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One of the most bizarre ironies of Israel's fall (first Israel, and then Judah; see The Division Of Israel, The Galilee Captivity and Why Babylon?) was that they rebelled against The Lord, who had always protected them, and instead sought alliances with those who would destroy them, if they got the chance (which they did, when The Lord withdrew His protection from those who had forsaken Him): "12:1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt" (Hosea 12:1 KJV).
Israel foolishly violated the prime rule of national sovereignty by permitting the presence of live invaders (the only acceptable invader is a dead one - the lawful military right and duty of every sovereign people) in their territory. Invaders are not merely violating other people's sovereignty, they are violating The Lord's sovereignty (see Landmark).
"12:1 Ephraim [i.e. the leadership of The Northern Kingdom of Israel was of the tribe of Ephraim - see The Israelite Patriarchs - Ephraim] feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians [see Ancient Empires - Assyria], and oil is carried into Egypt [e.g. see Pharaoh Necho].
Hosea Chapter 13
The Lord's love or wrath is conditional, and proportional, to how His people conduct themselves toward Him. That has always been a Christian reality because Christianity has always existed (see Christ The Creator and Why Did Christ Put Moses To Death?). "13:4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me" Hosea 13:4 KJV) was Christ speaking.
It was Christ who delivered them, protected them, loved them - and turned away from them when they turned away from Him: "10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 10:5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 10:7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents" (1 Corinthians 10:1-9 KJV). The Deliverer of Salvation becomes a Deliverer of wrath to those who reject His love.
"13:1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died. 13:2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves [see Calf Worship]. 13:3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.
Hosea Chapter 14
"14:1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. 14:3 Asshur [i.e. Asshur On The Tigris] shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
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