“They did not cry out to Me with their heart When they wailed upon their beds. “They assemble together for grain and new wine, They rebel against Me;” Hosea 7:14 NKJV.
Calvary greetings to you and your loved ones. I believe you’re fine. We thank God that you’re keeping pace with the daily study. You shall not miss your reward in Jesus name.
Some Notes on Hosea chapter 7.
- Sin & Strife 1-7.
“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. 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. They make a king glad with their wickedness, And princes with their lies. “They are all adulterers. Like an oven heated by a baker— He ceases stirring the fire after kneading the dough, Until it is leavened. In the day of our king Princes have made him sick, inflamed with wine; He stretched
out his hand with scoffers. They prepare their heart like an oven, While they lie in wait; Their baker sleeps all night; In the morning it burns like a flaming fire. They are all hot, like an oven, And have devoured their judges; All their kings have fallen. None among them calls upon Me.”
Hosea 7:1-7 NKJV.
A. Verse1a. “When I would have healed Israel..” God’s permanent desire is always to bring humanity into reconciliation with Him.
B. Verse 1b. ” then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered ” . Lesson. Nothing is hidden from the Most High.
C. Verse 2. “They do not consider in their hearts That I remember..,” . This shows the folly of man.
D. Verse 3.. “They make king glad with their wickedness and princes with their lies. “ . This is government of deceitfulness. This is akin to the things you see today in government, politics workplaces and even churches. God calls it iniquity.
E. Verse 4.” He ceases stirring the fire after kneading the dough ” Israel has become a place where evil has become systemic. This is what in
contemporary politics is called a failed state. Nations where school children are kidnapped anyhow, people are robbed, raped and killed routinely; and it is becoming normal, God is not happy with such a situation.
F. Verses 6 -7 .“The baker sleeps at night, in the morning it burns like a flaming fire”. What is this? Israel plots evil and wickedness at night and unleashes destruction in the daytime.
G. Verse 8.“Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned.”
Hosea 7:8 NKJV.
Ephraim belonged to God and that should define the limits of his relationship with the unbelieving nations and their lifestyle. Today are we not modern day Ephraim; even seeking validation of our lifestyle from the end time culture of the world instead for seeking validation from the word of God?
- “A cake unturned “ . This is how God described Ephraim. Am I a cake unturned? Is my family cake unturned? Is the group I belong to in church a cake unturned? Am I part of a cake unturned church? What is a cake unturned? Someone that was supposed to be a
delightsome individual but is worthless and unfit for purpose. May I never be judged by God to be worthless or unfit for divine purpose in Jesus name. Every unturned cake gets burnt and is thrown away. Please pray. I shall not end my life as unturned cake in Jesus name.
H. Verse 9.”Aliens have devoured her strength and she doesn’t know it..”. Ephraim has gotten to to the point of delusion. It is a dangerous place to be. None of will ever decend to that pit in Jesus name. It is a state of holding and believing a lie to be true. This passage says the strength of Ephraim has been devoured and he knew it not. Do I still love Jesus? Do I still have genuine compassion for souls or it is the benefits that would accure to me that’s my motivation? Am I willing to support someone or a cause igognito? Do the things of God still excite me?
I. Verse 10. Ephraim is obstinate.
- Futility of Trusting Other Nations 11-“Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without sense— They call to Egypt, They go to Assyria. Wherever they go, I will spread My net on them; I will bring them down like birds of the air; I will chastise them
- It is folly to go and source for strength from Egypt.
” There’s no place any sinner can escape to, that the hand of God will not reach him.
“Be assured, the wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will escape.”
According to what their congregation has heard. “Woe to them, for they have fled from Me! Destruction to them, Because they have transgressed against Me! Though I redeemed them, Yet they have spoken lies against Me. They did not cry out to Me with their heart When they wailed upon their beds. “They assemble together for grain and new wine, They rebel against Me; Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms, Yet they devise evil against Me; They return, but not to the Most High; They are like a treacherous bow. Their princes shall fall by the sword For the cursings of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.” Hosea 7:11-16 NKJV.
A. Verses 11-12. ” ..they call to Egypt they go to Assyria.. wherever they go, I will spread My net in them, I will bring them down..”
Proverbs 11:21 NRSV-CI.
B. Verse 14. “They did not cry to Me with their heart…” . God hates hypocrisy
C. Verse 15. God is love and just. Yet Israel continued to be unfaithful.
D. Verse 16. “They returned, but not to the Most High..” . So where did they return and to whom have they returned? This is a serious matter.
They were inside outside. We called it then “to be within, but without “. It is a dangerous game to play because I can only deceive myself and perhaps my pastor. I cannot deceive God. No.
I should decide to make my confession genuine. My re-dedication, I must mean it. When I return to Him for real, He would help me resolve those entanglements that are choking my life and threatening my future. Please listen to what He said:
And God-Enthroned spoke to me and said, “Consider this! I am making everything to be new and fresh. Write down at once all that I have told you, because each word is trustworthy and dependable.” Revelation 21:5 TPT.
This closing shot is for someone in particular on the Platform. Receive it into your spirit man.
Thank You Jesus.
Father I thank You for making me to be part of the family of God. I bless Your holy name.
Let us thank God for the miracles He’s doing in the lives of everyone on the Platform including your very family . Thank God.
Father Lord, please have mercy on me for not dealing with You in righteousness.
Father thank You for making all things new for me today.
Pray for all those that are sick and require creative miracles in particular; that the God of all flesh would touch them and make them whole.
Thank God for nations where the COVID-19 pandemic has receded and ask for God’s mercy on the nations where the plague is still high. Let’s ask God to halt it in His mercy.
Pray for God to bring to an abrupt end all tyrannical governments in all the nations of the world.
Pray for Church leadership all over the world for God to sustain them by HIS own spirit.
Father Lord please make my life Your own profit centre in Jesus name.
IT IS MY TIME TO FLY…I SHALL FLY IN JESUS NAME.