Forbidden From the Lord's Land

To read the Bible in a year, read Hosea 9-11.
Israel played the harlot against God, and for that she would not enjoy the fruits of the harvest (Hosea 9:1, 2). Speaking to the largest and most influential tribe in the northern kingdom, Ephraim, Hosea the prophet revealed more of how they would suffer for playing the harlot against God,
They shall not dwell in the LORD’s land,
But Ephraim shall return to Egypt,
And shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
(Hosea 9:3)
Sadly, God would not let them stay in the land that He gave them when He brought them up out of the land of Egypt, but He would send them back there and send some of them to Assyria. Moreover, what they did offer to Him as sacrifices, He would not accept because of their harlotry (v. 4).
Knowing what this meant, the prophet asked them,
What will you do in the appointed day,
And in the day of the feast of the LORD?
(Hosea 9:5)
He asked Israel that question because of what he then said was coming,
For indeed they are gone because of destruction.
Egypt shall gather them up;
Memphis shall bury them.
Nettles shall possess their valuables of silver;
Thorns shall be in their tents.
(Hosea 9:6)
Israel did not listen to the prophet, but continued in her stubborn way and God did just as He promised.
Friends, we always do well when we take heed to the Lord’s words.

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