Have you ever stopped to think how great God is? I mean the true greatness of God? In Hosea 11, He expresses both His side of holiness and mercy in commenting that He didn’t want to give Israel up. He loved them so much that He truly desired them to turn to Him, not to their evil pleasures and desires. God desired not to make them like Amah and Zeboiim, two small cities that were burned up with Sodom and Gomorrah. Mercy was what God wanted to execute, and since He was God, He could do it.
Greatness of God, not Man
Have you ever wondered why God would show such mercy to us, as He could to Israel? Israel was His chosen people, yet He provided a way for any of us to come to Him through the blood of His son, Jesus Christ. We should rejoice that He is God, and not Man, because only He as God is able to forgive us of our sin.
If a man were God, then the desire for revenge and unforgiveness might take over where mercy is needed to forgive and pardon sin. How grateful we should be that God is who He is and not one of us!
Roaring Like a Lion
In Hosea, God describes Himself as a lion. He roars against nations and Israel as judgments. In Amos 1:2 it states that “The Lord roars from Zion, and utters His voice form Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the top of Carmel withers.” The once prosperous pastures felt the result of God’s roaring. The area was suffering from a drought. Carmel was hit particularly hard. Once beautiful gardens began withering away as the effect of God’s roaring.
He is a lion who not only roars in judgment, but also in protection and blessing. Joel 3:16 says, “The Lord also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; but the Lord will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” In light of the judgment, God also promised restoration and the nation to never be destroyed, providing shelter and safety. How complex and great is God! He is truly Holy and loving toward His people.
We should be truly thankful that God is who He is! Trust and Hope is found in His holiness and mercy. He loves enough to judge, yet provides a way for restoration unto Himself! He is truly great! For He is God, and not man!
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