Self Destruct Sequence

Hos 7:3-7 By their evil they make the king glad, and the princes by their treachery. They are all adulterers; they are like a heated oven whose baker ceases to stir the fire, from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened. On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; he stretched out his hand with mockers. For with hearts like an oven they approach their intrigue; all night their anger smolders; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire. All of them are hot as an oven, and they devour their rulers. All their kings have fallen, and none of them calls upon me.

The king in Samaria and the rich merchants of his court were very pleased with themselves for the plans hatched to deceive Assyria. They were fools. Hosea likens their stupidity to leaving an oven fire untended while preparing bread to bake. The king and his lobbyists grew so rich from their deceptions that their greed became their undoing. The were so eager for capital gain that they plotted against each other even while they plotted together against Assyria, Egypt, and their own public. They were so eaten up that when Assyria finally attacked, Israel was unable to organize and mount a successful defense. In the end all of the elite of Israel were so consumed with their evil pursuits that none would call upon YHWH when their hour of desperation was upon them.

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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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