Week 7, Sunday: Israel left to her guilt
God is only allowing Israel to experience the wages of her sinful choices. Having turned from the promises of God and His prophets, she must bear the consequences of her rebellion.
Read Hosea 12
Meditate on Hosea 12.11-14
1. All idols are “vanity.” What does that mean? How should knowing this counsel us?
2. Verse 12 is very strange. It refers to Jacob’s sojourn among his mother’s relatives, where he was able to secure Rachel as his wife (Genesis 29-31). Why do you suppose this reference is inserted here? Does it have anything to do with faithfulness, either God’s or His people’s? Or with God’s promises?
3. Verse 13 seems to speak to the authority of prophets – how God uses them. What purpose does this verse seem to have?
4. Verse 14 again reminds the people of Israel that what is coming upon them is of their own choosing. Were they trusting and obedient, like Jacob? Did they heed the prophet and experience God’s good work through him? What did they do instead?
5. We might be tempted to find Hosea’s preaching of the same message over and over a little tiresome. Why would it not be a good idea to do that? What should we do instead?
Israel had forgotten her history and heritage. She had also forgotten her God. But God had not forgotten her, and now Israel would have to bear the judgment of God for the vain and unwise decisions she had made.
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.
Why should the Gentiles say,
“So where is their God?”
But our God is in heaven;
He does whatever He pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear;
Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle;
Feet they have, but they do not walk;
Nor do they mutter through their throat.
Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them.
O Israel, trust in the LORD;
He is their help and their shield.
T. M. Moore
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