They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. - Hosea 7:11 NASB
Ephraim is the name given to Israel’s 10 tribes who left the Lord quickly after the nation split. These were people God had called to be His own. He wanted to be a king over them, but they walked away from Him.
Hosea wrote in the last days of the Northern Kingdom. They had prospered greatly for a period after the split from Judea. Hosea was the last prophet to speak to Israel (the Northern Kingdom was know by these three names in by the Old Testament writers - Israel, Ephraim and the Northern Kingdom) before Assyria came and took her captive. Their prosperity was waning, and God was giving them one last chance to repent and turn back to Him.
What strikes me today, is God’s desire simply to hear their voice.
His major indictment in chapter 7 of this short prophecy is that they did not call out to Him.
The chapter starts with God stating - “When I wanted to heal Israel…” (Hosea 7:1)
Then He lists some of there sins, and some of the problems they are facing.
Then in 7:7 He says, “…None of them calls on Me.”
Check out these snippets:
Ephraim mixes himself with the nations… 7:8
Strangers devour his strength, Yet he does not know it… 7:9
…Yet they have not returned to the LORD their God,
Nor have they sought Him, for all this. 7:10
They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. 7:11
And they do not cry to Me from their heart
When they wail on their beds… 7:14
The Lord Almighty is saddened by the way the ones He called, His chosen people, didn’t call upon His name, even in times of trouble. They call on the world, Egypt. They call on their enemies, those who would do them great harm, Assyria.
But, “None of them calls on Me.”
It’s a clarion call for us to be like Seth the third son of Adam and Eve.
To Seth, to him also a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began to call upon the name of the LORD. - Genesis 4:26
Today would be a great day to call upon the name of the Lord.
Cry out to Him in your day of trouble.
Call upon Him in your day of prosperity with thanksgiving.
When you’re looking for business advice—don’t look to Egypt, look to the Lord.
When you want provision—don’t negotiate with Assyria, seek the face of Jesus.