Rejecting Knowledge Of God, They Reap The Whirlwind

April 30, 2014

Friends,
“A people without understanding shall come to ruin.” (Ho. 4:14) Even God’s own people are being destroyed because of their refusal to seek the knowledge of God. (v. 6) They seek out and study counterfeit knowledge instead (v. 7 // 1 Tim. 6:20,21) and let themselves be taken captive by the deceptive philosophies (Col. 2:8) of those who pretend to be humble and wise. (v. 18 // 1 Cor. 3:18-20)

Therefore the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land (Ho. 4:1), for “There is no truth, no faithful love, and no knowledge of God in the land.” (same verse) “Cursing, lying, murder, stealing, and adultery are rampant; one act of bloodshed follows another.” (v. 2) Do they have any excuse –those who “condemn the Just and Mighty One” (Job 34:17) for shaking and overthrowing, for crushing and shattering, for punishing and killing –for impartially judging the people for their evil ways? (v. 18-29) Should they discredit God’s justice to justify themselves? (40:8)

God calls, He disciplines, He gives repeated warnings through His Spirit, His messengers, His Word, and through circumstances. But with a spirit of prostitution against God (Ho. 4:12), their deeds do not permit them to return to Him. (5:4) Why should God’s whirlwind not sweep them away?! (4:19)

But God is so patient! He reminds them of their guilt. He reminds them that He waits. He reminds them that He paid the price to buy them back from the evil realm. But if they do accept reconciliation, are they free to keep sinning? Are they free to embrace the idols and retain a heart of adultery? By all means, no!

The account of Hosea was written for us as a picture of how gracious and loving and merciful God is. God told Hosea to go and show love to his adulterous wife (Ho. 3:1), to do so as the LORD loves His chosen, though they turn to other gods. (same verse) So Hosea bought Gomer back (v. 2), and he said to her, “You are to live with me, but wait many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will wait for you as I live with you.” (See v. 3 & footnote) This is a picture of how God, in reconciling us to Himself through Christ’s atoning sacrifice, waits to see if we are worthy of His intimate, close fellowship. (v. 4,5 // John 2:24 & 15:14,15) Our submission, obedience, and faithfulness are the test. (Acts 5:32 // Heb. 5:9 & 12:4-17 // 1 John 3:24)

The people cry, “O our God, we acknowledge You!” (Ho. 8:2) But “incapable of purity” (v. 5), “they sow the wind.” (v. 7) Therefore they will “reap the whirlwind.” (same verse) Because in their hearts they criticize, even curse, God’s justice against wickedness (Job 15:25,26), terrifying sounds will fill their ears (v. 21), a flame will wither their possessions (v. 29,30), their houses will become rubble (v. 28), “and the breath of God’s mouth will carry them away.” (v. 30) Because they trusted in what is worthless, the return they get will be nothing. (v. 31) Because they loved bribes, conceived trouble, wove webs of deceit, and gave birth to all manner of evil (v. 34,35), the godless will have their tents consumed by fire (v. 34) and they themselves left stripped (v.33), tormented, and lost. (v. 20-24)

“Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces, but He will heal us; He has injured us, but He will bind up our wounds.” (Ho. 6:1) For the Lord is the God of immense compassion, the God of infinite love and mercy. If we choose to seek the knowledge of Him, if we choose to return to Him and remain in His love faithfully (John 15:10), then we will be kept secure in His promise –His promise that we will be protected from the wrath with which He smites those who continue in their sin. (Ps. ch. 91, esp. v. 8,14,15 // Isa. 26:20,21 // Rev. 3:10)

The Lord is calling, wooing, everyone who will listen, believe, and respond –to come out into purity so that we will not be “laden with the judgement that is due the wicked.” (Job 36:16,17; see also 2 Cor. 6:14-18 and Rev. 18:4-8)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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