- 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 13
The Lord’s anger against Israel.
Prophet Hosea speaks of God’s wrath against Ephraim(Israel). The first half, verses1-8, describes her rebellion against God, and the second half describes the consequences of her fall out of her rebellion.
The greater the blessing of God was for Ephraim, the wrath of God was severe when Israel was rebelled against God. It is like a shepherd who took care of the sheep turned to wild animal against the sheep, which is a symbol of God’s blessing and mercy turned to God’s judgement.
Through the sin of idolatry Israel died. Because the people of Israel forgot their savior, the Lord will rend and destroy the Israelites (v.9), and neither their kings nor princesses will save them. (v.10). The Lord will not redeem his rebellious people from death.
This prophecy of the wrath of God calls for repentance.
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?