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Go to Bible: Hosea 5
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“go with their flocks and with their herds.” The people are being very religious and bringing multitudes of animal sacrifices to the Temple to seek God, but their heart is not right with God. They may be “religious,” but they do what they want to do and disobey God in their thoughts and deeds, so God will not listen to them. This is a consistent message in Scripture, and verses like this occur many times in both the Old and New Testaments. [For more information, see commentary on Matt. 5:23].
“He has withdrawn himself from them.” Sacrifices and offerings made to God by wicked people are detestable to God; He has no respect for them and will not accept them. Sacrifices and offerings were never designed to make a person with an evil heart acceptable in the sight of God. Proverbs 21:27 and 28:9 say that the sacrifices of a wicked person are an abomination to God. Similarly, God will not listen to the prayers of wicked and unrepentant people; they are an abomination to Him (Prov. 28:9). [For more information about the sacrifices of wicked people being of no value, see commentary on Amos 5:22].(top)
“the new moon will devour them.” In astronomy, the “new moon” is the time when the moon cannot be seen from earth, and the sky is dark. But biblically, the “new moon” is when the first sliver of the moon can be seen, and when it was seen, and the sighting was verified by other witnesses, the new month began on the Jewish calendar and the Jews held a festival to celebrate.
The phrase “the new moon will devour them” here in Hosea 5:7 is a reference to the fact that the Israelites had mixed their pagan worship into the worship of God, and so their new moon festivals had become pagan and evil (Isa. 1:13-14. Cp. Neh. 10:33; Ps. 81:3; Jer. 8:2; Ezek. 46:6). Now the consequences of their sin were about to come upon them, and they were about to be destroyed because of their ungodly ways.(top)
“shofar.” The ram’s horn trumpet, not the metal trumpet.
“Beth Aven.” “Beth Aven” means “House of Wickedness,” and was a derogatory term the prophet used for the town of Bethel (Beth-el), which means “House of God,” but which had the golden calf idol that Jeroboam had made. See commentary on Hosea 4:15.(top)
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“like a moth.” In biblical times moths were very destructive and very hard to stop. They destroyed many vital and valuable things, including clothing and shelter made of wool. God is threatening to destroy Israel.(top)
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