Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sermon notes

2015.10.20                                            Hosea 14

The theme of Hosea is the redeeming Love of God
The major truths of the prophesies of Hosea are;
1 God suffers when his people are unfaithful to Him…. He grieves…
2 God cannot and will not condone sin…. We can expect judgment and discipline…. The goal is always our repentance and reconciliation…
3 God will never stop loving His own….. It is impossible that he would stop loving His own……
God the creator of the entire universe cares….. He pours out His unfailing love upon an unthankful and rebellious… He loves us even though we are unfaithful….. The scriptures warn us….. Grieve not the Holy Spirit…. This book shows us God´s Chesed…. His I´m never going to stop loving you nature….
Every call to repentance…. Every disaster…. Every discipline is God´s love Turning us and hedging us into His love by causing us to cry out to Him… God cares…. The God of the scriptures is totally unique in this…. The gods of the nations is not like The Lord our God….. The God of the Bible weeps for his people, yearns for them and acts independently to deliver them… Jeremiah 2:2, 13
Let´s begin by reading the first 4 verses…
Hosea 13: 16  and 14: 1- 9                            NKJV
16 Samaria is held guilty, For she has rebelled against her God. They shall fall by the sword, Their infants shall be dashed in pieces, And their women with child ripped open.
1 O Israel, return to the Lord your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity;
2 Take words with you, And return to the Lord. Say to Him,“Take away all iniquity; Receive us graciously,
For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips.
3 Assyria shall not save us, We will not ride on horses,
Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’ For in You the fatherless finds mercy.”

Hosea 14: 1- 4                           slt 2000
1 Samaria muß es büßen; denn es hat sich gegen seinen Gott empört; durchs Schwert sollen sie fallen; ihre Kinder sollen zerschmettert und ihre Schwangeren aufgeschlitzt werden!
2 Kehre um, o Israel, zu dem Herrn, deinem Gott! Denn du bist zu Fall gekommen durch deine eigene Schuld.
3 Nehmt Worte mit euch und kehrt um zum Herrn! Sprecht: »Vergib alle Schuld und nimm es gut auf, daß wir dir das Opfer unserer Lippen bringen, das wir schuldig sind!
4 Assyrien wird uns nicht retten; wir wollen nicht mehr auf Rossen reiten und das Werk unserer Hände nicht mehr unsere Götter nennen, denn bei dir findet der Verwaiste Barmherzigkeit!«

Ch3… v16… De v1… Samaria is held guilty, for she has rebelled against her God… Soon Israel will be disciplined for their sin and rebellion against the Lord their God…  But as Hosea made these prophesies and pleas for the Children of Israel to repent… It will still be decades before Judgment falls… Of course…  In the future… Israel will see the glory of God's redemption… and Praise the Lord forever and ever…
v1… O Israel, return to the Lord your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity…
v2… Take words with you, and return to the LORD… In returning to the Lord, Israel must come on God's terms, not their own…. They need to open their mouths and repent… The Lord says…  "When you return to Me, take words with you...  It isn't enough to sit before the LORD and feel love towards Him…. Instead, take words with you - tell God that you love Him…
This is the same idea that Paul expressed in Romans 10:8-10…
Romans 10: 8-10                NKJV   slt 2000
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

8 Sondern was sagt sie? »Das Wort ist dir nahe, in deinem Mund und in deinem Herzen!«2 Dies ist das Wort des Glaubens, das wir verkündigen.
9 Denn wenn du mit deinem Mund Jesus als den Herrn bekennst und in deinem Herzen glaubst, daß Gott ihn aus den Toten auferweckt hat, so wirst du gerettet.
10 Denn mit dem Herzen glaubt man, um gerecht zu werden, und mit dem Mund bekennt man, um gerettet zu werden;
God commands us to communicate with Him in words… not only ideas or feelings… we confess our sin and rebellion and our need of forgiveness…
What words do we take with us? We should use the words God gives us in His Word!... When we talk to God using  the words and ideas of Scripture…. we find a clear and effective voice before God…
v2b… Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously… When we return to the LORD…   we must first come humbly… We recognize our sin and our total dependence on the grace of God….

v2c… For we will offer the sacrifices of our lips… Literally… Hosea 14:2 says for we will offer the calves of our lips…. Since bull calves were often brought for sacrifice… the translators used…  we will offer the sacrifices of our lips… However… The more literal translation shows just how plainly our words of praise… worship… and confession  can be a sacrifice before God…
v3a… Assyria shall not save us, we will not ride on horses, nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, "You are our gods"… When we return to the LORD…  we come renouncing our dependence on all other things… We recognize that the LORD and the LORD alone can make the difference in our life... We confess Total dependence upon the Lord our redeemer… Listen now to this praise from Hosea´s mouth…
v3b… For in You the fatherless finds mercy… When we return to the LORD…   we come worshipping and declaring His greatness… We joyfully proclaim what a great and merciful God we have…
Hosea 14: 4-7                       NKJV
4 “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from him.
5 I will be like the dew to Israel; He shall grow like the lily, And lengthen his roots like Lebanon.
6 His branches shall spread; His beauty shall be like an olive tree, And his fragrance like Lebanon.
7 Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; They shall be revived like grain, And grow like a vine.
Their scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon.

