Hosea 7 … Consider What He Calls Us to Consider

“And they do not consider in their hearts
That I remember all their wickedness.
Now their deeds are all around them;
They are before My face,”
(7:2).

God continues to address the harlotry of His people as He continues His judgments expressed at the close of chapter 6 (chapter and verse numbers are enormously helpful, but they were added by later editors and not inspired).

“In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing;
Ephraim’s harlotry is there, Israel has defiled itself.
11 Also, O Judah, there is a harvest appointed for you,
When I restore the fortunes of My people,”
(Hosea 6:10-11).

And God’s heart once again breaks through; for What He Desired was to heal His people, but when He would, their sin was so pervasive it was as though it crowded out His Desire, leaving no room for His healing.

When I would heal Israel,
The iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered,
And the evil deeds of Samaria,
For they deal falsely;
The thief enters in,
Bandits raid outside,
(7:1).

So steeped in their wickedness and pride, they forgot everything He had Called them to. For the truth is, pride blinds us to What He Desires. And today as we hear Him testify against His people, we will come face to face with the reality of sin and the ravaging desolation brought on a people who had turned themselves over to the deception of harlotry. And if we will but tune our hearts to learn from His Loving Chastisement, we will be able to grasp What He Calls Us to Consider.

Consider What He Calls Us to Consider

  • He Calls us to Consider What He Sees… our hearts and our deeds.
    • “And they do not consider in their hearts
      That I remember all their wickedness.
      Now their deeds are all around them;
      They are before My face,”
      (7:2).
  • He Calls us to Consider What He Requires… call on Him in faith.
    • “All of them are hot like an oven,
      And they consume their rulers;
      All their kings have fallen.
      None of them calls on Me,”
      (7:7).
  • He Calls us to Consider What He Offers… return to Him in humility.
    • “Though the pride of Israel testifies against him,
      Yet they have not returned to the Lord their God,
      Nor have they sought Him, despite all this,”
      (7:10).
  • He Calls us to Consider What He Finds Acceptable… turn upward in repentance.
    • “They turn, but not upward,
      They are like a deceitful bow;
      Their princes will fall by the sword
      Because of the insolence of their tongue.
      This will be their derision in the land of Egypt,”
      (7:16).

How do we respond to What He Calls Us to Consider?

I couldn’t help but think about how this book all began. “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry,” (Hosea 1:2); and a bittersweet tenderness washed over me. For today’s recounting of the illicit betrayal against Holy God, is also a narrative of the Perfect, Loving Husband, renounced and rejected. It is heartbreaking to think about, God, the Perfect Husband, grief stricken over one so seemingly undeserving.

But the truth is, we are all that one; that one so undeserving and yet so very loved. Oh, that we would never cause Him grief, but that we would be deliberate to Consider What He Sees, Requires, Offers, and Finds Acceptable.

For it is His Heart of Love for us that Calls Us to Consider His provision to be made pure of heart is that we must call on Him in faith. And when we go astray, as we all do, it is His Heart of Compassion that Calls us to Consider His way of return is in humble repentance. What a Loving, Compassionate and Merciful God He Is. How Gracious He Is to us who are so very undeserving!

Oh, that we would give our lives to pursue What He Considers for us rather than our own passions and desires, that we might become His passionate and willing vessel to share the gospel of His grace with a world that is lost and in desperate need of considering What He Calls Us to Consider.

But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God, (Acts 20:24).

Let’s Grow Together!

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