Day 341

They are all adulterers, always aflame with lust. They are like an oven that is kept hot while the baker is kneading the dough.

Their hearts are like an oven blazing with intrigue. Their plot smolders through the night, and in the morning it breaks out like a raging fire. Burning like an oven, they consume their leaders. They kill their kings one after another, and no one cries to me for help. “The people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners, making themselves as worthless as a half-baked cake! (‭Hosea‬ ‭7‬:‭4, 6-8‬ NLT)

The analogy here is Israel’s wrongdoings and baking.

Is the oven too hot? How will the cake turn out if the oven isn’t at the right temperature?

As a former baker, I can tell you that a hot oven is a disaster for cakes. The outside will bake too quickly and then form a hard crust, blocking the heat from reaching the middle. The centre of the cake will expand and break through the crust, leaving a top like a volcano.

In extreme cases, the middle will still be unbaked and the finished cake will be totally inedible.

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