Morning Bible Study
The prophet Hosea lived during the time of the divided kingdom. The southern
kingdom was usually called “Judah”. The northern kingdom was known either as
“Israel” or “Ephraim”. Hosea’s job was to speak for God to the northern
Hosea had an unusual home life. God has asked him to marry a prostitute
named Gomer. After he had children with Gomer, Gomer went back to work, being a
prostitute. Then came the most amazing thing of all.
God asked Hosea to get his wife back.
Hosea’s life was to be a picture of God’s love for His people.
7:1-10 The Oven
:1 “When I would have healed Israel, Then the
iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, And the wickedness of Samaria. For they have
committed fraud; A thief comes in; A band of robbers
takes spoil outside.
:1 I would have healed Israel
God wants to help
As we dig into another passage warning of God’s judgment coming on wicked
Israel, keep in mind where God is coming from.
God isn’t just “angry” and looking for a reason to destroy Israel.
God wants to help His people, but they don’t want His help.
Remember the book we’re in – Hosea’s love for his rebellious wife is a
picture to the people of God, who loves His people.
:2 They do not consider in their hearts That
I remember all their wickedness; Now their own deeds have surrounded them; They
are before My face.
:3 They make a king glad with their wickedness,
And princes with their lies.
:4 “They are all adulterers. Like an oven heated by a baker— He ceases stirring the
fire after kneading the dough, Until it is leavened.
:4 like an oven
Israel’s passion for the wrongs things is compared to the fire in an oven.
An ancient baker would allow coals to keep burning in the oven while he
prepared his dough.
After the dough was prepared, the baker would let it rise overnight. The coals in the over were still glowing,
just waiting to be stirred up to burn bright and bake the bread.
The oven that God is describing isn’t for bread, but for burning up the leaders.
:5 In the day of our king Princes have made him
sick, inflamed with wine; He stretched out his hand with scoffers.
:6 They prepare their heart like an oven, While
they lie in wait; Their baker sleeps all night; In the morning it burns like a
:7 They are all hot, like an oven, And have
devoured their judges; All their kings have fallen. None among them calls upon Me.
:7 have devoured their judges
During the years of Hosea’s ministry, four of Israel’s five rulers were
assassinated (like bread being burned up).
:8 “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples;
Ephraim is a cake unturned.
:8 a cake unturned
Have you ever made pancakes and left them cooking too long on one side so
they are burnt on one side?
:9 Aliens have devoured his strength, But he does
not know it; Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, Yet he does not
:9 Aliens have devoured his strength
I have found some actual video footage dating back to the days of ancient
Actually this is talking about how Israel was making treaties with other
nations like Assyria and Egypt for help, but only ended up being hurt by the
:10 And the pride of Israel testifies to his face,
But they do not return to the Lord
their God, Nor seek Him for all this.
7:11-16 The Wrong Help
:11 “Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without
sense— They call to Egypt, They go to Assyria.
:12 Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them; I will bring them down
like birds of the air; I will chastise them According to what their
congregation has heard.
:11 like a silly dove
Doves and pigeons aren’t the smartest of birds.
We might pick
up extra jobs, we might get more loans, we might hit
our friends up for money.
And when we
think we have it under control, something goes wrong in our life and we turn to
that “thing” we always turn to.
Life is bad,
so we act out. We look for new sexual
And we wonder
why we can’t control our weight.
going gets tough, the tough go shopping.
We think that the rush of getting new “stuff” will solve this emptiness
we feel inside.
He’s a real
person. He wants us to know Him as He
really is, not who we think He is.
My real wife
is much, much better than a photo.
This is quite
an emotional part of the movie, but let’s be honest. We’re talking about a man crying over a ball,
not a real person.
will “reap” is a “whirlwind”, a tornado, destruction.
Where do you
spend your time and your money?
investing in things that will produce a real profit for you?
investing in heaven? If someone looked
at your check register or your day planner, could they tell where you’re really investing?
invest in heaven, your heart will be tied to heaven
and you will rejoice when you see things that impact heaven.