August 19, 2001
v. 1 - Israel decaying but looking to Assyria & Egypt
East wind - strong, injurious
v. 2 - the controversy embraces Judah also
vs. 3-4 - Jacob used as an example - seeking the Lord
Gen. 28 - eight yrs pass and still Bethel is unvisited - his
vow unfulfilled - deep family affliction, sad family dishonor,
Gen. 34, and dark family guilt united to afflict, perhaps
punish the patriarch, & it became necessary for God Himself
to remind Jacob of Bethel & the wonderous vision he saw
there, and the solemn vow he made. 35:1
After a period of neglect or forgetfulness, as soon as he
tried Jacob found God in Bethel.
The methods used - weeping & supplication, PRAYER
The true way of prevailing with God is humility &
sincere supplication - not stiffnecked & defiant resistance
to God’s will & Word!
“he found Him in Bethel” - He found him in Bethel?
On that memorial occasion, Jacob prepared himself & his
household for seeking God by putting away the strange
gods that were among them, by ceremonial purification
and putting on a change of garments. Gen. 35:2-4
Earrings - tattoos - Lev. 19:28 - “Ye shall not print any
marks upon you: I am the Lord”
Only marks worthy are those of which Paul mentions
in Gal 6:17 - “for I bear in my body the marks of the
Jewish teaching is that God talked at Bethel, not just
with Jacob but with all his posterity.
v. 5 - Now in Hosea’s time, the people were involved in greater
guilt than Jacob and in graver danger. The same unfailing
remedy for Jacob is recommended to them - only repent and
turn to the Lord with tears of genuine sorrow & seek His face!
Jehovah, the Everlasting & Unchanging One,
the same to Jacob’s posterity as to the patriarch
God would bless them with safety & salvation.
v. 6 - “Therefore turn thou to thy God”
A twofold repentance - manward - mercy & judgment,
Godward - a constant waiting upon God!
Morality has its root in religion, to properly exhibit mercy
and justice there must be a “continual waiting upon God!”
Ps. 25:5 - “on thee do I wait all the day”
Ps. 39:7-8 - “And now Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in
thee. Deliver me from all my transgressions:
make me not the reproach of the foolish.”
Is. 42:4 - “the isles shall wait for His law”
Ps. 145:15-16 - “the eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou
givest them their meat in due season. Thou
openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of
every living thing.”
WAIT ON HIM AT ALL TIMES - wherever you have a home,
let God have an altar; let the incense of prayer & praise
regularly ascend to God, the Father of all the families of
Remember - Deut. 8:18 - Contrast the attitude of Ephraim in
Jacob’s example - earnestness to obtain the blessing, sincerity
of his repentance, evidences of his conversion consisting of
mercy & judgment and constant waiting upon God - these
virtues conspicuous by their absence in Ephraim.
Hosea repeats the story of their degeneracy.
America today compared with yesterday.
No longer do we see Jacob wrestling in prayer with the angel
of the covenant, nor knighted in the field with the name of
Israel or “prince with God”.
We see him now oppressing and cheating, the looks
of a Canaanite trader with his false scales in his hand.
A contrast of Israel as he ought to be & Israel as he is.
Ephraim a Canaanite in his degenerate condition and
no wonder - Judges 1 & 2
Rom. 1:32 - “Who knowing the judgment of God, that
they which commit such things are worthy of
death, not only do the same but have pleasure
in them that do them.”
Contrast “I am become rich” with “wait on thy God
Contrast the Laodicean church in Rev. 3:17 Deut. 8:17
v. 8 - Like the Pharisee in Christ’s time - ignorant of
They attribute all to their own skill, strength, ingenuity,
industry or ability and refuse to acknowledge God.
They misread history, gloried in greatness but forgot &
forsook the God who made them great.
Luke 16:2 - “give account of thy stewardship”
Despite is done to the Spirit of Grace and the Son of God
is put to an open shame.
ch. 4:9 - Spiritual suicide.
ch. 4:12 - Sins not forgotten.
v. 9 - full circle
v. 10 - II Chron. 36: 14-16
v. 11 - nothingness - ch. 10:7
Sin was not animals offered but the unlawfulness of
the place of sacrifice.
vs. 12-13 - Gen. 28:1-9
The distress & affliction of Jacob are contrasted with the
exaltation of his posterity. The purpose is to impress the
people with the goodness of God in lifting them out of a
lowly condition and to inspire them to gratitude.
v. 14 - but Ephraim provoked Him to anger most bitterly.