Summary: Hosea charged Israel with being “a cake not turned” or “half-baked". They were half-hearted towards God. Like Israel, many of today’s professed believers have followed the same pattern of incomplete discipleship.

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Hosea 7:8-10

“Ephraim is a cake not turned.” — Hosea 7:8

Hosea, a prophet to the house of Israel during the reign of Jeroboam II, used several

colorful admonitions to bring to Israel’s attention the state of their relationship with

God. In his comparison he refers to Israel as being “a cake not turned” or “half-baked”

Similar to the charges against Israel, in Revelation 3:2, Christ charges the church of

Sardis with works that are “not complete” or “partially performed”. Half-heartedness

is never condoned by God. God demands consecration of one’s entire being. The Lord

Jesus Christ calls for complete submission to His will, complete obedience to His

commands, complete devotion to His work, and complete allegiance to His Lordship.

Like Israel, many of today’s professed believers have followed the same pattern of

incomplete discipleship. Three of Israel failures were the failing to maintain their

separation, failing to be vigilant, and failing to seek God. If we fail to learn from Israel’s

failure we are in danger of missing the fullness of God’s blessings.

I. Their failure to maintain their separation

A. Verse 8 – “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples”.

B. God commanded His people Israel not to intermingle with the Gentiles nations.

His concern was that association with idolatrous nations would turn their

hearts away from Him and become corrupted like the heathen.

C. Deuteronomy 18:9 “When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God

gives thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those


D. Leviticus 20:23 “And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I

cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I

abhorred them.”

E. Time and time again Israel was commanded to maintain their separation as a

special people belonging to God.

F. Israel’s separation from the other nations was to be a type or picture of the

separation to which God has called those of us who have been redeemed by

His grace: a separation from persons, places, and activities of sinful and

worldly principles.

G. 2 Corinthians 6:14, 17, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:

for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what

communion hath light with darkness?... Wherefore come out from among

them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;

and I will receive you”

H. Israel failed to remain separated. They yielded to the culture around them. They

were not forced into intermingling but voluntarily “mixed himself”. As a

result the nation was in decline. Likewise if we fail to maintain our

separation spiritual we begin to travel a downhill slope.

I. In his book “The Next Christians”, Gabe Lyons describes what he calls cultural

Christians. He states that cultural Christians fail to differentiate between

their faith and the mainstream, preferring to blend in.

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Mark Smith

commented on Sep 14, 2013

Excellent example of living a half hearted life!

Jerry Flury

commented on Sep 30, 2013

Thank you.

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