Hosea 7:10 (HCSB)
10 Israel’s arrogance testifies against them, yet they do not return to Yahweh their God, and for all this, they do not seek Him.
This pericope continues the thoughts of the previous for the most part, but instead of being more of a lament of God, it is an outline of His peoples corruption. The overall theme is obviously the turning of Israel from God, to corruption and sin. There are some odd references, at least to me, through this passage, but nothing clouds the overall feel and point.
Just within this pericope there are three sort of “sections”.
- The first, Hosea 7:3-7, talks about the royalty, and the peoples interaction with them. We see two opposites at work: the people pleasing the king and the princes with sin, and the princes, likened to drunkards (Hosea 7:5), “conspire with traitors”. As the rulers are “consumed”, presumably by the anger of the people, God notes that not one of these rulers calls upon Him.
- The second, Hosea 7:8-10, has God telling of Israel’s turn to other nations and its impact. Ephraim is singled out here, and is likened to bread being consumed by foreigners, sapping it of its strength. Likewise, it seems that the reference to the gray streaked hair is symbolic of a waning of strength. In summary, the arrogance of God’s people, their turning to men, pagan men, these other nations, has replaced their seeking of, and calling upon, God.
- The third, Hosea 7:11-12, rather than outlining the sin of God’s people, tells us what God’s reaction will be: discipline of His people. And although we might want to focus on what might be considered the negative aspect of discipline, we ought to recognize God’s mercy and gracious intervention here: God is saving His people from certain destruction by capturing them on their way to it, and disciplining them in hopes that they might return. This is not a mean and angry God, this is a loving, gracious, and saving God.
Lord, thank You for saving us from ourselves, for drawing us back, correcting us, when we run away from You into sin. I pray that You will always do so, and that we might have changed hearts that will seek You rather than the trapping of the world. Amen.