Daily Bible Reading for August 29, 2014, with Commentary: Hosea 8-14
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Context: Today’s reading switches back and forth between prophetic (Hosea) and Divine (the Lord). Chapter 8 contains the first Divine complaint, that Israel has turned away from the Lord and seeks false security. Chapter 9 holds the first prophetic complaint (1-9), which is that Israel has deceived itself into thinking all is well because of the economic prosperity the country has been seeing. In 9:10-17, we have the second Divine complaint, that Israel has turned against the Lord and, as punishment, they will be scattered. Chapter 10’s prophetic complaint (1-8) regards idolatry and social disorder, while the Divine complaint (9-15) condemns the military arrogance held by the Israelites. The military can and will fail. Chapter 11 begins with a theme of love. The Lord loves Israel and is frustrated with them. Chapter 12 - 13:4 is prophetic: Israel had turned against the Lord, been dishonest, and rejected Him. For that, they will be judged. Chapter 13:4-16 is the final Divine complaint, along with a warning that Israel will be judged, as will any nation who has turned against the Lord. The final chapter is a call to repentance, first by the prophet (1-3), then by the Lord (4-9). It also contains a Divine promise as to what will happen if and when they repent.
World History: Hosea was writing about Israel, but that does not mean that this book is irrelevant today. The final part of this book, Israel being restored, has not yet come to fruition. Books of prophecy, such as Hosea, should also serve as a warning to us today.