Day 201 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. God tells the prophet, Hosea, to marry a prostitute as a symbol for Israel. Romans 6: Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

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Hosea 1

Hosea 2

Romans 6:1-14

Psalm 87:1-7

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Hosea 1

The Lord God’s Message Through Hosea

This is the Lord’s message that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the time that Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah, and Jeroboam son of Joash was king of Israel.

This was the Lord’s first message to Hosea. The Lord said, “Go, marry a prostitute who has had children as a result of her prostitution. Do this because the people in this country have acted like prostitutes—they have been unfaithful to the Lord.”

The Birth of Jezreel

So Hosea married Gomer daughter of Diblaim. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son for Hosea. The Lord said to Hosea, “Name him Jezreel, because soon I will punish the family of Jehu for the people he killed at Jezreel Valley.Then I will put an end to the kingdom of the nation of Israel. And at that time I will break Israel’s bow at Jezreel Valley.”

The Birth of Lo-Ruhamah

Then Gomer became pregnant again and gave birth to a daughter. The Lord said to Hosea, “Name her Lo-Ruhamah, because I will not show mercy to the nation of Israel anymore, nor will I forgive them. But I will show mercy to the nation of Judah. I will save them, but I will not use bows or swords or war horses and soldiers to save them. I will save them by my own power.”

The Birth of Lo-Ammi

After Gomer had finished nursing Lo-Ruhamah, she became pregnant again and gave birth to a son. Then the Lord said, “Name him Lo-Ammi, because you are not my people, and I am not your God.”

The Lord Speaks to the Nation of Israel

10 “In the future the number of the people of Israel will be like the sand of the sea, which you cannot measure or count. In the same place that God told them, ‘You are not my people,’ he will call them ‘children of the Living God.’

11 “Then the people of Judah and the people of Israel will be gathered together. They will choose one ruler for themselves, and their nation will be too large for the land. Jezreel’s day will be great!

Hosea 2

“Then you will say to your brothers, ‘You are my people,’ and you will say to your sisters, ‘He has shown mercy to you.’”

“Argue with your mother. Argue with her because she is no longer my wife, and I am no longer her husband! Tell her to stop being like a prostitute. Tell her to take away her lovers[c] from between her breasts. If she refuses to stop her adultery, I will strip her naked and leave her like the day she was born. I will take away her people, and she will be like an empty, dry desert. I will kill her with thirst. I will have no pity on her children because they are the children of prostitution. Their mother has acted like a prostitute. She should be ashamed of what she did. She said, ‘I will go to my lovers, who give me food and water, wool and linen, wine and olive oil.’

“So I, the Lord, will block Israel’s road with thorns, and I will build a wall. Then she will not be able to find her path. She will run after her lovers, but she will not be able to catch up with them. She will look for her lovers, but she will not be able to find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband. Life was better for me when I was with him. Life was better then than it is now.’

“Israel didn’t know that I, the Lord, was the one who gave her grain, wine, and oil. I kept giving her more and more silver and gold, but she used this silver and gold to make statues of Baal. So I will return and take back my grain at the time it is ready to be harvested. I will take back my wine at the time the grapes are ready. I will take back my wool and linen. I gave those things to her so that she could cover her naked body. 10 Now I will strip her. She will be naked, so all her lovers can see her. No one will be able to save her from my power. 11 I will take away all her fun. I will stop her festivals, her New Moon celebrations, and her days of rest. I will stop all her special feasts. 12 I will destroy her vines and fig trees. She said, ‘My lovers gave these things to me.’ But I will change her gardens—they will become like a wild forest. Wild animals will come and eat from those plants.

13 “Israel served false gods, so I will punish her. She burned incense to those false gods. She dressed up—she put on her jewelry and nose ring. Then she went to her lovers and forgot me.” This is what the Lord has said.

14 “So I, the Lord, will speak romantic words to her. I will lead her into the desert and speak tender words. 15 There I will give her vineyards. I will give her Achor Valley as a doorway of hope. Then she will answer as she did when she came out of the land of Egypt.” 16 This is what the Lord says.

“At that time you will call me ‘My husband.’ You will not call me ‘My Baal.’ 17 I will take the names of those false gods out of her mouth. Then people will not use those names again.

18 “At that time I will make an agreement for the Israelites with the animals of the field, the birds of the sky, and the crawling things on the ground. I will break the bow, the sword, and the weapons of war in that land. I will make the land safe, so the people of Israel can lie down in peace. 19 And I will make you my bride forever. I will make you my bride with goodness and justice and with love and mercy. 20 I will make you my faithful bride. Then you will really know the Lord. 21 And at that time I will answer.” This is what the Lord says.

“I will speak to the skies,
    and they will give rain to the earth.
22 The earth will produce grain, wine, and oil,
    and they will meet Jezreel’s needs.
23 I will sow her many seeds on her land.
    To Lo-Ruhamah, I will show mercy.
To Lo-Ammi,  I will say, ‘You are my people.’
    And they will say to me, ‘You are our God.’”

Romans 6:1-14

Dead to Sin but Alive for God

So do you think we should continue sinning so that God will give us more

and more grace? 2 Of course not! Our old

sinful life ended. It’s dead. So how can we continue living in sin? 3 Did you for- get that all of us became part of Christ Jesus when we were baptized? In our baptism we shared in his death. 4 So when we were baptized, we were buried with him and took part in his death. And just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father, so we can now live a new life.

5 Yes, we have been joined with him

by dying as he did. So we will also be joined with him by rising from death as he did. 6 We know that our old life was put to death on the cross with him. This happened to take away the power that our sinful desires had over our bodies. And now we are no longer slaves to sin. 7 Anyone who has died has been released from sin’s control.

8 If we died with Christ, we know that

we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ was raised from death and cannot die again. Death has no power over him now. 10 Yes, when he died, he died to defeat the power of sin once— enough for all time. He now has a new life, a life he lives by the power of God. 11 In the same way, you should see yourselves as being dead to the power of sin and alive by the power of God because you belong to Christ Jesus.

12 The body you live in here on earth

is going to die. So don’t let sin control it and make you obey its desires. 13 Don’t offer the parts of your body to sin to be used for doing evil. But offer yourselves to God, as people who have died and now live. Offer every part of your body to God to be used for doing what is right. 14 Sin will not be your master, because you are not under law. You now live un- der God’s grace.

Psalm 87:1-7

A song of praise from the Korah family.

87 The Lord built his city on the holy hills.
    He loves the gates of Zion more than any other place in Israel.
Wonderful things are said about you, City of God. Selah

God says, “Some of my people live in Egypt and Babylon.
    Some of them were born in Philistia, Tyre, and even Ethiopia.”
But about Zion he says,
    “I know each and every person born there.”
    It is the city built by God Most High.
The Lord keeps a list of all his people,
    and he knows where each of them was born. Selah

At the festivals, people will dance and sing,
    “All good things come from Zion.”

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