-The crux of this chapter, and the entire book in many respects, depicting God’s retribution and wrath is summed up in the last verse. Hosea says, “My God will cast them away because they have not listened to Him; and they will be wanderers among the nations (Hosea 9:17).” Their harlotry has left the LORD no choice but to abandon them to destruction and desolation. The day of punishment has come because of their iniquity and refusal to acknowledge the LORD. Instead they sought after false gods and temporary prosperity on their own. Israel and Ephraim in particular will have their glory fly away like a bird. It will be gone forever. *Application* What a tragedy to throw away a great and magnificent gift. The LORD has offered us all a chance to come to Him and receive His forgiveness. To be an apostate (one who falls away) is the greatest tragedy because of the fact that you tasted the truth of God’s grace, but turned away from it to follow a false way (Hebrews 6:1-9).This is where the steadfastness of God and the human will is paramount to our salvation and blessing. The perseverance of the believer is the security of the believer. Endure as a good soldier to the end and overcome (2 Timothy 2:3-4, 12, Revelation 2:26)! Don’t be like faithless Ephraim. Where is your heart? Don’t build the house of your soul on shifting sand, but on the Rock of Christ, which is a sure foundation and the truth (Luke 6:45-49, Matthew 7:21-26).
Verse to Memorize: Hosea 9:17