The Book of Hosea
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Our Father continues to point out the degradation into idol worship that the House of Israel, the Northern Kingdom, the ten Tribes, have sunk.
There’s one thing that really ticks our Father off and that’s worshipping something besides Him. No, we don’t carve idols out of wood these days or make molten images out of gold to pray to and worship any more.
Idol worship today is anything that takes our focus and attention away from Him. Now, don’t go off the deep end, He knows about raising a family and working and a myriad of things that need to get done every day in each one of our lives, He’s not stupid. Nor is He obsessive.
But you have to admit, most of us are too busy to even THINK about Him throughout our day. He didn’t put us here in these earthly bodies so that we could make the things of this world more important to us than Him.
He understands that families are necessary for the placement of souls that are left in heaven, to be breathed within each new fetus and come through this world. He understands that we have to work and make a living to buy the things that are necessary for us to exist. He understands that we need time off from both of those activities to enjoy ourselves a little. Vacations, going to the movies and such.
He doesn’t expect all of us to be Monks and live in a Monastery our whole life and pray constantly to Him. Most Monks raise their own food and cattle and even that takes time away from Him. They don’t all live on donations.
Most times the only reason we even think about Him or attempt to pray to Him is when we get our butts in some really hot water or cancer strikes a loved one or some tragedy happens and we want to know why He let that happen to us. Some people actually blame Him.
He didn’t do those things to us. Usually it’s the food we eat that gives us cancer or the environment we live in or some drunk driver drifting over into our lane. Most times it’s another human being that does these things to us or our loved ones.
HE GETS IT!
But if going to church on a Sunday morning is the only time you have for Him throughout your week and all you get is a verse or two and the rest of it is church doctrine or some kind of nonsense, many times not remembered by the time we get to the parking lot to go home, where’s the satisfaction for Him in that? You call that worshipping Him?
How can He possibly say: “That child of mine really loves Me. He spent 51 minutes this morning listening to some dead-head spout a bunch of junk and they go home really happy that they’ve done something for ME! And it will be next Sunday before they do it again.”
Well, let’s see. 51 minutes every Sunday times 52 Sundays…..that’s 44 hours a year. That’s 1.8 days out of 356. Not even two full days out of the year dedicated to Him. That’s 363.2 days dedicated to the things of this world.
1.8 Days for our Father.
363.2 Days for the World.
This is all the time we have for the Creator of the universe and our very soul and existence.
Ref: James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. KJV
And we wonder why He doesn’t bless us.
All He wants is for us to make HIM our God and for us to love Him and be HIS people, and if we love Him we’ll think about Him more often that we do.
Back to Hosea….
Hosea 5:1 Hear ye this, O priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.
He refers to the priests to begin with and then all of the people. The priests are supposed to be the religious leaders of Israel and yet have allowed this degradation to spread throughout all of Israel.
Mizpah, meaning watchtower, and Tabor, meaning the mound, were places where hunters would spread their nets and snares to capture animals. Our Father uses it here as an analogy of how the priests have led the people, or snared the people into idol worshipping.
Hosea 5:2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all.
These revolters are apostates or people who have renounced their religion or God and so the Israelites have done by ignoring our Father and worshipping pieces of stone and wood.
Rebuker of them all really means that they have deeply revolted, notwithstanding all His prophetic warnings.
Hosea 5:3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.
Father is using both names here for these ten Tribes…Ephraim and Israel. Whoredom defiles everybody involved within it.
Hosea 5:4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the Lord.
They’re not going to change their ways and turn back to the Father until He gets their attention with a big, big stick.
Hosea 5:5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.
Their false pride or arrogance makes them throw it back in our Father’s face and they’re not content to just have themselves sink so low, they’re going to bring Sister Judah down with them.
Israel/Ephraim = House of Israel Judah = House of Judah.
Hosea 5:6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
They’re going to take the best of their flocks, their offering, and present it to the Lord but in their present state of sin, He’s going to disappear from before them and ignore them.
