Hosea 6The Message (MSG)
Gangs of Priests Assaulting Worshipers
6 1-3 “Come on, let’s go back to God.
4-7 “What am I to do with you, Ephraim?
8-9 “Gilead has become Crime City—
10 “I saw a shocking thing in the country of Israel:
11 “You’re as bad as the worst of them, Judah.
Hosea 7The Message (MSG)
Despite All the Signs, Israel Ignores God
7 1-2 “Every time I gave Israel a fresh start,
3-7 “They entertain the king with their evil circus,
8-10 “Ephraim mingles with the pagans, dissipating himself.
11-16 “Ephraim is bird-brained,
Hosea 8The Message (MSG)
Altars for Sinning
8 1-3 “Blow the trumpet! Sound the alarm!
4-10 “They crown kings, but without asking me.
11-14 “Ephraim has built a lot of altars,
Hosea 9The Message (MSG)
Starved for God
9 1-6 Don’t waste your life in wild orgies, Israel.
7-9 Time’s up. Doom’s at the doorstep.
They Took to Sin Like a Pig to Filth
10-13 “Long ago when I came upon Israel,
14 Give it to them, God! But what?
15-16 “All their evil came out into the open
17 My God has washed his hands of them.
Hebrews 3The Message (MSG)
The Centerpiece of All We Believe
3 1-6 So, my dear Christian friends, companions in following this call to the heights, take a good hard look at Jesus. He’s the centerpiece of everything we believe, faithful in everything God gave him to do. Moses was also faithful, but Jesus gets far more honor. A builder is more valuable than a building any day. Every house has a builder, but the Builder behind them all is God. Moses did a good job in God’s house, but it was all servant work, getting things ready for what was to come. Christ as Son is in charge of the house.
6-11 Now, if we can only keep a firm grip on this bold confidence, we’re the house! That’s why the Holy Spirit says,
Today, please listen;
12-14 So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it’s still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes. If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul.
These words keep ringing in our ears:
Today, please listen;
15-19 For who were the people who turned a deaf ear? Weren’t they the very ones Moses led out of Egypt? And who was God provoked with for forty years? Wasn’t it those who turned a deaf ear and ended up corpses in the wilderness? And when he swore that they’d never get where they were going, wasn’t he talking to the ones who turned a deaf ear? They never got there because they never listened, never believed.