About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Chapter 8 verse 1 begins
with, "put the trumpet to your lips".
The blowing of the trumpet was the call to war.
The blowing of the
trumpet in those days was as signal to tell the army to prepare for war,
and for the people to get
ready for trouble.
"An eagle is over
the house of the Lord'". The
"eagle" refers to Assyria who is about to swoop down and
destroy the northern kingdom of Israel
, or, as verse 1 puts it, "the house of the Lord".
Israel, both the northern and the southern kingdoms, were called "the
house of the Lord". This
term is in fact a prelude to New Testament thinking when God, by His
Holy Spirit, would actually reside in the believers, both in an
individual sense and in a collective sense.
Christians are God's house. The
church is God's house.
The reason why Assyria
was ready to attack the northern kingdom, which was God's judgment on
the northern kingdom, was because
I might add, because
Hosea portrays the relationship of God to
In the Law of Moses there
was a list of blessings that God said would come upon Israel
if she obeyed the law. There
was also a list of curses that would also come upon
In verse 2 we see Israel
crying out to God saying,
"we acknowledge you". You
might think that if Israel acknowledges their God that He would stop the
attack from Assyria, and that He would count this acknowledgment as
repentance, but that is not so. This
so-called acknowledgment was not repentance.
It was not a heart felt turn to the Lord, only a last minute cry
for help to avoid disaster. They
claimed to know God, but in reality they didn't.
It is similar to what Jesus said about many at the end of this
age. He said that many would
call Him Lord, but He would tell them to depart from His presence
because He never knew them. They
thought they knew Jesus, but they didn't.
I believe that God gives
much warning through His prophets before He pronounces judgment on a
nation. That being said,
there comes a time when the warnings aren't taken seriously when He
pronounces judgment, and once He makes this pronouncement, it's too
late. The nation will
In verse 3 God replies to
Israel's so-called acknowledgment of Him.
He says that she has "rejected that which is good".
She would be attacked and nothing will change God's mind now.
True repentance was not found in
Verse 4 states a couple
more of the northern kingdom's sins.
They set forth their governing leaders without the approval of
was meant to be a "theocracy", which means, God is in charge.
Western nations were
never meant to be theocratic, but that being said, there is something
for us to learn here. Who we
elect means something to God. He
watches very carefully who we elect and what our governments do.
For this reason, among other reasons, God judges nations of the
world today. Our nations
should involve godly thinking when electing leaders.
We're far from that now.
Another of the northern
kingdom's sins is that they make idols of silver and gold. They worship
things made from their own hands instead of worshipping the one who has
created them. How foolish
that is when you sit down and think about it, but we do the same in the
western world today. We
place our silver and our gold above the Lord.
The things we have made with our own hands are what we have given
ourselves too. Our nations
will be judged accordingly.
We see Samaria
mentioned in verse 5. That
was the region of the northern kingdom that was the capital region for
Verse 5 also says that
God's anger burns against the idols.
God then asks, "how long will they be incapable of
purity"? We see the
Biblical view of the depravity of man here.
The Bible teaches that man is totally depraved and not capable of
living a sinless life. This
was one of the criticisms God had against both the southern and the
northern kingdoms of Israel. It is a criticism He has with all of mankind, you and I included.
That is why we all need a Saviour. Creation of our own hands
can't bring a godly life to us. Education,
modern physiological techniques, positive thinking, or whatever, can't
change the heart of man. Only
the Holy Spirit can do that.
Verse 6 confirms what
I've just said. The idols
were a creation of the Israelis "own hands".
It's pure humanism. Anything
that man makes and worships will eventually be crushed and broken by
God. If you go to Israel
today, you will see one of the idols created to Baal in the city of Tel Dan. It is one of the original
idols from this era. To me,
that is amazing. As God is
getting ready to judge Israel
for the last time, there is still an idol of Baal among them from
God will also destroy the
idols of the western world that we have built today.
You can count on that. If
He would do such a thing to His own national
people, He wouldn't think twice about doing it to our secular nations. Idols
for us are anything we create and hold up in the place of God.
It could be education, finance, or whatever.
These things will collapse, in here in 2012 are collapsing before
our very eyes.
Verse 7 is basically the
principle of "what you sow you will reap".
If you sow the wind, it will return as a "whirlwind"
that will destroy you. In
If you plant bad seed,
you'll reap a bad crop. Israel
didn't sow good seed, and when they did, their enemies took it.
The nations of the world are not sowing good things right now,
and what we are sowing will come back to haunt us, not too many days
When verse 8 says that
is swallowed up", that
is exactly what happened to the northern kingdom.
attacked them, took them captive, assimilated them in with the Assyrians
and others, so the those Jews were lost forever.
Their lineage was literally swallowed up and mixed with other
nationalities to the degree they lost all resemblance of who they once
were. They never recovered.
As I have said before,
the reason why we have Jews today is because the southern
Verse 9 confirms what
I've just said. They,
meaning the northern kingdom, had gone up to
Verse 10 speaks of God
gathering the people of the northern
kingdom together. Some might
think that this is the great gathering together of the Jews at the end
of this age. However, many
feel this is not speaking of that gathering.
This might well be speaking of God gathering Jews together in
Verse 11states that
Verse 12 simply means
that the Lord set forth the rules for
Verse 13 says that even
though these Israelis offer sacrifices, He will have nothing to do with
them. You might think that
is unfair on the behalf of God, but the sacrifices that were being
offered were mixed with pagan worship.
They weren't true godly sacrifices.
All that is of God and called by His name must be wholly given to
Him without any mixture. Yet,
in parts of the
Note the phrase
"they will return to Egypt
" in verse 13. This is
idiomatically speaking of being exiled back into slavery, as they were
in Egypt. God miraculously delivered
from their enslavement in
Verse 14 ends this
chapter and is directed to both the northern and the southern kingdoms
Note in verse 14 that
Israeli cities are fortified. God says that He will send fire on these
well protected cites. The
protection and defense built by Israel
won't be affective. This
might well be a reference to the end of this age when fire from bombs
destroy the fortified cities of