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
Amos 5:21-24 (NIV) 21 "I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. 22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. 24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
Isaiah 1:11-17 (NIV)11 "The multitude of your sacrifices-- what are they to me?" says the LORD. "I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. 12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations-- I cannot bear your evil assemblies. 14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; 16 wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, 17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.