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Reconciliation

This week I found out that a brother passed away. He has been sick for a while, however he died from something else. His death however has got me thinking about so many different things.

First, I am beating myself up because with him I have been a lazy sibling. At one point we were coming together weekly and praying together daily but lately he has just been passing through my thoughts and occasional prayers.

It seems that when someone moves out of the flock that we belong to we treat their importance a little bit different. Examples of this range from a growing distance in our relationships; out of sight out of mind or not seeking them out. To a complete almost apathy to the relationship, which shows up as not praying for or thinking about or even a complete death of the relationship.

Seasons come and go and sometimes friendships only last a season. Think about it how many times has God moved someone into your life to help you through some tragedy and then years later that person is no longer a part of your day to day life. Maybe this has only happened in my life? Sorry for my rant.

Secondly, this death has me thinking about reconciliation. Does that sound weird?

Reconciliation in essence means to exchange. No that doesn’t sound right, does it? See when God reconciled us to himself through Jesus’s death on the cross, He (God) exchanged our broken, sinful lives that lead to eternal separation from him, with His Son’s righteousness and a life with him eternally. So now we have this reconciliation with God and because of this we can cry out Abba, Father.

But there is another kind of reconciliation, and that is between us and those in our lives. In the gospel according to Matthew, Jesus says,” So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother and then come and offer your gift.”(5:23-24)

I bring this up because my friend who died has two sons and his relationship with the one of these sons was broken, and although my friend had sought to fix or exchange this relationship for a good one, the son refused.

James says, when talking about relying on the future,”What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”(4:14)

I bring this piece of scripture up because my friend found out he was dying and died five days later. His son refused to be reconciled maybe hoping on tomorrow but it never came. His chance was squandered.

We are told to seek first the kingdom of God and that kingdom is one of reconciliation. And 2 Corinthians 5:18 says that,”we have been given a ministry of reconciliation.”

There is a clock for each of our lives and we do not know at what time it will stop. Only God knows, so let me put this out there. Open the gift of reconciliation that God is offering you and then seek to be ambassadors or imitators of God and give that gift to whomever is in your life that needs it.

PRAYER:

Oh Abba, Father, thank you so much for exchanging my decaying life for a life that is whole and with you for all of eternity. LORD please help me to examine my life and to seek the things of your kingdom, especially when it comes to forgiveness and reconciliation. And I pray this in the matchless name of Jesus, Amen.

(Enter into His eternal rest Paul Duff)

If you like what you have read please comment, and may God bless your day!

The Lazy Sibling, Neighbor or Friend

This has been an extremely hard blog to write, everytime I have tried to spend time with it Satan has attacked. He keeps whispering things like; when it comes to being a brother you are a great brother! Or what could you possibly work on I mean you faithfully pray for your brothers, you lay things down that you are doing to help them and if they needed money and you had it you would give it. However, when I soberly examine myself to see if I am being a good brother to all my brothers and sisters usually pieces of scripture come up like:

  • “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.“(Hebrew 10:24-25)
  • “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) or
  • “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” (James 2:15‭-‬16)

Let me say that I struggle in these three areas. There are times in my walk that I am completely focused on myself and my own problems. There are times where it seems impossible to encourage a brother or sister and times when my body is feeling so broken that I can not help carry their burdens. There are also times when I definitely say that I will pray for my brothers or sisters while having the ability to help them in other ways as well.

Over the past couple of posts we have discovered that we are disobedient followers, lazy husbands and dads, but we are not done there. Today we discover that we are also lazy siblings.

Lazy siblings goes farther then just these three pieces of scripture that I have used. There are so many more pieces of scripture.

How many of us feel that our walk is something we can do by ourselves. I know at times I do, I know there are also times where I think that your mess makes my walk complicated. Let’s face it, no one actually likes drama! However Jesus didn’t feel this way! Jesus was all about caring for you and your problems.

