This post is part of a reflective Lenten series, originally published as Facebook posts on my personal account.
Lenten practice, day #29.
Reference: Hosea 7:1-16
These chapters of Hosea that we are currently immersed in can get a little dry because for the most part, they are all saying the same thing over and over again. Israel has done wrong and won’t repent, God’s ticked and sad, God will reprimand Israel, she will be sincerely sorry (eventually) and it will all be good again when she realizes how important God is.
Really, these chapters just delve deeper and deeper into the same topic, getting more and more prophetic as they go.
So, to be frank, I don’t find much in this chapter that sparks my interest. I’m completely open to hearing what has sparked yours, though.
The only thing I can squeeze out of this chapter is my initial confusion at the section entitled “Failure of the Monarchy” (verses 3-7) strictly cause I didn’t get the imagry. I reread it and it made more sense. I’ll clarify for any of you who were confused as well: Hosea’s point is that there is an anger, a fire in the hearts of the people in the kingdoms, and it’s simply sitting there, not being stirred because the dough of violence is rising over the constant heat of anger. Once the bread is ready, the fire will again be stoked and the king will see the anger that has sat in his people for so long. This is really one of the things God wants Israel will bite them in the butt if they don’t repent sooner rather than later.
But even that I didn’t find too interesting. I suppose my reflection for today is that sometimes reflections are just dry. And that’s okay. (Although it does make me feel a little lazy.)