You Have Eaten The Fruit Of Lies!
You have plowed wickedness; you have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way, in the multitude of your mighty men.
Hosea 10:13 (NKJV)
Having set out his job description for Israel, God returns to reality. At present Israel certainly does not meet his job description. They have created wickedness and harvested iniquity. They have transferred the fruit of their fields to their dinner tables and digested the fruit of deception. This has produced a deceitful people full of lies that make covenants they have no intention of keeping (Hosea 10:2-4).
The hearts of the people are fickle;
they are guilty and must be punished.
The Lord will break down their altars
and smash their sacred pillars.
Then they will say, “We have no king
because we didn’t fear the Lord.
But even if we had a king,
what could he do for us anyway?”
They spout empty words
and make covenants they don’t intend to keep.
So injustice springs up among them
like poisonous weeds in a farmer’s field.
The Israelites were taken in by the lie that military power could keep them safe. Believers today sometimes fall for lies. Those who lead others astray often follow these rules:
- Make it big;
- Keep it simple;
- Repeat it often.
Believers can avoid falling for lies by asking:
- Do I believe this because there is personal gain in it for me?
- Am I discounting important facts?
- Does this conflict with a direct command of Scripture?
- Are there any biblical parallels to the situation I’m facing that would help me know what to believe?
This has happened because the people have placed their trust in themselves rather than in God. Military heroes were expected to deliver Israel, while the heroic men of God, the prophets were ignored. Now Israel had one last chance to decide.
Would they trust a human army (their own or that of a foreign covenant partner) to deliver them from the mess they were in, or would they trust the Lord of Hosts, the God of the heavenly armies, to defend their interests?
Holman Old Testament Commentary
NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible