Week 7, Friday: Judah will not escape
The people of Judah, the Southern Kingdom, will also come under the Lord’s displeasure. Judah should learn from her ancestor to seek the Lord and thus to prevail with Him, but they will not.
Read Hosea 12
Meditate on Hosea 12.1-6
1. In verse 1 God summarizes His charge against Israel (Ephraim). How would you explain the two references to the wind? What does it mean to feed on and pursue the wind?
2. Israel’s “covenant” with Assyria led to her being taken captive by the Assyrians. What did this entail? Why do you suppose this happened? As believers, are we in danger of making covenants with the surrounding world? What would that look like?
3. Judah also is in the sights of God’s judgment. God recalls Israel’s past as a “struggler” who sought the Lord with tears (vv. 2-4). Why does God move Hosea to recall this for Judah?
4. How can God’s wayward people return to Him (vv. 4-6)? What would that look like in our day?
5. Meditate on Psalm 27. What’s involved in waiting on the Lord?
The prophet issues a warning to Judah and calls the nation to repent and seek the Lord. They will not, of course; however, these words, spoken before God’s judgment fell, would still be available to guide the people of Judah back to the Lord of hosts. This is an important function of the prophetic literature. It served the people to whom it was originally addressed, and it continues to serve us today.
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When God brings back the captivity of His people,
Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.
T. M. Moore
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