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KEEP OUR EYES ON THE LORD

In Hosea 10, we see the retribution of Israel's sin. In verse 1, it starts off by saying Israel is a luxuriant vine. He produces fruit only for himself; the more his fruit the more altars he built.  Simply stating the people of Israel are charged with gross corruptions in the worship of God and are threatened with the destruction of their images and altars ( V1,2,5,6 and 8).  As Hosea goes on in the next few verses, they are being charged with all kinds of things; sins of their fathers and judgments. They are earnestly invited to repent and reform and are threatened with ruin if they do not (v12-15).

In Psalms, we see God’s blessing on his people as their one great necessity and privilege is spoken of here. We are taught that builders of houses and city systems, fortunes, empires and churches all labor in vain without the Lord, but under divine favor, they enjoy perfect rest.

In Jude, we see this epistle is addressed to all believers in the gospel. Its design appears to be to guard believers against the false teachers who had begun to creep into the Christian church, They tried to scatter dangerous tenets by attempting to lower all Christianity into a merely nominal belief and outward profession of the gospel. Having thus denied the obligations of personal holiness, they taught their disciples to live in sinful courses, at the same time flattering them with the hope of eternal life. The vile character of these seducers is shown, and their sentence is denounced and the epistle concludes with warnings, admonitions, and counsels to believers.

 

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WALK IN TRUTH

Hosea 6-9 and 3 John

The prophet Hosea urged his fellow countrymen (Israel and Judah) to return to the Lord (Hos 6:1) and to know the Lord (Hos. 6:3) because Israel and Judah had abandoned the Lord.  Their love for Him had vanished like a morning cloud and like the dew.  How quickly they rebelled.  The Lord however, tells them “I want you to know God – that’s more important than burnt offerings.”

When the people of Israel rebelled and went after other gods, the Lord had to send them prophets to “cut them to pieces” (discipline them). But in His mercy, He ultimately restored them when they turned their hearts back to Him.  Why?  Because God wanted a true and close relationship with them - - as He does with us today.  He’s not interested in our “sacrifices” (legalistic attempts to correct ourselves) but wants us to know Him (Hos 6:6) and to be broken hearted over our sin (Psalm 51:16-17).  When we look to any other “god” be it money, entertainment, someone else or even ourselves, we make it an idol and bring about our own destruction (Hos 8:4).

It’s time to stop the insanity (pursuing false gods, bringing meaningless sacrifices and failing to listen and obey the only true God). Rather, it’s time to walk in the truth.  The Apostle John’s dear friend, Gaius, had learned to walk in faithfulness and truth – and this gave John “no greater joy” (3 John 3-4).  May we do the same!  

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