Summary: Hosea 10
Hosea 10 [NLT]
June 26, 2013
Oak Park Baptist Church – Wed Bible Study Series
Hosea Bible Study
A Study of the Minor Prophets Hosea (750-725 BC)
HOSEA to Israel (Northern Kingdom)
Once again, I want us to review what we have learned so far in our study through this prophetic book. We have learned that the nation of Israel was rebellious & stubborn when it came to serving/obeying God. They wanted to do things their own way, and they had ‘replaced’ the God of their deliverance with false god and idol worship!
Hosea had told them that God knew about their rebellion and that they had rebelled to the point where God was ready to discipline them harshly! His judgment would be the total destruction of the nation and its inhabitants taken into captivity as well.
Hosea was very clear that God did desire to bring judgment against Israel, but that He would rather see repentance and reconciliation from the people… It was God’s ultimate desire that Israel turn away from their false gods & come back to Him in their worship.
God had promised to NOT go thru with His destruction of the nation, if they would turn back to Him, but God understood that the nation of Israel’s hearts were NOT focused on turning to Him, but on their own selfish desires!
So, tonight as we look at ch10 we are going to find see a principle from Scripture that did not ‘jive’ with the society of the day… and it still does not ‘jive’ with what society thinks about God!
Here in ch10 we find first (v.1-4) that God wanted Israel to know and understand that material prosperity does NOT always equal right standing with God. Second we see (v.5-8) that Israel (Samaria) had replaced God with a false god/an idol of worship. Finally we will look at v.10-15 where God is clear in His prophetic voice that He will choose the what, when, where, and who of how He disciplines.
Earthly Prosperity is NOT necessarily a sign of Godly Approval! v.1-4
READ VERSES HERE… Reading from NLT
1How prosperous Israel is—a luxuriant vine loaded with fruit.
But the richer the people get, the more pagan altars they build. The more bountiful their harvests, the more beautiful their sacred pillars. 2The hearts of the people are fickle; they are guilty and must be punished. The Lord will break down their altars and smash their sacred pillars. 3Then they will say, “We have no king because we didn’t fear the Lord. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us anyway?” 4They spout empty words and make covenants they don’t intend to keep. So injustice springs up among them like poisonous weeds in a farmer’s field.
What this verse implies here is that EVEN though Israel seemed prosperous from the point of view of the world, it did NOT mean that they were prosperous in God’s eyes or in God’s economy.
We have all heard the phrase/saying about someone comes into a large amount of money OR has great circumstances come about in their lives… People will say things like, “They must be living right!” OR “God is really blessing them!”