Bible Study-HO-Chapter 11

The Book of Hosea

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Chapter 11__Contrasted Conduct

     Don’t forget that this entire book is dedicated to the foretelling of the destruction of the ten Northern Tribes or said in another way, the House of Israel. Father is not going to just destroy them, He’s going to “disperse” them around the world.

But within each chapter we will be able to see ourselves and the way that we live our lives today because we’re human beings, just like they were, and the nature of such never, ever changes.

     What happened to these Israelites back then happens to us today. The sins that they committed are the same sins that we commit today, the only difference is the packaging that it comes wrapped in.

     Whoredom is predominant among the Jews in this book of Hosea and if taken on an individual level, ‘ole Achid might be walking down a street in Samaria one evening and see a good-looking lady standing on a street corner and we, in certain parts of town, can see the same thing.

     But Achid didn’t have a computer back then and that, in and of itself, opens up a complete world of sexual misbehavior and sometimes decadence. Let’s look at just five facts about the web:

            A search for the word God produced 1.4 billion results.

            A search for the word Sex produced 1.7 billion results.

            The total number, in 2013, of all websites worldwide was 759 million.

            The lowest estimate of how many sites are sexually oriented is 4% or 30.4 million sites.

            The highest estimate is 37% which produces 280.8 million sites.

     With the click of a button from anywhere in the world a person can view sexually oriented material in a matter of seconds. And Satan stands up there in Heaven, looking down on us, and saying: Gotcha.

     A lot of people will never kill or steal but EVERYBODY has sex on their mind at some point in their day.

     That’s just one example of the similar sins experienced by both the Israelites and you and me today. The opportunity of sin in this fashion today is mindboggling compared to what ‘ole Achid faced but the list goes on and on.

     This is the reason that our Father gave us this book, the Bible, for our instruction. And if you have never read it how can you possibly have any idea of what it is that our Father expects from us? An hour in some church once a week is pitifully and pathetically insufficient.

     Nor do you have to become a bible scholar. Just try to read it daily and do it with understanding or you’re just passing time. These people that tell you:

 

     “Well, I’ve read the entire bible, front to back.”

 

     That’s probably a good thing but how much did you get out of it? How much did you understand?

     On Judgment Day our Father is not going to stand before billions of souls and say:

 

     “How many of you read my best seller from cover to cover? Let me see a show of hands. Alright, Y’all come on in.”

     In this same scenario He might ask:

 

     “How many of you knew the difference between My Son, the True Messiah and Satan/Antichrist, the fake messiah? Alright, Y’all come on in.”

     Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

     When the children of Israel were small in number our Father called them out from Egypt. Why were they there in the first place? Let’s read Matthew 2:15.

     Ref: Matthew 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. KJV

     Joseph and Mary were warned by an angel sent from our Father that Herod wanted to kill this newborn Savior and that they should go into Egypt until it was safe to return, which would be, after Herod’s death.

     The prophet spoken of here in Matthew is old Hosea himself.

     Hosea 11:2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

     The prophets called them and the more times the prophets called the people, speaking the words of the Father through the Holy Spirit, the more they withdrew from Him.

     They continued to worship Baalim, which is a deviation of the word Baal. Baal was the male version of a god of the Phoenicians and the Canaanitish peoples while Ashtoreth was the female divinity. They simply continued to turn their back to the Father and worship the gods of the heathen nations around them.

     Hosea 11:3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.

     Father led these ten Tribes to places and they didn’t even know that He was doing it. He watched over them and healed them when it was needed and they knew it not.

     Maybe some of you have gotten that feeling when you made a decision, perhaps stopped what you were doing and took a different path in your life and it ends up that it was really not your decision at all. It was the Father silently working in your life and you didn’t even know it. You thought that it was your idea when it really wasn’t. It was His.

     If and when that ever happens, it’s a good feeling, to recognize that there is something else in this world besides what we can see and hear and it’s difficult to hang on to that feeling and understanding with the world continually beating down on you every day of your life.

     Soon the memory of that incident fades into the recesses of our mind, the uplift that we received has left us and we settle down into the rut of daily life again.

     Hosea 11:4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

     Father would draw them and pull them along to make the work easier and He did it because of His love for them.

     When a yoke is placed over an animals’ head it rests on the back of his neck. As the animal strains into it, to pull the plow, the yoke will have a tendency to come up the front of his neck so there was a strap, call it a throat-strap if you will, that kept the yoke from coming too far up and bruising the shoulders and the bottom of the jaw of the animal.

     Our Father is saying that it’s like He Himself took His hand and lifted that yoke to keep it from injuring His people and He held food out in front of them to eat with His own hand.

