9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.
-In the book of Hosea, we see that because of Israel’s sin and unbelief, God has begun to exercise judgment and bring His wrath down. Here in verse 9, He declares that although He is filled with anger, He will not destroy the nation of Israel. “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:1) Only a God of great mercy could be so provoked and still decide not to destroy. While this is very comforting as we consider that we are all found wanting in the presence of a Holy God, notice what the Lord says at the end of verse 9; “I will not enter into the city.” Because the Lord is “of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13), His only options when faced with Israel’s sin is to either destroy them or not come among them at all. How often do we find ourselves in this very place? We think everything is alright because the Lord has not brought judgment, but we miss that fact that the Lord has removed His presence from us altogether.