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This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

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The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #311: Hosea 9:7

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #311, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 9:7.

7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

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That was Hosea 9:7. Now here is the sense of it.

The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:

Time had been when the spiritual watchmen of Israel were with the Lord, but now they were like the snare of a fowler to entangle persons to their ruin. The people were become as corrupt as those of Gibeah, Judges 19; and their crimes should be visited in like manner. At first God had found Israel pleasing to Him, as grapes to the traveller in the wilderness. He saw them with pleasure as the first ripe figs. This shows the delight God took in them; yet they followed after idolatry.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

The people’s hostility toward the true prophets of God was one of several reasons for judgment. Maniac refers to one who is insane. The term is used elsewhere by godless men who ridiculed true prophets. Hostility (also used in Hosea 9:8) refers to intense animosity, such as Esau felt toward Jacob after Esau had been cheated of the paternal blessing.

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #310: Hosea 9:6

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #310, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 9:6.

6 For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.

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That was Hosea 9:6. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

Destruction would sweep over the land. Those who happened to escape the sword of the invading army would face exile. The reference to Egypt probably has the same meaning as in preceding verses. Memphis, about 20 miles south of modern Cairo, was famous as a burial place. Here it symbolizes the ultimate destination of the exiles—a foreign graveyard. Few would ever return to their homeland. Meanwhile back in Israel the exiles’ possessions (treasures of silver) and homes (tents) would lie in ruins and would be overgrown by briers and thorns.

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #309: Hosea 9:5

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #309, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 9:5.

5 What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the Lord?

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That was Hosea 9:5. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

The rhetorical question in this verse emphasizes the exiles’ plight. Israel would be unable to celebrate the most important festival on her religious calendar. Perhaps the Feast of Tabernacles is specifically in view.

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #308: Hosea 9:4

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #308, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 9:4.

4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the Lord, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the Lord.

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That was Hosea 9:4. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

In exile, opportunity for legitimate worship to the LORD would end. Again the punishment was highly appropriate. Israel’s Levitical worship had been corrupted by hypocrisy. A nation that refused to conduct its formal worship in the proper spirit would be denied its privilege of worship. Wine offerings, which accompanied certain types of sacrifices, would cease. Sacrifices offered in a foreign land would not be acceptable to the Lord. They would have the same effect on a worshiper as bread eaten by mourners, who made everything they touched ceremonially unclean because they had contacted a dead body. Such bread was not fit for use in worship.

Hosea 9:4b would be better translated, “all who eat it (i.e., the mourners’ bread) become unclean; such bread can be used to satisfy one’s appetite, but it may not enter the Lord’s temple.” In this way verse 4b is understood as a general statement about the nature of mourners’ bread rather than an additional prediction about the exilic worshipers and their sacrifices.

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #307: Hosea 9:3

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #307, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 9:3.

3 They shall not dwell in the Lord’s land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.

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That was Hosea 9:3. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

The judgment pictured in verse 2 would be accomplished ultimately through invasion and exile. The land belonged to the Lord, who was responsible for its fertility. When the people attributed the produce of the land to Baal they forfeited the blessing of living on it in peace and prosperity. Egypt is again mentioned as a symbol of the place of exile. Assyria would be the actual location. There in an unclean land Israel would be forced to eat ceremonially unclean food, rather than the fruits of God’s blessing. The punishment fit the crime. Israel had become defiled by her sin. How appropriate, then, that she eat defiled food in a defiled land.

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #306: Hosea 9:1-2

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #306, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 9:1-2.

1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.

2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.

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That was Hosea 9:1-2. Now here is the sense of it.

The Matthew Henry Commentary reads:

Israel gave rewards to their idols, in the offerings presented to them. It is common for those who are niggardly in religion, to be prodigal upon their lusts. Those are reckoned as idolaters, who love a reward in the corn-floor better than a reward in the favour of God and in eternal life. They are full of the joy of harvest, and have no disposition to mourn for sin. When we make the world, and the things of it, our idol and our portion, it is just with God to show us our folly, and correct us. None may expect to dwell in the Lord’s land, who will not be subject to the Lord’s laws, or be influenced by his love. When we enjoy the means of grace, we ought to consider what we shall do, if they should be taken from us. While the pleasures of communion with God are out of the reach of change, the pleasant places purchased with silver, or in which men deposit silver, are liable to be laid in ruins. No famine is so dreadful as that of the soul.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

This judgment message contains four subunits. The first (9:1–9) begins with a direct address to Israel, which serves as a formal marker of a new section. Each of the other subunits begins with an allusion to Israel’s early history.

Israel was not to rejoice in expectation of a plentiful harvest because her unfaithfulness had precluded any further divine blessing. At every threshing floor Israel had erroneously attributed the prosperity of her harvests to Baal. She had become an adulteress, offering worship to Baal and receiving from Baal the wages of a prostitute. Those “wages” were wheat (at the threshing floor), vines and figs, and food, water, wool, linen, oil, and drink. That is, Israel believed that by prostituting herself in worship of Baal that Baal in turn blessed her crops and gave her other necessities of life.

The plentiful harvests were about to end. In fulfillment of several covenant curses the Lord would take away her grain and wine. Winepresses were used for both grapes and olives. Since wine is specifically mentioned (in the last line of Hosea 9:2), winepresses may allude primarily to oil in this context.

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #305: Hosea 8:14

This is Daniel Whyte III with The Scripture & The Sense Podcast #305, where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Hosea 8:14.

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.

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That was Hosea 8:14. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

A final illustration of the nation’s unfaithfulness was her self-sufficiency. Judah is specifically included in the indictment at this point. Having forgotten that her very existence depended on the Lord alone, God’s people proudly sought prominence (palaces) and security (fortified many towns or fortresses) through her own efforts. But the Lord was about to destroy (by fire) these sources of false security, fulfilling a covenant curse. God’s judgment came through the Assyrians. Sennacherib (sen-na-ker-rib) “attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them”.

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Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.