Hosea 8: Counting the Bible As Strange
In Hosea 8, God is again laying out the consequences for Israel wondering away from Him and His laws. Within all of that teaching about what is going to happen to them, we find out what was particularly going on with Ephraim.
Hos 8:11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.
Hos 8:12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.
I do kind of think about this in the context of our world today. God has written to us about His law. The Bible is the most published work in the history of the world, and we live in a country where there are virtually no barriers to reading the Bible. Even if you don’t have the money to buy a Bible, there are so many organizations like the Gideons who will give them out for free. Beyond that, the entire Bible is online through many different websites that are also free to access.
We certainly have the great things of God’s law, but we think they are strange as a society. On one hand, we probably should expect that after Jesus Christ told us that the world would hate us because we are not of the world anymore. It shouldn’t be surprising that the word of God is considered somewhat strange.
However, even though it might not be surprising, Ephraim was going to be punished. Let me show you the next verses.
Hos 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.
Hos 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.
It clearly is not a good thing that they are going away from the word of God, so while it might not be surprising, it is not a good sign if I am right. Perhaps we can turn the tide.