Hosea 12 delves into Israel's history, highlighting their long-standing tendency towards deception and conflict. The chapter begins by recounting the story of Jacob, the nation's ancestor, focusing on his struggle and his encounters with God. This historical reflection serves as a parallel to Israel's current situation, where they continue to practice deceit and rely on foreign alliances. The chapter criticizes Israel's reliance on wealth and dishonest business practices, indicating a moral decline. God's role as a prophet, who led and cared for Israel in the wilderness, is emphasized, contrasting with the people's current ingratitude and rebellion. The chapter calls on Israel to return to God, maintain love and justice, and wait continually for God. The message is clear: a return to faithfulness and adherence to God's commandments is needed for restoration. The chapter ends with a reminder of God's power and role as the creator, who has the authority to judge and redeem. The overall theme is a call to repentance and a reminder of the consequences of ignoring God's laws and guidance.

Hosea 12

1  Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.

2  The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.

3  He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:

Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us;

5  Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.

6  Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.

7  He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress.

8  And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.

9  And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.

10  I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

11  Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

12  And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

13  And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.

14  Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him.

End of Hosea 12

1 Year Plan:  Dec 6 - Hos 12, Hos 13,  Rev 4

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