- 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 12
Prophet Hosea again describes the sin of Ephraim (Northern kingdom of Israel), rehearing the history of their ancestors, Jacob and exodus, pointing out their sins of cheating and rebellion, so that he calls for their repentance to return to God. Gilead is the site where the Israelite Jacob made a treaty with the Aramaean Laban by piling a heap of stones to define their border (Genesis 31:44-46). Gilgal is the site where Joshua encamped upon entering the land of Israel. (Joshua 3-5)
Israel’s crime was its alliance with Assyrian, which enabled trade with Egypt. God will punish Israel by dwelling in tents as in the wilderness during the exodus.
Although God led Israel by the prophets, she turned to Baal and died. Yet the Lord God is the savior, and if Israel will acknowledge him, she will restore her to abundant life, because God loves Israel. Israel should hold fast to God’s love and justice, as Jacob strove with the angel at the Jabbok River.
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?