Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:
Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned [Hos. 7:8].
"Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people." God never goes in for mixtures. Have you noted that? He seems to want His children to stay in their own crowd.
"Ephraim is a cake not turned." Here we go again with another good, homely illustration, and Hosea has many of them. What does he mean? In that day they cooked on the top of a stove and made little cakes like our pancakes. They still make those kind of cakes there today. Now you know that a pancake that is not turned can be burned on the one side and raw on the other. That is the picture of Ephraim. The nation was hot on one side but raw on the other side.
They blew hot and cold toward God. There is a whimsical little story told of a man who had been wandering through the woods and came up to a cottage. The man who lived in the cottage invited him into his home. As the man came in out of the cold, he began to blow on his hands. "Why do you blow on your hands?" asked the host. "To make them warm," answered the wanderer. Then the host offered the visitor a bowl of hot soup. The man began to blow on the soup. "Why do you blow on the soup?" asked the host. "To make it cool," answered the guest. So the host jumped up and ran out of his own house, saying, "I don't like anybody who can blow hot and cold!" Well, my friend, that is the way a great many people are as far as Christianity is concerned. With one crowd they blow hot and with another crowd they blow cold. They are like Ephraim—a cake (a pancake) not turned.