devotional post # 2105
Hos 4:15 Though you be unfaithful, O Israel, let not Judah become guilty. Enter not into Gilgal, nor go up to Beth-aven, and do not vow, “As Yahveh lives.”
Hos 4:16 Like a stubborn cow, Israel is stubborn; can Yahveh now keep feeding them like a lamb in a broad pasture?
Hos 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone.
Hos 4:18 When their drink is gone, they give themselves to prostitution; their rulers dearly love shame.
Hos 4:19 A wind has enveloped them in its wings, and they will be ashamed because of their sacrifices.
I grew up in North Florida, and I have seen a number of tornadoes. The winds envelop their victims and take them away. Whether it’s a cow or a house, there is nothing you can do.
Hosea describes Israel’s wickedness as a wind that has enveloped it; they will be taken away by it. He tells them not to pretend that they still worship Yahveh. They are under Yahveh’s judgment, and they will experience the shame of his condemnation. There is nothing Judah can do about that but avoid the condemnation by avoiding the sin.
LORD, give us the wisdom to leave the stubborn cows alone, to seek those who are still seeking you.