Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree…
I. THE EVIDENCE OF A TRUE REPENT ANCE. Entire renunciation of idolatry. The repentant sinner is led to confess the folly and sin of his empty pursuits (Romans 6:21). Sinful pleasures (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). False confidences: e.g., self-righteousness. Unconditional mercy, etc. And to determine to renounce them. This gracious melting: of heart is the Lord's doing. Jesus is exalted to give repentance (Acts 5:31):It is produced here as the blessed fruit of sanctified afflictions. Illus. — Manasseh. Prodigal.
II. THE NOTICE WHICH GOD TAKES OF A REPENTANT SINNER. "He listens to his meanings." (Job 33:27). He watches for his return. His eye is upon the repentant sinner when least he thinks so. He observes him.
III. THE GRACIOUS ENCOURAGEMENT WHICH GOD GIVES TO HIM.
1. A promise of security. Shadow from the heat. Shelter from the storm.
2. An assurance of supply. Fruits of comfort derived from God. Fruits of grace produced by God's help.
(John D. Lowe, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.