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Bible Pathway - Sept. 20, 2010


Hosea 7


Israel seeks help from Egypt and Assyria (Hos. 7). They worship golden calves (chap. 8). Finally a cry of repentance (8:2). Reaping what you sow (8:7). Punishment promised (chap. 9). The call of God to worship Him (10:12). The Lord's love for Israel (chap. 11); His anger at Israel (chap. 13). Healing and the sacrifice of praise (chap. 14).

The northern kingdom of Israel did not return to the Lord their God, nor seek Him. . . . Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria (Hos. 7:10-11) seeking national security rather than trusting the Lord according to His Word. Israel's leaders had gone up to Assyria. . . . Israel hath forgotten his Maker. . . . They have deeply corrupted themselves. . . . their glory shall fly away like a bird. . . . they shall be wanderers among the nations (8:9,14; 9:9, 11,17). The Lord gave a heartrending plea for Israel to return to Him before they were destroyed: It is time to seek the Lord (10:12). Feel God's heartbreak as He says: I drew them with . . . bands of love (11:4). He lovingly pleaded: O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity (sin) (14:1).

Israel had foolishly put its trust in heathen nations and false gods (5:13; 7:11; 8:9-10) and in its own ability to manipulate peace and security (12:8), rather than in the One who is the only true source of peace and security. Still, we see the willingness of the Lord to show mercy, as He always does to any repentant sinner, when He said: I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely (14:4). The final words of the prophet Hosea before the Israelites were conquered and carried away by the Assyrians are a reminder to all of us: The ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein (14:9).

When we repent, turn from our sins, receive Jesus as our Savior, and let the indwelling Holy Spirit control our lives, we are freed from the power of Satan, sin, and spiritual death.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do

(practice) not the truth. . . . these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate (Defender, Defense Attorney) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation (appeasement, legal satisfaction) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 1:6; 2:1-2).

Thought for Today:

He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer (Ps. 102:17).

Christ Revealed:

In the son who was called out of Egypt (Hos. 11:1). This prophecy is twofold: one is a historical reference pertaining to Israel (Ex. 4:22-23); and the other is prophetic, looking to the sojourn of Christ as a child in Egypt (Matt. 2:14-15).

Word Studies:

9:1 hast gone a whoring =committed spiritual adultery and idolatry, were unfaithful to God (Israel was regarded as the wife of Jehovah. Isaiah 54:5; 62:4-5); cornfloor =threshing floor; 10:5 calves =golden calf idols; 10:11 to ride =to put in harness; 11:12 ruleth with God =is still considered faithful to God.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for International Broadcasts in memory of Audrey Hash • Staff: Gina Lesnefsky • Government Official: Rep. Walt Minnick (ID) • Country: Bosnia and Hercegovina (4 million) on the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe • Major language: Serbo-Croatian • Little evangelism being done • 40% Muslim; 28% Serbian Orthodox; 14% Roman Catholic • Prayer Suggestion: Trust the Lord for deliverance in times of trouble (Ps. 50:15).

Memory Verse for the Week: 2 Thessalonians 1:4

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