Bible Study-HO-Chapter 13

The Book of Hosea

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Chapter 13__Contrasted Conduct

     At this very moment, where is God?

 

     “Well, He’s right up there in heaven.”

 

     That answer just doesn’t cut it anymore. It’s juvenile, childish and has ignorance written all over it. The only correct and mature answer is…Our Father is everywhere.

     When our Father was telling Moses that He would lead His people out of Egypt, Moses said:

 

     "When I stand before the people, who shall I say sent me?"

     Ref: Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?

     Ref: Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. KJV

     I AM existence.

     Period.

     In every atom and molecule, He is there. Nothing is real and tangible except it was created by Him.

     He sees everything. He observes. He watches. He directs. He leads. He loves us.

     How different would you live your life…how different would we ALL live our lives, if we were cognizant of His focus on us 24/7/365? If you knew and realized minute by minute every day that when you lifted your hand or brushed back hair that had fallen across your face, that He was watching every movement?

     It would probably make us all feel a little nervous and self-conscious.

     But in reality, He does do that, nothing escapes His attention, so you are only deluding yourself if you think that you can hide anything from Him. When you confess your sins to Him He already knows what you have done before you began to speak. The key to forgiveness is that you have to acknowledge that sin and kneel there and ask for it. Personally. One on one.

     Can’t do it through another person, can’t have your priest or pastor or a group of Tuesday evening members of some church going out on visitation. You have to do the asking.

     In verse two of this chapter He had been watching Ephraim, the Ten Northern Tribes, the House of Israel, and He saw that the tendency of these human beings, day by day, was for them to sink deeper and deeper into the muck and mire of temptation and sin.

     And if you haven’t picked up on it by now, their greatest sin involved sensuality and sexuality and idol worship.

     Hosea 13:1 When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.

     Ephraim, the single Tribe, was reverently feared by the other tribes because of their strength of numbers and when they followed our Father and adhered to His laws and principles he was feared, not reverently, but with fear of destruction in their hearts by the heathen nations.

     But when he offended in Baal, when he prayed and offered sacrifices to some idol, he died a spiritual death. A death far worse than a physical one. Remember what our Father said?

     Ref: Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. KJV

     If you are in good shape with the Father it doesn’t matter who kills your flesh and blood body because when it dies your soul goes straight to the Father. That flesh and blood is going to die eventually anyway, maybe someone may have taken that life too soon.

     But if you live a long life, maybe 98 years nowadays, and your soul goes to the Lake of Fire on Judgment Day, what have you gained? Nothing. Not a darn thing. So you had better have some fun in this life that you live in this earthly body because there will be no eternity for you.

     Max out those credit cards and live like a big spender, that’s all you’re going to get.

     Hosea 13:2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.

     He’s been watching these people and hoping that they’ll change their ways but it sure does not look as if that’s going to happen so go ahead and kiss those cold, metal gods that your craftsmen have made for you. Give them all the adoration you think they deserve.

     When you make something of a religious nature, like these two calves that King Jeroboam had made, according to your understanding, you’re in for a world of hurt, both physically and spiritually. Every time you think that you’ve patched that hole that He put in your bucket… wham!.. there’s another one. Fix that one….wham! …there’s another one. How much of this can you take? Or better still, how much can your family take?

     If the Father is putting a hole in YOUR bucket the rest of your family will be affected by that as well. It won’t be just you. Are you prepared to put your family through this? They will enjoy the prosperity and the blessings when you do things our Father’s way but they will also suffer when YOUR bucket is empty.

     They HAD a good understanding of how our Father wanted them to act, I mean, they toted that Tabernacle around the desert for forty years! What a job that must have been…probably took a thousand men to assemble and disassemble that tent and the poles and all that came with it. Carry it from one place to another.

     But it was THE place where our Father communicated with them.

     Father gave them instructions on how to build that one, He didn’t wait for them to figure it out or do it their way or how they understood among themselves that it should be built and there weren’t any gold and silver replicas of some cow inside when they got it all set up. Sometimes I marvel when I think about all they went through out there in that desert.

     But let man’s imaginations run free today and see what kind of religious buildings they design and build. Huge structures made out of steel and glass and so on. They don’t but they might as well put some golden calves inside these buildings as well because our Father sure isn’t inside, not with what they teach.

     Hosea 13:3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.

     When we turn our backs and keep our Father out of the equation everything that we do will end up as nothing. If we build it out of rock, concrete, wood, steel or glass it will eventually rot and fall down. Just like the sun when it burns the morning dew off of the flowers you planted in pots on the back porch.

