Israel’s Hope Promised Hosea 11-14, cont’d.
Hosea 11:12-12:1-Israel looks to other countries for help instead of God.
Hosea 12:3-5-God reminds them of times in the past when the people have sought Him.
Hosea 12:6-So, He tells them to do so, again.
Hosea 12:7-8-But Israel has forgotten who it was that made them a great nation. Instead, they take credit for themselves.
Hosea 12:9-10-God tells them that He has been their God since the very beginning and reminds them again of how He has blessed them.
Hosea 12:11-He will therefore be the one who decides if what they are doing is right, or wrong.
Hosea 12:12-14-Even though God has blessed Israel…they should see that as a reason to believe that He will not judge them.
Hosea 13:1-By worshipping the false god, Baal, Israel died spiritually.
Hosea 13:2-3-Now, they continue to worship their false gods and they will be held accountable by the true God.
Hosea 13:4-6-God was to be their one and only god ever since the day He brought them out of Egypt. When they worshipped Him, and Him alone, He blessed them.
Hosea 13:7-8-God makes it clear that He is going to judge them.
Hosea 13:9-They will suffer the consequences of their actions.
Hosea 13:10-11-Even though God should be their only king…they pled for a king. Then, after God gave them a king, they rebelled against him. So God took him away and now they have no one to protect them.
Hosea 13:12-14-God’s judgment is coming and it will result in death. But, He will rescue them from death. This is an OT prophecy concerning the resurrection from the dead.
Hosea 13:15-16-It may appear for a while that they have gotten away with their sin. But the day is soon to come when they will be judged.
Hosea 14:1-3-God calls on Israel to return to Him...and promises to restore Israel. These are wonderful words for those who have fallen away from God. God tells them how to “return” to Him…
- Confess that you have sinned (:2)…”Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to Him, ‘Take away all iniquity…’”
- Ask God to forgive you (:2)…’receive us graciously.’
- Praise Him for what He has done (:2)…’that we may present the fruit of our lips.’
- Repent of what you have done (:3)…”Assyria…For in Thee the orphan finds mercy.”
Hosea 14:4-7-God tells them how He will bless them if they will return to Him.
Hosea 14:8-God tells them that He is the One who looks after them.
Hosea 14:9-Hosea closes by saying that if a person is wise he will read the words of this book and practice them.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be quick to repent when the Holy Spirit convicts me of sin. Please show me all of my sin. Don’t let me misunderstand it, or ignore any of it. I want a clean heart, O Lord. A heart that is so filled with Your presence…that there is room for nothing more.