Vs. 3, “But Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him.” Hosea’s reminders are not easy to read. We would much rather focus on the grace of God, but here we are reminded of the power of God. He alone is worthy of ALL of our attention. Israel had become bankrupt and their ungodly acts that we have seen in Hosea would bring destruction. They had the opportunity to turn back, but they took the freedom God had given them and chose unwisely (vs. 4). They were no longer turning to God for guidance. They thought they could have friendship with the world and still appease God by empty sacrifices (vs. 7-11).
Regarding application…Awakening. Vs. 1, “Put the trumpet to your lips! An eagle is over the house of the LORD because the people have broken my covenant and rebelled against my law.” Question: What was the trumpet for? A blast of the trumpet was meant to alert the people to wake up! The enemy (Assyrians) were coming. Israel was spiritually asleep. I read an example of a Pastor comparing this to losing something and then forgetting where you put it. The item is not technically lost. It’s like the concept, “Out of sight, out of mind.” When you don’t have God in your sights on a daily basis, you no longer have the mind of turning to God. Question: Do you hear the trumpet call? I am reminded of the Apostle Paul’s encouragement to the Colossians, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”