Hosea 11: 1-11
Background Passage Outline
1. God’s Early love for Israel (Hos. 11: 1-4)
2. Israel’s Deserved Punishment (Hos. 11 :5- 7)
3. God’s Relentless Love ( Hos. 11 :6-9)
4. Israel’s Ultimate Response (Hos. 11:10-11)
Though Hosea did not call for people to hear at the beginning of , chapter l1 , the change of subject matter and the direct refernce to Israel by name seems to
indiecate that verse 1 begins a new message that extends through verse 1 the sermon describes how the Lord saw Israel as a rebellious son and dealt with him with persistent love.
1. Early love (Hos. 11: i ~’4)
Hosea 11:1 “When Israel was a child, 1 loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
Hosea 11:2 But the more I called Israel, the further they ‘went from me, They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images.
Hosea 11:3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them y the arms.: but they Old not realize it was I who healed them.
Hosea 11:4 I led them with cords of human kindness , with ties of love ; I lifted the yoke from the1r neck and bent down to feed them.
The lord’s love for Israel does not exceed His love for others.
He gives personal attention and concern to every nation and
Every person . God did not choose Israel because He love it alone but so the nation could tell the how He loves everyone. Israel failed to carry the message .. but God still loves all nations with the same love. How sad that all nations , including out own, have rebelled against God’s tender care instead of yielding to 1t.
2. Undeserved love (Hos. 11 :5-7)
Hosea 11:5 Will they not. return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent?
Hosea 11:6 Swords will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars of their gates and put an end to their plans.
Hosea 11 :7 My people are determined to turn from me. Even if they call to the Most High , he will by no means exalt them.
The reason the Lord gave for sending the Israelite into Assyrian captivity was they consistently refused to repent of their unfaithfulness , even after many warning would the lord and from his prophets. God’s sending them into exile would not be a sudden act of anger. It would be a deliberate decision made only after every other effort to get Israel to repent had failed.
3. Over Whelming Love (Hos . 11:8-9)
Hosea 11:8 “How can! give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah ? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me ; all my compassion is aroused.
Hosea 11:9 I will not carry out my fierce anger nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God , and not man – the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.
Though He would send the nation into C8ptiVity~ He would not turn or change His mind about not destroying all the people. In justice He was obligated to punish them. in love He was determined eventually to save some.
4. Triumphant Love (Hos. 11: 1 0-11)
Hosea 11: 1 0 They will follow the LORD,; he will roar like a lion. When he roars , his children will come trembling from the west.
Hosea 11:11 They win come trembling like birds from Egypt like doves from Assyria. I will settle them in their homes,” declares the LORD .
The people also will come from Egypt to the South and from Assyria to the north and the east. Together these locations covered all points of the compass. The meaning is they will be gathered from wherever they have moved or been driven. This gathering seems to indicate it will be their ultimate gathering from everywhere at the end time, not merely to their return from captivity.
The only question this passage does not answer is whether
an Israelites by birth will be geathered or only the Israelites who believe. The Bible declares that only , those who . share the faith of Abraham are the true sons of Abraham(Ga1.3:7).