So I heard someone make a joke once that pastors always have three lessons at a given service- the one they planned to give, the one they actually give, and the one that afterwards they realize they should have given.
I started out last night in my lesson by reading the above phrase from Hosea 11:1 and saying “this is going to be very important, remember this.” When I got home I realized I never really tied that in at the end… So here is what should have been the ending of this lesson:
This phrase from Hosea is used by Matthew to talk about Jesus. When Jesus was born the “acting” king of the Jews (a rather rotten fellow named Herod) heard about him and was extremely worried Jesus would grow up and try to take his throne. So Herod orders all the children about Jesus age killed. But Jesus’ family gets word of that and flees to Egypt for safety. When Matthew tells us that they came back, he quotes Hosea (who was talking about Israel coming out of slavery in Egypt, not Jesus fleeing Herod). But the quote brings out something very significant. Jesus is called by God, just as God called to Adam when he was hiding from him in the garden, and called Abraham to be blessing to all mankind, and as Hosea said called Israel out of Egypt to be his people, his representatives to the world. So this makes it all the more significant that this “calling” doesn’t stop with Jesus. Jesus calls twelve disciples, and then tells them to go out and call more disciples until the whole world has heard the call to return to mankind’s original intention and be God’s representatives on earth, his “image-bearers.” And that is what our task is, to continue the “calling” of God’s people.