Bible Study-HO-Chapter 7
The Book of Hosea
At the risk of boring you to the point that you go outside and watch the grass grow instead of reading this, I’ve got to give a little history of the kings of Israel and Judah so you can better understand why our Father is as angry as He is with them:
Of the nineteen kings that the House of Judah had over them, every single one of them was a bad apple, rotten to the core. Over the span of 242 years, during which these 19 kings reigned, King Zimri lasted only 7 days; King Zechariah lasted 6 months; King Shallum lasted 1 month. The longest reigning king was Jeroboam II at 41 years.
We are not much better. Some of the presidents that we’ve had, Richard M. Nixon for one, should have been taken out by the people of this country but they are protected by congress and those politicians within that body that gain power, influence and riches from these corrupt leaders.
Besides, many of the voters in this country, the ones that want a free lunch from the government, are all standing there with their hand out waiting for the freebies. Why we put up with leaders and people like that is beyond me.
I get it that most of us are busy 40 plus hours a week earning a living but isn’t there enough patriotism left among us to even talk about kicking some of these scoundrels out? No, there’s not. We are all kept in check by being told that “we have to get rid of them at the voting booth”, the sensible and civilized way of cleaning the governments’ clock.
But when the guy who is running against some dirtbag is equally or even more dirty and corrupt than the guy sitting in the office, what are we to do? So, despair and futility set in and the outcome is that most voters don’t even go to the polls to vote anymore, which makes the reelection of some of these bums almost certain.
A merry-go-round that never stops turning.
Let’s list the kings before we go to the book of 2nd Kings:
✡ 14th King-Zechariah
✡ 15th King-Shallum
✡ 16th King-Menahem
✡ 17th King-Pekahiah
✡ 18th King-Pekah
✡ 19th King-Hoshea (Not to be confused with the prophet Hosea)
Alright, we’re going to understand fully why our Father is so angry with the House of Israel and why they went into captivity to the Assyrians….2nd Kings, chapter 15.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:8 In the thirty and eighth year of Azariah king of Judah did Zachariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six months.
Don’t get confused…
Azariah, king of Judah is the House of Judah.
Zachariah is now the king of the House of Israel. He is the 14th King of the House of Israel.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:9 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as his fathers had done: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
What were the sins of Jeroboam? Jeroboam was the first king of the split kingdoms of Israel and Judah. He was the one that had the two golden calves made and told the people that they didn’t have to go all the way to Jerusalem for the yearly feast days, they could just stay at home and worship these two idols. Bad decision.
I mean, for heaven’s sake, King Solomon was deposed by our Father for allowing idol worship among the people and the transgression of His Commandments, the reason for the splitting of the kingdom into two houses, and what does his successor do? He has two golden calves made.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:10 And Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and smote him before the people, and slew him, and reigned in his stead.
Shallum kills King Zechariah and takes the throne for himself. He is the 15th king of the House of Israel.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:11 And the rest of the acts of Zachariah, behold, they are written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:12 This was the word of the Lord which he spake unto Jehu, saying, Thy sons shall sit on the throne of Israel unto the fourth generation. And so it came to pass.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:13 Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the nine and thirtieth year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned a full month in Samaria.
Both Houses are paralleled here: Shallum was the king of the House of Israel DURING the reign of Uzziah king of the House of Judah.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:14 For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to Samaria, and smote Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and slew him, and reigned in his stead.
Then Menahem went to Samaria and killed King Shallum and he takes the throne for himself. He is the 16th king of the House of Israel.
All of the kings of the House of Israel resided in the city of Samaria, the capitol, so when it’s stated that Samaria has fallen it is inclusive of the entire population of the House of Israel.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:15 And the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which he made, behold, they are written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:16 Then Menahem smote Tiphsah, and all that were therein, and the coasts thereof from Tirzah: because they opened not to him, therefore he smote it; and all the women therein that were with child he ripped up.
Menahem was one of the cruelest of all the kings, killing all the women that were pregnant in the city of Tiphsah. The Hebrew Texts verify the English ripped up for he indeed ripped open the bellies of these women and allowed the fetus to spill out onto the ground.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:17 In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah began Menahem the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and reigned ten years in Samaria.
Azariah is king over the House of Judah; Menahem is king over the House of Israel.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:18 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord: he departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
Fifteen kings after King Jeroboam, the children of Israel are still worshipping those two golden calves.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:19 And Pul the king of Assyria came against the land: and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand.
