The prophet Hosea was speaking and said:
“Judah’s leaders are like those who move boundary stones. I will pour out my wrath on them like a flood of water. Ephraim is oppressed, trampled in judgment, intent on pursuing idols. I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah. “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his sores, then Ephraim turned to Assyria, band sent to the great king for help. But he is not able to cure you, not able to heal your sores. For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away; I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them. Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt. And they will seek my face; in their misery they will earnestly seek me.” Hosea 5:10-15 NIV)
We see the situation, at the time, Judah’s leaders were corrupt, Moving boundary stones was stealing land, something prohibited by the law of Mosses. Second, Ephraim was pursing idols, clearly an abomination to holy God. Third, Ephraim refused to turn to the Lord for help and instead asked Assyria for help.
The Lord then explained exactly what would happen next, the people would be torn to pieces and carted off.
Then the Lord said, “Then I will go back to my place until they admit their guilt.” God was ready, willing and eager to help. Unfortunately the peoples unrepented sins got in the way. As they refused to turn to the Lord, God simply departed them, and left them to their own devices.
All the people needed to do was to admit guilt, repent and then they could have moved on, with the Lord’s help. They refused.
Then, when the people became totally desperate, God knew they would call upon Him.
- Insure we have no sin not confessed and repented of, so the Lord will not depart us.
- Many in the world do not know the Lord, therefore are unable to turn to Him, part of our job is to carry Jesus to the world so others can turn to Him. How are we helping carry the message of Jesus to others?
In our struggles, we need to insure we are leaning on the Lord, not Assyria. What struggle have we turned over to the Lord this past week