Day 5 Read: Hosea 10:1-2
Israel is a luxuriant vine
that yields its fruit.
The more his fruit increased,
the more altars he built;
as his country improved,
he improved his pillars.
2 Their heart is false;
now they must bear their guilt.
The Lord will break down their altars
and destroy their pillars.
Reflect: How does Hosea describe the fruit that the nation of Israel yielded? How did they get in this condition?
Consider: The prophet glances at Israel’s past and sees Israel as a fruitful vine busy building and decorating stone altars. He does not see a people of excellent character. Quite in contrast, they are deceitful to the core and responsible for that condition (10:1–5). The altars are not to aid in their worship of the Lord; they have other gods and goddesses in mind. The Lord is responding by destroying these altars.5
Respond: What have you learned from the study of the use of vineyards as imagery for the relationship between God and his people? What is the result every time you detach yourself from Jesus and plant yourself on your own? What kind of fruit do you yield?
5 G. Herbert Livingston, “Hosea,” in Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, vol. 3, Baker Reference Library (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1995), 612.