Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The God of Justice
Hosea 2:8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
God, Israel's spiritual covenant husband and provider, supplied her with all the blessings that she gave to other gods.
Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Hosea 2:9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.
God keeps his covenant promises with Israel. Because she has turned to other gods, the LORD must turn from her and remove his blessings.
Deu 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deu 11:17 And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.
Hosea 2:10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
She will be seen for what she is. God has hands of mercy and grace, or hands to correct and chasten. Will we be in his hands bowing to another god? I fear that many serve themselves and give lip service to the LORD who holds them in his hands. If we will not repent, we will be corrected by him. Israel's correction would be severe under the law. We who are under grace will be corrected as well. Some may not be under grace because they are not truly of the Lord's New Covenant. Your lack of deep rooted faith will be exposed to you and for others to see.
1 Pet 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Hosea 2:11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.
Hosea 2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
All the feasts shall cease, the days of observing the LORD in a special way. Look around now at our nation. The Holy days (the holidays) are being removed and not honored. Christmas and Easter have lost their meaning in the world. The world is afraid to say Christmas, because of the spirit of the age; the antichrist spirit. The nation of Israel was being punished, losing it's purpose and joy, even the economy would get bad. The land will be turned back to overgrown weeds and forests, with wild animals shall eat what crops that remain. Israel would be taken captive and taken to other lands.
Hosea 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.
Judg 2:11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: (heathen gods and idols)
Judg 2:12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
Judg 2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.