Woe unto Them!

Hosea 7: 12-13.

When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.

Woe unto them! for they have fled from Me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against Me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against Me.

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This drawing is not from biblical times, but it shows a clear picture of using nets to snare birds, similar to what is described in v. 12. God is continuing from v. 11 here, where Israel is described as “silly doves,” fluttering to and fro to find help from the very nations that would destroy them.

God says He will bring them down and chastise them, as “their congregation hath heard.” They were warned, over and over again, that if they didn’t turn from their idolatry and return to God, they would suffer. But they loved what they were doing, and even went so far as to turn to Assyria for help–the nation that would persecute them horribly. I am reminded of England’s prime minister, Chamberlain, waving the paper he had signed with Hitler, saying “Peace for our time!” How foolish we are!

Chamberlain Declares “Peace for Our Time” - HISTORY

Whenever God declares Woe! to His people, He is deadly serious. In spite of many warnings, many opportunities to repent, they have refused. They fled from God; they sinned against Him; they even lied against Him. And all that after He had redeemed them, showed them grace and mercy time after time, and promised them healing and restoration if only they would forsake their sin and return to Him. Their woe would be their destruction at the hands of the Assyrians, who were infamous for their horrendous mistreatment of their captives.

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