Insights on Today's Reading
Hosea's prophecy gives people who have failed in life real hope. If God could take a prostitute (Hosea's wife) and forgive her and restore her and use her for His glory, He can do that with anyone! Read this book with the joy of forgiveness and restoration!
Hosea 1 - God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute! Some teach that God merely gave him permission to do so. I don't believe that! God knew very well what Gomer, Hosea's wife, was like and still God told Hosea to marry her. She represented Israel and she would have children who would not walk with God just like the rest of the people of Israel. But, by verse 10 God shows His mercy and promises to restore Israel back to Him.
Hosea 2 - God will call His people His own in the future, verse 1. God does deal harshly with sin as He tells Hosea to deal with his wife, but God desires to restore His people to Himself and He will bring Gomer to her senses and restore her to Hosea. Verses 6-23. God uses the illustration of a "hedge of thorns," verse 6, to show how He will keep a person away from sin and keep sinful people away from His own. Note in verse 10 that God will restore His people as He wants Hosea to bring his wife back and treat her with mercy and grace. There is real hope in this chapter for those who have failed the Lord!
Hosea 3 - Hosea is to love his wife as the Lord loves His own! God promises the future restoration of the people of Israel to Himself.
Hosea 4 - In spite of God's mercy He still makes clear His displeasure in the way Israel has lived. Note in verse 6 that the people "were destroyed for lack of knowledge" partly because they "rejected knowledge." Ignorance of God's word is no excuse for not seeking that knowledge. The people of Israel knew their past history and they willfully chose to live their lives in idolatry and immorality.
Hosea 5 - God reveals how the people have turned away from God and when they do try to seek Him, they won't find Him, verse 6 because God knows the insincerity of their attempt. But, God will wait until they acknowledge their offense and "earnestly seek" Him, verse 15.
Hosea 6 - This chapter shows the future of Israel's desire to return to the Lord. They will understand that God doesn't delight in sacrifices or any form of insincere worship. He wants a display of mercy and a real intimate knowledge of Him, verse 6.
Hosea 7 - God particularly speaks against Ephraim as a people who don't consider in their hearts their wickedness and the fact that God's knows all about them. They have corrupted themselves by intermingling with the ungodly people around them, verse 8. Amidst God's desire to show mercy, He still is aware of the sin in people's hearts.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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