President Calvin Coolidge invited some people from his hometown to dinner at the White House. Since they did not know how to behave at such an occasion, they thought the best policy would be just to do what the President did. The time came for serving coffee. The President … More
It was customary in Hosea’s day for people to rejoice at harvest time. Israel, however, was commanded not to do so, because she attributed the abundance she experienced to the idols she worshiped, instead of God who sent it (v. l). Because of her spiritual defection, crops will fail and the threshing floors and winepresses will be inactive (v. 2). In fact, she will fall into captivity to Egypt and Assyria (v. 3). They became involved in religious activity that was not pleasing to God. Through all of this they became spiritually insensitive, considering God’s prophets to be fools and those who were rightly related to God to be mad (v. 7). God had intended for Israel to be in fellowship with Him and to experience His blessing. However, instead of loving God and walking in His ways, they hated Him and departed from His ways (v. 8).
People often take on the characteristics of what or whom they love or worship. Am I becoming more like God or am I becoming more like someone who just imitates others?
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Hosea 6:1-11A Call to Repentance
Hosea 7:1-16The Heartlessness of The People
Hosea 8:1-14Israel Rejects The Lord
Hosea 9:1-17Israel Will Be Punished
Hosea 10:1-15The Lord Promises to Punish Israel
Hosea 11:1-12God’s Continuing Love For Israel
Hosea 12:1-14The Balances of Deceit