The Redemptive Nature of God

“How prosperous Israel is—
      a luxuriant vine loaded with fruit.
   But the richer the people get,
      the more pagan altars they build.
   The more bountiful their harvests,
      the more beautiful their sacred pillars.

The hearts of the people are fickle;
      they are guilty and must be punished.
   The Lord will break down their altars
      and smash their sacred pillars…..”

“…….Oh, how can I give you up, Israel?
      How can I let you go?
   How can I destroy you like Admah
      or demolish you like Zeboiim?

My heart is torn within me,
      and my compassion overflows.
No, I will not unleash my fierce anger.
      I will not completely destroy Israel,
   for I am God and not a mere mortal.
      I am the Holy One living among you,
      and I will not come to destroy.”

Hosea 10:1-2, 11:8-10 (New Living Translation)

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