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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.
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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