God knows you, Hosea 5
June 01, 2006
Intro: Las week we saw Israel (the northern kingdom) is on trial.
A- The charges brought against them are stated in Hosea
#1- “There is no truth (or faithfulness to one’s word)
#2- There is no mercy (or devotion to godlikeness)
#3- There is no knowledge of God in the land.
1- Could say the this of our nation, the same goes for
a- The logical response would be “are you judging
- “No just look at the evidence”.
> In such a society:
#1- A moral depravity will prevail:
1- A person’s character will not count, his integrity will not
be and issue
#2- Another evidence of a society that has rejected God is
1- Hurricanes, Tsunamis, Earthquakes.
(Sign of the end times) Matthew 24:7, For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
#3- Another evidence of a society that has rejected God is
DEBASEMENT OF LEADERSHIP:
2 Timothy 4:3-4, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
#4- Another evidence of a society that has rejected God is
1- The excesses of the successful.
#5- The last evidence of a society that has rejected God is
RUIN ON A NATIONSIDE SCALE:
1- This is a people who have gotten their own way and
“their own way” is a punishment itself.
a- A society who wants nothing to do with God will
become a Godless society.
- It’s desire becomes it’s own punishment.
B- With this court setting in mind Chapter 5 is a
parenthetical statement by the Lord before Israel gives
The general theme of Chapter 5: “Maybe you don’t know God BUT HE knows you”
1- Kind of like a child hiding his face in the corner playing
hide and go seek.
a- He can’t see you BUT you can see him.
REMEMBER Psalm 139:1-6
A- If you recall this Psalm was progressive with the
foundation being GOD ALL KNOWING or (Omniscience)
1- Because God is(Omnipresent) He knows all.
2- Because God is (Omnipotent) He knows all.
3- Because God is all of these, we rejoice because He
a- What would anyone else with such attributes
do with them???
- What is man’s reaction to these attributes??
- 1st reaction HIDE! (Adam & Eve)
- 2nd reaction RUN! (Jonah)
- 3rd reaction SUBMIT in holiness (every godly person who has ever
B- So Israel because of your un- submitted heart God
knows your WALK, WITNESS, WORSHIP, AND He knows
that you are WAIVERING, WARRING and WRESTLING. 1- BUT know this; during all of this He is WAITING.
A- To start off REMEMBER why we are transparent before
1- Not the kind of JUDGEMENT where you die and go to
the bad place.
a- BUT an accurate judgment where you are at with
God and changes that will bring you back to
where you need to be.
Romans 2:4, Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
Acts 1:24, ...“You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, ...
- What follows is God Spiritual evaluation of
Israel. (Judah not much better)
#1- So 1st Israel’s walk.
Read Verses 1-3
A- Just as in the book of Revelation 2-3 the one who is held
accountable for the Spiritual state of the people are the
Revelation 2:1, “To the angel of the church of (the 7 of them) write,...
1- “O house of the King” = Secular leadership.
Romans 13:1, Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
James 3:1, My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
2- A Snare to “ Mixpah” = Watchtower (South)
3- A net spread on Tabor = Mound (North)
a- Internet = Web, net.
Read Verse 2 (See the intent of God)
B- Rebuke = Discipline OR Sever punishment designed to
restore one to proper behavior.
Proverbs 13:24, He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.
Read Verse 3
A- Ephraim was the choice land and tribe of the North.
1- The idea here that even the best has now fallen.
a- They are “defiled” = Used of an adulteress
#2- Next God evaluates Israel’s Witness.
A- They are dragging down their sister Judah.
1- Scripture and a fact of life:
Galatians 5:9, A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
a- Whatever sin you bring into your house it will
grow and multiply UNTILL = “THE BLOB”
- Jesus recognized sin in the temple : HE
THREW IT OUT.
- It caused Moses to stumble.
- AND look at Nehemiah
Read Nehemiah 13:23-31
CONSIDER THIS: Priests, Those of the house of kings, teachers,
Mark 9:42, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.
2- Go through your homes and consider the sin you
may have brought in BECAUSE YOUR KIDS WILL.
#3- God then considers Israel’s WORSHIP.
Read Verses 6-7
A- This is anyone that wants to point out his righteousness
1- Ownership of a bible, church attendance, religious
Read Matthew 7:21-23
2- Verse 7 = A failure to carry out the responsibilities of a
natural or contractual relationship.
a- The last part of Verse 7 = Their religious
practice will condemn them.
- In my previous religious life, there was an
enough there to cause me guilt before God.
* Every scripture I heard, every
communion, every prayer,
* every recognition of God BUT refusal
of a relationship WAS ANOTHER NAIL.
Romans 3:9, What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
#4- What is the effect of Israel’s failure in these areas? They are
Read Verses 8-9
A- This is actually a warning to outsiders:
1- Those families or individuals you know who are
wavering in their lives because of ungodly practice.
a- The warning here is to Benjamin.
- Watch as Assyria comes in and brings
judgment upon Israel.
Ezekiel 5:17, So I will send against you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I, the Lord, have spoken.’ ”
b- God will bring the: Sword, terrorist, criminal, ...,
against a nation to get its attention and the
attention of surrounding nations.
#5- Because of their ungodly practice Israel is warring &
Read Verses 10-12
A- And the idea is warring against God (See V:12 & 14).
Matthew 21:44, And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
#6- But through all of this, make no mistake, God is waiting.
Hosea 5:15, I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”
Psalm 119:67, Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.
A- In the bible the term “going astray” = wondering off in
1- A child, sheep, me in Home Depot.
Isaiah 53:6, All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
b- 2nd affliction brings us back to an understanding
of God’s Word.
- This is an experiential understanding of the
interaction between God and man through
* In Other words: Real life experiences.
* Kind of how a parent learns to be a
ALL BASED UPON: You may not know Him BUT HE knows you.
June 01, 2006
2 Timothy 4:3-4