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Read Hosea 8

Israel to Reap the Whirlwind

“Put the trumpet to your lips!
    An eagle is over the house of the Lord
because the people have broken my covenant
    and rebelled against my law.
Israel cries out to me,
    ‘Our God, we acknowledge you!’
But Israel has rejected what is good;
    an enemy will pursue him.
They set up kings without my consent;
    they choose princes without my approval.
With their silver and gold
    they make idols for themselves
    to their own destruction.
Samaria, throw out your calf-idol!
    My anger burns against them.
How long will they be incapable of purity?
    They are from Israel!
This calf—a metalworker has made it;
    it is not God.
It will be broken in pieces,
    that calf of Samaria.

“They sow the wind
    and reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no head;
    it will produce no flour.
Were it to yield grain,
    foreigners would swallow it up.
Israel is swallowed up;
    now she is among the nations
    like something no one wants.
For they have gone up to Assyria
    like a wild donkey wandering alone.
    Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.
10 Although they have sold themselves among the nations,
    I will now gather them together.
They will begin to waste away
    under the oppression of the mighty king.

11 “Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings,
    these have become altars for sinning.
12 I wrote for them the many things of my law,
    but they regarded them as something foreign.
13 Though they offer sacrifices as gifts to me,
    and though they eat the meat,
    the Lord is not pleased with them.
Now he will remember their wickedness
    and punish their sins:
    They will return to Egypt.
14 Israel has forgotten their Maker
    and built palaces;
    Judah has fortified many towns.
But I will send fire on their cities
    that will consume their fortresses.”

Go Deeper

In our study of the book of Hosea, the Hebrew word “Yada,” meaning “acknowledge” has appeared several times. It’s used in the context of Israel acknowledging God. The meaning of “Yada” goes beyond simply knowing about someone. It implies a deep knowledge, one that defines an intimate relationship. Israel claims to “yada” God, but their actions do not match in the slightest. In today’s reading, Hosea continues to lay out how Israel has willfully and continually fallen short. 

In chapter 8, Hosea continues to call out Israel’s hypocrisy. Even though they say with their mouths that they “yada” God, their actions don’t follow suit. What Israel does betrays the condition of their hearts. They lack the sincere desire to completely abandon their sins and follow God. While Israel appears to be making strides economically and politically, their spiritual condition is actually deteriorating. Her people are involved in idol worship. She seeks alliances with pagan nations, but they no longer desire her (v.8 she is among the nations like something no one wants).

God takes hypocrisy very seriously and is not pleased with his people. Judgment is near. God is about to chasten Israel with the very things that His people have pursued for their own fulfillment. Soon, everything that God’s chosen people have exalted above their Lord will viciously turn on them (v.9 Ephraim has sold herself..). Their allies and political role models will become their conquerors. Israel will be transformed into a seemingly forsaken land, a people without a home. 

Even for all of Israel’s shortcomings and failures, God’s rescuing hand still reaches out. Despite their rebellion, before time began a restoration plan had already been put in motion. Psalms reminds us that the Lord chastens those he loves.  Like all of us,  Israel is never too far gone.   In His infinite grace, God gives His people a wakeup call to bring their focus back to Him. Today, take time to thank God for His grace and love that abounds.


  1. Do we truly know God, or do our actions reveal that our hearts do not know Him?  
  2. Are the external parts of our life all in order, while our spiritual life is in disarray?
  3. What does it look like to truly know and desire God?

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2 thoughts on “Hosea 8”

  1. Ella Snodgrass

    Hosea issues a strong warning for ignoring and trampling on God’s laws. The people were caught up in rituals that never moved their hearts toward repentance and true devotion. God saw their casual acts as meaningless. We’ve all been there. It’s easy to go through the motions and forget our Maker.
    Father, forgive us, as we prioritize You above all else. Reveal idols and empower us to deal with them every time they rear their ugly head. You are infinitely worth more than anything this world could offer. We choose You again and again.

  2. We have freedom of choice as Israel did. They had “yada” deep knowledge but choose idols and their ways over God’s. We do it hourly. We have even more opportunities due to Holy Spirit in us(if you are a born again believer) He will help in need . Ephesians 3:16 May he grant you out of the rich treasure of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit.
    God thank you for your Holy Spirit and that we be still long enough every minute to hear Your directions. Even though we have messed up, You are willing to help us in our times of need. We may have some consequences of disobedience but God thank you for holding our hands as we navigate through in Jesus name amen

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