Summary: THE NEED FOR GENUINE REPENTANCE, THE NATURE OF GENUINE REPENTANCE AND GOD’S RESPONSE TO GENUINE REPENTANCE
LOVE THAT TRIUMPHS
I/ Verse 1 - THE NEED FOR GENUINE REPENTANCE (Hosea 14:1) O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
God does not grudgingly offer forgiveness to sinful people. But there is a difference between forgiving sin and condoning it. The Lord wants to do more than forgive the sin; He wants to change the sinner. To automatically forive sin with no requirements attached would be to condone it. This within itself would be an encouragement to sin. God’s basic requirement for forgiveness is true repentance.
A Sunday School teacher once asked a class what was meant by the word "repentance." A little boy put up his hand and said, "It is being sorry for your sins." A little girl also raised her hand and said, "It is being sorry enough to quit."
II/ Verse 2 - THE NATURE OF GENUINE REPENTANCE - Hosea 14:2
Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive
Hosea was giving the people the exact words to say. The nature of these words is threefold:
a. REPENTANCE - "take away all iniquity"
b. CONFESSION - "receive us graciously"
b. COMMITMENT - "so will we render the calves (fruit) of our
Likewise today, You must repent of and confess your sins, confess Jesus as your Savior by grace through faith, and commit yourself to Him as Lord with the pledge to share your experience with other lost people.
III/ Verse 3 - Hosea 14:3
Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands,
a. "Asshur" is Assyria; In Hosea’s time, Israel had been tempted to turn to Assyria for help. The fact of the matter is that Assyria proved to be Israel’s downfall.
b. "not ride upon horses" means that Israel would not trust in their own military might.
c. They would cease all idol worship, refusing to recognize the "work of our hands" as "our gods".
d. "For in thee the fatherless findeth mercy" is a faith acknowledgment that, while Israel was helpless, God was ready to come to their air in mercy and power.
IV/ Verse 4 - GOD’S RESPONSE TO GENUINE REPENTANCE - Hosea 14:4
I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
a. "I will heal their backsliding" - backsliding is a sickness, only God can heal it. We wonder what can be done with a rebellious child, or a morally corrupted young person. The great physician is the only one who can heal them.
b. "I will love them freely" The love of God is free! It cost him every thing, it costs us nothing.
c. "for mine anger is turned away from him" When we change our mind, God changes His; genuine repentance restores fellowship
with the father.
V/ Verse 5 - Hosea 14:5
I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
Dew is a emblem of the Holy Ghost:
a. Silent in its coming
b. Saturating in its contact
c. Refreshing in its ministry