Section 4e: This final part of section 4 gives us a glimpse into the heart of God and His deep love for His people, past, present and future.
Section 4d: Israel is an empty vine, and the hardened fallow ground must be broken up. There is still time for Israel to humble themselves and ‘seek the Lord’ voluntarily. If not, they will be put to shame for trusting in false gods and feeble men.
Section 4c: We learn that unfaithfulness leads to unfruitfulness, but in the midst of a dark and desperate scene shines a ray of light as Hosea himself remains faithful to the Lord, enjoying communion with “my God”. Notes: In this episode I reference birth and death rates. The following BBC report gives you the details:…
Section 4b: The eagle is coming and captivity is certain, and warranted. God’s people had forgotten their Maker; His Word had become strange to them; and now, having ‘sown the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind’.
Section 4: The condemnation continues with Israel being likened to a hot oven and a silly dove. In this section the Lord calls for Israel to leave off their empty rituals and come to know Him: “I will have mercy and not sacrifice”, a verse quoted by the Lord Jesus twice in Matthew 9:13 and…
I don’t know why this didn’t upload to Spotify when I first posted this episode. I have tried to remedy that, but it seems the only way is to repost the episode on the blog. My apologies that it will now sit out of order.
Section 3b – continued condemnation of Israel and Judah for their pride and compromise respectively. The section like all the others ends with words of hope, restoration and in this case resurrection which takes us up to ch 6 v 3.
Section 3a: Hosea begins to bring the LORD’s case against the northern nation of Israel, particularly in his sight are the supposed spiritual leaders of the people. Sadly, they were not leading and there was ‘no knowledge of God in the land’ – similar words can be said of our own day.
Section 2: There’s a reckoning for unfaithfulness within the marriage bond, but the love of the LORD sits as example of how we should act, ever seeking reconciliation with His people and even willing to pay the redemption price to buy them back.
Section 1: God’s faithful love for His covenant people pictured through Hosea’ personal life.
Closing thoughts of Amos: No escape for the wicked. A glorious future for a faithful remnant.
A dark chapter: “the end is come”. We learn that the Lord always hears and sees, but does not always speak.