Hosea 8 continues the chasm between God and His people. “They have transgressed My covenant And rebelled against My law”. The people are oblivious as they continue to cry out to God. They are fooling themselves. They say “My God, we of Israel know You”! when in fact they have not relationship or clue. They’ve rebelled and become idolaters who are not sincere in their words. They didn’t really know God.It will be the same way for many church-goers today. They think they know God because of their time in the pew, but that won’t cut it when judgment day comes.
Hosea paints a picture of what’s really happening as they go down their path of sin. “For they sow the wind and they reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; It yields no grain”. It seems to Israel that the judgement they receive is worse than the sin they committed. This isn’t true in the sense of God being worse to us than our sin deserves, but it is true in how judgment feels. This is usually because our sin is sown over a long period of time, but often reaped in a very intense period of judgment. Sin always carries a price.
God is always in the restoration business. “Now I will gather them up; and they will begin to diminish”. But restoration doesn’t happen if sin is not dealt with. In that case, God will deal with it. It won’t be ignored. God gives us many chances to get things write. He has given us the written word just like He did for His children Israel. “I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law, They are regarded as a strange thing”. Most people treat the Bible very politely . . . When they get home, they lay it nicely on the bookshelf until next Sunday morning; then it comes out again for a little bit of a treat and goes along to church….maybe.
The hard truth is that when anyone, including God’s very own children, forget their maker, there is no place to hide. “The Lord has taken no delight in them. Now He will remember their iniquity, and punish them for their sins”. There’s no escape from the penalty of sin. It won’t be ignored or overlooked. We can sit here and wonder how God’s people could be so stupid as to fall into idolatry and let sin ruin their walk with God. But the must look in the mirror and be sure we haven’t made something an idol in our life. Anything that turns our heart from God is an idol. It can be most anything that we don’t keep off the throne and in it’s rightful place. God alone can sit on the throne of our life!