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Hosea’s own personal tragedy fades into the background as Israel is examined under God’s searchlight. The events of this chapter summarize what Gomer has done and what Israel has done. What happens to Gomer will happen to Israel. Israel, like Gomer, has defected from their true husband. Gomer thought that it was men other than her husband who would provide these things for her and Israel thought that it was gods other than the true and living God who would provide these things for her. Such is the deception of sin.
The prophet focuses on the following:
Today many people give credit to everything and everyone but God for their prosperity. The call it luck, hard work, quick thinking or the right contacts. Where do I stand on this issue of deception? Do I ever try to make people think that I am something that I am not?
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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