Many such hints in the . prophecies and figures which people of faith
would not connect to Jesus until the gospel age (. brass serpent in
wilderness; Jonah in the belly of the fish for three days). Now, when we read
such, we are caused to be reminded of Christ Jesus, our hope. The sin of such
disloyalty and neglect must be repented of to be cured. To ignore it is to
suffer defeat (Ephesians 2:1-5; James 4:8-10). The answer: verse 1 "Let us
return to the Lord."
Know the Lord (vs. 3)
Earlier, there was a statement made about the disastrous effect of a lack of knowledge: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." (Hosea 4:6). This seems to indicate a willful ignorance; a refusal to listen; a blindness of choice. The people had chosen to reject God. (Matthew 13:14-15); But it doesn't have to be this way (Matthew 13:16) What made the difference? (Matthew 13:18-23). As long as one is ignorant, he can mock God's laws and think himself clever in spite of the moral decline seen all around him. Hosea was mocked and ridiculed for his message, and so will we be if we are true to our responsibility to try and help others see the light. But listen! If the Lord's standards were more respected and obeyed today, many of our problems would vanish away! How long will we, as a nation, continue to "reject knowledge"? Much better to "press on to know the Lord" (1 John 2:4-6).