We are rebels with a cause. The cause of course is that we get the glory rather than giving glory to the One who made us. Israel had forgotten her identity, but the Lord had not forgotten them and He will restore.
Hosea 5:Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah
1 Hear this, O priests! Pay attention, O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the king! For the judgment is for you; for you have been a snare at Mizpah and a net spread upon Tabor.
2 And the revolters have gone deep into slaughter, but I will discipline all of them.
3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from me; for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore; Israel is defiled.
4 Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. For the spirit of whoredom is within them, and they know not the LORD.
5 The pride of Israel testifies to his face; Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in his guilt; Judah also shall stumble with them.
6 With their flocks and herds they shall go to seek the LORD, but they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them.
7 They have dealt faithlessly with the LORD; for they have borne alien children. Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields.
8 Blow the horn in Gibeah, the trumpet in Ramah. Sound the alarm at Beth-aven; we follow you, O Benjamin!
9 Ephraim shall become a desolation in the day of punishment; among the tribes of Israel I make known what is sure.
10 The princes of Judah have become like those who move the landmark; upon them I will pour out my wrath like water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment, because he was determined to go after filth.
12 But I am like a moth to Ephraim, and like dry rot to the house of Judah.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound, then Ephraim went to Assyria, and sent to the great king. But he is not able to cure you or heal your wound.
14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will tear and go away; I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.
15 I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me.
Hosea 6: Israel and Judah Are Unrepentant
1 "Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.
3 Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth."
4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth as the light.
6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
7 But like Adam they transgressed the covenant; there they dealt faithlessly with me.
8 Gilead is a city of evildoers, tracked with blood.
9 As robbers lie in wait for a man, so the priests band together; they murder on the way to Shechem; they commit villainy.
10 In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing; Ephraim's whoredom is there; Israel is defiled.
11 For you also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed, when I restore the fortunes of my people.
Things to think about…
1.Hosea 5 describes the priests who were not being faithful in doing their job – to read and teach God's word to His people. As a result the people went after other gods. We have many gods in Australia, E.g sport, pleasure, image worship, materialism, etc. What is the church known for in this country? Is it known for teaching truth, showing love and grace? Those who are in church leadership are accountable for the decisions they make and the example they set for others.
2.Israel was in trouble from their neighbours Syria, so rather than turn to God and call on Him, they called upon Assyria to help them, Hos 5:13. God saw this as hypocrisy. Assyria eventually took Israel and the ten northern tribes captive in 722BC. Jesus can't stand hypocrites, as is evident by His words to the Pharisees of His day. Australians have said that they see hypocrisy in the church. In some ways I believe this is a fair assessment.
3.Hos 5:15 is an acknowledgement that Christ would return to heaven where he had come from until guilt and distress force Israel to seek after Him. They will do this in the last generation before He returns. Hosea says "in their distress earnestly seek me". Jesus describes this time of suffering to come upon Israel in Mt 24.
4.Note in Hos 6:1, 2 we see a prophecy about the ministry of Christ. "On the third day he will raise us up", vs 2. The resurrection of Christ means we have been raised from death to life. Death and sin were confirmed to have been defeated. As such we rule and reign with Him, even now. Hallelujah! Pray Israel would also embrace this truth about the true Messiah.
5.God was sick of Israel's outward religion. Look what He says in Hos 6:6. He wants love, not sacrifice. He wants His people to seek after a knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. Their sacrifices meant nothing without love for each other or obedience to Him. They were like Adam, vs 7 who had gone astray. They rebelled against God's covenant. But God is faithful.
6.Like Hosea's wife, Israel was unfaithful and had committed adultery with other nations and their gods. Do we do the same with our relationship with Jesus. In what ways do we hold back our affection from Him? Look at the promises for Judah in Hos 6:11. Regardless of our behaviour God will restore. We all fall and fail, but God restores us. In what ways has He restored you? In the later days Judah will be restored. That restoration, for us and for Israel, begins with embracing the Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ as our Saviour.
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For Cell groups
Sunday's reading was from 1Cor 3:9-23.
1.How is Christ the foundation of the church? How do you know when He isn't?
2.Paul talks about those that build upon the foundation are tested with fire. How does this look in the church and in the lives of individuals?
3.Pray that our church grows with both truth and grace and worships in Spirit and Truth.
1.This Sunday's Members meeting.
2.39 people who lost their lives – were of Chinese nationality. Pray against people trafficking.
3.Pray for continued follow up rain
4.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.
5.Pray for our help and response to Stanthorpe community.
6.Ministries this term 4 – PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.
7.Baptisms 10th November at Colleges Crossing.
8.More Sunday school and RI teachers
9.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
10.Sunday's messages. "Hosea and a heart for the church"in the morning and "Abraham and being a true son" – Sunday night.
11.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
12.Church finances to meet our expenses.
13.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Men's breakfast had 23 men – praise the Lord for new men joining us.
2.Praise the Lord for more visitors at church on Sunday.
3.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Dan and team.
4.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
5.A number being baptised.
1.Backwell group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.
3.Recharge Youth – Friday night 7pm – High Schoolers.
4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children Sunday mornings.
5.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.
6.AGM meeting 3rd November after the morning service.
7.Baptism service at Colleges Crossing – 10th Nov @12pm.
Q. 5. How many petitions are there in The Lord's Prayer?
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3