June 02, 2021 – Wednesday
Hosea 4:7-9 NIV
7 The more priests there were, the more they sinned against Me; they exchanged their glorious God for something disgraceful.
8 They feed on the sins of My people and relish their wickedness.
9 And it will be: Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.
Hosea 4:7-9 ESV
7 The more they increased, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.
8 They feed on the sin of My people; they are greedy for their iniquity.
9 And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.
When we look at verse seven above it helps to remember, per Bishop Horsley, The priesthood, among the Jews was, by God’s appointment, a situation of the highest rank and authority; and the complaint is, that, in proportion as they were raised in dignity and power above the rest of the people, they surpassed them in impiety. In other words, the greater their position, the greater their sin. It was so bad it was as if they exchanged their glorious God for something disgraceful NIV, or God changed their glory into shame ESV.
It was as if those in the priesthood relished sin. In fact, verse eight says, They feed on the sins of My people and relish their wickedness. They not only relished sin, they hungered for more, They feed on the sin of My people; they are greedy for their iniquity. Interestingly, Bishop Horsley translates the verse, Every one of them, while they eat the sin-offerings of my people, sets his own heart upon the crime. Thus, the priesthood, while accepting and (!) eating the sin-offerings, they set theirs hearts on committing the very same sins or iniquity the offerings were for. This clearly seems to be a precursor of Romans 1:32 where Paul wrote, Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
God was not to be mocked by the people or the priesthood, so He said, Like people, like priests. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds. Apparently, many in the priesthood thought their position would protect them. God in this verse disillusions them of such nonsense. John the Baptist had much the same to say to the Pharisees and Sadducees who came where he was baptizing. He said to them, Matthew 3:7-9, You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. They thought their position and claiming Abraham as their father they could escape God’s wrath. Jesus after pronouncing seven woes upon them said in Matthew 23:33, You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?
This may why James provided a warning in 3:1, Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. Some think this only applies to pastors, preachers, or minister, but it applies to all who teach in the classroom or in the home. Either way, let us avoid hypocrisy and choosing to dishonor God by our choices. Let us not be like the priesthood in Hosea or like the Pharisees and Sadducees of John the Baptist’s and Jesus’ time. Let us talk the talk and walk the walk.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Please help me not only to share Your word, but live out Your word in my life. When I fail lead me to repentance and once again walking in Your word once again. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.