Re: from Hosea
But one thing I came to know: the minor prophets were terribly DEPRESSING! It was all full of sin, darkness, gloom, God's judgment. Maybe -that's- where I learned to be so -negative- and "judgmental"? You see...it's not -my- "fault". It's the -BIBLE's- "fault". Oh, just don't read those depressing books. What? You want me to leave out part of the Bible? Which books would you like me to leave out? And if I did so, how would I do so whilst also not neglecting the "whole counsel of God"? (Ac20:27)
But here, Hosea is told (by God, by the way) to marry into prostitution. She was not one of the 'upstanding' daughters whose father was on the board of elders. One child's name is "no longer have mercy". (1:6) Another child: "not my people, not your God" (1:9) Quick! Somebody call CPS and whisk those kids away for "abuse"! What a way to smash down their SELF-ESTEEM!!! Shame on you, Hosea! No wonder Gomer decides to leave! Yes?
Well, but, it says she was being the "harlot". (2:5) Her fault.
And against all holiness and morality as taught in other places in the Bible, Hosea is told to go marry her; call her back to himself. (3:1)
Hosea's marriage and children are examples (object lessons) to Israel. Ezekiel builds models of being under seige; goes through the motions of being "in exile". Isaiah has assignments where he walks around with his rear exposed. (Is20:2-4) Jonah is swallowed by the fish. The life of the prophet was not glamorous. When Ezekiel's wife dies, he is told not to mourn her death. (Ezk24:16-19)
They were all a 'sign' against Israel.
If you choose to read the entire book of Hosea, you will see that it represents Israel's entire history. Their sin is in proportion to their length of days. But the promise is that....
As Paul, the foremost expert in Judaism (Ga1:14) recounts: "But with most of them God was not well pleased, for they were scattered in the wilderness." (1Co10:5) as he would also say, "For not all those of Israel are Israel" (Rom9:6b)
Do you see what is being said? They had glorious victories across the Red Sea, the walls of Jericho fell down, David has victory over Goliath, and Solomon builds a glorious temple to the Lord...but HOW MANY of all those numbers actually -KNEW- the Lord? "MOST" (how many is "most"?) DID NOT!
Even Solomon! Wasn't he the great MAN OF GOD who built the temple? But he yoked himself to 1000 women, and it says, "For so it was, when Solomon was old, that his wives thrust his heart aside after other gods; and his heart was not perfect with Jehovah his God, as was the heart of his father David." (1Ki11:4)
Here's a question to ponder: Where is Solomon today? Heaven or Hell?
In our days there have been times of great "outpouring", grand halls being filled and people "going forward". How many within the "church" system today truly -KNOW- the Lord? If Israel is an 'example' to us, then, "MOST" DO NOT!
And then, Israel was looking for a 'king' to rescue them.
"Take words with you and return to Jehovah. Say to Him, Take away all iniquity and receive us with grace, that we may repay with the calves (sacrifices) of our lips. Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses. We shall not say any more to the work of our hands, You are our gods! For in You the fatherless finds mercy." (14:2-3)
What about the Church? Remember, the Church is not made up of those grand buildings made of stone and concrete. It is not the place with the pipe organ. It is not the place with the crosses, spires and towers. When Solomon built those two towers (Jachin and Boaz 1Ki7:21) did God command them? God had commanded them to tear down, and not build, sacred pillars. (Ex34:13, Le26:1, De12:3) "...which God hates" (De16:22) For the most part, what is called "church" today IS NOT. Words called "prayer" ARE NOT. Activities called "praise" is NOT to the Most Holy and Almighty God.
I have often wondered (puzzled) regarding certain words associated with Jesus death and resurrection. It says...
If Israel could have such an auspicious start at Horeb and turn out the way it did, with God saying that He "hated" them...what is the -true- state of affairs today for the Church? Just because there's a "church on every corner" doesn't mean a single thing!
Is this "hate" speech? If so, so be it! Is PB being judgmental? If so, so be it! Israel was recorded for us to look at them and see their "example". What is the record and example of Israel? If you're not sure, read Hosea again. I cannot whitewash the record and pretend it isn't what it is. And by extension, I cannot be like the prevailing message of today: Oh you wonderful people....opening my arms wide....God accepts you all JUST AS YOU ARE. You don't need to change a thing. Repentance? Schmepentance! You don't need that. God luuuuuves you and has a "wonderful plan for your life".
I don't 'hate' you all so much as to feed you such swill. What would I answer to my God who sent me, when people are crying out in the flames: WHY DID YOU TELL US LIES???
I'd rather have you all -hate- me so much that your dander riles up to the point that you would then soften and repent, than to smile at you all, have you return the smiles, we share mutual feelings of lovey-dovey as I greet all your "smiling faces"....
and in the mean time, you end up in the Lake of Fire??
"For He says: In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2Co6:2)