Hosea 6 – Mercy, Justice, and Evil Robots

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Today’s PassageHosea 6

Yesterday I posed some questions. Today God answers them. The previous chapter featured a simile in which God, as a lion, tore Israel to pieces as a consequence of their sin. I asked: does God intend to punish the people of Israel, to discipline them, or to rehabilitate them? And here in Hosea 6, God gives his answer: yes.

The chapter picks up right where the last one left off with the wound metaphors. Hosea encourages the people: “Come, let us return to the Lord. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us” (1). The lion simile isn’t the one I would have chosen–I would have gone with a surgeon making incisions to operate and heal–but it turns out the lion knows first aid. And I’ll…

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