The Book of Hosea

Bible Study-HO-Chapter 8

Chapter 8__Ephraim

     We know for a surety that our Father loves us as well as these ten Tribes of the House of Israel else He wouldn’t be sending punishment for not obeying Him. He only punishes the ones that He loves and it’s to turn their head around and put our focus back on Him and His letter to us.

     This book, this Bible, is the way that He talks to us and teaches us and tells us how He wants us to live. He truly wants every one of us to spend eternity with Him and when He created us at the beginning that was supposed to be it, that was supposed to be heaven and eternity. Right there. Nothing else coming down the road.

     But He gave us free will so that, if we loved Him in return, we could show it from our heart, not as some robot pre-programmed to say: “I love you, I love you.” Like little wooden souls.

     But with free will comes the opportunity to make bad decisions, destructive decisions. With our Father on one side and Lucifer, Satan, on the other, all souls soon had a decision to make: to follow Satan in his quest to sit in the Seat of God or stand with our Father.

     I don’t believe that most of the souls wanted to make that decision, I believe that most were entirely comfortable living in this paradise exactly as our Father had created it. I believe that this decision was forced upon them.

     And when that happened the true spirit of the soul came forth. Revelations tells us that 1/3 of all souls fell in line with Satan after making that decision:

     Ref: Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. KJV

     So, like it or not, here we are today, constantly facing decisions throughout our day that we probably are not even aware that we are making. Do we participate in the sinful ways of the world or do we stand firm and resist? He told us that He would never let us be tempted over and above what we are capable of withstanding and would always give us a way out.

     Do we look for that way out or do we jump in and say party on?

     Through the media of television, the web, music and entertainment, just to name a few, we are tempted with the worldly pleasures that surround us. The same held true for these Israelites. The temptations of their day are wrapped in different packaging than the ones we face.

     Same temptations, different presentations. Theirs may have been presented rather modestly, ours are dressed in glitter, exploding pyro- techniques, booming, raucous music that overwhelms the mind, split-second graphic flashes on digital screens bigger than football fields showing half-naked breasts and bodies of voluptuous women transformed by surgical techniques. Part human, part plastic.

     All trying to sell us a product, change our way of life, give us hope for the future and, heaven knows, make that almighty dollar.

     Boy, would Hosea’s mouth drop open when seeing all this and the way we live or what!

     Their sin city was Samaria. Ours is Las Vegas. No difference.

     So, as we begin this eighth chapter our Father continues to chide them, pointing out their transgressions against His laws and His will and the promise that discipline is coming very soon. The hammer is gonna drop.

     Hosea 8:1 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.

     In the Hebrew, mouth is literally to thy palate. The trumpet executes a call to action, rousing the enemy to come quickly.

     Here the eagle strikes quickly, swooping down on her prey, grasping it with talons that will soon rip the flesh apart but even our Father calls Himself an eagle in Deuteronomy chapter 32. He protects His weak children as an eagle protects her young.   

     Israel will go up to the Assyrians for help but even after paying the thousand talents of silver the Assyrians will still come after them.

     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. KJV

     In Isaiah chapter 14, the Assyrian is a type of Antichrist and this is how you can relate this to today. Who is the Antichrist? Satan.

     Hosea 8:2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.

     Oh yeah, when the times get rough we all see a need to call on Him and tell Him how much we need His help right now…not tomorrow, right now but the way we act and live our lives belies the truthfulness of our pleading.

     Some even call on Satan to help them in their time of need and you can bet that he will do so a lot faster than our Father because he wants you entangled in his web.

     Some preachers on Judgment Day will stand before Him saying:

 

     “We knew you, Lord, we cast out devils and spirits in your Name”

 

     and He will cast them aside saying:

 

     “I never knew you”.

 

     Why didn’t He know these preachers?

     Ref: Matthew 7:22 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?

     Ref: Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. KJV

     What denomination comes to mind when talking about exorcisms? Certainly they aren't the only one. Good thing is they don't use reptiles during their services.   

     Because their whole life in the ministry was teaching lies, they didn’t care enough about Him to teach the truth. They taught the rapture theory, the any-moment and the fly-away doctrine, all the traditional beliefs of the church.

     Hosea 8:3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him.

     The thing that is good would be our Father. And the enemy is still coming to pound them with chastisement.

     Hosea 8:4 They 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.

