Today’s passage is Hosea 13:1-16. Let’s go!
Hosea 13:1 (NIV)
1 When Ephraim spoke, men trembled; he was exalted in Israel. But he became guilty of Baal worship and died.
Hosea 13:6 (NIV)
6 When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.
On verses 1-12: At one time Israel (also called Ephraim) had a close relationship with God and stood strong with Him — so much so that “when Ephraim spoke men trembled” (v1). But this close relationship with God did not last. Eventually Israel fell headlong into idol worship (v1b-2). Israel’s love for God was like the morning mist (v3, see also Hosea 6:4), here one day and gone the next, and this too would be the fate of the Israelites in Hosea’s time (v3).