Background: The prophet Hosea is called by God to marry an unfaithful wife in order to show the northern kingdom of Israel that she too has been unfaithful to God and has pursued other so called gods. Despite her unfaithfulness, Hosea pursues his wife and brings her back just like God is reaching out to Israel.
Hosea compares Israel to a ignorant old man and silly doves to make a point about how foolishly Israel was acting.
Ask the children…
An old person who doesn’t even know they are old and weak is a sad thing. How does this compare to how Israel was acting?
“Their hair is gray, but they don’t realize they’re old and weak. 10 Their (Israel’s) arrogance testifies against them, yet they don’t return to the Lord their God or even try to find him.” (Hosea 7:9, 10)
Israel didn’t even know how far they were from God. How does Israel’s activity compare to witless doves and what is God going to do about that?
“The people of Israel have become like silly, witless doves, first calling to Egypt, then flying to Assyria for help. 12 But as they fly about, I will throw my net over them and bring them down like a bird from the sky. I will punish them for all the evil they do.” (Hosea 7:11, 12)
Israel was hoping that by making alliances with neighboring kingdoms they could save themselves. All they really needed to do was to turn back to God and He would save them but they were too witless to see this.
Ask your children if they are or ever have relied on something or someone other than God to get them out of a jamb? It may seem to make sense at the time, but in the long run there is only one who we can truly trust. Take a tough situation and turn it over to God with your children today.
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