devotional post # 2130
Hos 10:11 Ephraim was a trained heifer who loved to thresh, and I have so far spared her tender neck; but I will harness Ephraim to the yoke now; Judah will have to plow; Jacob will have to harrow for himself.
Hos 10:12 Plant for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, because it is the time to seek Yahveh, so that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.
Hos 10:13 You have plowed iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the number of your warriors,
Hos 10:14 For this reason the roar of war will arise among your people, and all your fortresses will be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on battle day; mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
Hos 10:15 This is how it will be done to you, Bethel, because of your great evil. At dawn the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.
Hosea describes his people as a spoiled heifer, only threshing grain, never having felt the heavy yoke of the oppressive plow. But they chose to do injustice and lies. So, now the spoiled heifer will lose its freedom, and have to plow for a foreign king. God wanted his people to rest in his love and enjoy his blessings. But now they will have to pay for their rebellion.
LORD, show us how to demonstrate your easy yoke, remove the heavy yoke that we have been giving ourselves because of selfishness and falsehood.