In fact He said; “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”(Matt 11:30). Or ” In this world you will face tribulations, but take heart I have overcome this world.” (John 16:33) And I love when He says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

(LORD make me more like Jesus!)

For a couple of months now there has been this piece of scripture which has been working on me. At first I read it and I was like, “this is the kind of pastor I want” but lately it has been convicting me of my roll with my neighbors, siblings and friends.

In Isaiah, God is explaining to us how Israel’s leaders or shepherds were shirking there responsibilities for others and were only concerned with themselves. He says,”All you beasts of the field, come to devour— all you beasts in the forest. His watchmen are blind; they are all without knowledge; they are all silent dogs; they cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all. “Come,” they say, “let me get wine; let us fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be like this day, great beyond measure.” (Isaiah 56:9-12)

At times this is where I am; loving to slumber, putting off knowledge and turning to my own way. But we are called to more than this, we are called to Love Our Neighbor As Ourselves. (Matt 22:39)

If you can except it we are all called to be Shepherds, and we have as our example the one and only Good Shepherd himself Jesus Christ.

Prayer,

Oh Abba, Father, Your Word says that brothers are born for a time of adversity, and you have placed brothers in my life that do just that. LORD help me to be that way in my brothers lives. LORD please just keep transforming me day by day to be more like you. In Jesus name, Amen.

The Lazy Dad

Sometimes I look intently at myself in the mirror while brushing my teeth just studying my face but as soon as I turn and leave from that place I forget what I look like. Let’s say that I had some of those sleep crusties in the corner of my eye but neglected to remove them. Now just because I do not see them doesn’t mean that they are no longer there. It just means that they are out of sight and I have put them out of my mind.

I do this with certain other things in my life, meaning that if they are not right in front of me I may not give them the attention they really deserve. James brings this to our attention when he says,”For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets he looks like.” (1:23-24)

The first time I read this piece of scripture it meant nothing to me, but as time has gone by it means more and more to me. And I am convicted by it more and more. I know what scripture says about being a follower, a husband, a dad and a brother, however sometimes I do not follow through by putting what God is telling me to do to work in my life and in the lives of those around me. Thus far we have looked at my laziness as a follower and a husband. This week my laziness is in the area of being a dad.

There is a piece scripture that just haunts we when it comes to being a dad. Deuteronomy 6: 6-7 states,”And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

I love my children, however when they were young and formable I was a milk drinker and lived still very much for the world. By the time that my love for the LORD really kicked in my children were in their teens or almost there. What I am trying to point out here is that younger children truly fall in love with the majesty of his Majesty. They live more on blind faith then teens do.

As a dad I did not diligently teach the things of God to my children, I did not talk about them when we sat around or when we were on the way. I did not share him with them while laying down or rising up. And the next thing that happened was they became teens and although I believe they could see my love for Jesus, I had lost so much time.

How am I going to teach them the importance of loving Jesus, with all their hearts, all their souls and all of their might, Especially now when it just seem like I am harping on them every time I bring him up.

I would like to point out that God has truly blessed me with two great children, they are not prodigal children and although they are both now adults they still go to church with their mother and I. We are so amazingly blessed.

The problem that I am pointing to is, I missed an opportunity to not be mediocre at teaching them to love the LORD. I fear I left to much space for the world to show them what forgiveness or love or patience looks like.

I know that I dream of this legacy that I am leaving, not a legacy of worldly riches but one of heavenly riches. One where I have discipled my children in such a way that they will compare everything they encounter with how God thinks of those things. One where they will be more in love with our FATHER then I am. One they will pass on to their own children and their children on to theirs’ and so on.

Sometimes however that dream is a nightmare because my walk is not always as strong as it should be. Because I have allowed distractions in, that would make it seem that maybe I am not in love with my FATHER as much as I should have been or should be.

There have been too many times where I should be teaching patience but my actions show that I am impatient, or times where I should be loving like Christ did but rather my love may look like indifference.

