Reading Hosea, I imagined I was reading today’s newspaper! That current. That insightful. I live in a land where freedom is prized. Founded on waves of religious freedom. We, who are evangelical Christians, now feel that the wave has become a tsunami heading our way forcing us to run for the hills. I remember a professor at the Moody Bible Institute talking about the difference between students today and those during my time. He said it was the lack of Bible knowledge of today’s students. He was talking about Bible college students. Except for me, the ‘cream of the cream’ of Christian young people were accepted into the Moody Bible Institute. Most were from fine Christian families, who should know the Bible. This professor said that was not the case. If THEY don’t know the Bible…!
Hosea 4:1–‘…There is no faithfulness or steadfast love and no knowledge of God in the land’. Hosea is part of what’s called ‘the Minor Prophets’, due to the brevity of the book. His message, however, is major. ‘… no knowledge of God in the land’.
Not only is there no knowledge of God and the Bible, but it’s a willful rejection of God’s truth. Their results will not be good–‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge…’ Hosea’s primary focus is on the religious establishment, Israel’s priests. Today in ‘mainline’ churches, many espouse universalism, which teaches that all will be saved. None ever lost. Doesn’t really matter what you believe as long as you believe in something. Many pastors, in the towns where you live, would nod their heads ‘yes’. Not mainline… but out-of-line.
Hosea rails against the religious establishment–‘Yet let no one contend, and let none accuse, for with you is my contention, O priest.’ When denominations and pastors turn their backs on the revealed Word of God, literally all hell breaks loose. Morality and ethics slide down a slippery slope into the muck and mire of seething sin–‘there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed'(Hosea 4: 2).
Where have we gotten lost? Verse 6– ‘…since you have forgotten the law of your God…’ Sin multiplies when God’s Word is ignored and rejected. Pastors only talking about current events, latest trends in society, and ‘how to’ messages.
Why not teach the truth of the Bible? Hosea– ‘they feed on the sin of my people; they are greedy for their iniquity'(v. 8). People repenting, turning to God disturb and disgust those subsumed in their own sin.
Hosea sure sounds like the morning newspaper to me. For believers in Jesus Christ the Evening Edition of the ‘Good News Gazette’ is filled with wonderful and affirming stories! For those who choose a different path, one of sin and rebellion, their Evening Edition will be cancelled, their subscription has run out.
Prayer: Lord, we pray for revival wherever we are living. In Jesus’ name. Amen.