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Lesson 23 of 26 in a series on Old Testament Vistas. This sermon on Hosea was presented May 15, 2011, at Palm Desert Church of Christ, by Dale Wells

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  • 23.While Isaiah and Micah are prophesying to the southern kingdom, Hosea was prophesying to northern kingdom (760-722 B.C.)Hosea was prophesying in a time of material prosperity and spiritual bankruptcyHis Book contains graphic description of persistent sin — uses language of whores, harlots & prostitutes to make his pointHosea also, graphically, portrays God’s persistent love for His faithless wife.As a husband longs for his faithless wife to return homeso God longs to receive His people back — if only they will be faithful
  • Begins with God telling Hosea to marry a prostitute.He marries Gomer as an object lesson for the Jews.Just as Hosea loves Gomer — desires her to be faithful — willing to forgive her and take her back if only she would be faithfulSo also God loves his people – desires them to be faithful – is willing to forgive them and take them back if only they would be faithful
  • Hosea 1:2-3 RVG10-R El principio de la palabra de Jehová por medio de Oseas. Y dijo Jehová a Oseas: Ve, toma para ti a una esposa ramera, e hijos de prostitución; porque la tierra gravemente se ha prostituido, apartándose de Jehová. (3) Fue, pues, y tomó a Gomer hija de Diblaim, la cual concibió y le dio a luz un hijo.Gomer has three children – Hosea may not have been the father of any of them:Son: Jezreel means “visit to punish” or “punishment” (e.g. for Israel)Daughter: Lo-Ruhamah means “no pity” or “no forgiveness” (e.g. for Israel)Son: Lo-Ammi means “not my people” (e.g. Israel)Each name depicts God’s lament for Israel: He must punish; he cannot forgive them; their conduct has shown that they are not his people and he is not their God.
  • Primarily a judgment on persistent sinAt every stage, Hosea calls out to his wife: “If you will be faithful, I am willing to forgive”Even in the midst of our unfaithfulness, God is willing to forgive*** Hosea 2:16 is gut-wrenching:Hosea 2:16 RVG Y seráque en aqueltiempo, dice Jehová, me llamarásIshi, y nuncamás me llamarásBaali.Note: Wife has been calling her husband by name of her loverAmazing picture of forgiving God who wants us back – if we will only be faithfulFaithful and loving in all his waysNever losing hope Always willing to forgiveEven though his wife is on Indio Blvd., sleeping with anyone who will pay.Longs to hear his wife say, “You are my Husband.” “I love you.”
  • Dark chapters of judgmentSpiral starts with idolatry – that is the beginning of sin
  • Hosea 4:12 RVG10-R Mi pueblo a su ídolo de madera consulta, y su vara le responde; porque el espíritu de fornicaciones los ha engañado, y se han dado a la fornicación dejando a su Dios.Idolatry is more than statues — anything that takes the place of GodAn idol is anything we desire more than GodWe are idolaters if we love/desire/seek something more than we love GodEven in the midst of idolatry, our husband calls us to return
  • Remember what it was like in the old days, when you were engaged and your world revolved around your love. God promises, even in the darkness of her sin, that he would welcome her return.Hosea 2:14-15 RVG10-R Pero he aquí, yo la atraeré, y la llevaré al desierto, y hablaré a su corazón. (15) Y le daré sus viñas desde allí, y el valle de Acor por puerta de esperanza; y allí cantará como en los tiempos de su juventud, y como en el día de su subida de la tierra de Egipto.
  • Hosea 10:1 RVG10-R Israel es una viña vacía que da fruto para sí mismo; conforme a la multiplicación de su fruto multiplicó los altares, conforme a la bondad de su tierra aumentaron sus imágenes.Hosea 13:6 RVG10-R En sus pastos se saciaron, se llenaron, y se ensoberbeció su corazón; por esta causa se olvidaron de mí.You and I cry out to God when we are in troubleWhen money is flowing and life is free from pain — we forget GodMore and more we worship the gods of wealth and comfortChildren are caught in our downward spiral
  • Hosea 4:6 RVG10-R Mi pueblo fue destruido porque le faltó conocimiento. Porque tú desechaste el conocimiento, yo te echaré del sacerdocio; y porque olvidaste la ley de tu Dios, también yo me olvidaré de tus hijos.Because of thesins of theirparents, Godwillforgettheirchildren.
