Rev. Jim Toole
Advent Sermon Series: Prepare the Way
BACK HOME AGAIN
Today we are going to look at the P.G. 13 story of the Prophet Hosea. Hosea was a young preacher in the nation of Israel, the northern kingdom, and he was a contemporary of the prophets Isaiah and Amos.
There are two parts to the book Hosea.
- Chapters 1-3 tell Hosea’s story as a metaphor of God’s redemptive and persistent love.
- Chapters 4-14 you see a general list of indictments of Israel.
Theme: The Promise of the Christian Story is that Jesus is bringing us back home again to the place of love.
A New Testament version of the Hosea story is the parable of the Prodigal son. The famous parable of the “Prodigal Son” has three primary characters, the young son, who walked out on the Father. You also have the older son, who was faithful physically but not necessarily emotionally. Then you have the Father who patiently and stubbornly loved both.
The parable of Jesus, the Prodigal Son of Luke 15 describes the dynamic we often see:
- Those who walk out on faith
- Those who check out or disengage with faith
Walking out and checking out are two different responses but with the same outcome. In both cases we find ourselves in a distant land needing the Grace and love once again of our God.
Questions to wrestle with this week
- How far are you from home?
- What is the State of the Union of your faith?
- Have you walked out, checked out or is your faith life starting to fade?
This week wrestle with these questions without running to any quick solution; just sit in the awareness of your answers. Just be where you are at with God and just let God meet you there.