Sick with Wine

Hosea 7:5-7.

In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners.

For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.

They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me.

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The kings of both Israel and Judah had become weak, just as involved in idolatry as everyone else. Their own sons, as well as other courtiers, knew their weaknesses and catered to them, keeping them drunk and unable to rule. During this period of time prior to being taken captive by Assyria, there were kings who were slain by their own sons as they vied with each other over ascension to the throne. Power, wealth, lust–these were the operative motivations for their behavior.

While they were consumed with idolatry and the lustful activities that idolatry entailed, they could not and did not even think about calling on God. It was a time of complete forsaking of the holiness and purity of the worship of Jehovah. The hearts of the people were stirred not by awe of God, but by lustful desires and their own selfish appetites for power.

What a sad comedown for a nation whose history was filled with the miracles of the God of heaven!

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