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Friday, June 13, 2008
In Hosea 6 & 7 the prophet describes what often goes on in the heart of a
backslider who wants to come back into fellowship with God. Let’s do a
fact finding study of these chapters.
Who is involved? Hosea, rebellious Israelites and
a gracious God.
What is the action or message? Hosea prescribes
how to restore a relationship with God. Also, he shares what would
indicate an inadequate response. In addition, we should recognize God’s
character and what He requires.
When did this take place? After Hosea illustrated
God’s desire for reconciliation by buying his adulterous wife out of the
prostitute slave market and restoring her as his wife.
Where did this take place? Probably in Damascus.
Why was the message given? Israel’s rebellion
crossed the line, causing God to retreat to His place and wait until they admit
their guilt and seek His face, 5:15.
How does the message affect Israel? Their initial
response was to seek the Lord, Hosea 6:1-3, “Come, let us return to the Lord.”
God wants reconciliation. “Let’s acknowledge the Lord; let’s press on to
acknowledge him.” God can be trusted to restore and refresh us. This
is genuine repentance, expressing a deep desire to know God and having
confidence He will embrace us.
But notice the prophet’s warning. Be aware that
we humans are prone to be shallow in our commitments like morning dew, half
baked like a flat cake not turned, deceived like a dove that flits here and
there, and we often miss our target, like shooting arrows with a faulty or
crooked bow. Make sure your commitment to God is genuine.