Hosea 5:15-8:14

  1. The passage 5:15-6:6 is a dialogue between God and the people, in which God has expressed his purpose to withdraw his presence(5:15), the people light-heartedly profess repentance, and their confidence in God’s restored favour (6:1-3); but the true situation is far from what the people think (6:4-6).
    What does God desire to find in his people?
  2. The remainder of today’s portion consists of descriptions of the state of the nation: the sinfulness of priests, kings, and people (6:7-87:7); their instability and folly (7:8-8:3); God’s anger against both their rulers and their idols-all alike man-made (8:4-13).
    What do you find here:
    (a) about the sins that abounded;
    (b) about false alliances that blinded their eyes;
    (c) about the real cause of their perilous position?