July 10, 2018 (Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13)

Hosea was a prophet from the Northern Kingdom of Israel, more or less, contemporary with Amos whom we recently heard from. After fulfilling his mission, Amos went back to the Southern Kingdom of Judah and back to his occupation as herdsman and grower of sycamore trees. Hosea saw Israel’s great sin as that of idolatry which led to their lack of social justice and concern. Today, we hear about the many shrines that were in Israel and how the many shrines led to idolatry and the worship of Baal, the Canaanite god. Sometimes, we fall in the trap of idolatry ourselves as we worship money, or fame, or drugs, etc. We put something not God in place of our God.

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