Tampering with the Sacred


One’s property for an Israelite was one’s inheritance. To tamper with this was to touch something sacred. Deuteronomy 27:17 proclaims, “Cursed is the one who moves his neighbor’s landmark.”

The wickedness of idolatry described in today’s passage tampers with the sacred boundaries of worshiping the Lord alone. Other interests, passions, and gods have come on the scene displacing the only spouse of the soul there is.

Reflect on forms of idolatry in your life. Repent. Cast them out in the name of the One who longs to share the divine inheritance with you. It is an affront to the living God to be indifferent to God’s love.

Hosea 5


This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets.
During this season we read Hosea.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting Firestarters from the original version of The Bible Through the Seasons.