Hosea 10The Message (MSG)
You Thought You Could Do It All on Your Own
10 1-2 Israel was once a lush vine,
3-4 They go around saying,
5-6 The people of Samaria travel over to Crime City
7-8 Samaria is history. Its king
9-10 You got your start in sin at Gibeah—
11-15 Ephraim was a trained heifer
Hosea 11The Message (MSG)
Israel Played at Religion with Toy Gods
11 1-9 “When Israel was only a child, I loved him.
10-12 “The people will end up following God.
Ephraim tells lies right and left.
Hosea 12The Message (MSG)
12 1-5 Ephraim, obsessed with god-fantasies,
6 What are you waiting for? Return to your God!
7-8 The businessmen engage in wholesale fraud.
9-11 “But not so fast! I’m God, your God!
12-14 Are you going to repeat the life of your ancestor Jacob?
Psalm 73The Message (MSG)
An Asaph Psalm
73 1-5 No doubt about it! God is good—
6-10 Pretentious with arrogance,
11-14 What’s going on here? Is God out to lunch?
15-20 If I’d have given in and talked like this,
21-24 When I was beleaguered and bitter,
25-28 You’re all I want in heaven!
Hebrews 4The Message (MSG)
When the Promises Are Mixed with Faith
4 1-3 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith. Remember that God said,
Exasperated, I vowed,
3-7 God made that vow, even though he’d finished his part before the foundation of the world. Somewhere it’s written, “God rested the seventh day, having completed his work,” but in this other text he says, “They’ll never be able to sit down and rest.” So this promise has not yet been fulfilled. Those earlier ones never did get to the place of rest because they were disobedient. God keeps renewing the promise and setting the date as today, just as he did in David’s psalm, centuries later than the original invitation:
Today, please listen,
8-11 And so this is still a live promise. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience.
12-13 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.
The High Priest Who Cried Out in Pain
14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.