  • Hosea 4:13 RVG10-R Sobre las cabezas de los montes sacrificaron, e incensaron sobre los collados, debajo de encinas, y álamos, y olmos que tuviesen buena sombra; por tanto, vuestras hijas fornicarán, y adulterarán vuestras nueras.Generational sin isanuglything.Wemovedownthespiral. Instead of pullingourchildren up out of thespiral, wepullthemdownwithus.
  • Deuteronomy 6:6-7 RVG10-R (6) Y estas palabras que yo te mando hoy, estarán sobre tu corazón: (7) Y las repetirás a tus hijos, y hablarás de ellas estando en tu casa, y andando por el camino, y al acostarte, y cuando te levantes:It is one thing to mess up my own life,It is one thing for me to become like the faithless children of Israel — idolatersBut are we willing to destroy the life of our children as well in the process?Don’t be so melodramatic! I’m not, neither is Hosea.If we don’t pull our children up, how are they going to know the Lord?
  • Exodus 20:4-5 RVG10-R No te harás imagen, ni ninguna semejanza de cosa que esté arriba en el cielo, ni abajo en la tierra, ni en las aguas debajo de la tierra. (5) No te inclinarás a ellas, ni las honrarás; porque yo, Jehová tu Dios, soy Dios celoso, que visito la maldad de los padres sobre los hijos hasta la tercera y cuarta generación de los que me aborrecen,
  • Hosea 10:12 RVG10-R Sembrad para vosotros en justicia, segad para vosotros en misericordia; arad para vosotros barbecho; porque es tiempo de buscar a Jehová, hasta que venga y os enseñe justicia.
  • Hosea 8:12 RVG10-R Le escribí las grandezas de mi ley, pero fueron tenidas como cosas extrañas.Hosea 8:5 RVG10-R Tu becerro, oh Samaria, te hizo alejar; se encendió mi enojo contra ellos, hasta que no pudieron alcanzar inocencia.
  • Hosea 5:11 RVG10-R Efraín es vejado, quebrantado en juicio, porque quiso andar en pos de mandatos de hombres.Hosea 11:7 RVG10-R Entre tanto, mi pueblo está inclinado a rebelarse contra mí; aunque ellos invocan al Altísimo, ninguno absolutamente quiere enaltecerle.
  • Not because God wouldn’t forgive his brideBecause his bride wouldn’t ask for forgiveness
  • Hosea 5:4 RVG10-R No pondrán sus pensamientos en volverse a su Dios, porque espíritu de prostitución está en medio de ellos, y no conocen a Jehová.
  • Hosea 5:6 RVG10-R Con sus ovejas y con sus vacas andarán buscando a Jehová, y no le hallarán; se apartó de ellos.Hosea 9:12 RVG10-R Y si llegaren a grandes sus hijos, los quitaré de entre los hombres, porque ¡ay de ellos también, cuando de ellos me aparte!
  • Hosea 9:15 RVG10-R Toda la maldad de ellos fue en Gilgal; allí, pues, les tomé aversión; por la perversidad de sus obras los echaré de mi casa; no los amaré más; todos sus príncipes son desleales.This is what Hosea calls “whoredom”“Hard heart”; “Unforgivable sin”Not the occasional sin — not when we commit a faithless act, but when we have become faithless peopleWhen we are faithless to God, when we fail to love him as we oughtWhen we love the things of this world more than we love himThen we are idolaters — we are prostitutes.
  • Hosea 6:1-3 RVG10-R Venid y volvámonos a Jehová; porque Él arrebató, y nos curará; hirió, y nos vendará. (2) Nos dará vida después de dos días; al tercer día nos resucitará y viviremos delante de Él. (3) Y conoceremos, y proseguiremos en conocer a Jehová; su salida está dispuesta como el alba, y vendrá a nosotros como la lluvia, como la lluvia tardía y temprana a la tierra.
