Bread – Charges

October 2, 2008


Readings for Tuesday through Thursday, September 30 – October 2

            from the Book of Common Prayer:

            Hosea 4-6:6; Acts 21:1-36; Luke 5:12-6:11

            Psalms 94, 95, 97, 99, 100, 101, 105, 119:121-144

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Who on earth wants to be “charged” with something?  We don’t mind being “in charge,” but we know that when you are “charged” with something it is because a grand jury has just returned with a criminal indictment against you or someone in authority over you has sent you out on a mission, typically one that you did not volunteer for.

 

Let’s see if the following charges apply.  I have substituted the word “Americans” for “Israelites,” but otherwise have left God’s charges contained in Hosea 4 alone:

 

“Hear the word of the LORD, you Americans, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land:

‘There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgement of God in the land.

There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery;

…Because of this, the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away;

…Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests;

Because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.

…They will eat but not have enough;

They will engage in prostitution but not increase, because they have deserted the LORD to engage in prostitution,

…A spirit of prostitution leads them astray; they are unfaithful to their God.

…The Americans are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer.

How then can the LORD pasture them like lambs in a meadow?'”  Hosea 4:1-2, 3, 6b, 10, 16

 

The indictment containing the charges has been read.  How do you plead America?  How do you plead, reader?  How do I plead? 

 

These charges call us not only to plead guilty but to repentance, and Hosea shows the way to that repentence with the following words:

 

“‘Come let us return to the LORD, He has torn us to pieces, but He will heal us;

He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds.

After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will restore us, that we may live in His presence.

Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge Him.

…For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.'”  Hosea 6:1-3, 6

 

God desires to remove the charges, true and fair charges though they are, if we will but repent and acknowledge Him.

 

Let us repent today as individuals, as writers and readers, as families, as groups, as communities, as a nation.  Let us acknowledge Him and He will heal our land.

 

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Lord, help us to love your Word, incarnate in Jesus Christ and written in Scripture.  Help us Lord to come to you and to bring others to you.  Help us know that you are God and we are not.  Assist us Lord through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to so conform our lives to your revealed plans that there is identity of our actions with your will.   It is only through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ that we are empowered to even make this prayer.  And so we thank you and praise you!  Amen.

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One Response to “Bread – Charges”

  1. Kathy Kremer Says:

    Yes, we are utterly guilty of the charges, yet we often continue to harden to hearts and stop up our ears to better ignore the pleadings of our loving father who says, “Why would you die, oh Israel (America)? I do not desire the death of anyone. Instead you should turn from your wicked ways and live. Choose life!”

    May God give us grace to hear His voice and choose life!


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