Finally

ANGELFor the children of Israel shall abide many
days without a king, and without a prince,
and without a sacrifice, and without an image,
and without an ephod, and without teraphim:”       Hosea 3:4.

As we each live out our lives it appears that there will be no end to our trouble. It seems that in life evil always wins and for the future there is no hope. Yet this is not so.

It seems that all governments and large corporations constantly spew fear. There is no wonder we are unhappy and constantly in periods of despondency. The spiritual depression is so obvious in our culture.

A few days ago by circumstance beyond my control I was in the presence of a woman who had gotten a divorce. Whatever the issue was –  the discussion always came back to a divorce. This caused a tremendous bitterness in her every thought. Every few minutes the divorce came up by her. We all have met people who are so hurt in this spirit that the pain was unbearable.

It is true we could talk about the problems this nation has.

Here is a list of national problems:

• A national leader in the White House who favors our enemies – muslims
• Legislators who will not stand up for righteousness.
• Courts that look down on the common man.
• Public schools that favor the oral precepts of progressivism.
• A government which considers itself to be a god.

The list could be longer but the point is it seems to be hopeless. We think the events could not be any worse yet they could be.

EVIL ALLOWED

We find that in the third chapter of Hosea 3:1 this was the same thought process was evolving:

“Then said the Lord unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend,
yet and adulteress, according to t he love of the Lord, toward the children
of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine.”

From the time of Moses these Jews had been told in the written word do not do this abominable thing – adultery. Here it is written the Lord told Hosea to find such a woman who would commit this sin with this man. This did not mean that God was approving of this grievous sin but He was saying when this fault overtakes you then beware. Look at yourself. In Exodus 20:14 this is one of the Ten Commandments:

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”

Then there was the most severe of punishment for the act. This is found in Leviticus 20:10. Read this for yourself.

“And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even
he that committeth adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and
the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”

This passage should cause Americans to think what they do today. Young people by the entertainment industry are taught adultery is permissible. Seemingly, the act has no consequences for those who participate. Yet all one needs to do is to go to a courthouse on Father’s Day and hear the languish cries of men and women who are brought before the courts for child support and child custody by the parents.

This seems to go against all the Jehovah God had previously condemns. It seems as if the Sovereign Creator is destroying His own rules. However we should never forget what the Lord thought before the Flood. Genesis 6: 5,6, tells the reader that the Lord had enough. Sin kept expanding:

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
“And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved
him at his heart.”

Evil builds up until God has had enough then there must be a dynamic change that occurs. The warning was given to Hosea to speak out.

SIN MUST BE BOUGHT

The price of wrong demands payment. Nothing in this world is free. The prophet was told go pay for the adulteress woman. There was a physical payment made.

Our sin is no different. We must pay most of the time in a physical currency.

Drug use – a depressed mental state
• Alcohol – destroyed lives, kidney and brain
• Murder – guilt spirit and finally capture
• Theft – scared, conscience, remorse
• Adultery – no respect from others.

We think sin has no cost but this in itself is a lie.

CLEAN UP

There are many organizations that seek to warn people to realize “clean up your act.”
The alcoholic is asked to dry out. Get sin out of your life. Hosea 3:3 tells us this:

“And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not
play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man so will I also be for
thee”.

What seems to be obvious from this five verse chapter in Hosea is Sketch MARK TWAIN 1906that there must be the commitment of the individual rather than a culture, race or tribe. It is the individual who must act. You should forget or expect a group to act in unison. We are so smug about our lives.   Maybe it is similar to what Mark Twain called the “calm confidence of a Christian with four aces.” To put it bluntly we are so self-assured. This does not bid us well.

Even though we try to think that a group can change its way it is impossible.

WANDERING

There is a tendency to go with the signs of God. The Jews had symbols for evidence of serving God. They were the ephod and teraphim. The ephod was a fine garment worn by the priest of gold, blue, purple and scarlet. It was finely woven. The teraphim were figurines made in human forms. It is not known what their forms were.

These people were lost emotionally. Hosea 3:4 tells us this:

“For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king,
and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image,
and without an ephod, and without teraphim;”

The people in the church and for that matter most so called Christians present no solid front of their Christian attitude; it is no wonder atheist and agnostics state these Christians cannot agree among themselves. Some have central control, some are free will. Some sprinkle while some immerse. Some declare infants are Christian. Some declare you must be at an age of accountability. Some call themselves one name then another group states we are only Christians. It is no wonder we are ridiculed.

Where is the sign we are Christians?

FINALLY

In this short verse chapter there was told that a return to the promised real estate would be accomplished at the writing of the book of Hosea different conquerors had come and left with prisoners of war as well as slaves from the population. To the victor belongs the spoils.

It was only natural that hope would be expressed that the captured Jews would return. However there was more than that Jews would reimmigrate to their God given home. There was another statement that came from God in Hosea 3:5.

“Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God,
and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter
days.”

This was what the kingdom would be like that which David laid out for the Israelites.

Earthly kingdoms do not last for long. It seems that from reading of history from start to collapse is about 100 years for empires maybe 200 years.

This is the hope which your author has for the United States. After the break down of our government – then a new day will come. It should be better than it is now.

The ruler who brought back the kingdom was a total surprise. It had more people as then the Jews ever had. It occupies more land than the nation of Israel. The name of the descendents of David was Jesus of Nazareth. His kingdom had rules which were unexpected.

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This King of Kings was murdered on a cross.    He was put into a new grave where is body laid for three days. He was dead.

On the third day life was restored to a dead physical body. All four Gospels tell the same story.

Matthew 28:5,6 states:

“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know
that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.”
“He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come see the place where the Lord
lay.”

Mark 16:5,6 states:

“And entering into the sepulchre, they say a young man sitting on the right
side, clothed in a long white garment and they were affrighted.”
“And sayeth unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which
was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid
him.”

Luke 24:6 states:

“He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he
was yet in Galilee.:”

John 20:8:

“Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre,
and he saw, and believed.”

This entire lesson has but one basic theme. Hosea told that there would be a new king of Israel. This is the only lasting life we worldlings possess. To put our faith in the things of this world is a sign we are fools.

Keep The Faith!

“From all the dark places of earth’s heathen races,
O see how the thick shadows fly!
The voice of salvation awakes every nation,
Come over and help us they cry.
With shouting and singing, and jubilant ringing,
Their arms of rebellion cast down,
At last every nation, the Lord of salvation,
Their King and Redeemer shall crown!”
                                                                                  McINTOSH  

 

Gerald Fugit

March 22, 2015

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