Read 173.) Hosea 10:1 thru 14:9. With these last 5 chapters of Hosea, we get a full picture of Israel’s failure, God’s judgment, and, more importantly, His plan for the redemption and restoration of His chosen people. From chapter 10, we are specifically told who it is that will carry Israel away into exile for the first time. Amos, contemporary with Hosea, had already proclaimed that Israel would be taken into exile beyond Damascus, in 5:27 of his book. If, Amos told them where, Hosea, here, tells them by whom in verse 10; Assyria! The reason is her continuous idolatry; the taking up of false gods, who are no gods at all, and utterly forsaking the Lord, as if He did not exist. And, as in Amos, and before in Hosea; her cure is as simple as the words of that famous call to repentance in verse 12, “…seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you.”
Chapter 11 opens with God’s own lament for what He is about to do to His beloved Israel in verses 1 thru 4, but then states that Assyria will rule over them because they would not repent. The chapter, however closes, beginning at verse 8, with a further lamentation by God, and tells us of the opening of the Millennium, and of the time when Israel will return unto the Lord, and He will restore them back into their Promised Land forever!
We go back to Israel, and her many offenses against God, with 11:12, and chapter 12. Verse 6, again makes clear… If only she would repent, and amend her ways! Note how He reminds Israel, by way of reviewing her history of His dealings with them, that it is true history of actual events, and not mere fantasies and stories, in verses 2 thru 5, and again in verse 12 and 13, when He refers to Jacob and to Moses.
Then, with chapter 13, we read what? They offer HUMAN SACRIFICE! Is it any wonder at just how provoked the Lord is? More history is recounted with verses 5 and 6; these things unbelievers say have never happened. Note verses 10 and 11… God told Moses, Israel would ask for a king in Deuteronomy 17. Israel did, during the time of Samuel about 400 years later, in I Samuel chapters 8 thru 10… here, God tells us how He really felt about that, some 300 years after the event! Yet, with verse 14, is a glimmer of hope, of which we’re about to see more…
Hosea ends with chapter 14. It opens with a call to repentance, but verses 4 thru 8 are a promise, filled with hope! This is Israel’s great hope of the Millennium, when Christ returns for them. He will redeem them, and make them whole once again, and forever! The very last verse is for us all. The wise and discerning will learn of the ways of the Lord, and walk in them. But, they will be the destruction of all who rebel against Him! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell