Spiritual Growth Church – Sunday, October 1st, 2023 – Hosea – 11:1 – Israel must be judged, but God will not give her up


Chapter 11 opens on a new note. Up to this point the emphasis has been on the disobedience of God’s people, but now there is a new note sounded. That new note is the love of God—how wonderful it is!

11:1 – This verse speaks primarily of the nation Israel—there is no question about that. It reveals the close relationship between God and the nation. Love is not the basis of salvation, but it is the motive of salvation. Back of the redemption we have in Christ, the fact that He would die, is “…God so loved the world…” (John 3:16). 

   Matthew in his gospel applied this verse to the Lord Jesus (see Matt. 2:15). This is an example of how statements in the Old Testament can also have application to the future.