Scripture reading – Hosea 7

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Note from the author: This post is taken directly from the pages of Scripture and is an observation of what became of Israel and Judah when they no longer cherished their identity and assimilated with the heathen who neither loved their nation nor their covenant with their God. My application is not an attack on immigrants but an insight from the Scriptures on the lack of enforcement of immigration policies that are inevitably destroying Western nations.

The Signs of a Decaying Culture and a Dying Nation

Reminding us that God is compassionate and forgiving, even at the midnight hour, the LORD declared: “I would have healed Israel, Then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: For they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, And the troop of robbers spoileth without” (Hosea 7:1).

Ephraim, the principal tribe of the northern ten tribes, and Samaria, the capital city, were guilty: They were liars (having committed “falsehood”), thieves, and robbers (Hosea 7:1). Though the LORD declared He knew “all their wickedness” (Hosea 7:2), they continued in their sins.


The Leaders Had Failed the People (Hosea 7:3-7)

Israel’s leaders celebrated the people’s wickedness (Hosea 7:3), for they burned with lust like an “oven heated by the baker” (7:4). The king, drunk with wine, demeaned himself with those who scorned and mocked Hosea and the LORD (Hosea 7:5). As the leaders faltered, the nation failed, and none called on the LORD (Hosea 7:7).

Israel’s Compromise with People of Other Nations (Hosea 7:8-12)

Israel’s Compromise with People of Other Nations (Hosea 7:8-12)

Rather than embrace their national identity as the LORD’s chosen people, Ephraim (Israel’s principal tribe) compromised its sanctity and “mixed himself among the people” (Hosea 7:8). Like cancer that goes unchecked, Israel allowed the influence of the heathen (i.e., “the people,” non-Hebrew) to eat away at their identity and destroy their national sovereignty (Hosea 7:8).

Yet, the people were desensitized to the evidence that “strangers have devoured his [Israel’s] strength” (Hosea 7:9). The wealth of the nation was wasted, and its power and influence were ruined. Yet, the people were proud. They refused to humble themselves (Hosea 7:10).

Rather than turn to the LORD, Israel became “a silly dove without heart” (common, simple, and foolish, Hosea 7:11). Rather than cry to the LORD in their affliction, the nation turned to diplomacy appealing to Egypt and Assyria (Hosea 7:11). Hosea warned that Israel would be brought down and become like a bird ensnared in a net, the LORD would “chastise them” (Hosea 7:12).


God’s Lamentation for Israel (Hosea 7:13-16)

Nevertheless, Israel fled from the presence of the LORD, and He declared, “Destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me” (Hosea 7:13). Though the LORD had redeemed and chosen Israel, the people rejected Him and turned to lies. They cried pitifully in their afflictions but continued in their drunkenness (Hosea 7:14). For all the LORD did to turn Israel back, they set their hearts to do evil (Hosea 7:15-16).

We are witnessing the dilution and destruction of Western culture.

Closing Thoughts from Hosea 7 –

Consider the news headlines of our nation and world today. A mass of humanity is moving through Western Europe and crossing the Southern border of the United States, greater than any movement in human history. We are witnessing the dilution and destruction of Western culture that, a century ago, was the heartbeat of biblical Christianity and the womb of Gospel missions.

Surely, Hosea’s warning to Israel (Hosea 7:8-10) should stir the citizens of the 21st century to recognize the dangers. We are being invaded by people who do not share our faith and despise our values and patriotic pride. We are governed by a godless, immoral, drunken lot who loathe the Bible and scorn our faith and constitutional liberties. Tragically, “We the People” are under attack, but our response is “like a silly dove without a heart” (Hosea 7:11).

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