Bible Order: 2 Timothy 1–4
Chronological Order: Philippians 1-4
New Testament Only: Revelation 4–5
God Is Broken Hearted Over You
God loves you. You are His creation and He made you to love you and for you to love Him. He is a righteous God and sin cannot exist in His presence – it must be wiped out. As we have been reading in Hosea we see again how adulterous the Israelites have been toward God. They deserve condemnation. They deserve absolute destruction; and yet it breaks God’s heart to think of handing them over to destruction.
I ended yesterday’s commentary by commenting on the first four verses of today’s reading. In those verses God reminds us of how He has been with Israel even when they were unfaithful. The problem is that the natural consequence of turning one’s back on God is pain and suffering. Listen to the anguish God expresses in the following verses from today’s passage.
Hosea 11:7-8 ESV
“My people are bent on turning away from me,
and though they call out to the Most High,
he shall not raise them up at all.
How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.”