Friday, March 16 ::: Return

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Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take with you words and return to the Lord; say to him, “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls the vows of our lips. Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses; and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy.”

I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon; his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon. They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow; they shall flourish like the grain; they shall blossom like the vine; their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon. O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit.

Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.

Hosea 14:1-9

[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4307025/Music/Mozart%20Adagio%20KV%20357%2CJames%20Glass%20Harmonica.mp3 ]

audio : Adagio KV 356 for Glass Harmonica in C major, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1791)

image : Sand Art, Jim Denevan (2010)

The blood of Christ stands not simply for the sting of sin on God, but the scourge of God on sin; not simply for God’s sorrow over sin, but for God’s wrath on sin.

P.T. Forsyth, 20th century

 

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