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Hosea: The married prophet part three:

Hosea: The married prophet part three Friendship Baptist Church Pastor Brian Chilton

Question of the week:

Question of the week Question 33: Who was Jesus eating dinner with when He quoted Hosea 6:6 ? Answer: Tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 9:9-13) Question 34: What “empty” illustration is Israel compared to? “Israel is an empty….”

B. The Lord’s case against Israel expanded (6:4-11:11) :

B. The Lord’s case against Israel expanded (6:4-11:11) 1 . Israel’s guilt and punishment (6:4-8:14)

Israel’s ingratitude punished (6:4-7:16):

Israel’s ingratitude punished (6:4-7:16) Hosea 6 4 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. 5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. 6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me. 8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood. 9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness. 10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled. 11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people . Hosea 6 4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? For your loyalty is like a morning cloud And like the dew which goes away early. 5 Therefore I have hewn them in pieces by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; And the judgments on you are like the light that goes forth. 6 For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. 7 But like Adam they have transgressed the covenant; There they have dealt treacherously against Me. 8 Gilead is a city of wrongdoers, Tracked with bloody footprints. 9 And as raiders wait for a man, So a band of priests murder on the way to Shechem ; Surely they have committed crime. 10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing; Ephraim's harlotry is there, Israel has defiled itself. 11 Also, O Judah, there is a harvest appointed for you, When I restore the fortunes of My people. (NAS95)

First subunit: indictment of the people (11:4-11:11):

First subunit: indictment of the people (11:4-11:11) (4-5) There are three segments to this lengthy case against Israel. This is the first subunit. In verse 4 and 5, God shows His frustration with the people. Illus : “Sympathize with God through argument with atheist” God wants to bless the people, but their rebellion keeps Him from being able to bless and still remain a good Father. God sent prophets as He sends preachers to awaken us. Their message was as clear as lightning in the night sky. Illus : “Problem with Olsteen ” (6) Jesus quoted this verse on several occasions. He quoted it while eating with sinners as He was accused by those who questioned His dining partners (Matthew 9:13). He also used the verse in His admonition of the scribes and Pharisees as He was accused for working on the Sabbath in Matthew 12:7. God desired (“ hesed ” deseh ) “loyalty and lovingkindess ” over sacrifice. This did not mean that God did not approve of sacrifice. It meant that love and loyalty are higher on God’s list than sacrifice. (7) Hosea begins to list a series of offenses that Israel had committed against God. Like Adam, they had broken the covenant with God. (8-9) “ Gileam ” refers to the northern section of the Transjordan area. The priests were corrupt and were acting like a gang murdering and pillaging the area. (10-11) The people had rebelled against God and had prostituted themselves by worshipping other gods.

Israel’s punishment (cont’d):

Israel’s punishment (cont’d) Hosea 7 1 When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without. 2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face. 3 They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies. 4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened. 5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners. 6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire. 7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me. 8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. Hosea 7 1 When I would heal Israel, The iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, And the evil deeds of Samaria, For they deal falsely; The thief enters in, Bandits raid outside, 2 And they do not consider in their hearts That I remember all their wickedness. Now their deeds are all around them; They are before My face. 3 With their wickedness they make the king glad, And the princes with their lies. 4 They are all adulterers, Like an oven heated by the baker Who ceases to stir up the fire From the kneading of the dough until it is leavened. 5 On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; He stretched out his hand with scoffers, 6 For their hearts are like an oven As they approach their plotting; Their anger smolders all night, In the morning it burns like a flaming fire. 7 All of them are hot like an oven, And they consume their rulers; All their kings have fallen. None of them calls on Me. 8 Ephraim mixes himself with the nations; Ephraim has become a cake not turned. (NAS95)

Israel’s punishment (cont’d):

Israel’s punishment (cont’d) 9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not. 10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him for all this. 11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. 12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard. 13 Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me. 14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me. 15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me. 16 They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt. (KJV) Hosea 7 9 Strangers devour his strength, Yet he does not know it; Gray hairs also are sprinkled on him, Yet he does not know it. 10 Though the pride of Israel testifies against him, Yet they have not returned to the LORD their God, Nor have they sought Him, for all this. 11 So Ephraim has become like a silly dove, without sense; They call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. 12 When they go, I will spread My net over them; I will bring them down like the birds of the sky. I will chastise them in accordance with the proclamation to their assembly. 13 Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me. 14 And they do not cry to Me from their heart When they wail on their beds; For the sake of grain and new wine they assemble themselves, They turn away from Me. 15 Although I trained and strengthened their arms, Yet they devise evil against Me. 16 They turn, but not upward, They are like a deceitful bow; Their princes will fall by the sword Because of the insolence of their tongue. This will be their derision in the land of Egypt. (NAS95)

Second subunit: a fatal domestic policy (7:1-7:12):

Second subunit: a fatal domestic policy (7:1-7:12) (1-2) God desired to heal Israel, but would Israel let God heal them? Illus : “Bribery in Washington DC exposed” Israel did not realize that God was watching their every move. Do we? (3-4) The people were more impressed with pleasing the king than they were God. They had all committed spiritual adultery. We as Christians should be law abiding citizens unless the law demands that we give up our faith. If that should occur, we must take a stand for God regardless. This brings in the problem with the “mark of the beast” that will occur in the end times. (5-7) The kings would become “buddies” with drunkards. The drunkards would kill the king while “partying.” Apparently, this occurred on different occasions throughout Israel’s history. (2 Kings 15:10, 14, 25, 30)

