The Calves of Our Lips

O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.  Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

Hosea 14:1-2

After an entire book of warnings of judgment to the children of Israel, God extends His hand to them once again and implores them to “return unto the Lord thy God…”  Then He gives them some advice as to how to return, which we can also use when we find ourselves needing to return to Him.

Verse two tell us that the Lord wants us to “take with you words…”  We need to ask the Lord to forgive us.  The verse also gives us a good idea of what words and ideas need to be used and expressed: “Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously…”  That is exactly what anyone who is seeking to return to the Lord should say.  That is the exact attitude that we should have.  I John 1:9 tells us “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from al unrighteousness.”  We need that forgiveness and we need that cleansing.  And we probably need it more than we think we do.  “Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously” is always a great prayer.

The end of the verse tells us that, by doing this, we will “render the calves of our lips.”  The Israelites were supposed to be offering literal sacrifices, but it had become just an outward show.  And, in captivity, they could not have literal sacrifices.  God wanted their hearts, not just their robotic formalities.  And He wants our hearts.  And He wants praise and thanks and petitions for His mercy to come from our lips.  When we do those things, we are offering “the calves of our lips.”  And that is a sacrifice that God will honor.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Wow, Ben… wow!

    “God wanted their hearts, not just their robotic formalities. And He wants our hearts. And He wants praise and thanks and petitions for His mercy to come from our lips. When we do those things, we are offering “the calves of our lips.” And that is a sacrifice that God will honor”
    Amen, amen, amen…

    Blessings,
    ann

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  2. Lord, I pray that I offer heartfelt worship, praise, and thanksgiving unto you, O thou most high! You alone are worthy! Amen.

    Thank you, Ben. God bless.

    Paulette

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  3. Thank you, Ben, for handling the hard stuff in such a way as to draw us to Him . . .not send us away condemned. God bless you and your heart for Him!

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