Hosea 6 - NIV
“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.”
“What can I do with you, Ephraim?
What can I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like the morning mist,
like the early dew that disappears.
For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
Gilead is a city of evildoers,
stained with footprints of blood.
As marauders lie in ambush for a victim,
so do bands of priests;
they murder on the road to Shechem,
carrying out their wicked schemes.
I have seen a horrible thing in Israel:
There Ephraim is given to prostitution,
Israel is defiled.
“Also for you, Judah,
a harvest is appointed.
“Whenever I would restore the fortunes of my people,
Sermons on Hosea 6
Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Jul 17, 2017
God had sent one prophet after another to warn Israel of impending judgment. Rather then heeding the many warnings, they continued to live in a fantasy world, void of reality. Sadly many today continue this path, refusing to admit their great need.
Contributed by William R. Nabaza on Sep 14, 2014
To show that we need to learn and experience the LORD while it is called Today, and we will be included in His Second Coming to reign and rule with Him.