Christian Living- A Flat Cake Not Turned Over…

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Hos 7:8-10

8 “Ephraim mixes with the nations;

Ephraim is a flat cake not turned over.

9 Foreigners sap his strength,

but he does not realize it.

His hair is sprinkled with gray,

but he does not notice.

10 Israel’s arrogance testifies against him

he does not return to the Lord his God(Fails to repent)

or search for him. (fails to search for Adonai)

This text refers to Jehovah’s covenant people who was describe as a “flat cake not turned over”.  Today it could picture a “griddle cake” that is cooked or done on one side b ut for some reason it is left and is over cooked. The “griddle cake” then is burned and cannot be eaten. Most of the time it is good for nothing.

Ephraim’s  problems started with “mixing with other nations” who corrupted the truth of the faith that they were supposed to live by. This corruption put them in condition which they could not complete their devotion to God. Ephraim had become “worldly minded” . This mindset brought about a downward spiral in their lives.

The first marker that we see is that Ephraim suffered a lost of “strength” and a lost of “youthful looks”. The conflict of trying to serve two masters at the same time appears to age them before their time and Ephraim was totally ignorant of what was happening to them.

9 Foreigners sap his strength,

but he does not realize it.

His hair is sprinkled with gray,

but he does not notice.

The second marker is Ephraim’s pride testifies against them them….perhaps telling them that in their strength they should be doing better, they deserved more out of life if God is for them. But this same pride seems to get in the way of their repentance(v10).

If Ephraim does not repent, the “flat cake will not be turned over” but will become chaired on the one side and soon destroyed.

It is true that the Lord Jesus Christ has promised  Christian’s an abundant life in John 10:10, but have we our selves become a “flat cake not turned over by our  “mixing with the evil delights” of this world. We can’t be friends with the world without becoming an enemy  of God(James 4:4). If God is for us who can be against us” also infers If God is against us, who can be for us? Our lives come to a halt spiritually and materially when we become “mixers with the evil world systems”. But grace will be given when we repent of our “love affair with the world.

James 4:6-10
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble.”

7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
NIV