Posted by: clevsea | September 25, 2007

Let us RETURN to the Lord

Some verses followed by some of my thoughts.
Hosea
5: 4
They do not direct their deeds
Toward turning to their God,
For the spirit of harlotry is in their midst,
And they do not know the LORD.
6: 1-3
Come, and let us return to the LORD;
For He has torn, but He will heal us;
He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
After two days He will revive us;
On the third day He will raise us up,
That we may live in His sight.
Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
7:13-16
Woe to them, for they have fled from Me!
Destruction to them,
Because they have transgressed against Me!
Though I redeemed them,
Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
They did not cry out to Me with their heart
When they wailed upon their beds.

They assemble together for grain and new wine,
They rebel against Me;
Though I disciplined and strengthened their arms,
Yet they devise evil against Me;
They return, but not to the Most High;
They are like a treacherous bow.
Their princes shall fall by the sword
For the cursings of their tongue.
This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.

8:7
They sow the wind,
And reap the whirlwind.
The stalk has no bud;
It shall never produce meal.
If it should produce,
Aliens would swallow it up.
10:13
You have plowed wickedness;
You have reaped iniquity.
You have eaten the fruit of lies,
Because you trusted in your own way,
In the multitude of your mighty men.
12:1
Ephraim feeds on the wind,
And pursues the east wind;
He daily increases lies and desolation.
Also they make a covenant with the Assyrians,
And oil is carried to Egypt.
14:9
Who is wise?
Let him understand these things.
Who is prudent?
Let him know them.
For the ways of the LORD are right;
The righteous walk in them,
But transgressors stumble in them.
I read through the book of Hosea just now and pulled out some highlights. I do not mean to quote Scripture out of context — please go read the whole book as soon as you can.
I see here that the Lord’s people have turned from the Lord & they have fled & they have rebelled. They even devised evil against the Lord. They have lied about the Lord.
They have sown the wind, they have plowed the wickedness, they have eaten the fruit of lies.
I want to point out the “positive” parts too. The Lord is capable of
Healing
Binding wounds
Reviving
Raising up
and
His ways are right!!
Clevsea
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Responses

  1. I was asked a question about my thoughts on Hosea. I will not quote the question but I will post my answer to it:

    Interesting question. All I can say is that 25 years ago, when I was new to the faith, I heard a sermon about that opening part of Hosea which I believed whole-heartily at the time. The preacher probably relied on some Bible Class teaching or something. That sermon comes up in my mind every time I read Hosea because I don’t think the teaching was perfectly truthful that day. I think the preacher was somewhat misled. I see misleading information in Study Bibles too sometimes.

    My point is that I read Hosea exactly as it written. If I can understand what the text says then good and if I can’t quite know what is meant by the marriage to the harlot then I can’t know….but I don’t read commentaries to help me because I can’t trust them. Whenever I do read them I take everything they say with a grain of salt.

    We do know that Israel “played the harlot” a lot!!!!! The Lord God was displeased with His people a great deal of the time. I admit that they amaze me. They were capable of seeing a miracle like manna or the fire by night and then turn from God and sin the very next day. What that does for me is shows me that I’m able to “turn” quickly too. I am capable of sin and still have a sin nature. I am no better than Israel. So yes, I agree with you, the Lord chose me even though I am unworthy and can’t even obey Him properly now that I am saved and have the Holy Spirit. I can’t be good enough. I can’t be obedient enough. I can’t save myself and I can’t be sin-free. I was unworthy and in my flesh I still am unworthy.

    “Apart from Me you can do nothing.”

    That’s the words of Jesus that keeps me going day by day. He “gifts” us and He gives us fruit and even prepared our good works ahead of time. Look in Eph 2 for proof.

    My depravity is mighty and so was the nation of Israel’s. Much of the minor prophets is dedicated to that topic.

    Thanks for paying attention to the post. I thank the Lord that you read Hosea last night—that’s great!!! And thank you for writing me about this.


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