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  Day 6 : Book of Hosea [ Hosea 11-12 ]  
 
 

Godís Love For Israel (Hos.11:1-11)

After a series of discipline messages (Hos.4-10), God reminds them of his love for them. V.1-4 tell of Israelís past. God compares Himself to a father who has called and trained a son; but the son has turned out to be unresponsive and ungrateful. God also reminds them that they became His son by adoption and not by birth.

Similarly in Christ, we are adopted as Godís sons and daughters. Like the prodigal son we were saved by Godís grace and compassion. Without the mercy of God we would surely perish.

We see the full emotions of God as a father not willing to give up his child.

God is a God of justice but he also is a God of love. Sin must be punished, but God is filled with compassion. It is at the cross that the love of God and the justice of God can be satisfied.

Israelís Sin (Hos.12:1-14)

This chapter starts off by Godís charge against Judah(v.2). Judah is not as far along the slippery path of decline as Israel. Nevertheless she is on that path. And if she doesnít repent, her doom will be as certain as the doom of Israel.

So much for Judah, what about Israel (Ephraim)?. She is dishonest, rich and arrogantly confident that no one will ever be able to prove her guilty of any sin (v.7-8). She will be driven from Godís land.

  • This happened in spite of Godís gracious dealings with His people. God had revealed Himself to them through prophets(v.10).
  • He delivered them(v.9).
  • And he cared for them (v.13) but they rebelled.

Are we taking the grace of God for granted in our lives? Are we on the path of spiritual decline or are we getting renewed day by day?

Application :
List out some areas in your life when you felt the love of God in spite of your short comings.

Romans 3:22-24
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus