devotional post # 2120
Hos 8:8 Israel is consumed; already they are distributed among the nations like cheap pottery that noone wants.
Hos 8:9 Because they have gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey going off on its own; Ephraim has been paying for lovers.
Hos 8:10 Even though they are hiring allies among the nations, I will soon start collecting them. And they will soon feel the burden of their loyalty to the king of princes.
the cheap stuff
In a little strip mall near where I lived in New Zealand, many of the traditional stores went out of business. In their place, several stores that sold the same kind of merchandise appeared. The stores are almost identical, in spite of the fact that they are not connected by ownership or franchise. They are similar because they offer the cheap stuff. Items imported from a foreign country with cheap labor and known for poor quality products.
That is what Hosea said the Isrealites had become. They had sold themselves cheap. But the LORD was going to get them back.
LORD, we have sold ourselves cheap. Restore us by your power and grace.