The concept of reaping what we sow is printed throughout the pages of the Bible. Paul says that “if we sow sparingly so shall we reap ( 2 Cor. 9:6)”, he also says, “that if we sow into the flesh from the flesh we will reap destruction, but if into the Spirit we will reap from the Spirit eternal life ( Galatians 6:7).”

Look I know that in these passages that I used, Paul is talking about giving and sowing into sin but why can’t they apply here and in every other part of our lives! I believe that they do and not just as parents but as followers, spouses, and friends.

I so look forward to being a granddad some day. And maybe you are reading this and saying to yourself, ” I have been that kind of dad,” well let me tell you that it is not to late. You can be a better dad. Even if being that better dad is doing it with your grandchildren because the love you sow into their lives you are sowing into the lives of your children. It is not to late for me and for you. God can do this!

Prayer

Oh Abba, Father. I have not been the greatest of dads. I have not mimicked you in this area of my life, but I wish to. So please help me, guide me and give we the wisdom I need to do this. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

The Lazy Husband….

Wow! What a title. I mean as husbands we are doing everything possible to show our wives the love of Christ, right?

I don’t know where you are with loving your wife but I want to share something God has been showing me this year.

Solomon wrote in the book of Proverbs,” It is better to live in a corner of the housetop than in a house shared with a quarrelsome wife.” ( 25:24 ESV) and, “A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike;”( 27:15 ESV).

Husbands I am not saying that we are always the reason for our wives being unhappy but I am willing to bet that most of the times we are part of the reason. I know from my own experience that some of that “dripping on the rainy days” could have been avoided had I listened better(paid more attention) or help out more with lightening her burden at home. Or how about one of these; picking up my own dirty socks or cleaning up my own messes.

I want to state here that I don’t believe that my wife is quarrelsome in any way. I just have been feeling convicted lately by Ephesians 5. Where it says, “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, ( 5:25‭-‬26).

Now I might not be a bad husband and I may even be a good husband. However I fall short here, especially in the way of dying to myself for her. Let’s face it, I am a bit selfish, most times I put my needs before hers. It is silly but a great example of this is that we watch television separately because I may not love what she is watching.

I have read many books on this topic. From Everyman’s Marriage, Love and Respect, Point Man and many more. Where these great books do so much justice to the topic, none of them break down Ephesians 5:25 and give example of it from Jesus’s life, so that is what I am briefly going to do.. I mean it does say, ” as Christ loved the church.”

Before we start let me say that no matter what our gender is; we are called the bride of Christ. I know to some this might make you feel a bit emasculated, but be a Berean and you will be ok with it. (Acts 17:11)

First to be a husband like Jesus we need to not condemn our wives. An example of this from Jesus’s life is found in John 8. When the crowd brought Jesus the woman caught in adultery, he didn’t condemn her to death as the crowd wanted and the law required, but he showed great mercy by saying, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” ( vs. 11)

How many times have we as husbands condemned our wives for something they said or did instead of showing them the mercy or grace they needed to help them feel loved and /or secure?

A second thing Jesus did as the perfect husband, was to show his wife her true potential, all the while calling it out in her. The story of Levi from the book of Luke comes to mind here. In Jewish heritage they would name their children after an attribute or maybe someone they wanted their children to emulate, or sometimes even a profession.

For example my parents named me Kristopher James Fisher. My mother, as I am told, loved Kris Kristofferson and I had an uncle and I think a great grandfather name Jim. Now neither of my parents love the LORD so I know this was not planned but the meaning behind my name goes like this: Kristopher means “Carrier of Christ” and James means “One who follows”.

So back to Levi, his parents probably named him Levi because they wanted him to be a Levitical priest or maybe they were Levites. I don’t really know, one thing I do know is that he wasn’t named after Levi jeans. All we truly know is that his name was Levi and that he was a tax collector. People hated tax collectors. (Come to think of it people really don’t like them now either. )

So we have Levi here possibly a disappointment to his parents, himself and others around him, but Jesus calls him out. Luke 5:27-28 says,” After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.”