     The chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor ….might be a little difficult to understand. When they cut the wheat down in the fields they wrapped it in bundles and brought it to the barn. Then they took the stalks and beat them against the floor to knock the wheat grains loose from the chaff or the part that holds it to the stalk.

     To separate the chaff from the wheat they would throw it up into the air and fan it with something held in their hands that would create a wind when moved up and down. The wheat grains, being heavier than the chaff, would fall to the floor and the chaff would be blown off to the side.

     Our Father is saying that your efforts are going to be worth about as much as the chaff that is blown off to the side. It’s worthless. Can’t even feed it to the animals.

     Hosea 13:4 Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.

     I want you to notice that the word god in that verse is not capitalized, meaning that it’s a man-made god, an idol, not a competing or different deity other than our Father.

     When you pray to that tree or that idol, does it ever answer you back? Of course not. They are no good to you, they cannot forgive your sins nor save your worthless soul from hell.

     Our Father needs people in these end times that won’t wilt or evaporate when Satan puts a little heat on them. He needs people that are knowledgeable in His Word, someone that can stand up once in a while and say: “That’s not in the Bible! I don’t know where you got that but our Father didn’t say that or teach that.”

     It seems like today we are expected to apologize for just about everything. We have public displays of grief along the roadsides where a loved one may have been killed by a drunk driver. That always reminds me of the ‘ole boys back in Jerusalem that wore sackcloth and put dirt and ashes on their heads and stood on the street corner looking for public sympathy and recognition of their plight, whatever it might have been.

     I understand the hurt and the feeling of loss when a loved one or a relative gets taken well before their time but public displays of grief is not the way to go. Pull the family unit together and grieve behind closed doors where you can talk and pray to our Father and have Him help you through this time of need.

     Bunny rabbits, stuffed bears and flowers from the closest 7-11 or QuickStop is not the way to do it. It’s superficial and empty.

     Yeah, it’s the spot where their soul left this earthly body and returned to our Father, but I think the people that understand that part of it are few and far between. It’s the public grief that’s important to them.

     Hosea 13:5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.

     Father knew them out there in that desert. When they were 1-2 million strong and there wasn’t enough water at times but He always came through for them as He promised He would. He made water come from sources that you would never think that it could come from. It was His miracles that kept them alive.

     Water is pretty plentiful in this country today and He said that in the end times there won’t be a drought of water or a famine for food but for hearing and understanding the Word of God. When you place a stuffed teddy bear on the side of the road you are showing me that there is a huge emptiness within you and it’s going to take some manna, some meat from our Father to fulfill that need.

     Hosea 13:6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.

     Good time Charlies, every last one of them. Let the good times roll. All the bills are paid, got a new car sitting in the driveway, doing good at work, wow, the blessings just keep on a’comin.

     Many people don’t know that these wonderful things are blessings from Him. They think that they’ve done it all themselves. They forget about Him and begin to think about how wonderful and smart they themselves are. Their hearts are full of pride and that, my friend, is one of the seven deadly sins.

     These people are acting just like Ephraim:

     Ref: Deuteronomy 6:11 And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;

     These are things that were done by the people that lived there before He gave them that land, the Canaanites. They are the descendants of the fallen angels. Our Father is giving these things to them, they didn't work for it. Father is going to provide for them EVEN BEFORE they get there.

     Houses already built, crops already planted, vines already producing grapes. They don't have to wait for years for their own work to come to fruition, it's already there waiting for them.

     Father loves them and provides for them. And then they forget about Him.

     Ref: Deuteronomy 6:12 Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. KJV

     It takes a steadfast determination to keep our Father in the forefront of our life every day. Even Satan can appear to have an influence on how prosperous we are but if you fall for his malarkey and marketing you’ll end up with a double portion of hurt from our Father.

     Hosea 13:7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:

     There He is, watching us again

     Hosea 13:8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.

     He’s going to pull the rug right out from under some of these people and they’re going to wonder why, they won’t even get it when this begins to happen.

     The caul of your heart is called the pericardium. It’s a sack that fits around your heart and Father says that He’s going to tear that open and rip your heart right out of there.

     Pretty graphic, I know, and it’s a figure of speech when our Father says things like this but it’s only to show you how strong His emotions become when He sees you running off in another direction other than the one that He would have you be on.

     It hurts Him to see you hell-bent on hurting yourself. And this is spiritually more than physically. He doesn’t want you to take a path that leads right into the lair of Satan himself.

     Hosea 13:9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.

     He can help us with anything if we will just ask Him to do so.

     Let me tell you this: as long as our Father is spiritually beating you up it means that He still loves you and cares about you. When that stops, when you finally take the time to talk to Him and you can feel in your bones that there is no one listening on the other end, that’s when you should get really worried.

