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The Uncaused Causer

The Uncaused Causer

Amos, it appears, ministered at a time when Israel was at the peak of its political and military power. Jeroboam, son of Joash (1:1) (known to historians as Jeroboam II), was one of Israel’s most capable military and political leaders. According to the biblical...
Where Judgement Begins

Where Judgement Begins

Judgement is a consistent theme in the Minor Prophets, as, indeed, it in the rest of Scripture. More often than not, judgement in the prophetic books (both Major and Minor) is focused on Israel and Judah. Every now and again, God turns his focus to the nations....
Extraordinarily Ordinary

Extraordinarily Ordinary

What comes to your mind when you think of a prophet? You may be tempted to think of an extraordinary individual with perhaps unusual gifting and training. Prophets are quite unlike us ordinary Christians, we think. A prophet might be of priestly heritage, like...
He Cares

He Cares

Hosea 13 marks a final shift in the book. After the introductory, narrative section in the opening three chapters, chapters 4–12 contain, in essence, the Lord’s case against Israel. In that middle section, he delivers a series of accusations and pronounces them to be...
The Sinfulness of Deceit

The Sinfulness of Deceit

The writer to the Hebrews exhorted his readers to be on guard against, and to warn one another about, “the deceitfulness of sin” (3:13). Sin is deceitful. Our focus in these devotions is not on Hebrews, however, but on Hosea. Hosea 12 focuses very heavily on the...
Compassion Stirred

Compassion Stirred

Our time in Hosea has helped us to see God’s anger at the religious whoredom of his people. He has expressed time and again his commitment to punish his people for their idolatry. Chapter 11 peels back the curtain a little to reveal God’s heart in punishing his...