Therefore I will take back
my grain in its time,
and my wine in its season,
and I will take away my wool and my flax,
which were to cover her nakedness.
 Now I will uncover her lewdness
in the sight of her lovers,
and no one shall rescue her out of my hand.
 And I will put an end to all her mirth,
her feasts, her new moons, her Sabbaths,
and all her appointed feasts.
 And I will lay waste her vines and her fig trees,
of which she said,
‘These are my wages,
which my lovers have given me.’
I will make them a forest,
and the beasts of the field shall devour them. (ESV)
Circle the second “therefore.” In the verses above, underline and then write below all the things that the LORD provided but were credited to the false gods as providing and now the LORD is taking away.
That is a hefty list signifying that GOD gives a lot! Do we do this? Do we credit someone or something else for what GOD has provided? GOD wants to spoil us, His children. GOD wants to give His children an abundance of blessings. GOD is GOD, and He requires obedience as well as fearing and loving Him the most. When we stray from that obedience, He uses consequences to guide us back to Him.
 And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals
when she burned offerings to them
and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry,
and went after her lovers
and forgot me, declares the LORD.
 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak tenderly to her.
 And there I will give her her vineyards
and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,
as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt. (ESV)
Circle the final “therefore” of this chapter.
Can you imagine this Husband, giving His wife everything, only to watch her use these things to make herself the best for another man. Now imagine the GOD of the universe, who spoils His people lavishing on them multiple blessings, only to see them use those blessings to love and honor their false gods. False gods that have neither the will or ability to love. It is probably a mixture of sadness and anger. So sad that she is pursuing something so hard that can do nothing for her and anger because she is not thankful at all to the One who has provided.
Circle in red, if you got it, the “Valley of Achor.” What is significant about this place? Let us reflect back for a history lesson to the book of Joshua.
 But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things. And the anger of the LORD burned against the people of Israel. (ESV)
Achan, a man in the bloodline of Judah stole some things that were devoted to the LORD. Yikes! This stealing from GOD is super serious! As serious as this action is, you may be wondering “Where did we just jump back to in history?” Glad that you asked. A quick backstory: the Israelites were slaves to the Egyptians and GOD miraculously rescued the Israelites from the Egyptians with plagues and causing the Red Sea to separate so they could walk across on dry land to escape. GOD wanted to give them the land of Canaan, which He had promised Abraham, but it took them about 40 years to actually get to this point of taking it because they were a “stiffed neck people.” If I may be so bold to say, probably not that much different from you and me. That lands us back to where we have jumped into history as the Israelites are obediently taking the land of Canaan which includes lots of bloodshed. Tomorrow, we will read on in Joshua 7 to see how Achan found himself in this precarious position.
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