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“May you and I keep any promises we make.” <>< Dona (12/10/20)

Please read Hosea 10 through 12.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Hosea 10

Downfall of Israel.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the more prosperous Israel came, the more they depended on idols (v. 1). 

Something to think about

The Lord would demolish Israel’s idols (v. 2). Israel was making promises but not keeping them (v. 4). The Israelites were depending on their own strength and that of their military instead of God’s strength (v. 13). All Israel’s fortresses would be devastated (v. 14). Even the king of Israel would be destroyed (v. 15).

Something to experience

God always keeps His promises.  How about you?  We can break up the unplowed ground of our heart by repenting of our sins and receiving God’s forgiveness and guidance (v. 12).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Hosea 10:1 Israel is a luxuriant vine that produces his fruit.  According to the abundance of his fruit he has multiplied his altars.  As their land has prospered, they have adorned their sacred stones.

Hosea 10:2 Their heart is divided.  Now they will be found guilty.  He will demolish their altars.  He will destroy their sacred stones.

Hosea 10:4 They make promises, swearing falsely in making covenants.  Therefore judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap according to kindness. Break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and rains righteousness on you.

Hosea 10:13 You have plowed wickedness.  You have reaped iniquity.  You have eaten the fruit of lies, for you trusted in your way, in the multitude of your mighty men.

Hosea 10:14 Therefore a battle roar will arise among your people, and all your fortresses will be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth Arbel in the day of battle.  The mother was dashed in pieces with her children.

Hosea 10:15 So Bethel will do to you because of your great wickedness.  At daybreak the king of Israel will be destroyed.

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Theme Hosea 11

God’s love.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, though You loved Israel they chose to turn away from You (v. 1-2). 

Something to think about

The more God called Israel, the further they went from Him (v. 2). The Israelites didn’t recognize what God had done for them (v. 3-4).  Destruction would come to the Israelites (v. 5-7). Israel’s sins consisted of lies, deceit, and unfaithfulness (v. 12). 

Something to experience

God is infinitely greater than we are.  He is God we are mere men (v. 9).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Hosea 11:1-21 “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called My son out of Egypt.  They called to them, so they went from them. They sacrificed to the Baals, and burned incense to engraved images.”

Hosea 11:3-4 3 “Yet I taught Ephraim to walk.  I took them by his arms; but they didn’t know that I healed them.  I drew them with cords of a man, with ties of love; and I was to them like those who lift up the yoke on their necks; and I bent down to him and I fed him.”

Hosea 11:5-7 “They won’t return into the land of Egypt; but the Assyrian will be their king, because they refused to repent.  The sword will fall on their cities, and will destroy the bars of their gates, and will put an end to their plans.  My people are determined to turn from Me.  Though they call to the Most High, He certainly won’t exalt them.”

Hosea 11:9 I (the Lord) will not execute the fierceness of My anger.  I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One among you; and I will not come in wrath.”

Hosea 11:12 “Ephraim surrounds Me with falsehood, and the house of Israel with deceit.  Judah still strays from God, and is unfaithful to the Holy One.”

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Theme Hosea 12

Sin of Israel.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, like the nations that descended from him, Jacob practiced deceit (v. 2).

Something to think about

But unlike Israel and Judah, Jacob constantly sought the Lord (v. 2-5).  Israel was called to maintain love and justice and wait for their God always (v. 6).  The merchants “loved” to defraud others (v. 7).  They didn’t see their dishonesty as sin (v. 8).

Something to experience

We believers should seek the Lord and show a balance between love and justice.  We should not excuse wrongdoing nor show justice and no love.  We must live by both love and justice principles (v. 6).   God calls us to be faithful not affluent (v. 9). We should remember our humble beginnings (v. 12).   

Scripture to hide in your heart

Hosea 12:2-5 1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and chases the east wind. He continually multiplies lies and desolation.  They make a covenant with Assyria, and oil is carried into Egypt.  The Lord also has a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his deeds He will repay him.  In the womb he took his brother by the heel; and in his manhood he contended with God. Indeed, he struggled with the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication to him.  He found him at Bethel, and there he spoke with Us, even the Lord God Almighty; the Lord is His name of renown!
Hosea 12:6 Therefore turn to your God.  Keep love and justice, and wait continually for your God.

Hosea 12:7 A merchant has dishonest scales in his hand.  He loves to defraud.

Hosea 12:8 Ephraim said, “Surely I have become rich, I have found myself wealth.  In all my wealth they won’t find in me any iniquity that is sin.”

Hosea 12:9 “But I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt.  I will yet again make you dwell in tents, as in the days of the solemn feast.”

Hosea 12:12 Jacob fled into the country of Aram, and Israel served to get a wife, and for a wife he tended flocks and herds.


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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will not make any promises that we cannot keep.  Lord, I pray our hearts will be tender toward You (Hosea 10:12).  Lord, I pray we will always give You the credit for all our successes (Hosea 11). Lord, I pray we will seek to show justice and love in a balanced way (Hosea 12:6).  Lord, I pray we will faithfully follow You (Hosea 12:9).  Lord, I pray we will always thank those who have helped us along the way (Hosea 12:12). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I appreciate those who help us.” <>< Dona