Vs. 1 “Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.” Question: What is going on here? The example of Hosea’s relationship with Gomer is now coming to light with Israel. Israel is being charged by God as if they were in a court of law. The increase of sin is bringing a breakdown of morality over the land. Notice also how the LORD’s charge gets more specific and directed towards the supposed leaders of Isarel; the priests (vs. 4-14). The spiritual leaders have a huge impact. But Israel’s leaders were leading the charge towards immorality. This was a time in Israel where there was relative peace. King Jeroboam II was reigning and the priesthood was increasing. However, just like in Jesus’ day, there was corruption in the sacrificial system and priests were profiting (vs. 7-11). As the prophecies of judgment came forth by Hosea, all he saw was the continued stubborn responses of hardened hearts (vs. 16).
Regarding application…Knowing God. Vs. 6a, “…my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge…” There is much talk of the declining education system in America these days. But I would contend there is a much steeper decline in the church education system. I commend the church for we are doing a wonderful job in sharing the Gospel and bringing people to church. But it seems we stop at the point of salvation. John Mitchell, founder of Multnomah Bible College, coined his famous question, “Don’t you folks ever read your Bibles?” Just like in Hosea’s time, we are in a period where we lack the knowledge of God. We know more about Algebra, English Lit, Entertainment, sports, technology, cars, etc…than we do about the Living Word of God! Brothers & Sisters, this should not be. That is why I try to encourage each of you daily the importance of growing in your knowledge of God! Question: How can you live out a genuine faith if you are not spending time knowing God? It would be like me never spending time with my wife, but telling others I really do have one. Open your heart and let God’s word change and renew you to a deeper walk with Him!