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“May you and I be godly examples to those around us.” <>< Dona (12/09/20)

Please read Hosea 7 through 9.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Hosea 7

God is forgotten.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Israel had forgotten You and were practicing deceit (v. 1). 

Something to think about

The Israelites seemed to forgot that God sees and knows everything (v. 2). The people had intermarried with pagans and picked of their evil practices (v. 8-9). The Israelites were arrogant and turned away from God (v. 10). And they were following after Egypt and Assyria (v. 11). The Israelites had strayed from following God.  They rebelled against God. But still God longed to redeem them (v. 13-14). God had trained and strengthened His people but still they plotted evil against Him (v. 15). So, God said their leaders would fall by the sword (v. 16).

Something to experience

When we are facing temptation, we need to remind ourselves that God is watching (v. 2).  We need to be examples to those around us and not imitators of their ways (v. 8-9). In our own life pride can keep us from repenting and turning back to God (v. 13). Unlike the Israelites, we believers should seek God who will meet all our needs.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Hosea 7:1 “When I would heal Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered, also the wickedness of Samaria; for they commit falsehood, and the thief enters in, and the gang of robbers ravages outside.”

Hosea 7:2 “They don’t consider in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness.  Now their own deeds have engulfed them.  They are before My face.

Hosea 7:8-9 Ephraim, he mixes himself among the nations.  Ephraim is a pancake not turned over.  Strangers have devoured his strength, and he doesn’t realize it. Indeed, gray hairs are here and there on him, and he doesn’t realize it.

Hosea 7:10 The pride of Israel testifies to his face; yet they haven’t returned to the Lord their God, nor sought Him, for all this.

Hosea 7:11 “Ephraim is like an easily deceived dove, without understanding.  They call to Egypt.  They go to Assyria.”

Hosea 7:13 13 “Woe to them!  For they have wandered from Me.  Destruction to them! For they have trespassed against Me.  Though I would redeem them, yet they have spoken lies against Me.  14 They haven’t cried to Me with their heart, but they howl on their beds.  They assemble themselves for grain and new wine.  They turn away from Me.”

Hosea 7:15 “Though I have taught and strengthened their arms, yet they plot evil against Me.”

Hosea 7:16 They return, but not to the Most High.  They are like a faulty bow. Their princes will fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue.  This will be their derision in the land of Egypt.

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Theme Hosea 8

The sowing and reaping of Israel (v. 7).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Israel had broken Your covenant with them (v. 1).

Something to think about

Because Israel had broken God’s covenant and rebelled against His law there would be consequences for them (v. 3). Israel had gone so far as to set up kings without God’s consent; choose princes without God’s approval; and made idols from silver and gold (v. 4). So, God’s anger was against them (v. 5). God’s judgment would come upon Israel (v. 10).  Israel didn’t apply God’s laws to their lives (v. 12). God would not accept Israel’s offerings; in fact, He would punish them for their sins (v. 13).  Israel had indeed forgot their Maker (v. 14).

Something to experience

When we seek security from anything or anyone other than God, we are exposing ourselves to danger.  For without God there is no real or lasting security. When we read the Bible we should apply what we read first to our own life and then perhaps share it with others who might need to hear it. When doing anything we should be focused on God and performing every task with sincere devotion. Our nation needs to remember God created each of us and our strength and worth is from Him.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Hosea 8:1 “Put the trumpet to your lips!  Something like an eagle is over the Lord’s house, because they have broken My covenant, and rebelled against My law.”

Hosea 8:2 “They cry to me, ‘My God, we Israel acknowledge You!’”

Hosea 8:3 “Israel has cast off that which is good.  The enemy will pursue him.”

Hosea 8:4 “They have set up kings, but not by Me.  They have made princes, and I didn’t approve.  Of their silver and their gold they have made themselves idols, that they may be cut off.”

Hosea 8:5 “Let Samaria throw out his calf idol!  My anger burns against them!  How long will it be until they are capable of purity?”

Hosea 8:7 “For they sow the wind, and they will reap the whirlwind.”

Hosea 8:10 “But although they sold themselves among the nations, I will now gather them; and they begin to waste away because of the oppression of the king of mighty ones.”

Hosea 8:12 “I wrote for him the many things of My law; but they were regarded as a strange thing.”

Hosea 8:13 “As for the sacrifices of My offerings, they sacrifice meat and eat it;  But the Lord doesn’t accept them.  Now He will remember their iniquity, and punish their sins.  They will return to Egypt.”

Hosea 8:14 “For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; but I will send a fire on his cities, and it will devour its fortresses.”

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Theme Hosea 9

Israel’s punishment.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Israel had been unfaithful to You (v. 1).

Something to think about

Israel was looking to other countries for help instead of putting their hope in God and listening to His prophets (v. 6-7).  The Israelites became as corrupt as the gods they worshipped (v. 10). My Bible notes say at Gilgal both the political and religious failure of the nation began.  Verse 15 says what God will do to Gilgal.  Because Israel hasn’t obeyed God, He will reject them (v. 17).

Something to experience

Unlike Israel, we need to be faithful to God and put our hope in Him. When we hear something we don’t agree with, we need to take time to evaluate the information and make sure we’ve not actually gone astray ourselves (v. 8-9).   We should leave behind false idols and become more and more like God (v. 10). 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Hosea 9:1 Don’t rejoice, Israel, to jubilation like the nations; for you were unfaithful to your God.  You love the wages of a prostitute at every grain threshing floor.

Hosea 9:6-7 For, behold, when they flee destruction, Egypt will gather them up.  Memphis will bury them.  Nettles will possess their pleasant things of silver.  Thorns will be in their tents.  The days of visitation have come.  The days of reckoning have come.  Israel will consider the prophet to be a fool, and the man who is inspired to be insane, because of the abundance of your sins, and because your hostility is great.

Hosea 9:8-9 A prophet watches over Ephraim with my God.  A fowler’s snare is on all of his paths, and hostility in the house of his God.  They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah.  He will remember their iniquity.  He will punish them for their sins.

Hosea 9:10 “I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness.  I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig tree at its first season; but they came to Baal Peor, and consecrated themselves to the shameful thing, and became abominable like that which they loved.”

Hosea 9:15 “All their wickedness is in Gilgal; for there I hated them.  Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of My house!  I will love them no more.  All their princes are rebels.”

Hosea 9:17 My God will cast them away, because they didn’t listen to Him; and they will be wanderers among the nations.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will remember that You are always watching (Hosea 7:2).  Lord, I pray we will be godly examples to those around us (Hosea 7:8-9).  Lord, I pray pride will stay far from us.  But if we do find ourselves being proud, I pray we will quickly repent and turn back to following You (Hosea7:13). Lord, I pray we will trust You to provide all we need (Hosea 7). Lord, I pray we will seek security from You alone. Lord, I pray we will do all things to bring honor, glory and praise to You. Lord, I pray our nation will turn back to trusting in You (Hosea 8).  Lord, I pray we will be faithful to and put our hope in You.  Lord, I pray we will seek godly advice so we can stay away from sin (Hosea 9:8-9).   Lord, I pray we will become more and more like You (Hosea9:10).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.

“May you and I become more and more like the Lord.” <>< Dona