Verse of the Day: V7 “They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.”
1. God Heals (V1-6)
V1 “When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.”
God would have healed the people of Israel if they had confessed and repented their sins and wickedness. However they chose to hide their sins and wickedness thinking that God could not see what they were doing. They failed to realise that God saw everything and knew everything, and there was nothing that God could not see or know.
V2 “And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.”
2. God Hates (V7-9)
V7 “They are hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.”
God hated the sins of rebellion and wickedness of the people of Israel. Instead of calling upon the Lord to confess and repent of their sins and wickedness, the people openly challenge and rebel against their judges and kings, and even sought to destroy and kill them. The people of Israel and Ephraim, God’s chosen people, who were supposed to be holy and godly people, were no different from the wicked and ungodly people of the world. They had mixed themselves with the world and had grievously sinned against God.
V8 “Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.”
3. God Humbles (V10-16)
V10 “And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this.”
God had to humble the pride of Israel by allowing their enemies to attack and defeat them so that they realised that without God they could do nothing. Indeed, let us call upon the Lord and He shall answer us and show us great and mighty things which we know not.
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to call upon You in good time, bad time and all the time.
Verse of the Day: V1 “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.”
1. God Rebuilds (V1)
V1 “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.”
Prophet Hosea pleaded with the people of Israel not to sin against God but to repent of their sins and return to Him. Subsequently, God allowed their enemies to attack and destroy their cities, houses and lives, so that the only way they could defeat their enemies, and rebuild their cities, houses and lives, was to repent of their sins and return to Him.
“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” (Psalms 127:1)
2. God Revives (V2)
V2 “After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.”
God promised the people that He would revive them and blessed their lives if they would repent of their sins and return to Him. However, the people refused to repent and return to God. Hosea’s message was also a prophetic one as it prophesied of the death, burial and resurrection of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, who would die on the cruel cross, and would be buried, and finally would rise again on the third day according to His Word.
“And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (1 Corinthians 15:4)
3. God Rebukes (V3-11)
V5 “Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.”
Time and again God sent prophets like Hosea to rebuke the people of Israel to repent of their sins and wickedness, and to return to Him. However, instead of taking heed of God’s rebukes, they continued in their sins and wickedness. They thought that they could get away with their sins and wickedness by their sacrifice and burnt offerings to God. They failed to realise that God desired them to be merciful to others, and to have the thirst and knowledge of His Word more than their sacrifices and burnt offerings to Him.
V6 “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to return to You and to know You and Your Word.
Verse of the Day: V15 “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”
1. God Knows (V1-5)
V3 “I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.”
Prophet Hosea warned the priests, the king and the nation of Israel that God knew their sins of immorality and pride. Ephraim was another name of Israel, and Hosea warned the people of Ephraim or Israel that God’s judgment shall be upon them if they rebelled against Him. The people of Ephraim and Israel and even Judah were so proud of themselves that they thought they could hide their sins from God. However they failed to realise that God was omnipresent or all present, and omniscient or all knowing, and they could never hide from Him. Indeed, God knows everything and He is everywhere.
V5 “And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.”
2. God Withdraws (V6-14)
V6 “They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.”
God withdrew Himself from the people of Israel because they had grievously sinned against Him, even though the people tried to seek Him. Not only had the people sinned against God, but even their children had also sinned against God. Indeed, God withdraws Himself from us and even our children if we do not confess and forsake our sins.
V7 “They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.”
3. God Returns (V15)
V15 “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.”
Prophet Hosea reminded the priests, the king and the people of Israel to seek God early in their afflictions and sufferings, and to acknowledge their offence and sins, and not to wait until God’s judgment was upon them. Indeed, God shall return to us and be with us in all our afflictions and sufferings if we acknowledge our sins and seek His face early.
“O GOD, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” (Psalms 63:1)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to seek You early and daily in all my sufferings.
Verse of the Day: V6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
1. The People (V1-8)
V6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
The people of Israel, God’s chosen people, God’s priests to all nations, had forgotten God. After all the miracles that God performed before them, such as the opening of the Red Sea and the River Jordan, the defeat of Jericho and Ai, the people soon forgot God and disobeyed His commandments. They were determined in their hearts to forget God and disobeyed His commandments, than to remember God and obeyed His commandments.
V8 “They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.”
2. The Priests (V9)
V9 “And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.”
When the priests realized that the people had forgotten God and disobeyed His commandments, they went along with them in order to please them. It was a sad day for the nation of Israel, God’s chosen nation, as the priests who were supposedly to warn the people to repent of their sins intentionally forgot God and disobeyed His commandments.
“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)
3. The Punishment (V10-19)
V10 “For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.”
The people and the priests shall never be satisfied with their lives because they had forgotten God. They might enjoy the fun and pleasures of the lust of their eyes, the lust of their flesh and the pride of life for a season, but soon they shall reap the consequences of their deadly sins. Just a sip will eventually lead you to drunkenness, just a puff will eventually lead you to smoking and just a flirt will eventually lead you to immorality.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to remember You and obey Your commandments.
Verse of the Day: V5 “Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.”
1. God Loves You (V1)
V1 “Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.”
God commanded prophet Hosea to return to his wife and love her even though she was unfaithful to him. Just like Hosea’s wife, the children of Israel had been unfaithful to God, yet God still loved them and waited for them to repent of their unfaithfulness. Today, God loves us and He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins that whosoever believes in Christ shall never perish but have everlasting life with God in heaven one day.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
2. God Bought You (V2-4)
V2 “So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley:”
It seemed that Hosea’s wife was sold to somebody and he had to buy her back for fifteen pieces of silver. It was not easy for Hosea to love his unfaithful wife, and to buy her back when she had done nothing to deserve his love. This is exactly what God did when He bought us with the price of the death of His only begotten Son to redeem us from the fiery pits of hell to the portals of heaven when we have done nothing to deserve His love.
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
3. God Bless You (V5)
V5 “Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.”
One day, during the Millennium, all the children of Israel shall return to the Lord, seek their God and give God all the glory in the new city of Jerusalem. Indeed, whether we are Jews or non Jews, let us seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all the things that we desire and need shall God bless and provide for us.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to seek You and Your goodness for Your glory.