devotional post # 2101
Hos 4:1 Hear the word of Yahveh, O sons of Israel, because Yahveh has an argument with the inhabitants of the land. There is no truth or covenant loyalty, and no knowledge of God in the land;
Hos 4:2 but there is cursing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all limits, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Hos 4:3 For this reason the land is drying out, and all who live in it are wasting away to nothing, and also the wild animals and the birds of the sky, and even the fish of the sea are being taken away.
a land drying out
Drought slowly transforms a land, taking away all its life. Hosea tells the people of the northern kingdom that they are in a spiritual drought, caused directly by the people’s refusal to abide by the limits of God’s commandments. Obedience to the Mosaic covenant was intended to fill the land with truth, covenant loyalty and knowledge of God. Rejection of those commands, and insisting on breaking all his limits has caused the land to dry out. It will result in physical devastation of the land as well.
LORD, restore our lands to the vitality that comes from obedience to your word.