Today’s reading is: Hos. 9-14
Hosea Chapter Nine
- The message of Divine judgment continues, with a promise of dispersion (Hos. 9:1-9).
- The Lord looks back with fond memories, and yet sad memories of Israel’s idolatry (Hos. 9:10-17).
Hosea Chapter Ten
- Israel’s descent into idolatry mirrored their rise in prosperity (Hos. 10:1-2).
- The fall of Israel is a preview of Tribulational judgment, but merely a shadow of the wrath of God yet to be revealed (Hos. 10:3-10; Lk. 23:30; Rev. 6:16).
- Hosea delivers a parable that indicates Israel’s restoration to the land will be in accordance with the Lord’s purpose for chastisement (Hos. 10:11-12).
Hosea Chapter Eleven
- Again, the Lord looks back with fondness of memories for Israel as a youth (Hos. 11:1-4). He is also looking forward with fondness to the incarnation of Jesus Christ (Matt. 2:15).
- The Lord must send them into captivity as Israel’s negative volition was locked into their own evil (Hos. 11:5-7).
- The judgment of the Lord is tempered with His mercy, and in accordance with His unconditional covenants (Hos. 11:8-11).
Hosea Chapter Twelve
- As the Lord recounts the evil actions of the nation of Israel, He thinks back to the person of Israel (Hos. 11:12-12:14).
- Jacob’s wrestling with Esau as infants in the womb, and his wrestling with the Lord as an adult foreshadowed the confrontational nature of the nation of Israel.
- The Lord has always been faithful to bring Israel back to the promised land, reminding them of the Aramean sojourn and the Egyptian bondage.
Hosea Chapter Thirteen
- The message of Divine judgment continues, with the sad regrets that the First through Third Commandments have been so terribly violated (Hos. 13:1-4; Ex. 20:4-6).
- The sad regrets are expressed in that God’s gracious provision was forgotten (Hos. 13:5-6).
- The Lord’s judgment will be a savage judgment with quite the sting of death applied (Hos. 13:7-16).
Hosea Chapter Fourteen
- The Lord concludes His message with an appeal for Israel to repent (Hos. 14:1-3).
- The Lord promises a restored love relationship with his restored wife (Hos. 14:4-7).
- The Lord woos Israel to forsake their lovers and return to their faithful husband (Hos. 14:8).
- The Lord woos Israel to walk according to His ways, and therefore not stumble (Hos. 14:9).