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The power over death and the grave

The power over death and the grave

The Lord pleads for Israel to return to Him. There is victory over death and the grave in Christ. Hosea finishes off by saying "Whoever is wise, let him understand these things". Let's do the same.

Hosea 13:The LORD's Relentless Judgment on Israel

1 When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling; he was exalted in Israel, but he incurred guilt through Baal and died.

2 And now they sin more and more, and make for themselves metal images, idols skilfully made of their silver, all of them the work of craftsmen. It is said of them, "Those who offer human sacrifice kiss calves!"

3 Therefore they shall be like the morning mist or like the dew that goes early away, like the chaff that swirls from the threshing floor or like smoke from a window.

4 But I am the LORD your God from the land of Egypt; you know no God but me, and besides me there is no saviour.

5 It was I who knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought;

6 but when they had grazed, they became full, they were filled, and their heart was lifted up; therefore they forgot me.

7 So I am to them like a lion; like a leopard I will lurk beside the way.

8 I will fall upon them like a bear robbed of her cubs; I will tear open their breast, and there I will devour them like a lion, as a wild beast would rip them open.

9 He destroys you, O Israel, for you are against me, against your helper.

10 Where now is your king, to save you in all your cities? Where are all your rulers--- those of whom you said, "Give me a king and princes"?

11 I gave you a king in my anger, and I took him away in my wrath.

12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is kept in store.

13 The pangs of childbirth come for him, but he is an unwise son, for at the right time he does not present himself at the opening of the womb.

14 Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from Death? O Death, where are your plagues? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion is hidden from my eyes.

15 Though he may flourish among his brothers, the east wind, the wind of the LORD, shall come, rising from the wilderness, and his fountain shall dry up; his spring shall be parched; it shall strip his treasury of every precious thing.

16 Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.

Hosea 14:A Plea to Return to the LORD

1 Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.

2 Take with you words and return to the LORD; say to him, "Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls the vows of our lips.

3 Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses; and we will say no more, 'Our God,' to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy."

4 I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.

5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon;

6 his shoots shall spread out; his beauty shall be like the olive, and his fragrance like Lebanon.

7 They shall return and dwell beneath my shadow; they shall flourish like the grain; they shall blossom like the vine; their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

8 O Ephraim, what have I to do with idols? It is I who answer and look after you. I am like an evergreen cypress; from me comes your fruit.

9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.

Things to think about…

1.Ephraim (Israel) once had influence and was exalted, Hos 13:1, but lost their influence through the worship of idols like Baal and the golden calves. Their influence and identity as a people died. This can happen with Christians. We can have the name of Christ and yet if we live like the world and embrace the world's values, the influence and power of our witness dies and the gospel is not declared.

2.You are what you eat, both physically and morally. These foolish Israelites had sacrificed themselves, their time, money, energy to make images of calves, Hos 13:2. What occupies your time and money etc. How does your faith in Christ register in all of it? Live for Jesus, what better use of your time is there?

3.We know the Apostle Paul quotes Hos 13:14 with respect the resurrection in 1Cor 15:55. Christ has defeated death and the grave.

4.Do you complain when things go badly for you? Sometimes it is the Lord refocussing you on what is of primary importance. The judgement on Israel was horrific, Hos 13:16. This is exactly what happened when the Assyrians came against Samaria in 722BC. Continue to pray for Samaria today, Arab and Israeli Christians now dwell in this area - hallelujah.

5.Look at the mercy and grace of God, Hos 14. The Lord has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. There is no joy for Him in judgement. Here He says to Israel - return, repent of your ways, come back to keeping the law and the vows that you have made. They didn't of course and were judged through the instrument of Assyria. He says the same to us, Hos 14:14. Be wise and understand. This is why reading, understanding and applying the Word of God into our lives is vital. Experiences come and go, but truth remains.

6.We see in Hos 14:5-7 that Israel will return and once again flourish. We are seeing that in our day, after 2000 years. He says in vs 4 that He will heal their apostasy. We know many Jews will turn to Christ in the latter days. Pray for the peace of Israel and Jerusalem that they come to know Jesus as their Messiah and true Son of David.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

For Cell groups

We will be considering the topic of baptism for next week's baptism service.

1.Who should get baptized.

2.What does baptism represent?

3.What passages come to mind when considering baptism in the NT.

Prayer Points

1.Next Sunday 5 people getting baptised at Colleges Crossing.

2.Pray for continued follow up rain

3.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.

4.Pray for our help and response to Stanthorpe community.

5.Ministries this term 4 – PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.

6.More Sunday school and RI teachers

7.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

8.Sunday's messages. "There's no better guarantee than this" Eph 1:1-14. in the morning and "Why do bad things happen to good people" – Sunday night.

9.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

10.Church finances to meet our expenses.

11.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.

Praise Points.

1.Quite a few visitors and new folk at CBC in both services.

2.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Josh, Ben and Jesse.

3.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

4.A number being baptised.

Announcements

1.Hawkins 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 – now on the 17th November after the morning service.

7.Baptism service at Colleges Crossing – 10th Nov @12pm.

This month's catechism question...

Q. 6. What is the first petition?
A. "Hallowed be your name."

Bible Reference – Matt.6:9; Luke 11:2.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

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