Hosea 6:1-7: 16
May God Bless each of us in this changing World.
Background Passage Outline:
1. Call to Repentance (Hos. 6: 1- 3)
2. Lament Over Ephraim and .Judah (Hos. 6:4-11)
3. Ephraim's Exposed Immorality (Hos. 6:11-7:7)
4. Ephraom's Reliance on Foreign Nations (Has. 7:8-12)
5. Ephraom's Certain Judgment (Has. 7: 13-17)
Hosea addressed the Israelites as they took the kinds
of downward steps into ruin that some experienced.
Hosea 6:1-3 describes the Lord's effort to win the people
of Israel away from their sins by love and blessing.
Hosea 6:4-7:7 details the Lord's use of prophetic
condemn6tion and hardships to lead Israel to repent.
Hosea 7:6-12 describes God's seeking to persuade the
Israelites to join 1n partnership with Him rather than
with Egypt and Assyria. Hosea 7:13-16 describes how
Israel was about to fall into woe and destruction
because the people refused to respond to all He had done.
1. Hopeful Invitation (Hos. 6:1-3)
Hosea 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.
Hosea 6:2 After two days he will revive us; on the third lay he will restore us, that we may live 1n his presence.
Hosea 6:3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear ; he will come to us like the winter rains , like the spring rains that water the earth:"
These verses relate to their context , they are clearly a call for Israel to return to God and receive His blessing. The call to return to God is as valid for people today as it was in Hosea's day. God punishes people and nations today when they turn away from Him, but He is always ready to receive them when they repent. God invite sinners everywhere to come to Him through Christ no matter who they are or what they have done.
2. Shallow Response (Hos. 6:4-6)
Hosea 6:4 “What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.
Hosea 6:5 Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you.
Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice , and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
God was exasperated with the people because their worship was insincere and hypocritical. they faithfully performed the rituals of worship. they offered sacrifices and burnt offerings on the altars, but in their hearts they did not mean what those sacrifices professed to represent. Their ceremonies were a1l for show., not for true worship
3. Wrong Turn ( Hos 7:13-16)
Hosea 7:13 Woe to them .. because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against mel I tong to redeem them but they speak lies against me.
Hosea 7: 14 They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds. They gather together for grain and new wine but turn away from me.
Hosea 7: 15 I trained them and strengthened them, but they Plot evil against me
Hosea 7:16 They do not turn to the Most High ; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.
This passage begins by pronouncing woe on Israel and ends
by announcing Israel will be "ridiculed in Egypt"(7:16) when
they are defeated as punishment for their sins. It promises a day when God would do more then cut and slay Israel with words from the prophets. He would send an army to slay them with the sword .. and the nation would be utterly destroyed. God is patient and sends warning words for a long time, but the day eventually comes when the words end and judgment comes That day was on its way to Israel.
The Lord often delays the judgment we earn by our sins; but , if we continue to refuse to turn back to Him, eventually we will receive the punishment we deserve .The only way to escape forever from God’s judgment is to turn to Him in repentance and
to place our faith in his son, Jesus Christ.