5 Ich will ihre Abtrünnigkeit heilen, gerne will ich sie lieben; denn mein Zorn hat sich von ihnen abgewandt.
6 Ich will für Israel sein wie der Tau; es soll blühen wie eine Lilie und Wurzel schlagen wie der Libanon.
7 Seine Schößlinge sollen sich ausbreiten; es soll so schön werden wie ein Ölbaum und so guten Geruch geben wie der Libanon.
8 Die unter seinem Schatten wohnen, sollen wiederum Getreide hervorbringen und blühen wie der Weinstock und so berühmt werden wie der Wein vom Libanon.
v4… I will heal their backsliding… God knew that Israel was continually backsliding from Him (Hosea 11:7)… but He promises to heal the backsliding of a repentant Israel… He does it not because Israel now deserves it… but because it is in His nature to love them freely… Ezekiel 36…
The best word is compassionate… I will heal their backsliding… It is as though the Lord said… I   remember that they are but dust….   and they soon go astray…   I will look upon them as patients in need of healing…  and they shall look upon me as the great physician…

This promise is certain… I will heal their backsliding…
 Come to God for healing of your backsliding… and He will do it!.. God is too great a physician to allow any patient to leave His office without being healed...

The word is personal… I will heal their backsliding… He speaks to His people, and addresses them personally… He will heal our backsliding and forgive us…. He will wash us clean again…. Isaiah 1…. But first we must realize that we are backsliding sinners and rebels….
We must cry out to Him confessing our sins… let´s go to the next few verses…
v5,6,7… This passage shows us what is restored when we return to the LORD….
- Growth is restored (He shall grow)
    - Beauty is restored (He shall grow like the lily)
    - Strength is restored (lengthen his roots like Lebanon)
    - Value is restored (His beauty shall be like an olive tree)
    - Delight is restored (His fragrance like Lebanon)
    - Abundance is restored (revived like grain … grow like the vine … scent shall be like the wine of Lebanon) v6… His branches will spread… When God restores Israel... Israel will be a blessing to all other nations… Even Israels enemies will grab hold of the Children of Israel ask to join them in Worship of the one true god… Isaiah 19… v16-25…
Hosea 14: 8,9                            NKJV
8 “Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’ I have heard and observed him. I am like a green cypress tree; Your fruit is found in Me.”
9 Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right; The righteous walk in them, But transgressors stumble in them.

Hosea 14: 9,10                            slt 2000
9 Ephraim [wird sagen:] »Was soll ich künftig noch mit den Götzen zu schaffen haben?« — Ich, ich habe ihn erhört und auf ihn geblickt! — »Ich bin wie eine grünende Zypresse.« — Es soll sich zeigen, daß deine Frucht von mir kommt!
10 Wer ist so weise, daß er das einsehe, und so klug, daß er das verstehe? Denn die Wege des Herrn sind richtig, und die Gerechten wandeln darauf; aber die Übertreter kommen auf ihnen zu Fall.

v8a… What have I to do anymore with idols?... When God's people are healed from backsliding… they focus on the LORD Himself and not on foolish idols…

v8b… Your fruit is found in Me… At one time, Israel thought they could find fruit in themselves or in the false idols of the nations… Now, healed of their backsliding, they find their fruit only in God….
v9a.... Who is wise?... The wise man will see the message throughout the Book of Hosea… He will understand that in His mercy… God offers a wonderful opportunity for repentance and restoration… and it is dangerous and foolish to neglect that invitation….
v9b… The ways of the LORD are right… Even in the midst of promised judgment… the wise and understanding man sees that the ways of the LORD are right… They see that it is God´s mercy and unfailing love that is constantly calling them to repentance… They clearly see  that every announcement of judgment is an invitation to repentance…
These final words of Hosea rank with the memorable chapters of the OT…  Like the rainbow after a storm… they promise Israel's final restoration... Here is the full flowering of God's unfailing love for his faithless people… the triumph of his grace… the assurance of his healing - all described in imagery that reveals the loving Father heart of God…

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