See: A background to Hosea’s warnings
We read these devastatingly negative views of Israel by God, and we think we are far too sophisticated to do that:
Hosea 4:11-12 Wine has robbed my people
of their understanding.
They ask a piece of wood for advice!
They think a stick can tell them the future!
Longing after idols
has made them foolish.
But are we?
Surely we wouldn’t look to a stick for some insight into the future?