God delights in love and mercy

“I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6, NLT).

Gutenberg Bible - detail from the Old Testament

The Old Testament used to be taught in schools as a regular part of the curriculum. Children grew up knowing the names and order of the books, the characters and their stories. Now it’s rare to learn the Bible in school and almost as rare for people to know much about it. Watch Jeopardy! and you’ll see—when a category is about the Bible, most of the contestants don’t even ring in. Consequently, what people have heard or believe about the Old Testament is that it’s filled with accounts of a mean, angry God who kills thousands at the drop of a hat.

While it’s true a lot of people died for reasons we don’t quite understand, God is not the ogre some infer from the more violent parts of the Bible. Tucked away in the little book of Hosea we see what is really going on in God’s heart and what has been there all along. From the beginning, he has been more interested in love and mercy. He wants us to acknowledge him as God and know him. It has always been more important to him that we share in his life, enjoy his company and walk and talk with him. In his son Jesus and through the Holy Spirit, he has made sure we see the big picture and know the truth of who he is.

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

3 thoughts on “God delights in love and mercy”

    1. Thanks. Also look at John 1 – “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God.” He has always been the same, always loving us!

  1. I wasn’t sure where you were going with this at first. . .and then you said: “Tucked away in the little book of Hosea we see what is really going on in God’s heart and what has been there all along. ” I loved being surprised with that perspective.

    Thanks
    Trish

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