The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is stored up. The pains of childbirth come for him. He is an unwise son, for he does not present himself at the opening of the womb.Hosea 13:12–13 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
Like Israel, putting off repentance and redemption is unwise. One never knows what a day will bring, and already standing condemned in sin, swift judgment can come at any time.
Here, through the prophet Hosea, God is instructing Israel that He waits for them to repent from sin. He wants them to turn around, and come to Him while compassion can be found.
When we put off turning from our own sin, we are unwise. As sinners, each of us is condemned. The Bible calls it being dead. I don’t mean spiritually. We are dead. We are already part of the kingdom of this world where death reigns.
God wants to move us from that kingdom where death reigns to another.
I will ransom them from the power of Sheol. I will redeem them from Death. O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting?Hosea 13:14a — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
In order to truly live, each of us needs to be birthed again. New birth brings new life. Yet here, Israel had put off that new birth. Their delay resulted in an abrupt judgment that came upon them.
God is waiting for someone to come to that point of redemption and He likens it to getting to the opening of the womb. It could be you.
The analogy is intentional. Perhaps your mind is being led like mine by Hosea’s point. It explains how Jesus expected Nicodemus to know “you must be born again.”
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”John 3:3 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)
Nicodemus didn’t make that connection. Yet Jesus expected him to know.
Now that you know… Would you delay and be unwise in that moment of redemption into the new kingdom where life is?
The unwise thing to do is remain in a state of condemnation where the power is Sheol controls.
You can change things right now. You must be born again.