This chapter tells of the end of the northern kingdom of Israel, with the causes of its downfall, and what followed after it.
- Can you trace a progressive deterioration in Israel’s moral and spiritual condition in verses 9-18? Compare the phrase ‘secretly did things against the Lord…’ in verse 9 with ‘sold themselves to do evil…’ in verse 17.
What are the modern counterparts of the sins that Israel committed?
Cf. Col. 3:5; Heb. 12:25.
- Consider what great events had taken place in Israel’s history in the territory of the northern kingdom, which had brought glory to God, and deliverance to the people.
To what condition was it now reduced? Cf. 2 Tim. 3:5; Is. 29:13.
Note.Verse 2. In what way Hoshea sinned less grievously than preceding kings is not explained.