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In this chapter God brings a charge of disobedience against Israel (v. 1). The religious leader had replaced true worship of God with ritual prostitution. The nation had gone down hill spiritually and morally, breaking the laws God had given to them. The people found it easy to condemn Hosea’s wife for her adultery but they were not so quick to see they had been unfaithful to God.
God explained the reasons for Israel’s suffering. There is not always a cause and effect relationship between our actions and the problems we face. However, the lawless behavior of Israel had brought them judgement by increased violence and an ecological crises. God pointed out that even murder was being taken casually in Israel (v. 2).
The fact that God will not allow me to blame others for my mistakes should cause me to deal with my sins head-on. I need to be careful that I’m not a hypocrite but responsible for my own actions.
Hear the word of the LORD, O children of Israel, for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away. Yet let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest. You shall stumble by day; the prophet also shall stumble with you by night; and I will destroy your mother. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. The more they increased, the more they sinned against me; I will change their glory into shame. They feed on the sin of my people; they are greedy for their iniquity. And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways and repay them for their deeds. They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the whore, but not multiply, because they have forsaken the LORD to cherish....
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Hosea 1:1-11The Symbol of an Unfaithful Wife
Hosea 2:1-13The Strain Upon Divine Patience
Hosea 2:14-23A Picture of The Divine Lover
Hosea 3:1-5The Interlude of Love
Hosea 4:1-10The Contention of The Lord
Hosea 4:11-19God Condemns Israel’s Idolatry
Hosea 5:1-15The Day of Rebuke
Hosea 6:1-11A Call to Repentance
Hosea 7:1-16The Heartlessness of The People