Bloodstained Gilead

Hosea 6:7-8.

But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against Me.

Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.

Hosea 6 - Holy Bible English - BibleWordings.com

Israel, like other wicked people, had forsaken God. He used the word treacherously to describe their behavior. The meaning here is that they were faithless and deceitful in their behavior because their hearts were hard due to lack of knowledge of God. They continued to offer some sacrifices under the leadership of treacherous priests, but they did it in a feeble attempt to appease the holy God.

Gilead was representative, in this context, of all Israel. Gilead is a mountainous region on the east side of the Jordan, just below the Sea of Galilee. Their eastern border was the desert, and in the north they were bordered by idolatrous nations whose example they followed. Gilead was also a city, and it was full of iniquity and bloodshed.

I was immediately reminded, reading about all this, of the old song There is a Balm in Gilead. Jesus was that balm, that healing Presence that brought them, finally, back into His fold.

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