Levels of Interpretation: Hosea 4:14

Personal note: I do not want to write this, but the truth about His thoughts of us will not be stopped. Some will be offended. Put your ego aside and seek the Father’s truth for yourselves.

In a prior post, I mentioned the Jews believe there are four level of Scriptural interpretation. I am not called to explore that concept at the moment, but here are three articles defining it:

PaRDeS: The Four Levels of Jewish Interpretation of Their Scriptures

The Rules of PARDES

PaRDeS – Torah Life Ministry

I agree that the first, or surface, level—parshah—must retain its original meaning, whether literal or figurative. The more one reads Scripture, the more layers will be exposed.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to YHWH our Elohim, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of Yah to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.

Psalm 25:14 YHWH confides in those who fear Him and reveals His covenant to them.

Job 12:22 He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings deep shadows into light.

Daniel 2:22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.

Colossians 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Hebrews 8:5 The place where they serve is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”

Hebrews 10:1 For the law is only a shadow of the good things to come, not the realities themselves. It can never, by the same sacrifices offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.

Everything in Scripture has more than one meaning, given that even He states He has things reserved for those who seek His will.

When one deals in revelation, you must expect and accept the good and the bad. The bad is for our correction and a reminder to consider His viewpoint and heart, which is what humility towards Him is. The following passage is such a reminder:

Hosea 4:14
I will not punish your daughters when they play the prostitute,
Or your brides [daughters-in-law] when they commit adultery,
Because the men themselves slip away with the prostitutes
And [kill to] offer sacrifices with temple prostitutes;
So the people without understanding are ruined [trampled].

In context of Hosea 4, the first level of meaning is that it is the fault of Israel’s men that women serve either as temple or regular prostitutes, since they indulge in both. Make note of Judah’s hypocrisy with his daughter-in-law, Tamar. Back then, women who were regular prostitutes suffered abuse and could be punished by the shaving of her head.

Job 4:8 As I have observed, those who plow iniquity and those who sow trouble reap the same.

Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

The second layer can be extrapolated by reading between the lines: men are the ones who keep prostitution and pornography going. Think; what would happen if all women in the world decided to reject prostitution and pornography? All sexual crimes would skyrocket, including incest and pedophilia. Even in countries with legalized prostitution, women and children are still being kidnapped to service men.

Why? This is ego—the fruit (result) of the tree of [each person’s view of] good and evil—manifesting as sexual desire and greed. Spiritually speaking, the collective Adam wants the attributes that were removed from him back by any means available. The first Adam forgot he was still connected to Eve, which is why they fell after Adam ate, not Eve. He saw that nothing had happened to her, so he ate—human nature always expects negative results towards others. That is why he blamed Eve when Yah confronted them. That is why he will always want to rule over her. Please, stop the myth of his sinning due to his love for her. Love requires us to go against our nature, to adopt Our Father’s agapé, to become a part of Him.

A third layer of interpretation takes in several pieces of symbolism:

Daughters and brides – Israel and Judah
Temple prostitution – false worship
Regular prostitution – self worship or humanism
Men engaging in prostitution – leading everyone astray

The third layer matches perfectly with the entire theme of Hosea, which is worshiping outside of Yah’s Instructions. The main reasons they did this were a hedge against failure and reassurance for success. They even admitted this in Jeremiah 44:

15Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, and all the women standing by—a great assembly—along with all the people living in the land of Egypt and in Pathros, said to Jeremiah, 16“As for the word you have spoken to us in the name of YHWH, we will not listen to you! 17Instead, we will do everything we vowed to do: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and offer drink offerings to her, just as we, our fathers, our kings, and our officials did in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem.

At that time, we had plenty of food and good things, and we saw no disaster. 18But from the time we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been perishing by sword and famine.”

19“Moreover,” said the women, “when we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it without our husbands’ knowledge that we made sacrificial cakes in her image and poured out drink offerings to her?”

The men not only knew, but participated, according to Jeremiah 7:

17Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18The sons gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough to make cakes for the Queen of Heaven; they pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke Me to anger.

Torah states a vow is anything you swear is to (or against) the Lord of Hosts, that includes religious practices:

Numbers 30
1Then Moses said to the heads of the tribes of Israel, “This is what YHWH has commanded: 2If a man makes a vow to YHWH or swears an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word; he must do everything he has promised.

3And if a woman in her father’s house during her youth makes a vow to YHWH or obligates herself by a pledge, 4and her father hears about her vow or pledge but says nothing to her, then all the vows or pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. 5But if her father prohibits her on the day he hears about it, then none of the vows or pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. YHWH will absolve her because her father has prohibited her.

6If a woman marries while under a vow or rash promise by which she has bound herself, 7and her husband hears of it but says nothing to her on that day, then the vows or pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. 8But if her husband prohibits her when he hears of it, he nullifies the vow that binds her or the rash promise she has made, and YHWH will absolve her.

9Every vow a widow or divorced woman pledges to fulfill is binding on her.

10If a woman in her husband’s house has made a vow or put herself under an obligation with an oath, 11and her husband hears of it but says nothing to her and does not prohibit her, then all the vows or pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand. 12But if her husband nullifies them on the day he hears of them, then nothing that came from her lips, whether her vows or pledges, shall stand. Her husband has nullified them, and YHWH will absolve her.

13Her husband may confirm or nullify any vow or any sworn pledge to deny herself. 14But if her husband says nothing to her from day to day, then he confirms all the vows and pledges that bind her. He has confirmed them, because he said nothing to her on the day he heard about them. 15But if he nullifies them after he hears of them, then he will bear her iniquity.”

16These are the statutes that YHWH commanded Moses concerning the relationship between a man and his wife, and between a father and a young daughter still in his home.

Notice, the emphasis is on men to set the example, which was the whole point of Torah. This means Eve could have been saved or forgiven of her transgression if Adam had refused to eat.

Can you count the number of times in your life you thought the Father was either slow on receiving your petitions or not listening to at all? How many times have you taken matters into your own hands?

Today, we have technology, willpower, self-esteem, humanism, money, and other things of human ingenuity to rely on. The problem with these comes when we believe these can take Yah’s place, thus they become idols. Remember, the things in the world are tools, not solutions, which also include other humans. We each are to become His tools in His hands, not rely or worry about the issues of this existence.

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