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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Moth, Rot, Lion, Bear

The major theme of the Word of the Lord that came to Hosea for Israel was
God's condemnation of their syncretism.  Israel was compared to Hosea's
unfaithful wife and Israel's idols to the lovers of the unfaithful wives. Israel took
God's corn, oil, wine, gold, and silver and offered it to Baal.  [Hos. 2:8]. Of
course, the devil has no corn and wine or anything else, for everything belongs
to God. God's people are to seek them from none other but God the Creator,
the God of the Bible and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ.

God is compared to a jealous husband, but that is not the only comparison.
He also compares Himself to other things.

MOTH AND MOLD: Hos. 5:12  "Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a
moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness."  Their nation would rot away
and waste as a garment eaten with moths, because God would take away His
protection from them and evil forces would consume them

LION: Hos. 5:14:  "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." God's protection would be removed so that the fierce
nations around them would rip and tear away huge chunks of their possession
and there would be nobody to help them.

BEAR,  Ho 13:8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and
will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild
beast shall tear them.

Hos 6:5, 6: "Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by
the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. For I
desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt
offerings. But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they
dealt treacherously against me."

They behaved exactly like Adam, our first father, who rebelled against his Creator,
though to seize the inheritance for himself, and involved us all in his ruin. They
refused to repent but thought they could fine a savior other than God, so they
went looking for other lovers, for they would not have God to rule over them.

If God nothing but sweetness and light, why did Jesus weep over Jerusalem?
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