Sowing In The Wind!
For they sow the wind, so they will reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no ears, so it will yield no flour; and if it does yield any, foreigners will swallow it up.
Hosea 8:7 (CJB)
An agricultural proverb becomes the prophet’s tool to indict God’s people. Crop yield is the result of good seed planted in good soil and given the proper proportions of sunlight, moisture, and fertilizer. A single seed can produce multiple fruit in good conditions.
Israel, however, had sown its spiritual seed to the wind – it had invested itself in activities without substance. Like the wind that comes and goes, its idolatry and foreign alliances offered no protection.
Israel faces judgment on the foundation their national life, their agricultural economy. The agricultural figure is extended to focus on the certainty of judgment. Israel will not inhabit their own land or eat their own agricultural produce.
In seeking self-preservation apart from God, it had brought about its own destruction. Like a forceful whirlwind, God’s judgment would come upon Israel by means of the Assyrians. They have ignored their one true God too long and will reap the whirlwind. The Lord can no longer ignore their sin.
In their idolatry and political alliances, the Israelites were trying to sow seeds that would produce a good harvest, but they were only sowing the wind—vanity, nothing—and would reap the whirlwind. Nothing could stop the force of the Assyrian army. The harvest would be more powerful than the seed!
The sowing/reaping image continues with the picture of a blighted crop of grain. The rulers of Israel thought their worship of Baal and their foreign alliances would produce a good crop of peace and prosperity; but when the time came for the harvest, there was nothing to reap.
And even where heads of grain did appear, the enemy reaped the harvest and Israel gained nothing. In the image of the wind, Hosea said, “You will reap far more than you sowed, and it will be destructive!” In the image of the grain, he said, “You will reap nothing at all, and your enemies will get the benefit of all the promises you made.”
When we seek security in anything except God, we expose ourselves to great danger. Without God there is no lasting security.
Bible Exposition Commentary – Bible Exposition Commentary – Be Amazed (Hosea, Joel).
NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible
Holman Old Testament Commentary