Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

A look at the deceitfulness of faithlessness. Hosea. Part 8.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

God is announcing that the day is coming when
He is again going to say, “You are My people.”

Those who teach that God is through with Israel have to discount or spiritualize a great part of the Old Testament.

The word contend is ruwb (roob) meaning to complain, contend, debate, to quarrel.

This suggests great contention because Gomer was unfaithful and went back to prostitution.

PRO 26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.
PRO 26:11-12 Like a dog that returns to its vomit, a fool does the same
foolish things again and again.

Whatever her beginnings were, she was to engrave her name in the wickedness of the nation.

The worst sin one can commit is to BE faithless to the one WHO Loves you.)
The greatest sin a Christian can commit is unfaithfulness to God who has redeemed you and who loves you.

The God of the Bible weeps for His people, yearns for them, works for their deliverance (Cf. JER 2:2, 13).

JER 2:2 “Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals, Your following after Me in the wilderness, Through a land not sown.

HEB 6:10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.

This passage shows the nature of God’s love toward those who have proved unfaithful to Him.

To the Greeks, God was unfeeling.
 (Their word for this was apatheia, from which we get apathy.)

God works to turn sorrow into joy and tragedy of unfaithfulness into the triumph of love.

PSA 32:10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him.

1PE 2:19-21, For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a man bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

If you respond to your life in this manner…..and no longer struggle with unfair treatment or unjust victory and unfair consequences, you’ll become a mystery!

People will observe your happiness and your life and they will be wondering what it is that makes you so happy in an evil world!

JER 2:17 “Have you not done this to yourself, By your forsaking the Lord your God, When He led you in the way?
JER 2:19 “Your own wickedness will correct you, And your apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter For you to forsake the Lord your God, And the dread of Me is not in you,” declares the Lord God of hosts.

Sin and evil not only hinders the Christian but many times his own conscience lashes upon him and wounds him for it.

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