October 6, 2010 * Hosea 8:1-4

Hosea 8:1-4

This passage, the fifth and final prophecy of Hosea, begins with a warning of coming disaster. God’s justifiable wrath is about to be released. Hosea’s understanding was that both religious and political leaders received their power and authority from God. Because the people lost sight of this they made two mistakes and came under God’s Judgment. First, they sought to follow their own will (“They made kings, but not through me; they set up princes, but without my knowledge”). Second, they sought after their own security (Israel has forgotten his Maker, …and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour his strongholds.). In this understanding, of the ordering of reality, religion is not relegated to the personal or unearthly. Religion, our relationship with God, is rooted in our relationships with one another and in our politics. In this worldview, our religious beliefs and practices are powerful agents for change in the world.

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