sermon: Hosea's Prophecy (Part 2)
Hosea 3:1-5; 4:1-19
Martin G. Collins
Given 25-Aug-12; Sermon #1117; 73 minutes
Martin Collins continues the exposition of Hosea, an account of Israel's unfaithfulness to the covenant with God, and the redemptive work of God to rescue His unfaithful spouse from slavery, as depicted by Hosea's spouse Gomer, who was finally subjected to the humiliation of slavery. Hosea purchased her back for 15 pieces of silver and a bushel of barley. At this point, he could have done anything to her, but he exercised mercy and love. As Hosea bought back Gomer, Jesus Christ purchased us with His Blood and lavished His love on us, covering the nakedness of our sins. The rejection of Jesus Christ by the children of Israel has proved a major problem in furthering the account of redemption, but Paul's account of the breaking off of the natural branches in Romans 11 explains that the promised reconciliation is still future. The divorce which occurred between God and His people has been difficult for all involved. As members of the Israel of God, we must maintain ourselves unspotted from the world. In marriage, faithfulness, devotion, and knowledge must be continually present, but all three are seemingly totally absent in physical Israel, as Paul charges in Romans 1:21-28. Israel is more culpable than the Gentiles because she had been given more knowledge, but had rejected it. Israel's rejection of this knowledge has brought about God's anger and will lead to national tragedy. Leadership, both in and out of the church, has become debased. Sadly, people tend to get the leaders they deserve. Personal emptiness and shallow-mindedness have afflicted modern Israel like a deadly plague. The mad drive to satisfy lusts has led to hopelessly diminished returns. For Israel, the point of no return has been reached. We desperately need a redemptive work for both physical and spiritual Israel.
Accusation against Israel Acts 17:17-23 Amos 3:7 Apostasy Backsliding Israel Beth Aven Betrothed Body of a female slave Breaking faith Bride of Christ Casual harlotry Certificate of divorce Debasement in leadership Debt Destruction of environment Devotion Divorce Faithful Faithlessness of the unbeliever False religion I Corinthians 5:14-15; 7:15; 11:2 Fidelity Food Friendship with the world Frustration Gilgal God's work of redemption Ephesians 3:17-19; 5:22-32 Hosea 2:20; 3:1-5; 4-14; 6:6; 4:1-7; 13:4 Idolatry Infidelity Isaiah 33:15 Jeremiah 3:6 Jezreel Judah Lo Ammi Lo Ru-ammi Malachi 2:16 Marriage relationship Moral depravity National repentance Psalm 73:9 Psalm 109:18 Race and grace Redemptive work of Christ Regathering of Israel Reprobate mind Righteous clothing Romans 1:20-28; 11 Ruin on nationwide Scattering of Church II Corinthians 5:16 Slaves less than human Spiritual faithfulness on the part of Christians Spiritual nakedness Unfaithful wife
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