Hosea 13:2. “And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.”
And now they sin more and more:How sad this statement is! Once we begin to willfully sin, we tend to go deeper and deeper into our sin. More and more. Kind of like eating too much because it tastes good. Eventually it makes us sick.
Molten images. . . of silver: People were willing to send their silver to the idol-makers, where it was melted down and turned into:
“. . . idols according to their own understanding: Out of their own imaginations, they created the idol and then worshipped what they had created.
All of it the work of the craftsmen: Those who created the idols were making lots and lots of money. It was to their benefit that people continued to demand more idols.
Let the men who sacrifice kiss the calves: One of Israel’s oldest and recurring idols to worship was the golden calf. It also shows up in silver, and is often adorned with rare gems. I read one commentator who translates this verse as “those who make human sacrifices kiss the calves.”
Human sacrifice involved throwing babies into the fires of Molech and other gods, in the belief that feeding the human flesh to the fire would bring the blessing of whatever god was involved. And while this practice seems horrendous to us, we need to get over our self-righteousness and realize that we are doing the same thing in America with every unborn child who is sacrificed to the god of “women’s rights.”
And then, not only are babies murdered, but the same ones who performed such rites go on to “kiss the calves,” worshipping what their own minds and hands have created.
Such is the ultimate betrayal of the God Who created all things.
We are without excuse.