Hosea 6-9 and 3 John
The prophet Hosea urged his fellow countrymen (Israel and Judah) to return to the Lord (Hos 6:1) and to know the Lord (Hos. 6:3) because Israel and Judah had abandoned the Lord. Their love for Him had vanished like a morning cloud and like the dew. How quickly they rebelled. The Lord however, tells them “I want you to know God – that’s more important than burnt offerings.”
When the people of Israel rebelled and went after other gods, the Lord had to send them prophets to “cut them to pieces” (discipline them). But in His mercy, He ultimately restored them when they turned their hearts back to Him. Why? Because God wanted a true and close relationship with them - - as He does with us today. He’s not interested in our “sacrifices” (legalistic attempts to correct ourselves) but wants us to know Him (Hos 6:6) and to be broken hearted over our sin (Psalm 51:16-17). When we look to any other “god” be it money, entertainment, someone else or even ourselves, we make it an idol and bring about our own destruction (Hos 8:4).
It’s time to stop the insanity (pursuing false gods, bringing meaningless sacrifices and failing to listen and obey the only true God). Rather, it’s time to walk in the truth. The Apostle John’s dear friend, Gaius, had learned to walk in faithfulness and truth – and this gave John “no greater joy” (3 John 3-4). May we do the same!