Summary: The hoop of history is a picture of human nature, the sin nature, and sinful man's history repeats itself. Israel's history is America's present! Link inc. to formatted text, audio/video, PowerPoint.
The Hoop of History
The hoop of history has always been rolling, and it is still rolling.
As a kid, I liked to play with hula hoops. And not just around my waist, but I would roll them. I would put a spin on them outside and throw them a ways and they would roll back to me. In similar fashion, one spot on the hoop would come around again and again, and it is a picture of human nature, the sin nature, and how a dog returns to his vomit.
This study about Israel is frustrating when we see how they turned their back on God over and over again in cycles. Sin, Suffering, Supplication, Salvation -- over and again. Especially frustrating is the fact that this was written for our admonition, because God knows we are just like them, and would live in a nation that would go in the same way itself.
And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land. And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh [Jdg. 18:30-31].
Here is a picture of real apostasy. Who is Jonathan? He happens to be the grandson of Moses! These people had gone a long way from God. Remember that Moses had said, speaking for the Lord, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth" (Exod. 20:3-4). And here is Moses' grandson, a priest with an idol! This is tragic. The hoop of history is still rolling!
When I was a kid, with my parents in the ministry, I was shocked to learn some of the things that were going on within the organized church. It's always disappointing when people go liberal, but they do. Entire denominations have been started and filled up by Christians who went liberal, left a good Bible believing church, and went their own way. Colleges and Universities go liberal, and you and I will if we are not careful! The hoop of history is still rolling!
People who should know better go off the deep end every day. They are falling like flies, succumbing to many temptations of the world today. I went to college with friends who today have plummeted themselves off of cliffs to their own demise. Many who have thrown all standards to the winds in order to join movements that are not in God's best interest.
Dwight L. Moody was a real saint of God. But one of his sons held an office in the most liberal organization in this country. It's hard to understand how a son of a man like Moody could depart from the gospel of Jesus Christ and from the integrity and inerrancy of the Word of God! But that's the way it goes with the human heart. It happened in Israel, and it has happened in America.
Apostasy is an awful thing. And a nation's problems begin with religious apostasy. This is what happened to the nation of Israel. Here we see Moses' grandson serving as priest with Micah's graven image!