Category Archives: idolatry

frustrated or fruitful?

devotional post # 2144 Hosea 14:8-9 Hos 14:8 O Ephraim, why am I still having to deal with the idols? I am the who answers and looks after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; your fruitfulness comes from me. … Continue reading

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whirling sword

devotional post # 2132 Hosea 11:5-7 Hos 11:5 They will not return to the land of Egypt, but Assyria will be their king, because they have refused to return to me. Hos 11:6 The sword will whirl in their cities, … Continue reading

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spoiled heifer

devotional post # 2130 Hosea 10:11-15 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; … Continue reading

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double violation

devotional post # 2129 Hosea 10:8-10 Hos 10:8 The high places of Aven, the mistake of Israel, will be made useless. Thorn bush and thistle will grow up on their altars, and they will say to the mountains, “Cover us,” … Continue reading

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king and calf

devotional post # 2128 Hosea 10:5-7 Hos 10:5 The residents of Samaria are afraid for the calf of Beth-aven. Its people mourn for it, and so do its idolatrous priests– those who had partied over it and over its glory– … Continue reading

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church is canceled

devotional post # 2122 Hosea 9:1-4 Hos 9:1 Do not plan to celebrate, O Israel! Do not keep rejoicing like the other people; because you have cheated, betraying your God. You have loved a prostitute’s pay on all threshing floors. … Continue reading

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sin, sacrifice, repeat

devotional post # 2121 Hosea 8:11-14 Hos 8:11 Since Ephraim has made more altars because of sinning, they have become to him altars to promote sinning. Hos 8:12 If I had written my law for him ten thousand times, they … Continue reading

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best effort

devotional post # 2119 Hosea 8:5-7 Hos 8:5 I have rejected your calf, Samaria. My anger has been kindled against them. How long will they be stay unclean? Hos 8:6 Because it is from Israel; a blacksmith made it; it … Continue reading

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self-deception, self destruction

devotional post # 2118 Hosea 8:1-4 Hos 8:1 Put the shofar to your palate! Something like a buzzard flies over the house of Yahveh, because they have passed over my covenant and rebelled against my law. Hos 8:2 To me … Continue reading

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denying the mirror image

devotional post # 2115 Hosea 7:8-10 Hos 7:8 Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples; Ephraim is a half-baked cake. Hos 7:9 Foreigners devour his strength, and he does not get it; gray hairs are sprouting on him, and he does … Continue reading

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