Hosea 9-11 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Hosea 11 is a heartbreaking chapter. It reminds me of Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son in the NT. God is holy, and loving. Righteous, and forgiving. His perfect nature comes together in the cross. God’s righteousness is satisfied by Jesus’ obedience and death, and God can pour out His compassion on us because of Him!

Romans 3:21-26 “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

Or, as I like to think of it, on the cross “steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other” (Psalm 85:10).

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