     He took care of them with His own hands. How truly special is that example.

     Hosea 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

     And still Ephraim, the ten Tribes, ignored Him, turned their backs to Him, worshiped pieces of wood and stone and iron, whored around with the heathen nations. He’s not going to kick them back into bondage to the Egyptians but He surely will let the Assyrians have a go at it.

     Again, who was the Assyrian a type of? Isaiah 14:25:

     Ref: Isaiah 14:25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. KJV

     Verse 6.

     Hosea 11:6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.

     What is the sword of our Father? His tongue of truth, the truth of His Words. He will consume their sons and daughters because they never came to Him for counseling. They relied on Syria and other men.

     How would we seek His council today? By reading the book that He gave us. It’s all in there. Every answer that we seek is within those pages and if you put forth the effort to read and understand He will enlarge you by letting the Holy Spirit guide you to places within that book that can answer those questions.

     Instead, will fill the front pages with the dates of births and deaths, keep it stuck away in a drawer in the china cabinet in the dining room and go to some man, some preacher, who many times is as dumb as a sack full of hammers in how to even live life on a day to day basis, much less, helping someone in spiritual need because all they know are the rules and regulations of some church system.

     And while we fumble around with knuckleheaded preachers we don’t even recognize that He is working in the background for our own good. He’ll come to the foreground if we ask Him to but He won’t do that without our asking.

     Hosea 11:7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.

     This reads better if the word is hell-bent on going in the opposite direction from Him. And you and I know that to be true, don’t kid yourself. It’s a whole lot more fun to backslide than to toe the line:

 

     “Hey, we can either go toss down a few cold ones or go to that Bible study class on the other side of town…what do you want to do people? Yeah, let’s go toss a few, can’t hurt anything. Party on brother!”

     Hosea 11:8 How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.

     He loves them so how could He possibly give up on them? How could He do to them what He did to Admah and Zeboim? If you don’t recognize these two names, they are the sister cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, along with a third city named Belar/Zoar and what did our Father do to them?

     Yep. Fire and brimstone.

     Why? For the sins of sexual depravity. Homosexualism and lesbianism. Might as well say it like it is.

     How could He destroy His own people as He did those five cities? He truthfully does not want to.

     Hosea 11:9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.

     He’s going to control His anger with them as He has done for a long time. A man would destroy them for vengeance but He is their Creator who lives among them, though they see Him not.

     I will not enter into the city means that He will not bring a siege against the city and His people and destroy them as He did Admah and Zeboim.

     Hosea 11:10 They shall walk after the Lord: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.

     Father will summon them loudly and walk after means that they will return and follow Him. What is this from the west? It means that He’s going to save His people from around the world, from wherever they had been dispersed. We can see this also in Zechariah 8:7 & 8:

     Ref: Zechariah 8:7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;

     Ref: Zechariah 8:8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. KJV

     His people going back to Jerusalem has already begun; started back in May of 1948, the beginning of the year of the fig tree.

     Some scholars believe that the west country refers to the Mediterranean Sea, as far as a land location is concerned, not the actual Sea itself but the peoples of Europe. This is written in Isaiah 11:11 as well:

     Ref: Isaiah 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. KJV

     Hosea 11:11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the Lord.

     Again, this is looking forward to the time when our relationship with Him will be much different. No longer will we choose to turn away from Him and go another path but we will be His people.

     The things that our Father has in store for us in the eternity makes tossing down a few cold ones look like a sick joke. Our imaginations cannot even think of what this eternity is going to be like.

     Hosea 11:12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints. KJV

     This is not to say that Judah or the House of Judah is sinless or guiltless because they too will come under the bondage of the Babylonians and be chastised for their inequity.

     Over and over again our Father tells us that all He wants is for Him to be our God and for us to be His people, His children. Can you imagine the love that will befall us, from Him, when the eternity finally comes and this actually becomes a reality?

     For the rest of forever and forever we will finally have that loving two-way relationship with Him. Nothing to intervene, no distractions, no temptations from Satan and his crowd but a pleasantness and content heretofore unknown since the time of the first heaven/earth age, before the fall of Lucifer/Satan.

     That’s really something to look forward to, isn’t it? How empty that makes the desires of the flesh, the need for earthly things that seem to engulf our minds. But it takes seconds, and minutes, and hours, and days, and months, and years and millennia before every human being has put in the time in these bodies to achieve that focal point, that end point.

     Don’t live your life as if this is all there is to existence. Don’t do the time and end up with nothing. How sad would that be.

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___9 August 2015___

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