They Feared the Lord, But…

Several times in today’s Bible reading* we read that the people “feared the Lord, but …” (2 Kings 17:32-33, 41) The people appointed their own priests, worshiped their own gods, and served their own idols. How is it possible to say that someone “feared the Lord” and follow that statement with “, but”? Wouldn’t that…

Break Up Unplowed Ground

Hosea completes his book in today’s Bible reading*. He encourages God’s people to seek the Lord until you find Him. “Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your unplowed ground. It is time to seek the Lord until he comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.” (Hosea 10:12 CSB) He…

Elijah: A Man Like Us

In today’s Bible reading* we see Elijah do some pretty awesome things. But James tells us that Elijah was a man like we are. (James 5:17) Those are comforting words. But I’ve never seen anyone call down fire from heaven to consume a sacrifice. I’ve never seen anyone call down fire to destroy people. (2…