devotional post # 2140
Hos 13:10 Where is your king now, can he rescue you in all your cities? Where are all your leaders– those about whom you asked, “Give me a king and princes”?
Hos 13:11 I granted you a king in my anger, then I took him away in my wrath.
Hos 13:12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is kept in store.
Hos 13:13 The pangs of childbirth come for him, but he is an unwise son, because at the right time he does not present himself at the opening of the womb.
right time, wrong question
The LORD appeals to the Israelites through Hosea, telling them that their sins have been bound up inside them, like an infant, waiting to be born. But, when the time is right for them to repent and be born again as a people of God, they insist on asking God for another king. They want a human solution. They want a conqueror who can defeat their human enemies, not a God who confronts them with their sins. Hosea describes them as an infant that refuses to present himself at the opening of the womb.
LORD, change us; make us new, so that we can change the world for you.