- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Hosea 4
The Charge against Israel.
The relationship between Hosea and his wife Gomel, and their two children is described from chapter 1-3, to explain the relationship between God and Israel.
Beginning chapter 4, the rest of chapters are prophetic voices of Hosea. The themes are elaborated in a series of discourses written after the death of Jeroboam II, the king of Israel. The theme is “because of her constant rebellion, the judgement of the Lord is upon Israel. Yet, she will eventually be restored.”
The charge against Israel is ignoring God. “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (v.6). The Lord has a controversy with his people because they love neither him nor their fellow Israelites. Faithfulness, kindness, and knowledge of God are major theological terms in the book of Hosea.
The first charge is against priests and prophets, for having rejected the knowledge and teaching of God, they have destroyed God’s people. As the result of it, sin has infected them all, priests and people alike.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?