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Scripture reading for September 6th: Hosea 7-8
“Woe to them, because they have strayed from Me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak lies against Me. They do not cry to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds. They gather together for grain and new wine but turn away from Me.” Hosea 7:13-14
“They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind.” Hosea 8:7
God so longed to redeem His people but they continually rebelled against Him. Thieves were breaking into houses and bandits robbing in the streets. The land was full of adulterers and the princes were drunk on wine. They were speaking evil of their rulers. They were arrogant and unresponsive as they went about their business of sinning. Consequences of a nation turning from God is an increase in violence, lawbreaking, and trouble with those ruling.
On top of all the usual sins, they chose their leaders without the consent of the Lord or His approval. They made idols of silver and gold. They cried out to the Lord as if they wanted to know Him, but their hearts were far from Him! Hosea stated that Ephraim had built many altars for sin offerings but they became altars for sinning! (Hosea 8:11) God had no choice but to send fire of judgment on their cities. (Hosea 8:14)
As we read these sad words about religion without heart or loving obedience, we think about the church in America. Many who name the name of Christ are involved in adultery with those who are not their married partners. They watch television and movies every sort of perversion and go to church on Sunday without ever asking God for mercy. They choose their rulers without ever consulting God or His holy word to find out if He would approve of their moral conduct and political decisions. Some get drunk or high on drugs regularly. Others lie and cheat and do violence with their gossip, yet claim a relationship with God.
Just as Hosea was told to take back the adulterous wife, God will take us back if we repent and turn to Him with all our heart. We must not just cry on our beds, but honestly take responsibility for what we have done and turn to Him for mercy. If we want to avoid the whirlwind, we must stop sowing the wind!
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!