Summary: A different message for being thankful, or for any time of the year. God was calling the adulterous people of Israel back into a place of repentance. I'm so thankful that the Love of God keeps calling us back when we stray.
What I am Most Thankful For
Sunday, November 21, 2010
By Pastor James May
I know that this sermon is going to start in a fashion like you never thought you would hear in a Thanksgiving Celebration message. The passage of scripture that we will go to seems far removed from festive atmosphere of the Holiday Spirit that most people enter into during this time of the year. But listen closely, and you will find that there is truly something wonderful happening; and something so outstanding to be thankful for that it beggars description. It’s not a message that can easily be seen on the surface of the events but when you dig deep into the heart of God as everything begins to happen, you will find the wonderful love of God at work in the entire process.
Let’s begin our journey by turning to the Book of Hosea, chapter one.
Hosea 1:1 The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.
Hosea 1:2,3 … “And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms....” So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
Now it is not generally acceptable that God would command a man of God to do something that would go against every law of God; and that would break the Law of Moses, just to prove a point. The Bible tells us that God tempts no man. So let’s get it our minds right now that God does not condone adultery or fornication, lest someone would think that such things are sometimes approved by God. You never know when some immature thinking Christian will misinterpret the scripture to justify his sin. We must also understand that this is more than just a parable, or a made up story. It is more than just some vision that the prophet had upon his bed in the middle of the night. The events of this story are very literal. So the question is, what is this story really all about?
In the mind of man we tend to focus strongly upon the things of the flesh; the terrestrial world around us. We live in a material world, and our souls are housed within mortal bodies of flesh. In our minds, our first thought is that everything must somehow relate to the five senses of touch, hearing, seeing, tasting and/or smell. But God lives on a different plane; and in more than one dimension. He lives in both the present and the eternal. He lives within our hearts, calling our mortal bodies the very temple of the Holy Spirit; and yet He also lives in the Heavenly realms that exist beyond the ability of mortal men to reach. Because of God’s vastly greater ability to see things in a different perspective, it is often hard to know where he is coming from when His word is given forth. In fact, the only way that we can even come close to seeing things as God sees them is to have the Holy Spirit aid us so that we may see into the spiritual realms.