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Hosea 7:1-16 | Studies In Hosea By Brian A. Yeager

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Hosea 7:1-16

1. When God would have healed Israel, what did Israel not consider?
They did not consider that their doings were known to God:
“(1)  When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without. (2)  And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face” (Hosea 7:1-2).

  • God wanted to bring about the spiritual well-being of His people (Ezekiel 18:30-32).
  • What He wanted and what they wanted was not aligned (Luke 13:34-35).
  • Their iniquity was discovered (Isaiah 28:1, and Hosea 4:17; 12:1; 13:1-2).
  • The wickedness of Samaria (Isaiah 9:8-9, Jeremiah 23:13, and Hosea 8:5-6).
  • Falsehood (Micah 7:1-7).
  • Robbers, as discussed in the previous chapter (Hosea 6:9).
  • There was a long history of not considering things in Israel (Deuteronomy 32:28-29, Isaiah 47:7, and Jeremiah 5:31).
  • What they were not considering is that God remembered their wickedness (Jeremiah 14:10). He also remembered the other side (Jeremiah 31:20).
  • They needed to know that God knew what was going on (Proverbs 5:21, Proverbs 15:3, Isaiah 29:15-16, Jeremiah 16:17, Jeremiah 17:10, Jeremiah 23:24, and Hebrews 4:13).

2. How did they make the king glad?
Their wickedness:
“They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies” (Hosea 7:3).

  • The king of Israel, at this time (Hosea 1:1), was evil. Therefore, no surprise here (II Kings 14:23-24).

3. In regard to Israel, what did the Lord say they all were?
“They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened” (Hosea 7:4).

  • Their spiritual adultery (Jeremiah 3:6-8) was inflamed as the oven of a baker (Hosea 7:6-7).

4. What do we learn about the princes in Israel in this context?
They were predators not looking to the Lord:
“(5)  In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners. (6)  For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire. (7)  They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me” (Hosea 7:5-7).

  • The day of the king may have been some feast day (I Samuel 25:36).
  • We can see what was going on a bit more through the pen of Isaiah (Isaiah 5:11-12).
  • Think about the error of the princes (Habakkuk 2:15-16) and the king (Proverbs 31:4-5).
  • Of course, we are aware of all the problems with alcohol in general (Proverbs 20:1, Proverbs 21:17, Proverbs 23:20-21, Proverbs 23:29-35, Isaiah 5:22, Hosea 4:11, Matthew 26:41, Luke 21:33-34, Galatians 5:16-21, I Thessalonians 5:6, Titus 2:1-14, I Peter 1:13-16, and I Peter 4:1-5).
  • Their predatorily nature is exposed here (Proverbs 4:14-17, Jeremiah 5:26-27, and Micah 2:1).
  • None called unto God (Isaiah 9:13, Isaiah 43:22, Isaiah 64:7, and Jeremiah 23:14) as a result of their pride as the context reveals (Hosea 7:10).

5. What happened as a result from Ephraim mixing himself among the people?
Strangers devoured his strength:
“(8)  Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. (9)  Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not” (Hosea 7:8-9).

  • God originally intended His people to be separated from others (Deuteronomy 7:1-14).
  • They did not hearken to that at this point or even after Babylonian captivity (Ezra 9:1-2 and Nehemiah 13:23-27) and here we see the result. They needed to repent of this (Ezra 10:1-17).
  • Older men should have been wise (Job 321-8).

6. What testified to the face of Israel?
Their pride:
“And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this” (Hosea 7:10).

  • Their pride testified to His face (Hosea 5:5).
  • They revolted more and more (Isaiah 1:5).
  • When pride cometh… Shame and destruction (Proverbs 11:2 and Proverbs 16:18).
  • To his face, personal, and will receive just recompense (Deuteronomy 7:10, Deuteronomy 32:35, and Isaiah 59:18).

7. Was it helpful for God’s people to turn to Assyria and Egypt for help?
“(11)  Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. (12)  When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard. (13)  Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me. (14)  And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me. (15)  Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me. (16)  They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt” (Hosea 7:11-16).

  • In summary, here is a message we see throughout the Old Testament. They VAINLY turn to someone for help, just not to God (II Kings 18:21, Isaiah 30:1-7, Isaiah 31:1-3, Isaiah 36:1-6, Jeremiah 37:5-10).
  • Erringly, they trusted in the strength of men rather than of God (Psalms 118:8-9, Proverbs 21:30-31, Isaiah 2:22, and Jeremiah 2:18; 36).

© 2020 This study was prepared for a Bible class with the Sunrise Acres church of Christ in El Paso, TX by Brian A. Yeager.