Levi was a new creation because of Jesus. Jesus even changed his name to Matthew. Not just that but because of Jesus loving him and making him feel secure Matthew penned the Gospel according to Matthew.

Jesus knew Levi’s full potential and pulled it out of him, as husbands, do we do this with our wives? Do we make them feel so loved and so secure that it causes them to blossom?

Another thing Jesus did for his bride was to pray for her. And when I say prayed for her I mean the kind of prayers where you are on your knees with you face in the dirt. Luke says this about how hard Jesus prayed:”And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (22:44)

When we pray for our wives like Jesus did for us, anything is possible! However, these prayers need to be specific, and not of a selfish nature.

Jesus did other things to lift up his bride that we can find in scripture. He led her, healed her, forgave her and ultimately died for her. Paul challenges us in the book of Ephesians when he says,”Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (5:1‭-‬2)

Men; Brothers we need to step up and love our wives properly.

Prayer
Father, thank you so much for all you do for me. Especially for giving me one of your princesses. Father help me to mimic Christ’s love for us by showering my wife with it. Help me to love her the way you do and help me to treat her like the princess that she is. In Jesus’s name, Amen

If you like this posting please let me know and share it with other brothers you may have.

Bibliography

Every Man’s Marraige, Steve Arterburn, 2001

Love and Respect, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, 2004

Point Man, Steve Farrar, 1990

I would also like to thank bible.com

Disobedient Follower

I wanted to label this posting the Lazy Follower but seeing how laziness is a form of disobedience this title will work better.

One passage that sticks out in God’s Word about being a lazy follower is, “By slothfulness the roof sinketh in; and through idleness of the hands the house leaketh (Ecclesiastes 10:18 RV).”

I believe this statement to be true and there are examples from my life that echo this fact. Think about it, when do we stumble and backslide the most? When is it hardest to display love, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness and especially self- control and faithfulness? The answer is, when we are lazy.

To put this Bible verse into perspective I would like to use the illustration of a barn’s roof. Most people unless you live in the city have seen barns with roofs that are either showing signs of collapsing or have collapsed. Barns that have healthy roofs belong to diligent farmers whom are constantly inspecting their barns roof beams. They go over them with a fine tooth comb, constantly looking for cracks or wet marks or other signs of distress. They do this because those barns house their crops, their equipment or their livestock. They house something very important to their way of life and being lazy with the upcare of the roof could destroy what they and their families have been doing to support themselves.

It is tragic, but we do this in our spiritual lives. We get lazy. I know I do. In fact I am just coming out of a season where I felt there was this huge distance between God and myself. What happened? Well I have been lazy! I have just been going through the movements.

I don’t know if many of you follow my page but I had this plan. A posting a week, but that hasn’t been going very well. Why….laziness. I also was committed to reading the bible everyday and praying everyday but what happened? Laziness. How about finding a brother where we could mutually disciple one another or how about this one: leading my family in the ways of the LORD. Again, LAZINESS!!

There is a cure for this pandemic going on in my life and maybe in yours. We can choose to be like those farmers who have the barns with the strong roofs. We can choose to live by the Spirit. We can choose to live like Christ.

Paul knew that laziness was a problem in the church when it came to spiritual disciplines. He wrote things like:

  • I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

(2 Timothy 4:7 ESV)

  • Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

(1 Corinthians 9:24 )

  • So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.

(1 Corinthians 9:26 )

And the author of the book of Hebrews wrote:

  • Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

(Hebrews 12:1 ESV)

To inspire His readers of the importance of the war against spiritual laziness ( which is really a war against the flesh, a war against Satan!) GOD stated through these authors the importance of having spiritual disciplines.

I mean who ever ran a race or boxed while being lazy. You can’t! You will lose! Satan wants us to lose, he wants us to feel like we are far from the Father. Satan doesn’t want us to succeed in leading our families in the way of righteousness. He wants our marriages to fail. And he wants our character to be spoiled not only before God but also with man.

