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I. Sin Is Heartbreaking to God
A. National sin, but personal application
B. Object lesson from adultery and harlotry
1. V. 2 take wife of harlotry – before married her
2. V. 4-5 Jezreel – Israel’s defeat
3. V. 6-7 Lo-Ruhamah – no compassion
4. V. 9 Lo-ammi – not mine
C. God’s heartbreak at religious unfaithfulness
1. Ho 2:10–13 “And then I will uncover her lewdness In the sight of her lovers, And no one will rescue her out of My hand. 11“I will also put an end to all her gaiety, Her feasts, her new moons, her sabbaths And all her festal assemblies. 12“I will destroy her vines and fig trees, Of which she said, ‘These are my wages Which my lovers have given me.’ And I will make them a forest, And the beasts of the field will devour them. 13“I will punish her for the days of the Baals When she used to offer sacrifices to them And adorn herself with her earrings and jewelry, And follow her lovers, so that she forgot Me,” declares the Lord.
D. Sin result of rejected word of God
1. Ho 4:1 Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel, For the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness Or knowledge of God in the land.
2. Ho 4:4–6 Yet let no one find fault, and let none offer reproof; For your people are like those who contend with the priest. 5So you will stumble by day, And the prophet also will stumble with you by night; And I will destroy your mother. 6My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
II. God Wants to Forgive and Relent
A. Ho 3:1–3 Then the Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.” 2So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley. 3Then I said to her, “You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man; so I will also be toward you.”
B. Ho 11:8–9 How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, All My compassions are kindled. 9I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, And I will not come in wrath.
C. Woman taken in adultery
1. Jn 8:3–11 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, 4they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5“Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” 6They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. 10Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 11She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”
D. Woman at the well
1. John 4
III. God Maneuvers to Bring Repentance and Reconciliation
A. Ho 2:14–17 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness And speak kindly to her. 15“Then I will give her her vineyards from there, And the valley of Achor as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. 16“It will come about in that day,” declares the Lord, “That you will call Me Ishi And will no longer call Me Baali. 17“For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, So that they will be mentioned by their names no more.
B. Jesus came voluntarily to unfaithful people
1. Gomer was not worthy of Hosea
a. We are not worthy of Christ
2. Gomer deserved to be killed for her sins
a. We deserve death for our sins
3. Hosea bought Gomer out of sexual slavery
a. Jesus bought us out of slavery to sin
4. Hosea pleads w/ Homer to enjoy a life of freedom and joy w/ him
a. Christ pleads w/ us to enjoy abundant eternal life with him