Hosea 7:1-16

  In Hosea 7, God uses oven, half baked flat cake, silly dove and treacherous bow to describe the Israelites’ spiritual conditions. Which one of these fits your descriptions?

  In Hosea 7:1-3, God pointed out the Israelites’ sinful blindness and willful ignorance. The Israelites sinned against God and pretended that God did not see their evil deeds. Today, Christians do the same thing. They think God does not see their sins such as pre-martial sex, pornography habit, drugs and alcohol addiction, tax fraud…etc.  They willfully forget that they have sinned. They come to Church on Sunday and pretend nothing has happened.

  In 7:4, The Israelites are like adulterers, burning like an oven whose fire the baker need not stir from the kneading of the dough till it rises. Their hearts are inflamed with adulterous mind and wickedness that they continued to sin while giving sacrifice to the Lord (Hosea 5:6).

  In Hosea 7:8, God described the Israelites as unturned flat cake.  One side they worshiped God and the other side they worshiped the idols. They were hypocrite in their spiritual lives. God also described their spiritual conditions:
1. Burned and ruined, but he does not know.
2. Strength devoured but he does not know it.
3. Aging and weakening but he does not know it.
4. Pride testified against him but he does not know it. Just like Samson, when Delilah cut Samson hair, but he did not know the Lord has departed from him (Judges 16;20).

  The Israelites was like a silly dove. They thought they could run away from God by running to other nations. But the Lord said He will put His net on them. When they had problems, they wailed in the bed instead of calling upon the Lord. They seek remedies but not from the most High (Enduring word commentary).

  They are also like a treacherous bow which cannot shoot a straight arrow. They always miss the mark. We are all missing the mark set by God. We need to repent and turn to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide us to understand the Bible and to use His words to guide our daily decisions. Do not be an ignorant Christian!   — Alan Yam

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