In Galatians 5 Paul states the fruits of the flesh, but curious enough laziness is not there. I believe it should be and my reason for this is all of the fruits of the Spirit require action. Love is an action. So is gentleness and kindness. Patience is the outcome of enduring and self-control is enduring through struggles. Action, action, action.

I believe that if we walk according to the Spirit there will be no room for laziness. God has set up some tools to help us with walking in His Spirit. First He has given us a portion of his Spirit, I mean the Spirit is even called the Helper (John 14:26). He has also given us His Word (2 Tim 3:16), but not to be underestimated He has also given us brothers and sisters to help us along the way (Hebrews 10:25 & Gala. 6:1-2).

Prayer:

Father, I know I have lived in the flesh way to often. But I also know that you have and are and will help me to be more intentional in how I walk with you. You are the divine Potter please continue to smooth all of my short comings out of me. In Jesus name, Amen.

I would love you comment, so if you feel inclined please leave some.

GOD bless.

Compare and Contrast

Often times while reading my Bible I come upon people in the pages that God put there for me (not only for me but for you as well) to come across. I always compare these people and their walks to my own. Without judgement of course. I compare them to see how I am doing; the bad or lawless people and the people that show some righteousness.

I never sit here saying to myself well I am better than this group or that group; instead I examine myself to see what things I have in common with them. Afterall, in 2 Corinthians 13 Paul tells us to,”Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.(v5.).”

So God has directed me to the book of Jeremiah. While reading this book I am saying to myself,” Wow there are aspects of my life that match the people of Judah.” However I would also like to think that if you soberly examine your walk that this might be true for you as well.

In chapter 35 we encounter two groups of people, the tribe of Judah and the Rechabites

JUDAH

Some of the sins that the people of Judah were committing are: idol worship (but not just like; Hey, I am on team Molech or team Baal but they would sacrifice their own children to these idols), the murdering of the prophets of Yahwah, lying, not honoring their parents, and the list goes on and on. They have broken all 10 of the commandments. Wow I have been there! If you were honest so have you.

James says,”For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.(James 2:10‭-‬11)

How many of us hate someone in their lives? Well Jesus says that is murder (Matt 5:22) . How many of us have looked at someone of the opposite sex and said wow that is really nice? Again according to Jesus that is adultery (Matt 5:28). All of us in one way or another have something in common with Judah.

RECHABITES

GOD decided that he is going to test the Rechabites by having them come into the one of the chambers of the temple of the LORD and to have them drink wine.

Two things here: God is always testing us and this piece of scripture is not condemning the drinking of alcohol but is rather about obedience.

I love their response to Jeremiah. “We will drink no wine, for Jehonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, ‘You shall not drink wine, neither you nor your sons forever. We have obeyed the voice of Jehonadab the son of Rechab, our father, in all that he commanded us, to drink no wine all our days, ourselves, our wives, our sons, or our daughters,(Jeremiah 35:6‭, ‬8).

In these verses here we also see that Jehonadab commanded them to live in tents, not to own land or to not build houses for themselves. He also commanded them not to own seed, to plant it or to own vineyards. And at the end of it he quoted God from Exodus 20:12 by saying if you do these thing it will go well with you in the land that you are sojourning.

This group of people had two really excellent (at least in my opinion) men of God that were of their lineage. Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law and Elijah the Tishbite.

I remember the first time I read James 5:17 which states,” Elijah was a human being just like us. He prayed that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years! (NCV) And of course I was like I am nothing like Elijah. He is so perfect and I am so flawed. God used him in such mighty ways because of his obedience.

Now when I try to compare myself to people like this I fall short. But it gives me something to yearn for. Something that I know the Holy Spirit is going to complete in me one day.