The full name of King Pul of Assyria is Tiglath-Pileser III. Now, ‘ole King Pul is an instrument of our Father. He, along with King Shalmaneser V, will be the ones that put the House of Israel into captivity.
But, for the moment, King Menahem of the House of Israel, has bought him off for a thousand talents of silver
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:20 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and stayed not there in the land.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:21 And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:22 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead.
It seems that King Menahem died of natural causes and his son Pekahiah would become the 17th king over the House of Israel.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
Under King Pekahiah, the children of the House of Israel continued to worship the golden calves that King Jeroboam had made, in addition to many other sordid idol worshipping.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:25 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king's house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room.
Pekah and his band of conspirators kill King Pekahiah and Pekah becomes the 18th King of the House of Israel.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:26 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:27 In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:28 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
The time that has passed from the reign of King Jeroboam until King Pekah will be about 235 years and STILL the children of the House of Israel continue to worship the two golden calves.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abel-beth-maachah, and Jonoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.
The captivity begins with the Assyrian King Tiglath-pileser (Pul) taking some of the cities from the territories of the House of Israel.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:30 And Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah.
Hoshea will be the 19th and last king of the House of Israel because they will become Assyrian captives. One hundred years later the Babylonians would overrun the Assyrian empire and they would eventually be taken over by the Persians.
The people that comprised the House of Israel, what happened to them? Some assimilated into the cultures of the Assyrians and other nations; their descendants can be found among the populations of Syria, Iraq and other countries of the Middle East today.
Many of the Israelites of the Northern Kingdom migrated across the Caucasus Mountains and went into southern Russia, Europe, the British Isles, Canada and eventually America.
In 722 BC these peoples “disappeared” becoming the ten lost tribes of Israel. For 2670 years they lived and prospered and had children and in 1948, when the security council of the United Nations granted Israel the right to once again establish her national boundaries, is when they took shape and form again and started moving back to their homeland.
This might be a little confusing to some because I’ve stated before that Israel lost her status as a nation in 70 AD when the Roman general Titus destroyed the Temple and the city of Jerusalem but this only involved the House of Judah. The House of Israel disappeared 792 years previously.
Perhaps now you can see why it is so important to understand the difference between these two Houses.
There are verses in the 15th and 16th and 17th chapters of 2nd Kings that point out the occurrence of Idol worship among the House of Israel and the House of Judah and I’m going to pick and choose those verses to illustrate that the sin of worshipping those two golden calves was not the only sin of the Houses of Israel and Judah.
Ref: 2nd Kings 15:35 Howbeit the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burned incense still in the high places. He built the higher gate of the house of the Lord.
These high places are elevated places of land upon which they would build altars to worship their idols of stone and wood. King Solomon built the Temple of our Father and then turned around and built altars on high places for his foreign wives which is why our Father broke the United Kingdom of Israel into two parts: the House of Israel and the House of Judah.
Ref: 2nd Kings 16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.
To pass through the fire was the practice of worshipping the god of the Ammonites known as Molech. Parts of that practice involved the burning of children which were laid upon the outstretched arms of the brass idol with a fire burning beneath.
Ref: 2nd Kings 16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
Under every green tree was a practice called grove worshipping. This involved cutting down a fairly straight tree, trimming off the limbs and bark and shaping one end of it to resemble the end of a male penis. One end was thrust into the ground so that it remained upright.
The larger version of this idol was eventually brought into the Temple, and apparently, during this “Grove Festival” they sold smaller versions for the women would buy them and hide them in their tents. I don’t have to go into much detail on this but if you think that this practice was limited to Old Testament times have a look in your local Adult Book & Toy store and see what items are available for women….that need batteries.
In chapter 17 we find our Father dealing with the House of Judah and this will recap the taking of the House of Israel by the Assyrians.
Ref: 2nd Kings 17:14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the Lord their God.
Obstinate kind of people, headed down a road with no turnoffs or intersections.
Ref: 2nd Kings 17:15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them,
concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them.
We could blame all of this idol worship on the heathen nations that were around Israel but that would only leave them to their own devices and we see how a society can corrupt its own morals by just looking around at the world today. The minds of men can think up almost anything.
Ref: 2nd Kings 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.
Ref: 2nd Kings 17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.
Ref: 2nd Kings 17:18 Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. KJV
I think that I’ve painted a good enough picture of both the House of Israel and the House of Judah to show you just why our Father was so angry, disappointed and hurt by these children of His.
