Daily Devotions


Day 124

"When Israel was a child, I loved him"

Text: Hosea 11:1


The LORD had many fond memories of Israel. God’s love for Israel had always been genuine.

“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
And out of Egypt I called My son.”
Hosea 11:1

1. “When Israel was a child”

a) There was a time when Israel was not yet a nation:
i) In the days of Abraham.
ii) In the days of Isaac.
iii) In the days of Jacob.
b) The sojourn in Egypt:
i) It began in the days of Joseph.
ii) The four hundred years in Egypt saw Israel becoming a small nation.

2. “I loved him”

a) God’s love was evident.
b) It was revealed in many ways:
i) Salvation/ deliverance given
ii) Declaration of God’s relationship with Israel as His people
iii) Protection
iv) Provision
v) Presence manifested

3. “Out of Egypt I called My son”

a) God called Israel “My people” (Exodus 3:7, 10).
b) He also called Israel:
i) My son (Exodus 4:22)
ii) My firstborn (Exodus 4:22)

4. A proverbial statement

a) Israel’s deliverance from Egypt was a foreshadowing of the time when Baby Jesus went to Egypt to escape from the wrath of God (Matthew 2:15).
b) Israel’s relationship mirrored the greater relationship God had with His Son Jesus Christ.