devotional post # 2125
Hos 9:13 Ephraim, as I remember seeing him, was like a young palm transplanted in a meadow; but Ephraim now has to lead his children out to slaughter.
Hos 9:14 Give them, O LORD– what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
Hos 9:15 Every evil of theirs is displayed in Gilgal; there I began to hate them. Because of the wickedness of their actions I will drive them out of my house. I will not love them any more; all their princes are rebels.
evil on display
God described his judgment upon Israel as displaying the evil of their own rejection back upon the land. He still remembers the Ephraim of the past. But now he also sees the calamity they will face in the future, at his own hand. The evil on display is God’s work of judgment and reprisal. Such is the case for everyone who betrays the LORD and does not repent.
LORD, restore us to the beauty that you saw when you first drew us to yourself.