Hosea 9 is more of the same. Because of their unfaithfulness to Yahweh, they will be taken away and the land become desolate. It got so bad that here is what happens to God’s messengers:
Because your sins are so many
and your hostility so great,
the prophet is considered a fool,
the inspired man a maniac.
As I’ve said, being a prophet in ancient Israel was a tough job. It almost cost Jeremiah his life, several times. But that’s how upside down a people’s perceptions and judgments can become when they reject the source of all life, the Creator who not only made them, but determines by his very nature what is and is not, what is right and wrong, what is good and evil. Paul tells us in Romans 1 what happens when people spurn the knowledge of God:
28 Since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. . . . 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
They cheer those who do evil, and mock those who do good, especially those who have the temerity to proclaim the name of the Lord. Look at the upper reaches of secular American culture in the 21st Century. Those of the household of faith are mocked at best, and can be put in jail and their lives ruined if they don’t toe the secularist line, especially in matters of sexual morality.
The final verse of the chapter is specifically written to the people of Israel, but as Paul indicates this applies to all who reject God:
17 My God will reject them
because they have not obeyed him;
they will be wanderers among the nations.
God has to reject everyone because, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” By nature not only do we not obey God, we don’t even want to! Ironically, we think obeying God by being “good” is no big deal, and that God should accept us. But the more we rely on the law to try to curry favor with God, the more we heap up our own condemnation. No, the answer to acceptance before God is not obedience because perfect obedience is impossible for sinners; Christ is the answer. Paul tells us this explicitly in that same chapter :
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
If we are willing to clothe ourselves in Christ’s righteousness we don’t have to be wanderers wondering what the heck life is about (stuck with just puzzle pieces and no puzzle), or wanderers wondering if God accepts us or not. We simply believe and trust that “the righteousness of God” is ours. Thus we have peace with God depending on what he did for us in Christ, and not on anything we do or don’t do, can’t or can’t do, could or couldn’t do, would or wouldn’t do, should or shouldn’t do. Period.