Hosea 6 addresses the theme of superficial repentance. The chapter begins with what appears to be a call to return to the Lord, but God reveals that this repentance is insincere and short-lived. He desires steadfast love and knowledge of God rather than mere ritual sacrifices. The chapter condemns the priests for their role in the people's violence and unfaithfulness. It highlights the contrast between God's desire for genuine devotion and the people's shallow religious practices. The chapter warns of continued judgement if the nation does not turn back to God with true sincerity. God's frustration with Israel's habitual unfaithfulness is palpable throughout the chapter. The mention of specific locations, like Gilead and Shechem, points to widespread corruption. The chapter ends with a reminder of God's desire for a deep, meaningful relationship with His people, emphasizing that rituals alone are insufficient. This chapter underscores the importance of sincere faith and knowledge of God over superficial religious observance.

Hosea 6

1  Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

2  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

3  Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

4  O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.

5  Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.

6  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

7  But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

8  Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.

9  And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.

10  I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

11  Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.

End of Hosea 6

1 Year Plan:  Dec 3 - Hos 6, Hos 7,  Rev 2

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