     Israel set up Jeroboam as their king, he wasn’t sanctioned by our Father. He had appointed the house of David as the rightful kings of the whole nation. And it was Jeroboam that had the golden calves made and then told these Tribes not to go to Jerusalem, just stay here at home and worship.

     And our Father has cut them off.

     Hosea 8:5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?

     How long is it going to be before they get their hearts right and come back to Me? He’ll take them back if they simply repent and change their ways but that’s not going to happen any time soon.

     If you put your faith in some MAN and believe the things that he preaches, things that are sanctioned by some church organization, things that are false, you’re going to find yourself in a world of hurt real quick.

     Check these preachers out, see if they preach according to the Scriptures or not. If they don’t, leave! Don’t go back. Of course, you have to have a little knowledge of the Bible to be able to determine whether what he’s saying is the truth or not.

     That’s why you need to study on your own. It’s your soul, don’t turn the rights of it over to some idiot.

     Hosea 8:6 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.

     Our Father didn’t make those idols, they were hand-made by men but He’s going to break them up into little pieces.

     Remember back during the days in the desert after the Exodus. Moses went up on Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments and while up there he left his brother Aaron in charge of it all. When he came back down from the mount he discovered that they were all singing and having a party and whoring after some golden calf that they had made.

     What did Moses do?

     Ref: Exodus 32:20 And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. KJV

     He ground it up into a powder, threw it in some water and made them DRINK the gold dust. Lesson to be learned? God doesn’t like golden idols of any sort. But it didn’t matter, they continually kept going back to the worshipping of idols just like their heathen neighbors.

     Hosea 8:7 For 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.

     Ever try to sow the wind? Nothing but hot air. And if you try to sow a bunch of it it’ll turn into a whirlwind and it won’t produce anything. Not stalk to it, no bud bursting out from it, just nothing but hot air whirling around.

     It won’t give you anything to eat from it, it’s just a bunch of nothing. Remind you of any preachers you’ve listened to? Rant and rave on for an hour and all you end up with is hot air. There’s no meat in the words, nothing of substance for your soul to take in and get some good out of.

     Just a lot of empty words that sound real religious, let’s sing a couple of religious songs and send them all on their way.

     People swallow it up hook, line and sinker because they’re too lazy to study on their own. Let some Elmer Gantry take control of how they worship the Creator and they end up with a free trip to the Lake of Fire if they’re not careful.

     Hosea 8:8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.

     Our Father is going to scatter these ten Tribes among the Gentiles, they’ll be swallowed up among the billions of other people and they’re not going to be happy about it because, until recently, they’ll never be able to go back to the land of their forefathers.

     Hosea 8:9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers.

     They went up to Assyria to try to buy protection for a thousand talents of silver.

     A wild ass is an independent ‘ole cuss, he likes to be alone and our Father is kind of saying that Israel should travel alone, like a wild ass, rather than try to hook up and bribe the very people that will soon conquer them.

     Hosea 8:10 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.

     Hosea 8:11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.

     Where do you find an altar these days? Usually, inside a church and it’s saying that even your churches will bring sin into your life, there’s sin inside these churches. Maybe from behind the altar by the person that preaches there?

     Hosea 8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

     They didn’t understand anything about His laws…

 

     ”Well, I didn’t know that.”

 

     No, you probably didn’t because you didn’t study on your own. You never felt the satisfaction of reading it for yourself and thinking that maybe our Father is pleased that you have done so.

     Hosea 8:13 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.

     Blood sacrifices of animals was never intended to remove or forgive sin. In many places our Father stated that He hated the stink of their burning flesh, it make His nostrils burn. It was only done as a sign of obedience because our Father told them to do so and He only wanted to see if they loved Him enough to go ahead and take the best of their crop or their flock and give it to Him.

     Many were losing a lot of money by doing that. They got high dollar for the best of their flocks and crops. Father wanted to see if they would give that up because they wanted to love and please Him.

    He’s not going to send them back to Egypt, He wants them to remember the 400 years that they spent as slaves to the Egyptians. Stop doing the things that enslave you to others.

     Hosea 8:14 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. KJV

     If you lean on your Father you won’t have to find security by building a fence around yourself for protection.

     Eight chapters so far. What have we learned?

     He wants us to love Him and not worship false idols, whatever they may look like or be made of.

     Stop your evil ways and start living your life according to His Commandments.

     Depend on Him and none else. Man will lead your soul to hell.

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