Hosea 2: 9-13

“Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens,
    and my new wine when it is ready.
I will take back my wool and my linen,
    intended to cover her naked body.
So now I will expose her lewdness
    before the eyes of her lovers;
    no one will take her out of my hands. (2:9-10)

Picking up where we left off last time, we see that the narrative continues with everything that God will withhold from idolatrous Israel as a result of their turn to worshipping false gods. Remember, this began with a plea to turn things around, and as I mentioned previously, Hosea was not the first prophet sent to the Northern Kingdom. In fact, unlike Amos, Hosea was a resident of the Northern Kingdom. If you look carefully at these verses, you will see an interesting thing: God isn’t taking “things” away from…

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