Hosea Chapter Eight
Read Hosea 8:1-4 – Sound a Warning!
v.1 “Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.”
Hosea’s message continues to
Hosea 5:8 “Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethaven, after thee, O Benjamin.”
One of the fears of a shepherd, even today in our western mountains, is that an eagle will steal their spring lambs for an eagle can swoop down and carry a newborn lamb away in his talons. This analogy of an eagle as an adversary was well known to the Israelite people and used by God to warn them of the consequences of being unfaithful.
Deuteronomy 28:49 “The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;”
At the time of their judgment
Psalms 78:34-37 “WHEN HE SLEW THEM, THEN THEY SOUGHT HIM: AND THEY RETURNED AND INQUIRED EARLY AFTER GOD. AND THEY REMEMBERED THAT GOD was THEIR ROCK, AND THE HIGH GOD THEIR REDEEMER. NEVERTHELESS THEY DID FLATTER HIM WITH THEIR MOUTH, AND THEY LIED UNTO HIM WITH THEIR TONGUES. FOR THEIR HEART WAS NOT RIGHT WITH HIM, NEITHER WERE THEY STEDFAST IN HIS COVENANT.”
We look at the
Titus “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
When they stand in judgment, they will cry “my God, we know thee”. They will be among whom Christ described in:
Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
v.3-4 “3Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. 4They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.”
First of all
I Samuel 8:5 “And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
So God appointed them a king, first Saul, then David and his son Solomon
but God’s rule over their kings ended there.
After the rebellion of the northern tribes and the division of
II Kings 15:13-14 “Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in
the nine and thirtieth year of Uzziah king of
II Kings -25 “In the
fiftieth year of Azariah king of
As a result of choosing a king that was not appointed by God the northern kingdom turned to idolatry.
Read Hosea 8:5-14 –
v.5 “Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?”
characterizes the failure of their idol gods to sustain
v.6 “For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.”
In direct violation of God’s commandment they made themselves idols, images to worship that were not God. They had been warned in the Mosaic Covenant:
“Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.” Deuteronomy 27:15
It was started by king Jeroboam when the kingdom was divided:
“Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” I Kings
And now that
“Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:” Acts 19:26
v.7 “7For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”
“THEY HAVE SOWN THE WIND”, they went to all of the trouble and expense of creating these images to worship but they serve no spiritual purpose. It was like trying to sow, or broadcast seed, in the wind, it’s going to go everywhere but where it should and bring no crop as a result. Their work comes to naught. They promise themselves plenty, peace and prosperity by worshiping their idols but they are serving a delusion. Keeping with the analogy of a sower, the seed sown brings no stalk, it brings no bud to yield grain to be made into meal and even if it did strangers would devour it. Their bowing down to images and expecting them to bless and protect them is the ultimate of vanities.
v.8 “Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.”
Kings 17:6 “In the ninth year of Hoshea the
These locations where
the Israeli captives were carried are all in
v.9 “For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.”
the entire nation of
II Kings “And Pul the king of
But as is common with any form of blackmail, the adversary just keeps coming back again and again.
v.10 “Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes.”
They thought that by paying tribute, or hiring “AMONG THE NATIONS”, they could prevent their eventual demise; but neither they nor we, can escape the judgment of God. They will simply suffer more because of the tax burden laid upon them by their king:
II Kings “And Menahem
exacted the money of
Because in addition to their normal burden of supporting their kingdom;
the men of
v.11-12 “Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. 12I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.”
Again we see the tribe
of Ephraim representing the entire nation of
“Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” Deuteronomy 4:5-6
One of which was:
“THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME.” Exodus 20:3
But the laws that God had given them was “COUNTED AS A STRANGE THING”; why?
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” Hosea 4:6
We can see the same condition in existence in our nation today. Why? Because the laws of God are counted as a strange thing among many people, as something that must not influence the laws of our nation, something that is so offensive that it must be removed from public view. But is our condition as a result of ignorance or as a result of rebellion and refusal to acknowledge and obey God? In our nation it is both a result of rebellion and willful ignorance.
v.13 “They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.”
Just as prophesied by Amos:
Amos “Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
Those who try to worship God in ways that he has not commanded, using means that he has not instructed such as instruments of music will find that their worship is not acceptable. Even if we do everything precisely as God has commanded in our congregational worship Jesus says that we can still worship in vain:
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:8-9
As a consequence
v.14 “For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.”
I Kings -32 “And he made an house of high places, and made
priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day
of the month, like unto the feast that is in
Jeroboam copied the worship commanded by God but offered it to idols instead. Do we have a parallel today? Absolutely, everywhere that men copy as much of the Word of God as they want and then refuse to honor the rest; where men copy the articles of worship that they choose, then reject others and add what they want instead of what God commands.
William L. Schwegler – Sunset