devotional post # 2103
Hos 4:7 The more numerous they became, the more they sinned against me; I will change their pride into shame.
Hos 4:8 They feed on the sin of my people; their soul lusts to take on their iniquity.
Hos 4:9 And it will be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their actions and repay them because their works.
Hos 4:10 They will eat, but not be satisfied; they will be promiscuous, but not multiply, because they have forsaken the task of keeping Yahveh;
Hos 4:11 prostitituion, wine, and new wine have taken away the heart.
A heart disease has infected the priests in Israel. They became numerous, prideful and sinful. Instead of hating the sins of the people, the priests became envious, and lusted after their sins. The LORD decided to punish the priests for their sin by making them decrease in number. As their heart for God reduced, so did their number.
LORD, increase us. Increase our love for you, and our desire to lead others to you.