Hosea (“salvation”) was a prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel (often named Ephraim after its largest tribe; 5:3-13) in the days of its last six kings. Hosea’s lengthy time of service (from about 755 B.C. to about 710 B.C.) made him a contemporary of Isaiah and Micah and a younger contemporary of Amos, who also prophesied to the northern kingdom.
Hosea’s personal affliction (1-3) illustrates Israel’s coming national catastrophe (4-14). After bearing him three children, Gomer abandons Hosea and becomes an adulteress. When she is reduced to slavery, Hosea publicly redeems her and restores her. In the same way, Israel has committed spiritual adultery through corruption, injustice, and willful idolatry, and she resolutely refuses to repent (4-7).
READING of HOSEA 4
Lord, I ask that I will not succumb to pride by taking Your gifts and benefits for granted. When I sin against You, give me a humble willingness to repent and yield the control of my life to You.
Meditation passage for today: verses 1, 6, 10
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