- 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 10
Israel’s arrogance and idolatry.
Israel became arrogant herself. Verse 1 was King Jeroboam’s praise for his achievement. But he became idolater. Deceitful heart (v2) indicates how Israel’s condition. Israel worshipped idols, on the one hand, she worshipped God on the other hand. Israel increased in sin as she increased in prosperity.
“Beth Aven” (v5) means house of wickedness. The judgement of God will come upon the high places of wickedness because of the sin of Israel. Prophet Hosea compares the growth of weeds in a vineyard to the empty words of Israel’s leadership in the capital city of Samaria and the idolatrous priest who worshipped the calf in the royal sanctuary at Beth Aven.
There was, however, a chance for her to repent (v.12). The metaphor of sowing seed was a call for Israel’s righteousness. Hosea prophesized the destruction of Israel by Assyrian King Shalmaneser.
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?