Hosea 12* Judah and Israel reminded of the Divine favours. (1-6) Theprovocations 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 securethe Egyptians by a present of the produce of their country.Judah is contended with also. God sees the sin of his ownpeople, and will reckon with them for it. They are put in mindof what Jacob did, and what God did for him. When his faith uponthe Divine promise prevailed above his fears, then by hisstrength he had power with God. He is Jehovah, the same thatwas, and is, and is to come. What was a revelation of God toone, is his memorial to many, to all generations. Then let thosewho have gone from God, be turned to him. Turn thou to the Lord,by repentance and faith, as thy God. Let those that areconverted to him, walk with him in all holy conversation andgodliness. Let us wrestle with Him for promised blessings,determined not to give over till we prevail; and let us seek Himin his ordinances. 7-14 Ephraim became a merchant: the word also signifies aCanaanite. They carried on trade upon Canaanitish principles,covetously and with fraud and deceit. Thus they became rich, andfalsely supposed that Providence favoured them. But shamefulsins shall have shameful punishments. Let them remember, notonly what a mighty prince Jacob was with God, but what a servanthe 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 thatword. We had better follow the hardest labour in poverty, thangrow rich by sin. We may form a judgment of our own conduct, bycomparing it with that of ancient believers in the likecircumstances. Whoever despises the message of God, will perish.May we all hear his word with humble, obedient faith.
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