Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 20, 2013 | John Bayles | The Old and The New (Hosea 2:1-23)

God is a God of mercy and love. He is also a God of Justice. How do these attributes balance themselves? How can God show mercy and love, and at the same time, be just? In this text today, we will discover that God’s only remedy for having a relationship to His creation/man is to Himself, intercede. He, Himself must provide a means to satisfy His holy justice and, at the same time, extend his merciful and loving hand.

We will see the reason Jesus made the statement, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39,40). And in Luke’s Gospel Jesus' words to the Emmaus travelers: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luk.24:27).

Here in Hosea’s words, and at this ancient time, we see Jesus being revealed as the One into whom God’s wrath was sown in order to create a way for God to satisfy His holy justice, and at the same time, express His love and mercy.

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January 20, 2013 | John Bayles | The Old and The New (Hosea 2:1-23)

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