HALF-BAKED

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HALF BAKED

HOSEA 7:8
CBC 11/15/09 SM
Hos 7:8 Ephraim, he mixeth himself among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake not turned.
Ephraim – son of Joseph (Israel); tribe descended from Joseph of the Nation of Israel
he mixeth himself among the peoples
i. e., with the pagan; he “mixed” or “mingled” himself among or with them, so as to corrupt himself, learned their works”.
Psa 106:35 but they mixed with the nations and learned to do as they did.
God had forbidden all intermarriage with the pagan, Exo 34:12 Don't make treaties with any of those people. If you do, it will be like falling into a trap. Exo 34:16 Your men will even marry their women and be influenced to worship their gods.
2Co 6:14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
Such are the ways of those who put themselves amid occasions of sin.

Ephraim is - (literally, “is become”) a cake (literally, “on the coals”) not turned [HALF BAKED]
“Ephraim” had been “mingled,” kneaded up into one, as it were, “with the pagan,” their ways, their idolatries, their vices.
God would correct them, and they, withholding themselves from His discipline, and not yielding themselves wholly to it, were but spoiled.
The sort of cake, to which Ephraim is here likened, literally, “circular,” was a thin pancake, to which a scorching heat was applied on one side;
If it remained long “unturned,” it was burned on the one side; while it continued unbaked, doughy, recking, on the other;
the fire spoiling, not penetrating it through. Such were the people;
such are too many so-called Christians;
they united in themselves hypocrisy and ungodliness, outward performance and inward lukewarmness;
the one overdone, but without any wholesome effect on the other.
The one was scorched and black; the other, steamed, damp, and lukewarm;
the whole worthless, spoiled irremediably, fit only to be cast away.
The fire of God’s judgment, with which the people should have been corrected,
made but an outward impression upon them, and reached not within,
nor to any thorough change, so that they were the more hopelessly spoiled through the means which God used for their correction.
A/ found out Sin is a Lie - In the Garden Satan said "Hath God Said?" We like (Gomer/Ephriam) deceived into thinking that her lovers (sin) would do for her. But it was a lie, all they did was take from her, then cast her aside.

B/ found out Sin is a Delusion - Sin is naturally treacherous. Sin offers much pleasure, but in the end man is cruelly betrayed. Sin offers itself as a friend, then becomes a fiend. Gomer sought pleasure and someone to build her ego, but ended being used and cast away.

C/ found out Sin is Separation - Sin separates man from God and man from man. The sinner is not only separated from God here and now, but dying in sin, is eternally separated from God. Gomer was separated from all those who truly loved her by her sin.

D/ found out Sin is Perversion - Sin is crooked, a perverse , distorted thing, distorts man’s thoughts of God distorts His will for our lives.
only think of ourselves, not of God or others.

E/ found out Sin is Servitude – sin brings servitude. Gomer, Samson, and the whole nation of Israel paid the price of servitude for their sins.

F/ found out Sin is Emptiness - A Man or a Woman who serves sin gets nothing for it. Failure, defeat, disgust and disappointment are written over the life of a sinner. The rewards of sin are confusion and dissatisfaction.

G/ found out Sin is a Mistake - All who sin discover, sooner or later, that they have made a mistake. I wonder how many times PEOPLE wished THEY could go back and undue THEIR sins.

H/ found out Sin Ruins Life and Hope - As we view Gomer on the Auction Block, we see a life in ruin, a woman without hope.

CONCL: THE MESSAGE OF LOVE

A/ GO YET LOVE - Hosea 3:1Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.
God was loving them [us] and looking upon them [us]; and they [we], all the while, were looking to other gods.Rom 5:8 But God has made clear his love to us, in that, when we were still sinners, Christ gave his life for us.

B/ THE COST OF LOVE - Hosea 3:2So I bought her to me for fifteen of silver, and an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: [JOHN 3:16]

So then His Goodness overflows into beneficence, and condescension, and graciousness and mercy and forgiving love, and joy in imparting Himself, and complacence in the creatures which he has formed, and re-formed, redeemed and sanctified for His glory.
Well may His creatures “tremble toward” it, with admiring wonder that all this can be made their’s!

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