  • Hosea 11:8-9 RVG10-R ¿Cómo he de dejarte, oh Efraín? ¿He de entregarte yo, Israel? ¿Cómo podré yo hacerte como Adma, o ponerte como a Zeboim? Mi corazón se conmueve dentro de mí, se inflama toda mi compasión. (9) No ejecutaré el furor de mi ira, no volveré para destruir a Efraín; porque Dios soy, y no hombre; el Santo en medio de ti; y no entraré en la ciudad.
  • Hosea 14:1-9 RVG10-R Vuelve, oh Israel, a Jehová tu Dios; pues por tu pecado has caído. (2) Tomad con vosotros palabras, y volved a Jehová, y decidle: Quita toda iniquidad, y acéptanos con gracia, y daremos becerros de nuestros labios. (3) No nos librará Asiria; no montaremos sobre caballos, ni nunca más diremos a la obra de nuestras manos: Vosotros sois nuestros dioses; porque en ti el huérfano alcanzará misericordia. (4) Yo sanaré su rebelión, los amaré de pura gracia; porque mi ira se apartó de ellos. (5) Yo seré a Israel como rocío; él florecerá como lirio, y extenderá sus raíces como el Líbano. (6) Se extenderán sus ramas, y será su gloria como la del olivo, y su fragancia como el Líbano. (7) Volverán, y se sentarán bajo su sombra; serán vivificados como trigo, y florecerán como la vid; su olor será como el del vino del Líbano. (8) Efraín dirá: ¿Qué más tendré ya con los ídolos? Yo lo oiré, y miraré; yo seré a él como el ciprés verde; de mí será hallado tu fruto. (9) ¿Quién es sabio para que entienda esto, y prudente para que lo sepa? Porque los caminos de Jehová son rectos, y los justos andarán por ellos; mas los rebeldes tropezarán en ellos.
  • This is a hard concept for us men to grasp, but it is a NT teaching
  • 2 Corinthians 11:2 RVG10-R (2) Porqueoscelo con celo de Dios; porqueos he desposado a un esposo, parapresentaroscomounavirgenpura a Cristo.We are pure, we are virgins, we are not prostitutes.
  • Revelation 19:6-9 RVG10-R (6) Y oí como la voz de una gran multitud, y como el estruendo de muchas aguas, y como la voz de grandes truenos, diciendo: ¡Aleluya, porque reina el Señor Dios Todopoderoso! (7) Gocémonos y alegrémonos y démosle gloria; porque han venido las bodas del Cordero, y su esposa se ha aparejado. (8) Y a ella se le ha concedido que se vista de lino fino, limpio y resplandeciente; porque el lino fino es la justicia de los santos. (9) Y él me dijo: Escribe: Bienaventurados los que son llamados a la cena del Cordero. Y me dijo: Éstas son palabras verdaderas de Dios.
  • The question of Hosea is as obvious as it is blunt: Am I caught in the downward spiral of sin?Idolater — loving/desiring/seeking something more than God?Has my idolatry been sped up by my luxury? Fat and forgotten God?Will my children pay the price for my sin?Have I become useless, incapable of being innocent?Am I at the bottom of the spiral — whore?
  • Your faithful God/husband stands before youArms outstretched, with a heart ready to forgive and receive you backIf only you will be faithful to Him.Clothed in the righteous deeds of the saints
  • Hispromisetoyou and me, ifwewillonlyturnawayfromour sin and be faithfultohim, isthesame as italways has been.Hosea 14:4 RVG Yo sanaré su rebelión, los amaré de pura gracia; porque mi ira se apartó de ellos.
