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Israel’s foolish acts are listed (vv. 1-7), and her floundering is portrayed (vv. 8-16). God’s desire for Israel was healing and restoration. Instead they were involved in lying, theft, robbery (v. l), blatant contempt of God (v. 2), political corruption (v. 3), and uncontrolled lust (v. 4).
So degraded is the nation that the king, who should be a leader for righteousness, is a leader in sin and debauchery (v. 5). As a result the nation is in moral degradation and completely consumed by sin. Law enforcement completely breaks down, and there is political assassination after political assassination (v. 7). All of this transpires because there is no one to call the nation back to God.
Israel’s floundering is portrayed in three figures (vv. 8-16):
Pride was Israel’s big problem. Pride intensifies all of our sins and causes us to flounder. I cannot repent of any of them without first giving up pride.
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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
Hosea 8:1-14Israel Rejects The Lord
Hosea 9:1-17Israel Will Be Punished
Hosea 10:1-15The Lord Promises to Punish Israel