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Hosea 4: Israel’s adultery against God

I read this passage yesterday during some down time at work. Thankfully, at that job they don’t care if you read when things get slow. And since the Bible and I have been apart for far too long, I felt it was necessary to re-visit Hosea.

Last we chatted, in Hosea 3 the prophet and his wife Gomer reconciled. She returned to him after falling back into her lifestyle of prostitution. We presume their marriage was a happy one as Gomer learned that Hosea was the only man who could ever truly love her and Hosea learned to forgive and to show his wife love through actions rather than just words.

In the fourth chapter, we see by Israel’s activities what it was like for God as the nation He loved “cheated” on him time and again with false idols and immorality. At this time, Israel truly is a nation that is an asylum where the inmates have taken over. Name the sin, and chances are it has been committed.

Verse 6 reads: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

In other words: the Israelites rejected the knowledge that would have been beneficial, and this led to their moral corruption. God then decided they were unworthy of being authorities of His moral laws and that they had harsh lessons to learn.

It is hard to believe this is the same nation for which God had done so many wonderful things, but it makes you think of how we, as Christians, continue to sin and break God’s heart despite all the blessings He gives us. This chapter shows how far a godly nation can fall and how a loving God has to use drastic measures to get its attention.

Recently at church during a video sermon on raising children, Ken Ham reminded us of this equation: Rules — Relationship = Rebellion. Maybe that’s what happened: for too long generations came and went just were not equipped to have a relationship with God.

Richard Zowie is going through the Bible in his Richard’s Two Shekels blog when not commenting on Christian issues or blogging about his Christian walk. Post comments here or drop a line to richardstwoshekels@gmail.com.

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