Hosea 9: Freedom from God?
Hosea 9 made me think about the idea of freedom and what we think we want. When we are in a position to finally do whatever we want, we actually end up in a worse place than we were before.
Hos 9:1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
Hos 9:2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.
Given all of these things we have talked about in the past few chapters, many nations would be celebrating. They had gotten rid of the rules of God, and they were finally going to be able to operate under the freedom of whatever rules they wanted to.
We are reminded here that this is not something to be proud of. I would be willing to argue that there is a kind of social commentary here. As America has drifted away further away from God, it is not necessarily surprising that we see problems springing up. We might be finding our freedom from God, but I don’t think that it is what we want.
In kind of a similar fashion, the people of Hosea’s day were going to find out that drifting away from God has consequences. God was going to allow things to happen and give the people what they wanted. If you want the action, you have to accept the consequences.
Hos 9:16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.
Hos 9:17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
That is the irony. We want our freedom, but we don’t want to see a world where we actually have to experience the conclusions of our deeds.