A Faulty Weapon
The first weekend in November opens deer season in Texas. In Coleman they started this weekend with brisket, potato salad and beans for hundreds and raffled off rifles, and hunting packages complete with corn feeders, deer stands, pistols and rifles. Mary and I tried for the Kawasaki Mule, but ended up only supporting the local 4H kids.
Raffles are unpredictable, but the last thing you want in hunting is a weapon that misfires. If you’re walking to your deer stand through the mesquite trees and tall Johnson grass and a wild pig charges you, those tusks make it clear that you need a reliable gun.
In Hosea’s time they didn’t have Remingtons, Rugers, or Weatherbys. They had bows and arrows, and they weren’t just hunting. Their rulers were supposed to be leading bands of archers and chariots with warriors who didn’t misfire in battle. Israel’s rulers were expected to protect their people, and the most important thing for them to do was not to lie, especially to God.
But Hosea accuses the rulers of his day of being a faulty bow.
“Woe to them because they wander from me! Destruction to them because they have rebelled against me. I would have redeemed them, but they speak against me lies.
They do not cry unto me from their heart. Instead they howl upon their beds at night for grain and new wine. They act the role of a foreigner turning away from me. But I’m the one who trained them as a child.
I strengthened their arms. But they have devised evil against me.
They turn for help, but not up. They are like a faulty bow. Their princes will fall by the sword because of the insolence of their tongue. They will be the ones scorned in Egypt.” Hosea 7:13-16
In Hosea 2 the Lord accuses Israel of being like an immoral, unfaithful wife who thinks her physical sustenance, grain, good grape harvests, and linen for beautiful clothes, comes from her false loves. Now the Lord pictures his people as a rebellious son that he skillfully raised and supported, but who acts the role of a cursing, insolent rebel. And Hosea warns that the Lord will destroy rebels.
Lord, help me not to lie to you but to express thanks for the incredible way that you strengthen and protect. I pray that some of the rebels I know will turn away from their life of lies and false security and look up to you. Help them not to misfire in their relationship with you.
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