Hosea 8: 1-10: 15
May God Bless each of us ‘in this changing World
Background Passage Outline:
1. Discipline Through Oppression (Hos. 8:1- 14)
2. Discipline Through Exile (Hos. 9: 1-10: i5)
The verses in this lesson are selected from three sermon of condemnation – (Hosea 8:1-14.: 9:1-17; 10:1-15). In the latter, however, Hosea sounded a conditional note of hope. The condition was repentance. This shows that the judgments the Lord had brought and would bring against His people were disciplinary in nurture . The only Question was how they would respond to discipline.
1. Need for Discipline (Hos. 8: 1-6)
Hosea 8: 1 "Put the trumpet to your lips! An eagle is over the house of the LORD because the people have broken my covenant and rebelled against my 1aw.
Hosea 8:2 Israel cries out to me, 0 our God, we acknowledge you!’
Hosea 8:3 But Israel has rejected what is good ; an enemy will pursue him.
Hosea 8:4 They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval . With their silver and gold they make idols for them selves to their own destruction.
Hosea 8:5 Throw’ out your ca1f~idol, 0 Samaria! My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity?
Hosea 8:6 They are from Israel! This calf – 8 craftsman has made
it; it is not God. It will be broken in pieces., that calf of Samaria .
The people should have disciplined themselves to keep their commitments to trust and obey the Lord. Because they turned to idol worship instead. God was compelled to discipline them. They resented being diecinplined from without but the Lord did a for their good. We should learn from their experience that we should discipline ourselves to love and serve the true God, If we do not, He will discipline us to try to turn us from our sins.
2. Forms of Discipline (Hos. 8:7-10 ; 9:15,17)
Hosea 8:7 “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.
Hosea 8:8 isrl1el is swallowed up; now she is among the nations like a worthless thing.
Hosea 8:9 For they have gone up to Assyria like a wild donkey wondering alone. Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.
Hosea 8: 1 0 Although they have sold themselves among the nations, I will now gather them together. They will begin to waste away under the oppression of the mighty king_
Hosea 9:15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there. Because of their Sinful deeds , I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them; an their leaders are rebel1ious.
Hosea 9:17 My God will reject them because they have not obeyed him; they will be wanderers among the nations.
God had chosen Israel to be His special nation. Would not His rejection of Israel mean He had broken His promises? No! In His covenant with Israel at Sinai, He made promises to Israel ; but He also laid conditions on Israel. He told Israel He would keep His promises if the nation obeyed Him and kept His covenant (Ex. 19:5). Israel had not complied with the covenant’s condition , and the Lord had no choice but to reject it and withhold the fulfillment of His promises.
3. Purpose of Discipline (Hos. 10:12)
Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.
Hosea declared that if the Israelites repented, God would shower rlghteousess on them. He would empower them to be what He had called them to be. The Lord’s discipline was never intended to harm or destroy them. It was intended to correct them so they could receive the harvest of complete righteousness some day.
As Hosea longed for Israel to return to God and be blessed we need to hear God’s urgent call for us to return today. It is time to seek the Lord and enjoy His love find salvation, Will you right now respond to God’s discipline by renewing your love and obedience to Him?