Chapters 9 & 10 of Hosea carry forward similar language to the previous couple of chapters. Hosea is pressing the people strongly with specific language related to 2 main themes - a) he describes in great detail exactly how the people had turned away from God; how they had disobeyed him and broken the conditions of the covenant, and b) he clearly states that judgment is coming against the people because of their choice to turn away from God's unfailing love. In the midst of this difficult language, God, through Hosea, offers a different way to respond, 'Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you' (10:12). We seek to imagine how these strong words can apply to us today!
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