Hosea 11:7-9 (KJV)
And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the
How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim?
I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am
At the risk of overwhelming this visit with the words of another I present Albert Barnes Notes,
“God is infinitely just and infinitely merciful. The two attributes are so united in Him, yea, so one in Him who is always one, and in whose counsels “there is no variableness, nor shadow of turning,” that the one doth not ever thwart the proceeding of the other. Yet, in order to shew that our ills are from our own ill-deserts, not from any pleasure of His in inflicting ill, and that what mercy He sheweth, is from His own goodness, not from any in us, God is represented in this empassioned expression as in doubt, and (so to say) divided between justice and mercy, the one pleading against the other. At the last, God so determines, that both should have their share in the issue, and that Israel should be both justly punished and mercifully spared and relieved.
God pronounces on the evil deserts of Israel, even while He mitigates His sentence. The depth of the sinner’s guilt reflects the more vividly the depth of God’s mercy.”
God’s wisdom and will are without wavering. Just as He is represented as a hen, gathering her babies under her wings,(but we know He is not a hen and has no wings) so He is represented as “divided between justice and mercy.” We know He is not divided but for our sakes He says it.
“The depth of the sinner’s guilt reflects the more vividly the depth of God’s mercy.”
Matthew 23:37 (KJV)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
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