Summary: THIS IS A VERY SIMPLE MESSAGE FROM HOSEA THAT LOOKS AT WHAT IS APPROPRIATE AND NECESSARY IN CONFESSION.
CONFESSION DO’S AND DON’T’S
HOSEA 6 AND 7
Hosea 6:1-11 1 "Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. 3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth." 4 "What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears. 5 Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you. 6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. 7 Like Adam, they have broken the covenant-- they were unfaithful to me there. 8 Gilead is a city of wicked men, stained with footprints of blood. 9 As marauders lie in ambush for a man, so do bands of priests; they murder on the road to Shechem, committing shameful crimes. 10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel. There Ephraim is given to prostitution and Israel is defiled. 11 "Also for you, Judah, a harvest is appointed.
I. THE DO’S OF CONFESSION
A. WE NEED TO WANT OT RETURN – 6:1a
1. WANTING TO RETURN TO GOD IS NOT SUFFICIENT IN ITSELF, IT NEEDS TO BE DEFINED – IE: HOW DO WE WANT TO RETURN TO GOD?
2. WANTING TO RETURN TO GOD ON OUR OWN TERMS IS INSUFFICIENT. CONFESSION AND REPENTANCE IS NOT A COMPROMISE WITH GOD
3. CONFESSION AND REPENTANCE IS THE CONTRACT OF GOD.
Jeremiah 17:10 (NIV) 10 "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."
a. GOD KNOWS OUR HEART
b. GOD KNOWS THE NATURE OF OUR CONFESSION WHETHER IT IS SINCERE OR NOT
c. GOD KNOWS WHETHER WE ARE LOOKING FOR COMPROMISE OR FORGIVENESS
B. WE NEED TO REALIZE WE ARE WRONG – 6:1b
Psalm 51:4 (NIV) 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
1. ALL SIN IS EVIL
2. ALL SIN IS AGAINST GOD
3. UNTIL WE ACCEPT THE GRAVITY OF OUR ACTIONS AGAINST GOD, WE CAN NEVER BE RIGHTEOUS IN HIS SIGHT
C. WE NEED TO FULLY RELY ON GOD – 6:2
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
D. WE NEED TO RESOLVE TO DO AND BE RIGHTEOUS – 6:3
Genesis 4:7 (NIV) 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it."
II. THE DON’TS OF CONFESSION
A. NOTICE THAT IN HOSEA 6:4-FF GOD REPEATS HIS CHARGES AGAINST THE NATION
1. NO LOVE FOR GOD – 6:4
2. NO KNOWLEDGE OF GOD – 6:6
3. UNFAITHFULNESS TO GOD—6:7