devotional post # 2114
Hos 7:4 They are all cheaters; they are like a heated oven whose baker can stop stirring the fire, from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.
Hos 7:5 On the day of our king, the princes became sick with heat from wine; he extended his hand to rebels.
Hos 7:6 Because with hearts like an oven they approach their ambush; all night their anger smolders; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
Hos 7:7 All of them grow hot as an oven, and they devour their rulers. All their kings have fallen, and none of them asks for my guidance.
I consulted Lange’s commentary, and it said that this passage has to do with literal adultery, because of the fire and heat imagery signifying lust. But I don’t think so. I use the word cheaters here, because the LORD is talking about people who conspire to overthrow their king, without even bothering to ask for his guidance. The prophet is talking about violence uncontrolled by reason, an oven so hot it no longer needs to be stirred. Their hearts are hot like an oven.
LORD, slow us down, cool us off. Return reason to our minds, and devotion to peace to our hearts.