“O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself: but in me is thine help” (Hosea 13:9).
In this portion of Hosea, we first see Ephraim’s decline. Two of the main sins laid to his charge were pride and idolatry. The judgment to come was severe. “I will be unto them as a bear.” We get a picture of the wrath of God poured out on a people who totally disregarded His law. We then observe Ephraim’s only help. The people had managed self-destruction but only God could restore them. God said, “In me is thine help.” A word of hope given in a time of darkness. May we ever remember that God is the God of hope.
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