In the end of this chapter Judah gets carried away by Nebuchadnezzar and God awards the Rechabites by saying, “Because you have obeyed the command of Jehonadab, your father and kept all his precepts and done all that he commanded you, therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Jehonadab the son of Rechab shall never lack a man to stand before me.” (v35:19)

Wow! I would love to have God say this to me if I were so faithful. How about you? I love how God uses His word to convict me of my short comings.

Prayer:

Oh Abba Father, please continue to use your Word to convict me of my sins. Please use your magnificent awesome power to change me. LORD, please create in me a new heart and a steadfast spirit for you. In Jesus’ name Amen.

Redeemed!

What does redeemed mean and what does it look like? There are so many examples and uses for this word. Just to list a few, you can redeem a coupon at your local grocery store to get money back on popular products. It has been said of some people that they have redeeming qualities (ouch). And, if you have ever won tickets to a concert or ball game, you usually would redeem those tickets at a Will Call station.

Although, these are all free gifts, they all pale severely in comparison to how God redeemed us. I also would like to mention that they are all temporary, where as the redemption that was bought for us through the cross is eternal.

We have heard that we have been redeemed through Christ’s death on the cross, but what does that really mean?

The Old Testament is filled with stories of redemption. You have Ruth’s and Naomi’s redemption through Boaz, and the Jewish nation’s redemption through people like Ester, Samson, Samuel and King David. But, in my mind there is one person other than Jesus in scripture whose life truly shows what being redeemed looks like and her name is Gomer.  See, Gomer was a prostitute and we can find that fact in Hosea 1:2-3. 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.”   In being a prostitute, Gomer did what prostitutes do and eventually it caught up with her. And now, she was being sold as a slave.

Gomer’s life echoes ours lives, or at least my life. See, before Christ we were all slaves to whoredom. We chased after whatever made us happy: whether good or bad. And, just like Gomer, I am willing to bet it was on the bad side of things.

Some commentators say that Gomer was being sold at an auction which makes sense. Slaves were often sold this way. My wife loves auctions so we go to them from time to time. I bring this up because, at an auction if something isn’t bought or redeemed it is sent to the garbage.  The Jewish people in the time of Gomer refer to this as the pit. The word for this place is Gehanna. It is a great description of Hell. Gehanna is a place outside of Israel’s camp where they burn their feces, garbage, and dead. Strong says this about Gehanna:

 refers strictly to the everlasting abode of the unredeemed; where they experience divine judgment in their individual resurrection-bodies

It is literally a fiery pit. It is Hell.  But, back to the auction..

Now, on the auction block, is Gomer. Not unlike myself at times, she sat there having rejected her husband (Jesus is our husband, Jesus and the bible often refer to us in that kind of relationship), doing things that the law forbade (adultery and prostitution) and look to put her own satisfaction ahead of others.

She sat on that block knowing exactly what she was worth. In Revelations 3, Jesus said, “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” At one time, this was Gomer, this was me, and this was you. We could not see that we were wretched, pitiable, poor, blind or naked. We thought that we were on top of the world. We did not need to be Redeemed!

But, here was Gomer on the block in need of someone to buy her, clothe her, give her some value, redeem her! And, that is exactly what God told Hosea to do. “And the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley.” (Hosea 3:1‭-‬2 ESV)

I would like to point out that at an auction the auctioneer has a starting price. It is usually way much higher than what you could purchase that item for new. But, that is just a starting price and with patience that price comes down drastically. However, that is not what happened here, Hosea paid the opening bid – the higher price! Hosea redeemed Gomer.

This is exactly what God did for us through Jesus and the cross. He paid a debt that we could never pay and he paid with the life of his one and only son. He paid the highest price for us. If we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have also been redeemed; how great is that!

Prayer

Oh Abba, Father. Thank you so much for sending Jesus to redeem me. Help me to walk in that redemption. In Jesus’s name, Amen

Biblio.

Shel Silverstien, Picture From Sister for Sale, Where the Sidewalk Ends, 1974, Harper and Row Publishers

Strong’s Concordance. 1890