     He will still take you back and love you but don’t let Him have to take you to the gutter before you begin to listen and obey.

     There is no one on this planet that hates to be told what to do more than myself. But in my old age, I’ve gotten to the point to where I will listen to everything He has to say and I will follow His Words as closely as I possibly can but the human world can still kiss the dark side of my moon.

     I don’t owe them anything. I owe Him everything.

     Wise up! Don’t get to be my age before you start listening to Him. Read His Word and after a while you will hear Him speak to you through those pages. It will happen, I can attest to that.

     Hosea 13:10 I will be thy king: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?

     “We want a man-king, just like all the other heathen nations. We don’t want God to be our King.”

     I don’t see that they acted all that great in the days before Saul became their first man-king. Seems to me that they were screwing up pretty good on their own when our Father WAS interacting with them.

     Hosea 13:11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.

     He was angry that they preferred some human being to lead them and when these man-kings screwed up and led them into idol worshipping He took them out, if you know what I mean.

     The House of Israel had 19 man-kings and each and every one of them led the people to worship idols.

     The House of Judah had 20 man-kings and only 8 of them tried to follow our Father and rule His people according to His wishes.

     Hosea 13:12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.

     Ever been constipated? That’s the analogy that is being using here. What does the word bound mean in the Hebrew?

     ✡  Bound_OT:6887 tsarar (tsaw-rar'); a primitive root; to cramp, literally or figuratively, transitive or intransitive (as follows):

     They keep all their sin bound up inside themselves and it’s giving them spiritual cramping, they’re doubled over with the pain and while so doing, they think that they can deny that the sin is there to begin with. That’s what the word hid means, deny:

    ✡   Hid_OT:6845 tsaphan (tsaw-fan'); a primitive root; to hide (by covering over); by implication, to hoard or reserve; figuratively to deny; specifically (favorably) to protect, (unfavorably) to lurk:

     Hosea 13:13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.

     What is the subject here? The sins of Ephraim. Verse 13 says that the constant accumulation of these sins shall be like the sorrows of a travailing woman. Spiritual pain.

   Stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children?... Father is talking about the birth canal. Do you know what happens today if a fetus should stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children?

     Partial-birth abortion. Twenty-three States still allow this procedure. The analogy used here is to demonstrate that if Ephraim does not stop worshipping golden idols our Father will have the Assyrians cause them great harm and even death.

     Ephraim is an unwise son because he should have seen the punishment coming. Heaven knows that our Father warned them enough through the prophets who tried many times to turn their heads around.

     Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

     Kinsman Redeemer. He is our closest relative; He will redeem them (and us) from the grasp of a spiritual death BUT it’s too late to stop what’s coming. He has made a decision and He’s going to carry forth with it. The Assyrians will be used by our Father for the chastisement.

     Don’t ever forget that one of Satan’s names is death. Spiritual death. Hook up with him and follow him and that will surely happen to you.

     Ref: Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. KJV

     Verse 15:

     Hosea 13:15 Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the Lord shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.

     The east wind is a hot wind because it comes in from across the desert and it’s a wind brought up by the Lord.

     He shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels…Who is the he? The Assyrians.

     Shalmaneser began the siege of Samaria in 723 B.C. and it ended in 721 B.C.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes. KJV

     At the end of three years it was over:

     Ref: 2nd Kings 18:10 And at the end of three years they took it: even in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken. KJV

     At Sargon’s palace, at Khorsabad, the inscriptions mention that the number of captives was 27,280 Israelites

     Hosea 13:16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. KJV

     From the moment that these Ten Tribes began to sin and pay homage to Baal they became spiritually dead in the eyes of our Father and the Assyrians are going to tear them apart.

     Repentance is so very important to us because a soul with unrepented sin assigned to it cannot coexist with our Father. We’ve all heard that the wages of sin is death:

     Ref: Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. KJV

     Paul also wrote:

     Ref: Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

     Ref: Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

     Ref: Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. KJV

     If you love the world and the things within it, you will have a tremendously difficult time pleasing the Father. And yes, repentance will wipe away all those sins but a habitual sinner, one that commits the same sins over and over again, may have a difficult time even getting repentance because they won’t ever ask for it. It’s there for them but they are too concerned with themselves and the pleasures they seek.

     Sinning is using the world for self-gratification.

     The Lord said that He will allow Satan and his dominions to tempt you but never over and above what you can handle. He will always provide a way out and if you never take that opportunity, He may well believe that you would rather have the pleasures of sin and not the security of forgiveness.

    I sure hope that you don’t live your life that way. What a waste that would be.

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