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Nov. 1, 2006
Here once again we find God reluctantly pronouncing judgment on his people. God pleads with Israel to repent, but they will not.
"Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap stedfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you." (10:12)
Israel was satisfied with things as they were, and they were misguided in their affections.
"Israel is a luxuriant vine that yields its fruit. The more his fruit increased, the more altars he built; as his country improved, he improved his pillars." (10:1, ESV)
Israel was blessed by God, but the Jews figured that their material wealth was because of their own work or because of their false gods. It's easy for us to look down on the Jews because of their blatant disobedience, and their waste of so many blessings. But we do the same thing. God gives us so much, and we just figure it worked out that way because we are such good people. The only time we think about God is when we gripe at Him because something in our life is bad.
I have gotten so much out of the book of Hosea. It's amazing how fresh God's Word always is.