Today’s Reading – Hosea 9-10
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first-ripe in the fig-tree at its first season: but they came to Baal-peor, and consecrated themselves unto the shameful thing, and became abominable like that which they loved. (Hosea 9:10 ASV)
Hosea describes Israel as grapes in the wilderness and as the first ripe fig. Two things that were highly prized in a desert environment and sought after. Yet they went after other gods and became abominable to God. We don’t use the word abominable very much. Abominable means exceptionally bad or displeasing according to the dictionary. I remember the ‘abominable snow man’ from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The abominable snowman was shunned and avoided. That is how we are to God when we have other idols in our lives.
Application to me – Am I abominable to God? I don’t think often how my sin looks to God. But I am reminded about that from today’s reading. How our sin looks to God should be one of our motivations for obedience. As Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story is that the abominable snowman was transformed into a nice snowman and placed the star on the tree at the end. We can be transformed from abominable to God by the power of God’s saving grace in our lives as well.
Warren Weeks – November 25, 2013