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Hosea
Israel pretends to return to the Lord, but not in reality.
Chapter 7
OUTLINE OF HOSEA The Ryrie Study Bible
1. The Prodigal Wife, 1:1-3:5
A. Her Unfaithfulness, 1:1-11
B. Her Punishment, 2:1-13
C. Her Restoration and Israel’s, 2:14-23
D. Her Redemption, 3:1-5
2. The Prodigal People, 4:1-14:9
A. The Message of Judgment, 4:1-10:15
1. The indictment, 4:1-19
2. The verdict, 5:1-15
3. The plea of Israel, 6:1-3
4. The reply of the Lord, 6:4-11
5. The crimes of Israel, 7:1-16
6. The prophecy of judgment, 8:1-10:15
B. The Message of Restoration, 11:1-14:9
1. God’s love for the prodigal people, 11:1-11
2. God’s chastisement of the prodigal people, 11:12-13:16
3. God’s restoration of the prodigal people, 14:1-9
Hosea ministered to Israel
Israel is green in this map.
Judah is the yellow area.
Orange marks other countries.
Ephraim was the leading tribe in northern Israel, thus, God sometimes calls Israel Ephraim.
Samaria is the capital of Israel.
The General Crimes of Israel, Hosea 7:1-2
• Hosea 7 begins by identifying Israel’s general sins (v.1-2)
• God desired to heal Israel. Like Hosea’s feelings for his unfaithful wife, so God continues to desire Israel’s restoration.
That is just like our God!
• Then, God’s desire was prevented by their unrepentant sins.
• God knew the idolatry of Ephraim (the leading tribe).
• God knew the wickedness of Samaria (the capital where spiritual and royal people lived in sinful luxury).
• The people were full of falsehood – lies and deception
• They secretly robbed as a thief at night.
• They openly plundered as robbers in the day.
• They ignore God’s knowledge of their sin (v.2).
The Specific Crimes of Israel, Hosea 7:3-16
• Hosea addresses specific crimes of the court (v.3-7)
• The corrupt king is made glad by the wickedness of his people (v.3).
• The princes are made glad by the lies. They are enjoying life outside of God’s law.
• They are adulterers (v.4). What is the baker illustrating?
• The baker stops feeding the oven fire after the bread is kneaded until it rises and is ready to bake. God (the Baker) was just letting the fire
rest while their sin increased in size like the leavened loaf. God’s judgment fire had not gone out.
• The day of the king may be his birthday or coronation day (v.5). The princes made him drunk and foolish.
• Here the lusts of their hearts are heated like an oven, and they will burst into flame (v.6). Since the nation split, nine of
her kings were murdered.
• Like a hot fire, they have destroyed themselves (v.7).
The Specific Crimes of Israel, Hosea 7:3-16
• Hosea addresses specific crimes of the country (v.8-16)
• Ephraim mixed himself among the people (v.8). They followed the heathen ways of the Gentiles and of foreign countries.
They were like an un-turned pancake. KJBC states, “As far as religious activity is concerned, they are overdone. But so far
as their attitude and reality towards God is concerned, they are raw.”
• Ephraim had lost his strength (from the Lord) and he did not know it (v.9). He was like an aging man, but he did not know
that either.
• The nation was too proud to return to the Lord nor to seek Him in all their problems (v.10). Sadly, our pride does that to
us as well.
• The silly dove without heart is a deceived dove that does not comprehend a trap (v.11). Like that dove, Ephraim turn to
heathen nations for help.
• God will spread His net for them and will chasten them (v.12).
The Specific Crimes of Israel, Hosea 7:3-16
• Fleeing from God always brings grief (v.13). Woe is a cry of grief.
• The Lord must send chastening destruction on them because they sinned against Him. Though the Lord redeemed them,
they lied about Him.
• God knew their hearts (v.14). Their cries for help were not sincere.
• After crying to God, they assembled to eat and drink (likely in their temples) and rebel against the Lord.
• God had bound (i.e., instructed) and strengthened their arms, yet they plan evil against the Lord (v.15).
• They pretend to return, but not truly to God (v.16). They act like a deceitful (i.e., weak) bow whose arrow does not reach
the mark.
• Their princes (rulers) would fall by the sword. Truly this happened to them.
Note similes and metaphors in this chapter
• as an oven heated by the baker (v.4) – pending judgment
• made ready their heart like an oven (v.6) – evil planning in the night
• as a flaming fire (v.6) – hot and ready to cook
• hot as an oven (v.7) – burning hot with lust
• Ephraim is a cake not turned (v.8) – overdone religion, underdone spirituality
• like a silly dove without heart (v.11) – deceived
• as the fowls of the heaven (v.12) – fall when trapped or shot
• like a deceitful bow (v.16) – looks good but weak
Applications for Us Today
• God wants our whole heart. He knows if we are truly yielded to Him or not.
• One of the worst things we can do is to plan evil in our minds, thinking that God does not know. The devil
may make it sound good, but he is a liar.
• God does not want us to be unturned pancakes – religiously over done on one side, but spiritually raw on
the other side.
• Similarly, we must not look like a strong Christian on the outside, but be as weak as a deceitful bow on the
inside.
• How does God view your relationship with Him?