1 Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God,
for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
2Take with you words and return to the LORD;
say to him,
“Take away all iniquity; accept what is good,
and we will pay with bulls the vows of our lips. – Hosea 14:1-2
Ever feel like you do a whole lot of stumbling in sin. Frankly, I am not sure if there is any other way to walk in sin than to stumble around rather foolishly. Doesn’t mean we don’t try to get away with it from time to time, but the Holy Spirit always comes around to point us back to Truth and the Way. Interestingly enough, in post Temple times, the Jewish rabbis viewed this verse as a statement that God will honor confession even when sacrifices cannot be brought in the Temple. This falls perfectly in line with the teaching of the Apostles and the NT. When we fall into sin, we are to come back to the Lord (return) and confess our sin (the vows of our lips). Or to put it another way, “if we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighte0usness.”(1 John 1:9) That verse isn’t as much about salvation as it is an invitation to us as believers to keep a clean slate before God. When you go stumbling, bumbling and fumbling in sin come running back to the only One who can and will forgive when we return to Him.