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Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types

Ephraim


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Hosea 7:8 (a) This is another name for the nation of Israel, and was used about Israel when she turned her back on GOD to serve idols and live in rebellion. Israel as "Ephraim" is pictured as "a cake not turned." This refers to the fact that Israel or any individual for that matter might be splendidly related to the things of earth and to fellowmen, which would represent the lower side of the cake where it is well cooked. The upper part, however, which is raw, represents the state of Israel or an individual toward GOD, if that individual is an unsaved, self-righteous person. This is a type of the religious man of the world whose human attitudes are above reproach, but who has not a proper relationship to GOD. (See the thirty-five other times this name is mentioned in Hosea. See also Psalm 78:9).

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Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Ephraim'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/wdt/e/ephraim.html. 1957.

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Thursday, November 26th, 2020
the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
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