There’s a lesson there to be learned by us today: whenever you kneel down to pray to Him make sure you have asked for forgiveness of all your sins first. You want to present yourself before Him as pure as you can be so get the black marks of sin off your soul and then humble yourself before Him.
Hosea 5:7 They have dealt treacherously against the Lord: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.
They are acting covertly before Him, bringing their offerings like good little children and when they return home they go back to idols. Do they think that He cannot see through that?
They’re not the children of our Father, they’re the children of whoredoms. They are reared to worship false gods and not the true God.
Hosea 5:8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Beth-aven, after thee, O Benjamin.
Tell it from the hill tops so the entire country can hear the call. Why are they crying or calling? These are war cries for the Assyrians are approaching to take Israel into captivity. “After thee” should really be “behind thee” because they are already past Benjamin.
Benjamin and Judah were located down in the south and the Assyrians are going to take the other ten Tribes so quickly it will happen within a month’s time.
Hosea 5:9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.
Our Father told them that this was going to happen, it should not be a surprise to them. He told them that the Assyrians would come and take these ten Tribes captive just like He told Judah that the king of Babylon would take Judah captive about 200 years down the road.
Hosea 5:10 The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.
Who removed the bound? The bound is the boundary, the limit line and it has to do with religion. Boundaries keep people within the ancient laws of our Father but Ahaz and his bunch (the princes of Judah) removed those boundaries and set up a pagan altar made by Urijah the priest.
It was fashioned after one from Damascus…this is the idolatry our Father is mad about. They also built an altar to Molech and offered and burned their children to him in the Valley of Hinnom. Doesn’t get any worse than this.
Hosea 5:11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the commandment.
What and whose commandment did these ten Tribes walk after? We covered it briefly earlier and you can find it written in 1st Kings 12:28;
Ref: 1st Kings 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. KJV
‘Ole Jeroboam told them:
“You don’t have to go all the way down to Jerusalem to worship. We can do it right here!”
They followed the commandment of a man and not the commandments of our Father.
Hosea 5:12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness.
As a moth eats a hole in a garment so is the rottenness of Judah. Everything they have is gone soon enough.
Hosea 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
Sickness refers to the gradual decay of their morality.
Wound is the justice inflicted upon them through their enemy; the Assyrians.
Ephraim to the Assyrian..Menahem applied to King Pul for help, giving 1000 talents of silver. Hosea went to Shalmaneser.
Hosea 5:14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
Our Father says that it doesn’t matter who Ephraim goes to He’s going to punish them no matter what.
Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. KJV
When it’s all over our Father is going back to His Throne and wait for them to come to Him for forgiveness, and declare what their offences were and Ephraim will do it early after the punishment starts.
This is what it takes sometimes to get people’s attention. Destroy whatever it is that they possess. Israel knew this time was coming but they ignored His warnings.
It’s almost impossible to capsulize each chapter of Hosea because the subject continues through several but I think that this sentence captures the essence of this chapter:
They who set snares to entrap others to their destruction shall be caught themselves in the judgment of God.
Every preacher that stands behind a pulpit, in front of his congregation, needs to read that line and take it to heart. How does a preacher set snares to entrap others? By not giving the people the truth of our Father’s Word. They change it by inserting church doctrine and religious traditions which NEVER have an ounce of truth in them.
Pastors/preachers need to understand that when you lie to the people it’s not enough that you will receive judgment before all others, you should be charged with spiritual malfeasance because you may have caused lifelong spiritual damage to any number of people.
In some cases, maybe even spiritual murder.
It’s difficult to change a person’s mind on something that they have believed all their life. The rapture theory and the any-moment doctrine, for example. By preaching these heresies they have set the trap and if people believe these lies it could be for their spiritual destruction.
King Jeroboam could easily have taken the people to Jerusalem for the annual feast days, it wasn’t all that difficult and maybe he did it in ignorance, I don’t know, but when he had the two golden calves made he set a trap and a snare for all the people of the House of Israel and it brought about their destruction.
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