TOPIC: Isreal’s Unfaithfulness Condemned
TEXT: Hosea 2:2-17
Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional 22 January 2022 | Message
Israel wrongly attributed its agricultural fertility to Baal, a Canaanite god. A false god! They erroneously believed that Baal controlled weather and thus, farming. Instead of the Lord God Almighty, who gave all the blessings and protection, the Children of Israel ran to false gods. Israel became unfaithful to God.
Prophet Hosea condemned Israel’s unfaithfulness to the true God. For this infidelity, the Lord first initiates a divorce against Israel, the promiscuous wife. The prophet prophesied that the Lord would fence Israel in “with thorn bushes” and “block her path” by making the rewards of idol worship so disappointing that the people would be persuaded to turn back to God.
Despite Israel’s unfaithfulness, God was still faithful and merciful. God promises a re-betrothal. He would continue to hold His arms out to His people, even to the point of placing obstacles in their wayward path to turn them back to him.
What can couple, families, friends, churches, pastors and individuals learn from this experience? Infidelity breaks covenants; unfaithfulness spoils a good relationship. Idolatry provokes God. Forgiveness heals injuries and restores good relationships. The Lord is the great provider, preserver and sustainer of life. The Lord God, not Baal is Israel’s benefactor.
Prayer: Dear father, please, forgive me for my unfaithfulness and grant me grace to love you most dearly. Amen.
Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional 22 January 2022 Message. The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican church in Nigeria. It is the second-largest province in the Anglican Communion, as measured by baptized membership, after the Church of England.