Tuesday, January 31 2012
Verse of the Day: V20 “I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.”
1. God’s Pleading (V1-5)
V2 “Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;”
God commanded the children of prophet Hosea to plead with their mother to repent of her unfaithfulness, and returned to her family. Their mother had chosen to love her lovers and material possessions instead of her husband and children. God compared the unfaithfulness of the people of Israel to that of the unfaithfulness of prophet Hosea’s wife.
V5 “For their mother hath played the harlot; she that conceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.”
2. God’s Punishment (V6-13)
V11 “I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.”
Despite the children’s pleading, their mother refused to repent of her unfaithfulness. Despite God’s pleading, the people of Israel refused to repent of her unfaithfulness. Subsequently, God punished them by putting an end to their happiness. Indeed, let us repent of our unfaithfulness towards God otherwise His punishment shall also be upon us.
V12 “And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.”
3. God’s Promise (V14-23)
V20 “I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.”
In the future, during the time of the Millennium, all the people of Israel, shall know and believe in the true God, and remain faithful to Him. Today, God’s promise is for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ and remains faithful to Him, shall never perish in the fiery pits of hell, but shall have everlasting life with God in the pearly gates of heaven.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to believe in You and remain faithful to You forever.