devotional post # 2112
Hos 6:8 Gilead is a city of criminals, marked out with blood.
Hos 6:9 As raiding bands lie in wait for a man, so the priests band together; they murder on the way to Shechem; they commit wickedness.
Hos 6:10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing; Ephraim’s prostitution is there; Israel is defiled.
Hos 6:11 For you also, O Judah, a reaping is appointed, as I begin restoring my people from their slavery.
A few months ago, my wife and I went to one of our usual spots for a hike. There is a trail next to a quarry that goes alongside a river, and passes through a beautiful forest. But on that day, the hike was not so pleasant. A rider on a horse crossed paths with us, on her way out of the trail. Soon, we noticed that the horse had been bleeding for some reason. The trail was marked by blood all the way in, and all the way back. It was ugly and scary, even though we knew the source of the blood.
Hosea describes Gilead as a city of criminals, marked out with blood. It had a reputation for violence and murder. God wanted to restore those people from their slavery to sin which was causing that horrible reputation.
LORD, cleanse us from the sin which is marking the path we are taking.