[Only a small portion of the writings of the Prophets we read in our Bibles have to do with foretelling the future. Alas, the future Hosea sees is a bleak and foreboding one Most of the words handed down by the prophets have to do with God’s complaints against God’s people. This passage speaks both of God’s tenderness and God’s disappointment in God’s people. These are remarkable words, think about and share.]
When Israel was a child I loved him,
out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I called them,
the farther they went from me,
Sacrificing to the Baals
and burning incense to idols.
Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
who took them in my arms;
but they did not know that I cared for them.
I drew them with human cords,
with bands of love;
I fostered them like those
who raise an infant to their cheeks;
I bent down to feed them.
How could I give you up, Ephraim,
or deliver you up, Israel?
… My heart is overwhelmed,
my pity is stirred.
I will not give vent to my blazing anger,
I will not destroy Ephraim again;
For I am God and not a man,
the Holy One present among you;
I will not come in wrath.
(Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9)
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