Our journey through Hosea continues today with the fourth chapter.
“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. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.’” – Hosea 4:1-2
So the Israelites are about to be punished by God for doing the same things that God did? God murdered. God committed adultery. God steals lands from people. God does all of this, but the Israelites are being punished. God needs to punish himself.
“Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away;” – Hosea 4:3
More children and babies killed.
“So I will destroy your mother-my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” – Hosea 4:5-6
The people are destroyed by the lack of knowledge. Knowledge that God time and time again tells people to avoid. Sigh.
“because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.” – Hosea 4:6
More children and babies punished.
“The Israelites are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer.” – Hosea 4:16
God, the most stubborn of all, is complaining because the people are stubborn. ROFL!
Well, what to say about this chapter? For starters, God is pissy. Because he’s pissy he’s punishing everyone, resulting in more pain, suffering, and death of the people, including children and babies. Let me be simple. God is a murderer.
Coming Soon: Hosea – Chapter 5: Judgment Against Israel