The Glory Gone
I remember Staubach throwing the “Hail Mary pass” to Pearson in the 1975 playoff game against the Vikings, and the Cowboys beating the Broncos in Super Bowl XII. I remember eating lunch at the Galleria with Coach Landry when he said, “As a coach in the NFL you get one shot at a franchise player. Mine was Staubach, but there’s a quarterback out at UCLA who could bring the magic again.” Coach didn’t make it through the Jerry Jones transition, but the number one draft pick in 1989 did come to Dallas. With Emmitt Smith, and more importantly a devastating offensive line, Troy Aikman and the Cowboys won Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII, XXX, but the Cowboys haven’t even been close to the Lombardi Trophy since 1995. This season they didn’t even make the playoffs. The glory seems to have departed.
In the NFL Jerry Jones can always point forward to next season, but for the Northern Kingdom of Israel as the Assyrian armies began the siege of Samaria time had run out and the glory had departed.
“Ephraim, your glory will fly away like a bird—no birth, no full-term pregnancies, no conception.
Even if they raise children, I will deprive them of each one. Count on it. When I turn away, woe to them.
Ephraim, I’ve seen you in the past like a pleasant place of grazing, but you will now bring children out to the butcher.
Give them, O LORD—what will you give them?
Give them wombs that miscarry and breasts that are dry.”
Over seven hundred years before Hosea Moses warned that if his people turned their backs on the LORD, worshiped idols, and broke the Sinai Covenant, they would face famine, military defeat, and exile (Leviticus 26:14-39, Deuteronomy 28:15-68). As the Assyrian armies began to erect their siege works against Samaria in 724 BC, their time was up and their glory began to fly away.
The people had worshiped sex and believed that their immoral rites and crying out to their idol for fertility and blessings would bring blessing to their children. Hosea countered their prayer by asking the true God to bring empty wombs and dry breasts to his people. This might seem like a mean request, but in a time of siege, it’s better not to be pregnant.
Whether we believe it or not, worshiping God and obeying him still brings life, and rejecting him still brings death. This needs to move me today not to play the con games that Israel played: practicing external religiosity while they lied, committing acts of violence, worshiping sex, and crying out false prayers of remorse to God. Hosea knew that only the concrete, devastating consequences flowing from their disobedience had a chance to wake hearts anesthetized by evil.
LORD, help me believe today that you are the source of life, joy, and the one who fulfills true desires. Help me to guard my heart today and learn from Israel’s history so that I won’t repeat their same mistakes.
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