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Hosea 5:13

"'When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his sores, then Ephraim turned to Assyria, and sent to the great king for help. But he is not able to cure you, not able to heal your sores.'" NIV translation

Instead of turning back to God, His people turned to the mightiest earthly king that there was for help. But, only God can truly heal the sickness that is in the heart of man. In our world today, people look to the government for help with everything from food to shelter instead of looking to God. The "church" has, for the most part, stopped being the church and so when our fellow man needs a hand they turn to the government instead of His people.

Hosea 5:14

"'For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away; I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them.'" NIV translation

God's people made a choice to turn to others for help instead of repenting and turning back to Him. Because of that, they were defeated and taken into exile. No one could stop it because it was the hand of God at work. The same thing is true for us today in that, God is still in control and His plans for us will be fulfilled.

Hosea 5:15

"'Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me.'" NIV translation

This verse shows us the answer to the age old question of "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" God tells us that he is bringing this judgment on His people to make them miserable in the hope that they will return to Him. If you are a Christian, then God's correction demonstrates His love for you and is meant to draw you closer to Him.

Hosea Chapter Five Study Quiz