Stubborn Is as Stubborn Does

Hos 4:16-19 Like a stubborn heifer, Israel is stubborn; can the Lord now feed them like a lamb in a broad pasture? Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone. When their drink is gone, they give themselves to whoring; their rulers dearly love shame. A wind has wrapped them in its wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

In these closing verses of Hosea 4 you can sense the frustration Hosea is expressing toward the stiff necked Israelites. Hosea asks the rhetorical question whether the Lord can feed them in a broad pasture. Of course the answer is that the Lord cannot sustain and support stubborn refusal to repent and return to their God. Ephraim represents the character of Israel as a whole. Hosea is essentially saying not to even bother trying to convert them back to truth. They go into idol temples, drink, and engage in orgies. This literal behavior represents forsaking sanctification by mixing with the world and being unfaithful to God in acts of spiritual adultery. Israel’s leaders dearly love things Hosea sees as shameful. Wind represents spirit. They are wrapped in a spirit that ends in their shameful fall because they commit spiritual adultery with idols for the illusion of pleasure. Little has changed since. Today people take what they want of our Bible and mix with it “new age” or other foreign philosophies and call it Christianity. Souls are in great peril by these lies that deceive and draw people from truth to lies, whether they are drawn by pleasure or power or simply the idea they can affect their own salvation through some brave effort of their own. They look to the world to meet their greatest desires because they have been led away from knowledge of God and the reality of eternity beyond carnal understanding.

About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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