Comments on Verses from Prophets

Hosea 13:11 “I gave you a king in my anger, and I took him away in my wrath.”

Remember how Israel clamored for a king like the nations around them had? God foresaw the folly of such a decision but the people did not want to listen to God. He warned them of the dangers of such a move but they were blinded by their on nearsightedness. God was their king but they couldn’t show him off to the other kings. They wanted a flesh and blood king like everyone else. God was angry with them for their rejection of Him as king. He gave them what they wanted instead of what they needed to teach them a lesson. They learned the hard way. Problem is, getting rid of a king is a lot harder than getting one. They were stuck with their bargain. We often hear people say, “Be careful what you ask for.”

The kings were worse than God predicted they would be. They became more and more evil and their evil deeds harmed the people whom God loved. Finally, God became more angry with the kings than He had been with the people. Because of their evil ways, God removed them as kings. The people of Israel would not have another king until the king of kings came. They wanted a new king but when God sent them one they rejected him. You might sense God’s frustration in the thoughts of the apostle Paul. He gave up on his Jewish brethren and turned to the gentiles.

Task for Today: God has given you a king, the most wonderful king imaginable. Have you submitted to His reign? To whom are you bowing the knee today? You can choose between kings of the world and the king of heaven. What is your choice? Bow down before Him and sing, “All to Jesus I surrender.”

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