For the summer months, we are reading the minor prophets, starting with Hosea. Our 3-week Hosea reading plan reveals the character of God and comes from the She Reads Truth blog. Click HERE to go to the website for the reading plan and a devotion to go with each reading. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
God’s Case Against Israel – Hosea 4:1-19
The Charge Against Israel
4 Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
because the Lord has a charge to bring
against you who live in the land:
“There is no faithfulness, no love,
no acknowledgment of God in the land.
2 There is only cursing, lying and murder,
stealing and adultery;
they break all bounds,
and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 Because of this the land dries up,
and all who live in it waste away;
the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky
and the fish in the sea are swept away.
4 “But let no one bring a charge,
let no one accuse another,
for your people are like those
who bring charges against a priest.
5 You stumble day and night,
and the prophets stumble with you.
So I will destroy your mother—
6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
“Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the law of your God,
I also will ignore your children.
7 The more priests there were,
the more they sinned against me;
they exchanged their glorious God for something disgraceful.
8 They feed on the sins of my people
and relish their wickedness.
9 And it will be: Like people, like priests.
I will punish both of them for their ways
and repay them for their deeds.
10 “They will eat but not have enough;
they will engage in prostitution but not flourish,
because they have deserted the Lord
to give themselves 11 to prostitution;
old wine and new wine
take away their understanding.
12 My people consult a wooden idol,
and a diviner’s rod speaks to them.
A spirit of prostitution leads them astray;
they are unfaithful to their God.
13 They sacrifice on the mountaintops
and burn offerings on the hills,
under oak, poplar and terebinth,
where the shade is pleasant.
Therefore your daughters turn to prostitution
and your daughters-in-law to adultery.
14 “I will not punish your daughters
when they turn to prostitution,
nor your daughters-in-law
when they commit adultery,
because the men themselves consort with harlots
and sacrifice with shrine prostitutes—
a people without understanding will come to ruin!
15 “Though you, Israel, commit adultery,
do not let Judah become guilty.
“Do not go to Gilgal;
do not go up to Beth Aven.
And do not swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives!’
16 The Israelites are stubborn,
like a stubborn heifer.
How then can the Lord pasture them
like lambs in a meadow?
17 Ephraim is joined to idols;
leave him alone!
18 Even when their drinks are gone,
they continue their prostitution;
their rulers dearly love shameful ways.
19 A whirlwind will sweep them away,
and their sacrifices will bring them shame.
Extra Reading: Proverbs 19:2, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
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The Israelites have lost their way. They’re cheating on God with other gods. They’ve forgotten who they are, whose they are. So we start the chapter with a call to “hear the word of the Lord.” If they would just stop what they’re doing and listen to Him, their eyes would be opened to their sinful ways, which would lead to repentance and restoration.
Having been a Christian my whole life, it’s easy to coast. To rely on my knowledge of God to get me through the day rather than actually turning to Him for guidance. I have His Word with me wherever I go, but how often do I actually consult it? And when I get caught up in the busyness and forget to listen, I’m more prone to stray. So I need to make time to hear the word of the Lord each and every day, so I never forget who I am or whose I am!
Father, You are the Wonderful Counselor. I know You have the right answer for every circumstance I encounter. I’m sorry for constantly choosing not to listen. Thank You for giving me Your Word and keeping me on the right track. I love You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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