Hosea 14:1-3 (NLT)
14 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,
for your sins have brought you down.
2 Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord.
Say to him,
“Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us,
so that we may offer you our praises.
3 Assyria cannot save us,
nor can our warhorses.
Never again will we say to the idols we have made,
‘You are our gods.’
No, in you alone
do the orphans find mercy.”
Matthew 19:28-30 (MSG)
28-30 Jesus replied, “Yes, you have followed me. In the re-creation of the world, when the Son of Man will rule gloriously, you who have followed me will also rule, starting with the twelve tribes of Israel. And not only you, but anyone who sacrifices home, family, fields—whatever—because of me will get it all back a hundred times over, not to mention the considerable bonus of eternal life. This is the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.”
Luke 8:1-3 (NIV)
8 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.
It’s all different today because of Him. We aren’t, but the world is. So, God’s chosen have to return. Sounds like today. Everything we’ve put our hope in before can’t help us now, none of the idols. OK. Happened back then, happening today.
Our moral foundations, the foundations that define who we are are under assault. Who are we if we’re not what we do? Talk is cheap, actions comes from something – our foundation – our morals drive our actions. The two are inextricably tied together.
Yet, look at the passage from Luke. Know that the women with Christ are a radical departure from the roles of women in that time.We are the same as those two – selling out to the things of the world, wealthy and powerful. Let’s put ourselves there in their place. A prostitute and the wife of a man of the regional power are following and supporting Christ.
How’d they get there? They saw. The were healed. They were forgiven. They gave up their idols and came home. Christ changed everything back then for us now on so many levels (for men, women, marginalized, outcast, on and on). He reversed what man had done and showed us how God wants it done.
Yeah, it’s hard to give up the idols and the what not of our life. A strong foundation stone is going to fracture a weak one though. Not everything is going to work out like we want it. There will be division. However, at the end of the day, the eternal consequences are real and glorious for those who give up on the idols we call gods.