Temporal Love

Hos 6:4-5 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away. Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth as the light.

God’s nature is unchanging. His faithfulness is absolute and forever. His love never changes. The rhetorical questions here, on the heels of Hosea’s great call to repentance, poetically illustrate divine frustration with fickle human love. Because they could not find it in them to remain faithful to God, prophets were sent to issue God’s judgment. Just as God spoke the universe into existence, so also His words spoke judgment as sure as the morning sun.


About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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2 Responses to Temporal Love

  1. It is interesting that God most often uses natural aspects in His judgment here, but of course in that final eschatological judgment, God’s judgment will move into the eternal place, and loss of God Himself…”These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.” (2 Thess. 1:9) “And I will declare to them, I never knew you; Depart From Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matt. 7: 23)

    Truly the loss of God forever will be hell!

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