Hosea 13The Message (MSG)
Religion Customized to Taste
13 1-3 God once let loose against Ephraim
4-6 “I’m still your God,
7-12 “I’ll charge them like a lion,
13-15 “When birth pangs signaled it was time to be born,
15-16 “God’s tornado is on its way,
Hosea 14The Message (MSG)
Come Back! Return to Your God!
14 1-3 O Israel, come back! Return to your God!
4-8 “I will heal their waywardness.
9 If you want to live well,
Psalm 100The Message (MSG)
A Thanksgiving Psalm
100 1-2 On your feet now—applaud God!
3 Know this: God is God, and God, God.
4 Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
5 For God is sheer beauty,
Psalm 102The Message (MSG)
A Prayer of One Whose Life Is Falling to Pieces, and Who Lets God Know Just How Bad It Is
102 1-2 God, listen! Listen to my prayer,
3-11 I’m wasting away to nothing,
12-17 Yet you, God, are sovereign still,
18-22 Write this down for the next generation
23-28 God sovereignly brought me to my knees,
Hebrews 5The Message (MSG)
5 1-3 Every high priest selected to represent men and women before God and offer sacrifices for their sins should be able to deal gently with their failings, since he knows what it’s like from his own experience. But that also means that he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as the peoples’.
4-6 No one elects himself to this honored position. He’s called to it by God, as Aaron was. Neither did Christ presume to set himself up as high priest, but was set apart by the One who said to him, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you!” In another place God declares, “You’re a priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek.”
7-10 While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. Because he honored God, God answered him. Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do. Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him.
11-14 I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.