God wants Israel to seek and know Him, but they have turned away and refuse to return.
- Sin – Hosea recounts some of their sin in 4: 2. They swear, lie, murder, steal, and commit adultery. The latter three you may avoid in practice, but what about your heart: do you hate or get angry, covet, or lust (Matthew 5:21:30)? And how do you use your tongue? Do you swear or curse? Do you lie or deceive? Is there sin in your life for which you need to repent?
- Know God – God wants his people to love him, to know him in a real relationship (6:6). But Hosea makes clear that they do not know God (4:1, 6; 5:4). How well do you know God? Not about God – how well do you know him? Are you seeking to grow in your relationship with God? Will you press on to know Him (6:3)?