Hosea 10: What We Really Want
I am finding Hosea to be incredibly relevant to the world today, and chapter 10 begins with a discussion of the moral situation that the Israelites are finding themselves in.
Hos 10:1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.
Hos 10:2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.
Hos 10:3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?
Hos 10:4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.
It is interesting to think about this. In verse one, we have Israel thinking about how all of this great stuff that happened to them and obviously taking credit for it. That never goes well in the Bible when people start to take credit for what God has done.
In verse two, they are going to be found deficient, so everything is going to fall apart, and verse three is where we really see the world coming today. What good is all the authority in the world if we are not in a right relationship with God?
It makes me think about the fact that nothing can replace God. Certainly the people of Israel could put someone in charge. That is not the question. The question is what a king could possibly do in that situation.
For me, I think that we are quick to try to put ourselves in the place of God. Kind of like Israel at the beginning of this chapter, we think that everything comes from our own efforts. However, we end up in a situation where we don’t know where to turn because we have wandered away from God.
The people of Israel always seemed to want a king, but at this point in Hosea, it doesn’t even seem like they want that. Whatever they possibly could want on earth simply isn’t satisfying. For you or I it might be something different that we really think will make us happy, but when we get there, we don’t know where to turn.
It seems to me that all things on earth are insufficient to bring us the satisfaction that we can only get through God.