Hosea 13: Save Us from Ourselves
Hosea 13 is a difficult chapter. It lays out consequences for not following God. For example, the consequences for Samaria are brutal.
Hos 13:16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.
This is a popular attacking point for skeptics. However, please keep in mind that it is not God who is doing this. Rather, this is a consequence of living a life that is contrary to God.
Samaria is becoming desolate because she has rebelled against God. Therefore, these things will happen as a result of that decision.
This is kind of a parallel to Israel earlier in the chapter although it is interesting that Israel is going to be punished by God while Samaria is going to be punished as a consequence of departing from God.
Hos 13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.
Israel has destroyed itself, and Samaria has destroyed itself. This can happen to us as well. We can make many bad decisions that have severe consequences for not only ourselves but also the people around us.
However, we can’t forget the end of verse nine and the greater context of this passage which extends through verse 14. There is help in God. We do make bad decisions, and God knows that. It is rather obvious that He is aware of that because He knowingly gave His Son to be the Perfect Sacrifice.
Despite all of the problems, God is still our help and can rescue us from ourselves. It is an interesting worldview change. The world is always time is that we need to find out who we are to find contentment, but from our Christian worldview, we need to find out who Christ is and become more like Him.