“Well, thank goodness we don’t do that sort of thing today.”
Really? The Supreme Court just recently decreed that all 50 States must allow and recognize same-sex marriages. And we don’t do that kind of stuff today? Homosexuality and Lesbianism.
Moral decay in this country is running rampant.
Alright, let’s listen to our Father….
Hosea 7:1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.
As we have seen, the throne of kings sits in Samaria and brother, there were some wicked kings.
Hosea 7:2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face.
Some of them probably don’t even believe that He exists. More than that, He never crosses their mind throughout their day. If He did, they might think twice before doing some of the things they do.
I tried a small experiment on myself some years ago….throughout my day, on at least one day, I tried to imagine that Christ was standing behind my right shoulder, seeing everything that I did that day. It was tiresome to consciously think and imagine Him there constantly because if I drifted just a little bit I quickly forgot to imagine Him and I went on with my day.
I wanted to see if I would act differently with Him in my consciousness all day long. The jury is still out on this since my life wasn’t a cesspool of sin to begin with and I think that how we act unconsciously is a sign of our true self, our true nature, so I never perused that experiment any further.
Hosea 7:3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
I guess they did make the king glad, he was the one that commanded that they do such things and when they willingly complied, he was happy.
Hosea 7:4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneeded the dough, until it be leavened.
The Hebrew is literally, burning from the baker. This implies that the fire continued to burn of itself, even after the baker ceased to feed it with fuel. So their lusts were ever on fire, even in the short respite Satan gives until his leaven has worked.
Hosea 7:5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.
On the day of the king’s birthday or coronation he was drunk, they partied with bottles of wine, not glasses. The heat that the wine produces within the body being symbolized for the heat of passion that they are constantly feeling because there is nothing or no one to quell that passion. It runs rampant and unabated. Constantly.
Hosea 7:6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.
Their hearts were burning with a desire to kill this man and they did. In front of many witnesses. No one stepped forward to stop it. One murder after another:
✡ King Zechariah was killed by Shallum in front of all the people. He reigned for only 6 months.
✡ King Shallum was killed by Menahem after reigning for only 1 month.
✡ King Menahem died of natural causes?
✡ King Pekahiah was killed by Pekah after reigning for only 2 years.
✡ King Pekah was killed by Hoshea after reigning for 20 years.
✡ King Hoshea was imprisoned by the Assyrians and possibly died there.
Hosea 7:7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.
They are all so busy killing the kings and committing whoredoms and idol worshipping that they never even considered calling on the name of the Lord.
Hosea 7:8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.
A cake not turned is only half-baked. Pour some pancake batter in a hot pan and don't flip it over to cook the other side: cake not turned. They are out there among the very people that taught them idol worship and they will remain half-baked until they return to the Father and give up worshipping pieces of stone and wood.
Hosea 7:9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.
These strangers are the Assyrians and they not only took Ephraim’s strength, they put them in captivity.
Hosea 7:10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the Lord their God, nor seek him for all this.
Who is the the pride of Israel? The excellence of Judah.
Hosea 7:11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.
Easily deceived without understanding. Israel lay between these two strong countries, Egypt and Assyria and although warned against an alliance with either one, Israel went to one or the other to become strong enough to war against the other and it led to their demise.
Hosea 7:12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard.
Our Father begins to speak: as the prophets have prophesized I will punish them eventually.
Hosea 7:13 Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.
For all that He has done for them they still seek power from other men, not Him.
Hosea 7:14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me.
They wail and moan at how badly they are being treated but they never cried out to Me.
Hosea 7:15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.
I have healed their wounds and strengthened them and still they ignore Me and worship idols.
Hosea 7:16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt. KJV
They pretend to seek our Father at times but eventually return to idol worshipping. They’re like a bow that has a flaw in it and therefore shoots wide of the mark.
Israel may have convinced themselves that God either forgot or didn’t even see their transgressions against Him. They put it out of their mind and kept on having their parties.
People are like that even today and this country, this wonderful nation, as a whole, needs to get down on her knees and plead for Him to intervene and to get us back on the right track.
On the other hand, if our Father controls everything and no king comes to power unless He approves it, we may be exactly where we need to be in the grand Plan that He has for us and this country.
The best thing, the ONLY thing that we can do is to individually keep ourselves close to Him, pray to Him, repent of our sins before Him and then, regardless of where this country is headed or what the world as a whole will do to us, we will be safe and secure in His hand.
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