Bible Study-HO-Chapter 14
The Book of Hosea
Chapter 14__The Return
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We come to the last chapter of this wonderful book of Hosea. The Father’s purpose for sending Hosea to these Ten Northern Tribes was to let them know that, even though they were at the height of prosperity, their focus on sensual and sexual pleasures and idol worship was going to bring them down hard. There is always a price to pay for our disobedience to the Father, even today.
We keep ourselves so occupied with raising our kids, climbing the ladder at work, exercising at the gym, partying on the weekends and the myriad of other things that keep us busy and frazzled each and every day until we can finally lay our head down on a pillow and call it done for that day, that we hardly think about Him until Sunday morning or something bad happens to us or our children or a relative.
Then we pray fervently, with our hands clasped together, begging Him to hear our pleas. And without regard to our current status with Him, He ALWAYS HEARS our prayers. He even keeps them in little golden vials, or bottles to show us that He hears.
If and when we receive no noticeable help or relief from the situation from Him, many times we get upset with Him, disgruntled, and vow to never ask Him for anything else the rest of our natural life!
Occasionally there will be a time when His hand moves across the face of our day and something minutely miraculous happens and we cannot help but know that He had something to do with it and we almost tear up with sincere gratitude. And we never even prayed about it.
He does hear our prayers and He does watch over us constantly and why He works or doesn’t work in our daily lives is something I’ll have to ask Him when I get up there because I don’t know for sure.
I do know that He sees the overall picture of our lives while we see only specific incidents and I have to retain the faith that He knows what’s good for us and let it go at that.
Pray to Him more often. Talk to Him more often. Developing a relationship with Him is up to us, not Him. Try to talk to Him every day, no matter what you’re doing. You’ll be surprised how much more comfortable you will feel for doing so.
Alright, chapter 14 of the book of Hosea.
Salvation. That’s what this book is all about.
Hosea 14:1 O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
This is addressed to all the Tribes. Unless you stop the way that you live, stop the continual sin day after day, He’s going to punish you but He’s going to do it out of His love for them and us. Just because we’re sinners doesn’t mean that He doesn’t love us.
Every human being is a sinner, I don’t care what some people say and many people like to feel self-righteous and say:
“Well, I never sinned as much as my neighbor does!”
Doesn’t matter. If you break just one of His laws you are guilty of breaking all of them:
Ref: James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. KJV.
You may not have murdered someone but that little ‘ole white lie that you told yesterday carries the same magnitude as if you had. There are no little sins or big sins in His eyes. Break one: you’ve just broken them all.
Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
Get down on your knees and ask for forgiveness, ask Him to take away your sins through the blood of Christ. He’ll do it. He’s just waiting for you to ask with sincerity in your heart. Bring us back into the fold, Father.
So will we render the calves of our lips…means that when they go into captivity they will no longer be able to have blood sacrifices of calves any longer so they (you) must speak to Him about their sins and then receive the thanksgiving for having them removed.
Now, don’t think that I’m saying that the blood of animals was necessary for the forgiveness of sin because it wasn’t. Blood sacrifices did not take away sin. But the willingness to kill the best of your herd or flock would SHOW our Father that you loved Him enough to do that.
They will talk to the Father and not sacrifice animals.
Hosea 14:3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
Asshur…in this case has no article before it so it’s referring to Satan, that Antichrist. The Assyrian. He will not be able to save you.
We will not ride upon horses….have you ever noticed that the Hebrew Nation, as a whole, never rode a horse throughout all of Scripture while almost all of their enemies did? One would think that this would put them at a great disadvantage, and so it would, but the reason for it is so that whenever they were successful in any battle, they could not attribute their success to the brutes they rode upon but rather our Father stood with them in every fight and HE was the reason that they won. Not because of some horse.
The work of our hands…you cannot work your way into salvation. Salvation is a gift, not a payment fulfilled. The thing that makes our “works” so important is that they are the only thing that we can take with us into the Millennium and the Eternity.
Each and every good work, figuratively, represents a thread of linen. And when you have many hundreds or thousands of “threads” you can weave a garment out of them and this will be the garment or robe that you will wear in Heaven:
Ref: Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. KJV
Ref: Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. KJV
Ref: Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. KJV
Question is….do you have any righteous works in this life? Will you walk around during the Millennium and the Eternity with nothing more on than a bikini? Or will you have a long, flowing robe to wear? I sure hope that I have a robe because NOBODY should see this body in a bikini. You had better hope that I wear a robe as well. Not a pretty sight!
Everybody finds mercy in our Father. In the first part of this book they named that little girl lo ruhamah, meaning no mercy and here Father is saying that she will receive mercy.
Father said to name the other one lo ammi, which means not My people and here, with mercy, they will all be His people.
Hosea 14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
If you will simply repent, sincerely, of your sins, the anger that our Father feels for you will melt away and His love will come forth.
Hosea 14:5 I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
Where once the dew was melted away with the rising sun and the people wilted under the weight of their sins, here it will be used to grow the people, in the love that our Father will shower down upon them.
Hosea 14:6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
When you get your soul right with our Father, spiritually, mentally and physically, He will cover you with His branches and protect you.
From some idiot down the street, on drugs, with a gun in his hand? Probably not. We’re supposed to be smart enough to stay from people like that.
But the overall protection, from Satan and his cohorts, from the temptations of the world, if you will let Him.
Hosea 14:7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
You can rest under the shade of His shadow.
Hosea 14:8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
We don’t need idols any more, we have our Father.
Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. KJV
Ephraim is feeling good right now because of the forgiveness afforded by our Father but soon, as all human beings will do, they will slip back into the world. They will give in to the temptations, they will give in to the flesh demanding that it experience something special, something sensual.
And so it goes for all of us who live in this world. Remaining close to our Father with everything around us screaming for our attention, is pretty hard to do at times. It’s a daily struggle and so it should be. If it were easy even the sluggards would end up in heaven with us and if that were so, I don’t think I want to be there.
I’ve had enough of those kinds of people in this life.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this book. Salvation should be first and foremost in everyone’s mind. The day will come soon enough when the chance to prove our love for Him will be gone and when that happens there will be no second chances in the Millennium.
Good or bad, the dye will already have been cast for most people when the first day of the Millennium begins. Don’t be a student throughout that period. Be a teacher, be one of His Election.
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___14 August 2015___