  • 110515 forever faithful hosea

    1. 1. Old Testament Vistas<br />Forever Faithful<br />
    2. 2. An Amazing Picture of a Forgiving God<br />Hosea 1-3<br />
    3. 3. Hosea 1:2-3 NET<br />When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, he said to him, "Go marry a prostitute who will bear illegitimate children conceived through prostitution, because the nation continually commits spiritual prostitution by turning away from the LORD." So Hosea married Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim. Then she conceived and gave birth to a son for him. <br />
    4. 4. Amazing Picture of Forgiving God<br />Hosea 2:16 ESV And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me 'My Husband,' and no longer will you call me 'My Baal.' <br />
    5. 5. Powerful Picture of the Downward Spiral of Sin<br />Hosea 4-13<br />
    6. 6. Hosea 4:12 NLT <br />They ask a piece of wood for advice! They think a stick can tell them the future! Longing after idols has made them foolish. They have played the prostitute, serving other gods and deserting their God.<br />
    7. 7. Hosea 2:14-15 NLT <br />"But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I will return her vineyards to her and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope. She will give herself to Me there, as she did long ago when she was young, when I freed her from her captivity in Egypt.<br />
    8. 8. Luxury Speeds the Downward Spiral<br />Hosea 10:1 NLT How prosperous Israel is—a luxuriant vine loaded with fruit. But the richer the people get, the more pagan altars they build. The more bountiful their harvests, the more beautiful their sacred pillars.<br />Hosea 13:6 NIV When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.<br />
    9. 9. Hosea 4:6 NLT <br />My people are being destroyed because they don't know Me. Since you priests refuse to know Me, I refuse to recognize you as My priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.<br />
    10. 10. Hosea 4:13 NLT <br />They offer sacrifices to idols on the mountaintops. They go up into the hills to burn incense in the pleasant shade of oaks, poplars, and terebinth trees. "That is why your daughters turn to prostitution, and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.<br />
    11. 11. Contrast the reality with the ideal<br />Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NIV These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.<br />
    12. 12. Exodus 20:4-5 NLT <br />"You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject Me.<br />
    13. 13. Even in our sin, our husband woos us<br />Hosea 10:12 NIV Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.<br />
    14. 14. Eventually we become so thoroughly sinful that we are “useless”<br />Hosea 8:12 NLT Even though I gave them all My laws, they act as if those laws don't apply to them.<br />Hosea 8:5 NLT "O Samaria, I reject this calf—this idol you have made. My fury burns against you. How long will you be incapable of innocence?<br />
    15. 15. Eventually we become so thoroughly sinful that we are “useless”<br />Hosea 5:11 ESV Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, because he was determined to go after filth.<br />Hosea 11:7 ESV My people are bent on turning away from me, and though they call out to the Most High, he shall not raise them up at all.<br />
    16. 16. The Bottom to the Spiral When Forgiveness is Impossible<br />
    17. 17. Hosea 5:4 NLT <br />Your deeds won't let you return to your God. You are a prostitute through and through, and you do not know the LORD.<br />
    18. 18. God withdraws<br />Hosea 5:6 NLT When they come with their flocks and herds to offer sacrifices to the LORD, they will not find Him, because He has withdrawn from them.<br />Hosea 9:12 NLT Even if you do have children who grow up, I will take them from you. It will be a terrible day when I turn away and leave you alone.<br />
    19. 19. God drives them away into judgment<br />Hosea 9:15 NLT The LORD says, "All their wickedness began at Gilgal; there I began to hate them. I will drive them from My land because of their evil actions. I will love them no more because all their leaders are rebels.<br />
    20. 20. Even when judgment is inevitable … <br />God is still willing to forgive if we will but be faithful<br />
    21. 21. He wants to hear …<br />Hosea 6:1-3 NIV "Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth." <br />
    22. 22. He wants to forgive …<br />Hosea 11:8-9 NIV "How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man— the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath. <br />
    23. 23. Hosea 14:1-9 NIV<br />Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God. Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: "Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount war-horses. <br />
    24. 24. Hosea 14:1-9 NIV<br />We will never again say 'Our gods' to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion." "I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots; his young shoots will grow. <br />
    25. 25. Hosea 14:1-9 NIV<br />His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon. Men will dwell again in his shade. He will flourish like the grain. He will blossom like a vine, and his fame will be like the wine from Lebanon. O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? I will answer him and care for him. I am like a green pine tree; your fruitfulness comes from me." <br />
    26. 26. Hosea 14:1-9 NIV<br />Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. <br />
    27. 27. Even in the midst of detestable sin, <br />Our husband calls us to return<br />
    28. 28. We are the Bride of Christ<br />
    29. 29. 2 Corinthians 11:2 NIV <br />I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.<br />
    30. 30. Revelation 19:6-9 NIV<br />Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. <br />
    31. 31. Revelation 19:6-9 NIV<br />Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God." <br />
    32. 32. Are You Caught in the Downward Spiral of Sin?<br />
    33. 33. Your Faithful Husband Beckons You<br />

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