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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Quick overview of the book of Hosea

In my daily bible reading this week I have been reading Hosea, which
contains lots of warnings to Israel and Judah about the results of their
unfaithfulness to God. One of the passages stuck with me and I thought about
it in the context of us living here in America. Notice what God said through
Hosea:

5 I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land.
6 But when you had eaten and were satisfied, you became proud and forgot
me.
7 So now I will attack you like a lion, like a leopard that lurks along the
road.
8 Like a bear whose cubs have been taken away, I will tear out your heart.
I will devour you like a hungry lioness and mangle you like a wild animal.
9 "You are about to be destroyed, O Israel; yes, by me, your only helper.
10 Now where is your king? Let him save you! Hosea 13:5-10 (NLT)

Several things stuck in my mind after reading this passage. First, in verse
5 & 6 God said, "I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and
thirsty land. But when you had eaten and were satisfied, you became proud
and forgot me." I wondered if God might not say the same thing about us?

We are the most blessed nation in the world because God made us that way. He
blessed us because we were a nation of people who believed God and
demonstrated it in our Faith our Morals and our Ethics. Life decisions were
not a matter of what some group of people wanted to do. It wasn't a matter
of being afraid to hurt someone or some groups feelings. It wasn't a matter
of what was "politically correct." Our life decisions were based upon what
God said in His Word, the Bible.

But, like the people in the Old Testament, we have "become proud and forgot"
God. And I wonder if like those people, God is already starting to bring
destruction upon us. Many people look at our nation and proclaim "what a
great people we are, because we are so educated, inventive and thrive on
challenge." To a certain degree perhaps that is right, but we would be
nothing with out God on our side.

God told those people in the Old Testament, "You are about to be destroyed,
O Israel; yes, by me, your only helper. Now where is your king? Let him save
you!" He is saying, "You think you are so smart, so much in charge of your
future, but you are not." God said, "I am the true power behind your nation
and when you began to fall and fail go head and ask your king (your
president, your leaders) to deliver you and they will not be able.

I wonder; could God view us in the same way? I believe he can! God told the
people in Ezekiel 18:30, "Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of
Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign LORD. Repent, and turn
from your sins. Don't let them destroy you!"

Go back and read the book of Jonah and you will learn that God judges all of
the nations of the world. Begin now to change your life and urge your
families, your friends, your leaders to bring our nation back in to line
with God's Word.

Free a free online Bible commentary for Hosea and other Old Testament
prophetical books, visit www.abiblecommentary.com today!

Russ Lawson

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