Why God Got Jealous- Pt 3 [Babylonian Breakup- Regeneration Reconciliation.

11/26/2017

“Say of your brothers, ‘My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’ “Rebuke your mother, rebuke her, for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband. Let her remove the adulterous look from her face and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts. Otherwise I will strip her naked and make her as bare as on the day she was born; I will make her like a desert, turn her into a parched land, and slay her with thirst. I will not show my love to her children, because they are the children of adultery. Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace. She said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’ Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.’ She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold — which they used for Baal. “Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens, and my new wine when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen, intended to cover her naked body. So now I will expose her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers; no one will take her out of my hands. I will stop all her celebrations: her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days—all her appointed festivals. I will ruin her vines and her fig trees, which she said were her pay from her lovers; I will make them a thicket, and wild animals will devour them. I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewelry, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot, ” declares the Lord. “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. “In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master. ’ I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked. In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety. I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord. “In that day I will respond,” declares the Lord — “I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people, ’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God. ’” Hosea 2:1-23

The Prophet Hosea was sent to prophesy against the sinful ways of God’s Chosen People. And they had thrown him under the bus and forgot all he had done for them but then attributed their praises to others, their success to idols and other “lovers” meaning the nations around them that influenced them to their harm. God says, “She said, ‘will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’ They refused to give God the glory and praise for being good to them but as we see in Romans 1, when one fails to praise God as the source, given time, God hands them over to corruption of their own heart. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:21-25)

And so was the case with Israel, depicted in an analogy as a loose and easy woman. Yet worst of all, they abandoned God and treated those who did less good for them with more honor than God who saved them from slavery in Egypt. Like a unfaithful woman who cheats on a good man, or a unfaithful spouse who cheats on a spouse who gives no reason to be unfaithful to, so the natural bent of our hearts in sin is to be faithless to God- –

My people,’ and of your sisters, ‘My loved one.’ Originally God chose Israel and Judah to be his treasured possession and they time and time again ran to idols, backslid, and failed to be the light unto the nations We were with child, we writhed in labor, but we gave birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the earth, and the people of the world have not come to life. (Isaiah 26:18 )

Yet, did not God already know in his divine foreknowledge Israel would fail? Yes, and on their part they failed but on God’s part he succeeded- because through these wayward people through the line of David came eventually Christ, and it is through God’s arm of salvation anyone who believes in Christ’s atonement as the Messiah promised hundreds and thousands of years earlier, God did what Israel could not under written code of Law. Through the Prophet Jeremiah God says he will circumcise the hearts [See Jer 4:4] of the people to know him and a day would come where he punishes all that are only circumcised in the flesh— and Jesus described in John 3 the rebirth-through true faith in him.

Hosea continues to say: -She said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my olive oil and my drink.’ Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way. She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.’ — [See similar story, Luke 15, Prodigal Son]

-She has not acknowledged that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil, who lavished on her the silver and gold — which they used for Baal. “Therefore I will take away my grain when it ripens, and my new wine when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen, intended to cover her naked body. So now I will expose her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers; no one will take her out of my hands. This nation did truly what we all by nature are prone to do, value them that hardly care about us over the ones we do have that care, and especially we are prone to this in our sinful falleness with God. We forget God gives us all the good we enjoy and can rob him of glory do him and give it to others or our idols we create in our hearts. Yet the hope is that just as God showed compassion again after he suffered his people for their sin, so too does he show favor to us when we repent of our unfaithfulness to him. The season of reaping what we have sown may carry on so that we learn the difference between the good way vs the bitter consequences, yet even in his chastening he responds to the heart felt cry of a repentant sinner or backslidden believer. –

-Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. “In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master. ’ I will remove the names of the Baals from her lips; no longer will their names be invoked. In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the creatures that move along the ground. Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety. I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion. I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will acknowledge the Lord. “In that day I will respond,” declares the Lord — “I will respond to the skies, and they will respond to the earth; and the earth will respond to the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, and they will respond to Jezreel. I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people, ’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God. ’” Hosea 2:1-23

After God carried out his rod of judgement toward his people by giving them into the hands of Babylon, God brought the sword against Babylon and the people returned to their native soil and we see God’s compassion restore his people who did turn back to him. “I will betroth you in faithfulness and you will acknowledge the Lord,” So in a nutshell, if the Lord’s relationship with Israel was a dating one under Mosaic law that they failed to hold up their part in, the betrothal is when

“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the Lord. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Jeremiah 31:33 –

When God creates a new heart through faith and one turning to Christ, it is no longer do this, do not do that,- because to use the analogy of dating vs marriage- dating is expectations and marriage is covenantal and based on a vow. So if by the Holy Spirit God enters into man or woman to redeem them from the written code- Law, and transfers them into a state of following God’s commands in response of love for God, then it is a even greater state then before.

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