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Hosea 10 v. 1 - 15

v. 12 "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you."

Love Revealed in the:-

1. CHALLENGE OF GOD - ch 10 v. 1 "Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images."

She had:-

(a) Material Prosperity - v. 1 "Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images."

(b) Idolatrous Profanity - v. 1 "Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images"

(c) Spiritual Poverty - "an empty vine" Note

Hosea 4 v 1 "Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land."

Theirs was a lack of:-

(1) Truth i.e. "emeth" - in all aspects of life

(2) Love - "nor mercy" - i.e. concern for our fellow man - Rescue Mission

(3) Knowledge - "yada" - i.e. heart knowledge of God i.e. true experience of him

2. CHASTENING OF GOD - v. 2 "Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images."

Hosea 5 v. 14 "For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him."

Hosea 6 v. 1 "Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up."

Note:-

(a) The Rigour of his Chastening - "I, even I, will tear and go away"

(b) The Resolve of his Chastening - v. 15 "I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early."

(c) The Result of his Chastening - v. 15 " will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early."

(d) The Reason for his Chastening - ch 6 v. 1 "Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up."- shepherd & sheep - broken leg - stop straying

3. CHARGE OF GOD - v. 12 "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you." Note:-

(a) The Possibility of Salvation - "sow to yourselves" -

They:- may change - its possible, might change, they must change

(b) The Preparation for Salvation - "break up your fallow ground"

There must be:-

(1) A Sorrowing for Sin

(2) A Softening of Heart

(3) A Separation to God

(4) A Seeking of Help

(c) The Priority in Salvation "For it is time to seek the Lord" God's Alarm Clock -


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