Hosea 11:1-2 ” When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son. But the more I called Israel, the further they went from Me.”

The covenantal relationship God had with His people was one of unspeakable love and tender mercies on His part.  He loved them as only a Father could love his children…in a close and intimate relationship.  But just like toddlers, as soon as they gained some independence, they started testing out their autonomy.  And the louder God called to get their attention…sadly, the further they wandered away.  Or as Hosea 11:7 laments, “My people are determined to turn from Me.”  

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