- 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 7
Hosea describes the sin of Israel, political and social sin. Kings and people are driven to commit to sin. The worst sin, however, is that they do not realize their sins. Hosea’s prophetic message is that blessed are only those who know their sin and the meaning of divine discipline, and return to God.
Ephraim is another name of Juda. Israel, Ephraim and Samaria will be punished because their sin and wickedness. Ephraim is like a half-baked cake, which express their adultery, devoured by foreign powers.
God promises to trap them, ignore their cries for help, and punish them for plotting against their Creator by committing adultery which is worshipping Baal. Because they turn to Baal the Israelites shall bear the consequences.
Hosea’s prophetic oracle indicates what the Israelites should respond, “Turn to the Most High,” who is God. (V.16)
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?