PODCAST: The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #335: Hosea 11:12 (with Daniel Whyte III)

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #335, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 11:12.

12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.


That was Hosea 11:12. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

A hortatory and didactic tone characterizes the conclusion to Hosea’s prophecy. As in earlier sections Hosea moves from judgment to salvation. Once more Israel’s guilt is established and her punishment predicted.These verses introduce the final section with a formal accusation and an announcement of judgment. The entire nation (Judah included) had broken her covenant with the Lord. Lies and deceit refer to hypocrisy and unfaithfulness. The latter is especially appropriate in light of the following comparison with the patriarch Jacob. The same term was used to describe Jacob’s deception in stealing Esau’s blessing. Ironically the nation was unfaithful to the faithful Holy One, who had always demonstrated fidelity to His covenant promises. Is unruly means to stray or roam restlessly, an apt picture of Israel’s wandering off from God to Baal and to foreign nations for help. “Holy One” is plural here, emphasizing the magnitude of this divine characteristic. In this context God’s holiness refers primarily to His transcendence over fallible people.


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