Vs. 3, “I know all about Ephraim; Israel is not hidden from me. Ephraim, you have now turned to prostitution; Israel is corrupt.” It’s hard to see our own sins and mistakes. Hosea would have to point out the sins of Israel for turning away from God. It’s important to see that God would force them to turn back to Him. This was a heart matter. God’s people wanted Him, yet were in love with the other god’s of this world. Eventually, they turned completely from God. God would bring consequences and judgment (vs. 8-15).
Regarding application…Break Us Down. Vs. 14, “For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away; I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.” In Proverbs, we are reminded that Pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18). God would have to break down all that the people held dear to their hearts. Though He would use the Assyrians to scatter, it was for the purpose of drawing them back to the Lord. Don’t forget that missing in the verses is the heart of our Father. Israel is like a rebellious teenager who thinks they know the right way. Being broken down by God is not easy, but know His love never fails!