Hosea Chapter 12
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Matthew Henry's Hosea Chapter 12 Bible commentary...
Judah and Israel reminded of the Divine favours. (1-6) The provocations of Israel. (7-14)1-6 Ephraim feeds himself with vain hopes of help from man, when he is at enmity with God. The Jews vainly thought to secure the Egyptians by a present of the produce of their country. Judah is contended with also. God sees the sin of his own people, and will reckon with them for it. They are put in mind of what Jacob did, and what God did for him. When his faith upon the Divine promise prevailed above his fears, then by his strength he had power with God. He is Jehovah, the same that was, and is, and is to come. What was a revelation of God to one, is his memorial to many, to all generations. Then let those who have gone from God, be turned to him. Turn thou to the Lord, by repentance and faith, as thy God. Let those that are converted to him, walk with him in all holy conversation and godliness. Let us wrestle with Him for promised blessings, determined not to give over till we prevail; and let us seek Him in his ordinances.
7-14 Ephraim became a merchant: the word also signifies a Canaanite. They carried on trade upon Canaanitish principles, covetously and with fraud and deceit. Thus they became rich, and falsely supposed that Providence favoured them. But shameful sins shall have shameful punishments. Let them remember, not only what a mighty prince Jacob was with God, but what a servant he was to Laban. The benefits we have had from the word of God, make our sin and folly the worse, if we put any slight upon that word. We had better follow the hardest labour in poverty, than grow rich by sin. We may form a judgment of our own conduct, by comparing it with that of ancient believers in the like circumstances. Whoever despises the message of God, will perish. May we all hear his word with humble, obedient faith.
Timothy Wayne George's Hosea Chapter 12 comment on 7/12/2012, 8:24am...
Verse 6 is the key verse, and it tells Israel to turn to the Lord, keep mercy and judgement, and wait on thy God continually. The Lord is giving a final warning to this generation before the tribulation starts, to turn to thy God by keeping mercy, and judgement. It is so hard to find justice or mercy in the courts today, yet it is what the Lord requires. To do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before the Lord. I pray that the Lord will remember mercy in wrath. Hosea has warned Ephraim of the coming judgement, and this will be fulfilled in the tribulation. Wait on the Lord, and again I say wait on the Lord Jesus for He is coming.
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