Great Quote from Elizabeth Achtemeier on Hosea 6:1-3

Posted: November 19, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Uncategorized


Bible Commentator Elizabeth Achtemeier says:

  • The Israelites still had enough faith to know that God was behind their military defeat and that Assyria was the rod of God’s anger…But they did not have enough knowledge of God’s character to know that they could not presume on God’s love for them….the Israelites believe that if they return to God by offering sacrifices at a public fast, God will automatically appear and come forth with aid and protection for them once more. Certainly sacrifices were sufficient to appease Baal; surely meal offerings and burnt offerings were sufficient for Yahweh also. Indeed, God’s ways are compared in verse 3 (Hosea 6) with the ways of nature and therefore of the nature deities. As surely as the sun always rises and the winter and spring rains always come, God’s return to the covenantal people is also guaranteed. The verse shows how seriously Israel had confused Yahweh with Baal…” (pps. 50-51, Minor Prophets I, Hendrickson Publishers 1996).

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