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Reap the Whirlwind

Hosea is the first of the minor prophet that we encounter in the Bible and is considered the voice of his generation.

The time Hosea was alive and prophesied was during the crumbling and downfall of Israel.

His primary focus was discussing the relationship between Israel and God.

In the first 3 chapters, God commands him to marry a woman who will be unfaithful to him. This is a demonstration of how Israel is unfaithful to God. Idolatry is akin to adultery.

The most striking verse I found, was in chapter 8. It says:

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up. 

Hosea 8:7

This verse comes across especially poignantly to me. What I reap, I will sow. The children of Israel were sowing unfaithfulness, rebellion and destruction. They were to reap, what they sowed.

This verse reminds me of Paul writing in Ephesians:

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Ephesian 4:14

The children of Israel were deeply similar to the description Paul gave here; unanchored by doctrine, and as a consequence, they were chasing every deception.

In my life, I pray that I sow carefully. My thoughts, actions, and decisions have consequences. I have to bear them accordingly. I hope to make the correct choices, and not reap the whirlwind.

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