His Word, God regenerates life into experiencing an eternal existence in heaven.

How many of us have ever made the assumption that the Bible is an ancient book that needs an updated outlook on life in order to be relevant to our everyday lives here in the twenty-first century? How many of us have then actually read the Bible only to realize that it seems to actually understand us better than we understand ourselves?

No other work of literature possesses such a multicultural and multigenerational relevance as the inspired Word of God. While the winds of time change societies and cultures, God's Word remains unchanging and yet undeniable. Therefore, may we live by the Word of God as it is the very thing that gives us life, regenerates our life and secures us the blessing of eternal life.