Jesus’ parables are lessons in masterful simplicity. By taking profound concepts from the natural order and communicating them through simple words and everyday images, Jesus has kept the attention of his followers and others for more than twenty centuries.
Among the great leaders of the Old Testament, Moses stands out as a ‘giant’ whose leadership shadow is cast across human experience. He was born in dangerous times, launched as a baby into the Nile, raised in luxury, and learned to live successively with privilege, in obscurity and with the constant pressures of leadership.
The Gospels, rich as they are with insight and inspiration, offer many perspectives through which we observe Jesus at work. Through the pens of the four writing evangelists, we see Him before a range of audiences – before multitudes, small groups and individuals. His life – actions, words, demeanour – reveal at an intimate and accessible level the one, true God who for some must have long seemed remote and distant.
The Apostolic Church, along with other Christian denominations and movements, exists to continue the work that Jesus began two thousand years ago. We learn much about that work by reading the Gospel where his work is described and the epistles where it is explained.
This is the second part of our two-part series on the blessings and benefits of repentance and confession. In this article we turn again to the book of Hosea; this time chapter 14. The prophetic voice is lifted in the direction of the nation of Israel. By application god is speaking to anyone who does not know Jesus Christ as Saviour of Lord, including leaders, governments and nations of the world that are living contrary to the word of God.