Hos 2:4-5 Upon her children also I will have no mercy, because they are children of whoredom. For their mother has played the whore; she who conceived them has acted shamefully. For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’
In Hos 2:2 God asked the people to rise up against its leadership to save it. The people, however, would face the fate of its government if the government could not be changed. The people would face this same fate because they defied their father and followed their mother’s ways. Although there were various reasons Israel’s kings fell into idolatry, the biggest reason was trade. To make business deals with its neighbors, Israel imported as well as exported goods. Idols were big business, entering Israel along with foreign foods, textiles, wine, and other resources. The foreigners brought their gods, established their cult temples, and sought to integrate with Israel’s society. Promoting religious tolerance in order to attract peaceful trade included leading by example that meant the kings of Israel actively promoted idolatry. In America today we see examples of this happening all around us as political correctness takes the place of traditional Christian values. We see it in Darwinian science philosophy, legalized abortion, gay rights, and every other form of moral relativism. We see it in the acceptance of mystic cults, eastern religions and philosophies, nature and animal worship, astrology, and every other form of new age spiritualism. Satan promotes these distractions because they turn people from the true God.