September 20
Read Hosea 7 - 14
In Today's Reading:
Israel's sin rebuked and captivity foretold; Israel's immediate ruin but ultimate blessing
The northern kingdom of Israel did not return to the LORD their God, nor seek Him. . . . Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria (Hosea 7:10-11) for national security rather than trust the Lord according to His Word.
Israel's leaders had gone up to Assyria. . . . Israel has forgotten his Maker. . . . They have deeply corrupted themselves. . . . their glory shall fly away like a bird. . . . they shall be wanderers among the nations (8:9,14; 9:9, 11,17). The Lord gave a heartrending plea for Israel to return to Him before they were destroyed: It is time to seek the LORD (10:12). Feel God's heartbreak as He says: I drew them with . . . bands of love (11:4). He lovingly pleaded: O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity (sin) (14:1).
Israel had foolishly put its trust in heathen nations and false gods (5:13; 7:11; 8:9-10) and in its own ability to manipulate peace and security (12:8) rather than in the One who is the only true source of security. Still, we see the willingness of the Lord to show mercy, as He always does to any repentant sinner, when He said: I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely (14:4). The final words of the prophet Hosea before the Israelites were conquered and carried away by the Assyrians are a reminder to all of us: The ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein (14:9).
When we repent, turn from our sins, receive Jesus as our Savior, and let the indwelling Holy Spirit control our lives, we are freed from the power of Satan, sin, and spiritual death. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do (practice) not the truth. . . . these things write I to you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate (Defender, Defense Attorney) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation (appeasement, legal satisfaction) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 1:6; 2:1-2).
Christ Revealed:
In the son who was called out of Egypt (Hosea 11:1). This prophecy is twofold: one is a historical reference pertaining to Israel (Ex. 4:22-23); and the other is prophetic, looking to the sojourn of Christ as a child in Egypt (Matt. 2:14-15).
Word Studies:
9:1 have gone a whoring = were unfaithful; cornfloor = threshing floor; 10:5 calves = golden calf idols; 10:11 to ride = to put in harness; 11:12 ruleth with God = is faithful to God.
Prayer Needs:
Pray for BP Staff: Benjamin Wallace · Country: Slovakia (5 million) central Europe · Major languages: Slovak and Hungarian · Religious freedom · 60% Roman Catholic; 8% Protestant; 4% Orthodox

Prayer Suggestion: Humble yourself before the Lord (I Peter 5:5-6).
Memory Verse for the Week: Romans 14:9