Vol. 8, No. 9
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In Old Testament times, dough was sometimes rolled flat to cook. Sometimes it was rolled into an oval shape and baked. The oven was sometimes simply a small pit dug into the ground with a flat surface over it. The dough would be put on the surface and then turned when it was partially done. This turning would allow the bread to cook evenly on both sides. This would also allow it to cook properly all the way through. Today, we have ovens that cook evenly all the way around the dough and it is not necessary to always turn the bread over.
God said the Israelites were like a cake not turned in Hosea 7:8. This meant that the cake had been allowed to sit for too long on one side. It was burned on one side and undone on the other side. This made it completely useless. It could not be eaten at all. It needed to be thrown out as garbage.
God said the Israelites were useless to him. They needed to be thrown out with the garbage. Their sacrifices and prayers to him were not acceptable. Normally prayers and sacrifices go up to him as a sweet smell. But because of their wickedness, the Israelite's sacrifices smelled terrible to him. They smelled just like a burning cake.
Make sure you are a properly cooked cake in God's eyes. Learn all you can about obeying him. Keep reading your Bible. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.
Have you ever noticed that at some times of the year when you get up in the morning there is water on the grass and plants? Most of the time it is in the form of little drops of water. This is dew. It did not rain. The water droplets formed there from the humidity in the air.
You may also have noticed that at times of the year that there is a fog in the air in the morning. It is like standing in a cloud. You cannot see very far when standing in it.
But when the sun gets high in the sky, and the temperature rises some, the fog and the dew disappear. They are only there for a short time and then go away.
In Hosea 6:4, God says that Israel and Judah had become like the morning cloud and the morning dew. He says their goodness is only for a short time. They quickly forget God and his laws. They go about doing their own things instead of the things of God.
Because of being like the cloud and the dew, God is going to punish them. They will be severely punished. Do not be like a morning cloud or the morning dew. Learn to live a good life according to the commandments of God. Then always live that good life. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.