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Scripture Reading: Hosea 1:2-10

 

The Collapse of Israel is Our Warning

(Hosea 7)

 

Intro.

1.  Hosea 7: Israel’s sin has doomed her to destruction (Hos. 8:7).

2.  A stunning example of departure from God, He attempt to restore them (via the prophets: Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, Amos) and their ultimate collapse as they refused God in their lives. (1 Cor. 10:11)

3.  The kingdom of Christ (the church) is in equal peril of collapse whenever it refuses God. (cf. Rom. 11:20-21)

4.  Learn from Israel: Be faithful and strong in faith, or fall.

 

I.  MORAL COLLAPSE: THE ABSENCE OF CONSCIENCE TOWARD GOD AND MAN, Hosea 7:1-7.

  Christians are Losing Reverence For God and respect for Men. Acts 24:16; 1 Tim. 1:5; 4:2; Titus 1:15

 

    1.  When the works of the flesh is the Christians regular source of recreation and entertainment. Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Jno. 2:15

    2.  When Christians dress immodestly and think nothing of it; even defended. 1 Tim. 2:9

    3.  When adulterous remarriages are defended and defenders of truth are ridiculed, rejected and refused. Matt. 19:9; 1 Cor. 7:10-11

    4.  When Christians are filled with pride, selfishness, anger, hatred, factiousness...? Jas. 3:14-16; 4:1-3

 

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

    -Idolatry, Hos. 4:11-13, 17. (Corrupt worship)

    -Form of godliness without its power, cf. Hos. 6:4-6 (9).

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

    -False prophets, Hos. 9:7-9.

 

  Compromise is Present among Christians. 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1

 

    1.  Unity in diversity (moral/doctrinal: mdr, fellowship, Rom. 14).

    2.  False teachers are afforded honor while teachers of the truth are scorned as “watchdogs”, fanatics, radicals, extremists, etc.

    3.  No compromise with sin in any form, 1 Jno. 4:1; Rev. 2:2; Jude 3; 2 Jno. 10-11; Gal. 2:4-5.

 

III. SPIRITUAL COLLAPSE: THE PRESENCE OF COMPLACENCYHosea 7:13-16.

  Complacency is Still a Plague that Consumes God’s People. Rom. 12:11

 

    1.  When Christians are no longer eager to join in the work of the gospel. Acts 2:42

    2.  When Christians are lethargic about being at worship services. Heb. 10:25

    3.  When Christians will not read their Bibles. Rom. 10:14

    4.  When Christians will to try to teach the lost. Acts 8:4

    5.  When Christians are ashamed to live righteously. Tit. 2:11-12

 

Conclusion

1.  Israel’s only hope was to turn to the Lord in genuine conversion, Hosea 6:1-3 (1:10; 14:1-4).

  a.  6:1: Repent of sins (Acts 2:38; 8:22).

  b.  6:2: You will be forgiven, (Jas. 5:15).

  c.  6:3: Learn of God and know God, Matt. 11:28-30.

2.  Will we accept God’s warning and truly be His own separate people?

 

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted: January 9, 2014