Put the Trumpet to Your Lips!
Scripture reading for September 8th: Hosea 7-8
“Put the trumpet to your lips! An eagle is over the house of the Lord because the people have broken My covenant and rebelled against My law. Israel cries out to Me, ‘O our God, we acknowledge You!’ But Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him.” (Hosea 8:1-3)
God told Hosea to warn His people with prophetic preaching about the coming judgment! A trumpet was used in Israel to call the people to war. Remember that the Lord does nothing in judgment unless He warns His people! (Amos 3:7) His people gave a vocal commitment to the Lord by publicly acknowledging Him, but in their daily lives rejected God’s law and word. Their covenant relationship was violated by going after other gods and committing spiritual adultery. They put princes in office without God’s approval! (Hosea 8:4-6)
Because of their hearts full of adultery and iniquity, they sowed the wind and would reap the whirlwind! (Hosea 8:7) This is an example that paints an interesting picture. Wind is invisible but has consequences that we cannot see. A whirlwind is visible because of it’s destructive consequences. It is wind that has accelerated and brings visible destruction. The people should get the message clearly!
In the midst of all of this, the people were still religious. They built altars for sin offerings, but these became “altars for sinning”. (Hosea 8:11) They failed to follow God’s specific instructions for atonement of sins. They did things in their own way and God was not pleased! The result was disastrous, the reaping of the whirlwind! “Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; Judah has fortified many towns. But I will send fire upon their cities and consume their fortresses.” (Hosea 8:14)
As we contemplate this message of Hosea to God’s people, we can’t help but think of our own land and it’s people. Many claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. They make professions of faith but live far from God’s law. They live in spiritual adultery and elect leaders who God would not approve of because of their lawlessness! They want leaders who will validate their lifestyles, not blow a trumpet! They look for pastors who will tickle their ears and soothe them with smooth words. This works for a while, but God eventually sends the whirlwind! Take time to examine your own heart today and pray for our nation!