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Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 18:5-11

The Collapse of a Nation

 

Intro.

1.  What is todayís greatest problem? Covid-19? Crime? Inflation? Border crisis? Human rights violations? Racism? Marxism? Foreign threats? Cyber-attacks? Abortion? Ö

2.  But of course, sin is our greatest problem, Rom. 3:23 (9-18); 6:23.

  a.  Souls are lost, dead in sin, Eph. 2:1-3.

  b.  Jesus is the only remedy, Luke 19:10; Acts 4:12.

3.  Nations rise and fall as they turn to or away from God, Jer. 18:7-11.

4.  Hosea 7: Collapse of Israel (northern kingdom) is an example our nation (and Christians) either takes to heart or follows into ruin, 1 Cor. 10:11.

 

I.  MORAL COLLAPSE: THE ABSENCE OF FAITH AND CONSCIENCE, Hosea 7:1-7.

  A.  Hearts Defiled by Wickedness, 7:1-3.

    1.  Seared consciences, injustice, and oppression, 1 Tim. 4:2.

    2.  Israelís idolatry the foundation of her faithlessness, 1 Kings 12:25-30; 16:31-33.

    3.  The chickens come home to roost, Hosea 7:2-3; Num. 32:23.

  B.  The Nation Was Prepared for Destruction, 7:4-7.

    1.  Like the bakerís oven, their sinful indulgences flamed hot, ready for bread, 7:4-6.

    2.  Their leaders led the way and paid the price, 7:7 (4 of last 6 kings of Israel were murdered, 2 Kings 15).

    3.  Moral collapse of America, cf. Rom. 1:22-32.

II.  RELIGIOUS COLLAPSE: THE PRESENCE OF COMPROMISE, Hosea 7:8-12.

  A.  Israel Was to be a Separate Nation, Exod. 19:5-6.

    1.  Israel was to conquer and destroy; Have no covenants and marriages with the people of Canaan (Deut. 7:1-6). But--

      a.  Idolatry, Hosea 4:11-13, 17 (Corrupt worship); Rom. 1:21-23.

      b.  Form of godliness without its power, Hosea 6:4-6 (9).

      c.  Alliances with worldly powers and human wisdom was hopeless, Hosea 7:11 (5:13, 11); cf. 13:9-11.

      d.  False prophets Ė false hope, Hosea 9:7-9.

III. SPIRITUAL COLLAPSE: THE PRESENCE OF COMPLACENCY, Hosea 7:13-16.

  A.  Israel was Complacent about Her Past Redemption, Hosea 7:13; Micah 6:3-5.

  B.  Israel was Complacent about Godís Present Help, Hosea 7:14.

  C.  Israel was Complacent about Godís Blessings, Amos 6:1, 3-7.

Conclusion

1.  America is not the Christianís homeland, Heb. 11:13-16.

2.  Whenever God chooses it is time for its decline and collapse, it will be a righteous judgment against evil.    

3.  Fear God, keep His commands, accept persecution for the sake of righteousness, look to Jesus, Eccl. 12:13; Matt. 5:10-12; Heb. 12:1-2.

4.  The fight is now, the race is set before us, the faith assures victory, 2 Tim. 4:7-8.

 

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted February 7, 2022