“For Israel has behaved stubbornly, like a stubborn heifer. How then should he expect to be fed and treated by the Lord like a lamb in a large pasture?” Hosea 4:16 Amplified
Today I’m stepping a bit out of our study of the 3:16 verses in the Bible by looking at Hosea 4:16. One reason is that there isn’t a 16th verse in the third chapter of Hosea. The other reason is because I read our verse today thinking that it was 3:16 and was so impressed by what it said.
How would you like being called a stubborn heifer? As indicated in the introduction to the book of Hosea, God’s love for backsliding Israel is the theme of this book. As believers I think this message is for us as well. Do we ever want our own way? How many times are we pulled away from the Lord and doing what’s pleasing to Him, versus what we want to do in our flesh? We always try to excuse our choices with, well the Lord will forgive me or I will get right with God later. We need to have spiritual eyes to see the warfare going on around us for our souls and the souls of others.
God speaks through Hosea in verse 4:6 saying, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.” The knowledge He is speaking of is not worldly knowledge but godly knowledge. The next verse, to me, sounds like He’s speaking also to America, “The more they increased and multiplied in prosperity and power, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory to shame.”
Let’s not be like a stubborn heifer refusing to obey the Lord. Let’s instead seek Him for our every breath and be the lamb in the large pasture.