What earthly efforts are you putting in that just don't seem to be working? Committing everything to our Saviour for His guidance is always the best option. Have a read as to how Israel failed to carry out this important principle.
1 When I would heal Israel, the iniquity of Ephraim is revealed, and the evil deeds of Samaria; for they deal falsely; the thief breaks in, and the bandits raid outside.
2 But they do not consider that I remember all their evil. Now their deeds surround them; they are before my face.
3 By their evil they make the king glad, and the princes by their treachery.
4 They are all adulterers; they are like a heated oven whose baker ceases to stir the fire, from the kneading of the dough until it is leavened.
5 On the day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; he stretched out his hand with mockers.
6 For with hearts like an oven they approach their intrigue; all night their anger smolders; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
7 All of them are hot as an oven, and they devour their rulers. All their kings have fallen, and none of them calls upon me.
8 Ephraim mixes himself with the peoples; Ephraim is a cake not turned.
9 Strangers devour his strength, and he knows it not; grey hairs are sprinkled upon him, and he knows it not.
10 The pride of Israel testifies to his face; yet they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek him, for all this.
11 Ephraim is like a dove, silly and without sense, calling to Egypt, going to Assyria.
12 As they go, I will spread over them my net; I will bring them down like birds of the heavens; I will discipline them according to the report made to their congregation.
13 Woe to them, for they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against me.
14 They do not cry to me from the heart, but they wail upon their beds; for grain and wine they gash themselves; they rebel against me.
15 Although I trained and strengthened their arms, yet they devise evil against me.
16 They return, but not upward; they are like a treacherous bow; their princes shall fall by the sword because of the insolence of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
Hosea 8: Israel Will Reap the Whirlwind
1 Set the trumpet to your lips! One like a vulture is over the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant and rebelled against my law.
2 To me they cry, "My God, we---Israel---know you."
3 Israel has spurned the good; the enemy shall pursue him.
4 They made kings, but not through me. They set up princes, but I knew it not. With their silver and gold they made idols for their own destruction.
5 I have spurned your calf, O Samaria. My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of innocence?
6 For it is from Israel; a craftsman made it; it is not God. The calf of Samaria shall be broken to pieces.
7 For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no flour; if it were to yield, strangers would devour it.
8 Israel is swallowed up; already they are among the nations as a useless vessel.
9 For they have gone up to Assyria, a wild donkey wandering alone; Ephraim has hired lovers.
10 Though they hire allies among the nations, I will soon gather them up. And the king and princes shall soon writhe because of the tribute.
11 Because Ephraim has multiplied altars for sinning, they have become to him altars for sinning.
12 Were I to write for him my laws by the ten thousands, they would be regarded as a strange thing.
13 As for my sacrificial offerings, they sacrifice meat and eat it, but the LORD does not accept them. Now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt.
14 For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces, and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; so I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour her strongholds.
Things to think about…
1.Hosea 7 speaks of Israel being badly burned on one side Hos7:4, 8. The fire is not managed and the bread and the cakes are ruined. In the same way the people are burned by other countries through their sin and rebellion. The inference is that they are only good to be thrown out. They turn to Egypt and Assyria for help, but do not turn to the Lord, Hos 7:7, 10. Have you ever been in trouble or struggling with something and you tried to solve things in your own strength?
2.Sin devours our strength and turns our hair grey, here is a bible reference, "grey hairs are sprinkled upon him, and he knows it not", Hos 7:9. Doing things in our own sinful strength ages us.
3.Look at Hos 7:14. For grain and wine they gash themselves. This is what the Baal worshippers did to evoke a blessing from Baal. They cut themselves and hoped that he would bless their crops and send rain. Baal was the god of lightening after all. God says they rebel against me. They knew about the Lord, but didn't follow Him. Jesus says we know true believers by their fruit (their actions). We know this is the Baal worshippers did when Elijah taunted them, 1Kings 18.
4.Hosea 8:2 says they cry out "My God, we – Israel – know you". They honoured God with their lips, but their hearts were far from him. Many Australians would acknowledge the existence of God, but not act like they know Him. Israel had all their idols of gold and silver. Remember Jeroboam set up 2 gold calves and told his people to worship them. This is the reference in Hos 8:5,6. We know later the godly king Josiah would crush this calf to pieces. God was not blessing their crops, they would sow the wind and reap a whirlwind, vs 7. What efforts do we apply which seem to be lacking traction? Have you committed your path and efforts to the Lord for blessing?
5.Israel had built palaces and Judah had built fortified cities, Hos 8:14. Both would be pulled down and burned by fire. That's what happened around 722BC by the Assyrians to the northern tribes. Even though Jerusalem didn't fall, 46 fortified Judean cities were destroyed including Lachish which was the biggest, aside from Jerusalem. It would finally fall in 586BC by the Babylonians. What earthly strength does the Lord want you to give up and put on the altar today? He wants your strength to come from Him, not yourself. Remember in God's power is made perfect in our weakness, 2Cor 10:9.
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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 on the 10th Nov.
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