Second subunit: A Fatal Foreign policy:

Second subunit: A Fatal Foreign policy (8-9) The prophet focuses on foreign policies now. The nation had poor immigration policies. Foreign cultures were blending with the culture of Israel. The problem with this is that Israel was loosing its’ identity. They were syncretizing the gods of other lands with God (thus, prostituting themselves). (10) Due to the arrogance of the people, they would not turn to God despite their weakened condition. Once this happens to a nation, judgment is sure to follow. (11-12) Instead of depending on God, the nation turns to other nations for help. Hosea compares the nation to a “senseless dove.” Doves are easily trapped when they see food…like mice. Likewise, Israel was going to fall into a trap

Third subunit: indictment of doom (7:13-7:16):

Third subunit: indictment of doom (7:13-7:16) (13) “Woe” shows a lament as if at a funeral. God wants to redeem Israel. However, Israel no longer believes in the redemptive power of God. Israel speaks lies against God claiming that He does not have power, or perhaps even denying His existence. (14-15) The people had engaged themselves in pagan rituals instead of prayer to God. “Cutting themselves” is a way that individuals prayed to Ba’al and other fertility gods. God had been Israel’s personal trainer. He had made them strong. Now, they thought they could use their strength to make it on their own. (16) Israel’s leaders were like a faulty bow. God would bring judgment against them.

Israel’s rebellion punished (chapter 8):

Israel’s rebellion punished (chapter 8) Hosea 8 1 Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law. 2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee. 3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. 4 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. 5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency ? 6 For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces. 7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up. 8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. 9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers. 10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes. 11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. 12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. 13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt. 14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof. (KJV) Hosea 8 1 Put the trumpet to your lips! Like an eagle the enemy comes against the house of the LORD, Because they have transgressed My covenant And rebelled against My law. 2 They cry out to Me, "My God, we of Israel know You!" 3 Israel has rejected the good; The enemy will pursue him. 4 They have set up kings, but not by Me; They have appointed princes, but I did not know it. With their silver and gold they have made idols for themselves, That they might be cut off. 5 He has rejected your calf, O Samaria, saying, "My anger burns against them!" How long will they be incapable of innocence? 6 For from Israel is even this! A craftsman made it, so it is not God; Surely the calf of Samaria will be broken to pieces. 7 For they sow the wind And they reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; It yields no grain. Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up. 8 Israel is swallowed up; They are now among the nations Like a vessel in which no one delights. 9 For they have gone up to Assyria, Like a wild donkey all alone; Ephraim has hired lovers. 10 Even though they hire allies among the nations, Now I will gather them up; And they will begin to diminish Because of the burden of the king of princes. 11 Since Ephraim has multiplied altars for sin, They have become altars of sinning for him. 12 Though I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My law, They are regarded as a strange thing. 13 As for My sacrificial gifts, They sacrifice the flesh and eat it, But the LORD has taken no delight in them. Now He will remember their iniquity, And punish them for their sins; They will return to Egypt. 14 For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; And Judah has multiplied fortified cities, But I will send a fire on its cities that it may consume its palatial dwellings. (NAS95)

Israel’s rebellion punished:

Israel’s rebellion punished (8:1) Many times throughout prophecy symbols are used to indicate nations. This is important in understanding Revelation. (Ex. The bear is the symbol for Russia). Like the United States, the eagle is the symbol for Assyria. Hosea should go ahead and blow the warning trumpet because God would use Assyria against Israel. (2-3) Israel, like all unbelievers, would come to a point where they would say, “God we know you.” By then it is too late. The point of grace has been passed. If they truly wanted God, they would come to Him. Illus. “Man who begs wife to take him back after caught in adultery.” (4) The people chose their leaders out of political opinion rather than seeking God. (How much more should churches take care in who they select as leaders!) They used what God gave them against God. (5) The text literally reads “Your calf stinks.” The calves were a symbol of idolatry and it smelled all the way to God’s throne. (6) The calf is linked to idolatry in Samaria (7-8) The phrase “what a man sows, he reaps” is all throughout the Bible. Here they sow the wind and reap a tornado. They sow grain but reap a poor crop.

Israel’s rebellion punished (cont’d):

Israel’s rebellion punished (cont’d) (9) Like a stubborn donkey, Israel had stubbornly refused God and accepted aid from foreign lands. (10) Israel would become much like Samson under the power of his lover Delilah. Just like Samson, the nation would fall. (11-13) Israel built the idols and altars to cleanse them from their sins. But in doing so, they only multiplied the sin they had. (14) Israel had forgotten its’ Maker and would suffer the consequences. Has our nation done the same?

Conclusion::

Conclusion: When a nation turns its’ back on the True God, God gives them a period of time to repent. When the repentance happens, God shows grace. However, if the refusal turns to arrogance and stubbornness, God will bring judgment. The United States is becoming more and more corrupt. There is still hope. There is a faithful remnant who is faithful to God. If we continuously pray and seek God’s face, God will heal our land and bring revival. If our nation continues to spiral away from God, judgment will come. How? I don’t know. But, it will happen.

Next week: :

Next week: We will conclude Hosea’s accusations against Israel. (9-11)

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