-Verse one describes Israel as a luxuriant vine producing fruit for himself. The more he prospered, the more alters and pillars were made to false gods. Picking up in verse two, the heart of them becomes faithless and God’s retribution is on them to break down. *Application* Think about what prosperity does to people. It distracts them so easily from their Creator and His plan for their lives. They turn to the gods of this world serving them by fine and decadent living, which is self-indulging and corrupt by nature. Paul talks often about true contentment in many places, but he is very pointed in 1 Timothy 6. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he tells us that “the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang (1 Timothy 6:10).” He then gives the prescription for this when he states, “But flee from these things, you man of God; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11).” Instead of being self-absorbed, be generous with what the LORD blesses you with.
-Verse four speaks of the idolatrous nation’s worthless oaths in their covenant making. They cannot be counted on for faithfulness and their judgments (lawsuits) are sprouting poisonous weeds. *Application* The end result of luxuriant living leads to empty words with no commitment or fortitude. Back biting and hatred occur as people want more and more and more for themselves and their own causes.
-God’s vindication will come to the unrepentant as we see in the following verses. The false gods will not save and prosper them in the end. They will be seized with shame (Hosea 10:6). There will be destruction and dispersion as God chastises them according to His desire (Hosea 10:10).
-God does make an important statement for what should happen in verse twelve. “Sow with a view to righteousness, reap in accordance with kindness; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD until He comes to rain righteousness on you.” *Application* O that we would apply this precious prescription for all that ails us in our personal lives and in our wayward nation (2 Chronicles 7:14).
-Israel had done just the opposite. They had plowed wickedness, reaped injustice, and eaten the fruit of lies (Hosea 10:13a). This was all because they trusted in their own way rather than in their LORD and because they counted on their numerous warriors (Hosea 10:13b). This turned God against them and every one of their plans would fail in the end. *Application* This speaks very much to the American condition in present times. We believe we can solve all of our problems through our own intellect and wisdom. We believe we can find an answer and make everything right in our own strength. We trust in our own mechanisms and military rather than the God who created and established this nation. “In God we trust” are mere words on our currency, not the desire of our heart. God has been patient waiting for us to turn back to Him, but He will not tarry forever. Let us learn the lesson from Hosea 10 before it is too late.