They Do Not Realize

I’ve been doing some thinking about the blind spots in our lives. In the book of Hosea 7: 1 – 7 God provides some sobering observations to His people, Israel. In verses 1 & 2 God observes, “Whenever I would restore the fortunes of my people, whenever I would heal Israel, the sins of Ephraim are exposed and the crimes of Samaria revealed. They practice deceit, thieves break into houses, bandits rob in the streets; but they do not realize that I remember all their evil deeds. Their sins engulf them; they are always before me.” The two phrases that stick out to me are God’s observations that “the sins of Ephraim are exposed,” and “they do not realize that I remember.”

God clearly saw everything Israel could not see in itself. The people were actively engaged in all kinds of deceit, they believed God had no clue, and their leaders celebrated all the forms of evil and deceit being practiced by the people. The political leaders “burned like an oven” (vs. 7) with insatiable lust for power. The princes who surrounded northern Israel’s King constantly plotted to assassinate the King and so assume the throne. Time and time again, the King of Israel would stupidly get smashed at a party with these princes who time and time again would act on their lust for power by assassinating the King. This story repeated itself over the course of 20 years. In that space of time King Zechariah was assassinated by Shallum, then King Shallum was assassinated by Menachem, then king Menachem was assassinated by Pekahiah, and King Pekaiah by Pekah. Talk about a political and national mess!

The prophet Hosea essentially described a nation in chaos and in trouble. Everyone was completely blind to the fact that their distance from God, not only wasn’t working for them, but was actually destroying them. Through the rest of Hosea 7 God describes what happens when people remain blind to their distance from Him, and blind to their sin. Stay tuned and see if God speaks to some blind spots in your own life.

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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