sermon: Hosea's Prophecy (Part 1)
Martin G. Collins
Given 04-Aug-12; Sermon #1114; 73 minutes
Martin Collins, referring to Hosea as the deathbed prophet, the prophet who was ordered by God to make a symbolic marriage to a harlot, declares that this heartbreaking marriage was to portray Israel's unfaithfulness to God. Interestingly, the Book of Hosea was written to people who considered themselves spiritual when in actuality they were severely spiritually challenged. We are able to understand God's love for Israel by Hosea's care for his spouse. Christ has purchased the church as His Bride, even though she has been unfaithful from time to time, seeking after signs, rejecting what He says, and going into apostasy. Because of Israel's unfaithfulness, it would be scattered (as symbolized by the naming of Hosea's offspring "Jezreel"). Gomer's second child Lo-Ruhama (meaning, "not loved" or "not pitied") was a child of harlotry. Her third child, Lo Ammi (meaning "Not my people") suggests that physical Israel would be broken off, enabling Gentile branches to be grafted in. Eventually, the millennial resolution will convert the term Jezreel from "scattered" to "planted." The negative prefix "lo" will eventually be dropped making the remaining words "loved" and "my people." The grief of Hosea gives a glimpse of God's grief over His people, providing for his wife, but receiving no credit for providing. God provides for His people even when they run from Him. Eventually God provides corrective discipline, metaphorical thorns, preventing further plunges into evil, in hope that Israel will come to her senses. Jesus Christ has taken our troubles onto Him, and will betroth Himself with a repentant Bride.
Ami Colossians 3:5 Discipline Ephesians 2:11-13; 5:5;25-37 I John 2:16-17 I Kings 22 Gomer Great Harlot Grief Happiness Hard days Harlot Hebrews 2:18 Hosea as deathbed prophet Isaiah 65:10 Job 1:8-11 John 12:37; 13:21 Luke 15:16 Matthew 1:28; 11:13 Naboth Prodigal son Psalm 85:5; 103:13; 136 Ramath-Gilead Romans 9:26; 11:17 Ru Hama Running away from God Salvation II Peter 1:10-11 Unfaithfulness of Israel Valley of Acor When he came to himself
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