Hosea 13

Hosea 13 has the prophet reminding God’s people that they took the wrong path.  “He exalted himself in Israel, But through Baal he did wrong and died”.  God never blessed Israel when they worshipped Baal, but that didn’t stop them.They kept after their idolatry more and more.  And it cost them dearly.  Sin always does.  Idols are not ok.  Worshipping other gods is not ok.  God doesn’t tolerate that because it is sin – a willful choice to put something else in the place only God belongs.

When we do, there is a price to pay.  Sin always comes with judgment.  “Therefore they will be like the morning cloud and like dew which soon disappears, like chaff which is blown away from the threshing floor and like smoke from a chimney”.  God is going to deal with the sinful choices that His people have made.  He never gives up on us, that’s the good news.  “Yet I have been the Lord your God since the land of Egypt; And you were not to know any god except Me, For there is no Savior besides Me”.

 God is always looking for a way to restore us to Himself.  We are all guilty of sin – maybe not idols and false gods like these folks were – right?  Or maybe, if we take a look, we are a whole like like them.  We sometimes sit back in our chair and wonder how God’s people could be so stupid and make the bad choices they did.  After all, He led them safely from Egypt and took care of them miraculously for 40 years.  God never left them.  But they fall prey to themselves, and we’re just like them.  “And being satisfied, their heart became proud; therefore they forgot Me”.

That’s our problem.  We get prideful and self-sufficient and decide we don’t need God any more.  We push Him off the throne and make ourselves god of our own life.  It’s a plan doomed to take us where we don’t want to end up.  Remember that God’s people asked for a king – “I gave you a king” – God game them what they wanted and it went awry.  Why?  Because these kings were human and pride got in the way.  Power corrupts, and absolute power really corrupts.  It leads all of us to sin, and God doesn’t forget.  “His sin is stored up”. We have to address our sin.  It’s written on the book.  It’s only through the shed blood of Christ – the grace of a loving God who sets us free when we receive His gift – that we can overcome that sin and spend eternity with the Father.

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