August 19, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Hosea 1-7
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Commentary: Hosea is a book filled with symbolism, like many books of prophecy. Even Hosea’s marriage is symbolic of the Lord’s relationship with Israel. Hosea is instructed to marry a harlot, a whore, a hooker, whose mother was also a harlot! She represents Israel and its relationship to the Lord. Israel was a spiritual harlot, as the repeatedly rejected the Lord, instead worshiping pagan, man-made gods. This relationship is shown throughout the first three chapters. Chapter 4 identifies three groups who have sinned. The remainder of chapter 4 and the entirety of chapter 5 issues three warnings for Israel and Judah. Chapters 6 and 7 laments the stubbornness of the nation to repent.
Focus Verses: 6:11b-7:7 God recounts the sins of Israel who has turned away from Him. Are there any of these sins present in your life? What changes do you need to make in your life?