Hosea 11:7-10 Sermon, Jealous Anger of The Lord, and future for his people and how it ties into our lives today as believers.
7For my people are determined to desert me. They call me the Most High, but they don’t truly honor me. 8“Oh, how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go? How can I destroy you like Admah or demolish you like Zeboiim? My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows. 9No, I will not unleash my fierce anger. I will not completely destroy Israel, for I am God and not a mere mortal. I am the Holy One living among you, and I will not come to destroy. 10For someday the people will follow me. I, the Lord, will roar like a lion. And when I roar, my people will return trembling from the west.
Here the Lord is grieved and angry over his unfaithful people he made into a great nation. The Lord unleashed some of his wrath on them, but not the full goblet of his wrath. They were given over to captivity but not entirely forgotten by the Lord. If he entirely poured out his anger they would be destroyed entirely. Yet as it is written,
What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”
This passage in Romans was written hundreds of years later in the New Testament. God is faithful to all his promises to underserving people. As the the passage in Hosea above, the Lord concludes by saying, “10For someday the people will follow me.”
God sees the future, he knew that there would be people who would turn to Him and turn from sin and worship of other gods. God’s preservation of Israel meant that Jesus Christ would one day come as a sacrifice for not just the nations sins, but the sins of the World.
The Gospel of John says:
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Earlier on in Proverbs 30 ans Psalms 2, written at least a thousand years before the time of Christ, we see the Son of God referenced,
Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know! (Proverbs 30:4)
I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery. ” Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
The beautiful Gospel is that though we all have sinned against God, he wants to forgive our sins and take away our guilt. He came into the World to save us and offers himself up in our place so our sins can be forgiven if we believe the goodnews that Jesus died on the cross in our place as well as gives us the invitation to turn from sin and follow Him as Lord and Savior!
Hosea 11:10 reiterated: 10For someday the people will follow me.”
Jesus also gives the invitation, he many times said “Come follow me” (See Matthew 16:24-26, Matthew 19:21, Mark 1:17, Mark 2:14, Luke 9:51)
He gives this invitation to people also today. To exchange their program for His. To turn from their ways of doing things and their sins and receive His new call to live. When we turn to Him we receive forgiveness of sin and eternal life. We receive a new way to live our lives here as well.