Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Thu, 24 Aug – Hosea 8-14 ~ sow the wind, reap the whirlwind

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening(Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Please Read: Hosea 8-14 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

Israel Planted the Wind, Will Harvest the Whirlwind

Hosea 8:1-4, 7 (NLT) – “Sound the alarm! The enemy descends like an eagle on the people of the Lord, for they have broken my covenant and revolted against my law. Now Israel pleads with me, ‘Help us, for you are our God!’ But it is too late. The people of Israel have rejected what is good, and now their enemies will chase after them. The people have appointed kings without my consent, and princes without my approval. By making idols for themselves from their silver and gold, they have brought about their own destruction….
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“They have planted the wind and will harvest the whirlwind….”
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Israel’s Punishment

Hosea 9:7, 17 (NLT) – The time of Israel’s punishment has come; the day of payment is here. Soon Israel will know this all too well.
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My God will reject the people of Israel because they will not listen or obey. They will be wanderers, homeless among the nations.

The Lord’s Judgment against Israel

Hosea 10:1-2, 4 (NLT)How prosperous Israel is—a luxuriant vine loaded with fruit. But the richer the people get, the more pagan altars they build. The more bountiful their harvests, the more beautiful their sacred pillars. The hearts of the people are fickle; they are guilty and must be punished.
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They spout empty words and make covenants they don’t intend to keep. So injustice springs up among them like poisonous weeds in a farmer’s field.

Hosea 10:11-15 (NLT)“Israel is like a trained heifer treading out the grain—an easy job she loves. But I will put a heavy yoke on her tender neck. I will force Judah to pull the plow and Israel to break up the hard ground. I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.’ “But you have cultivated wickedness and harvested a thriving crop of sins. You have eaten the fruit of lies — trusting in your military might, believing that great armies could make your nation safe. Now the terrors of war will rise among your people…. When the day of judgment dawns, the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.

The Lord’s Love for Israel

Hosea 11:1-2, 6-7 (NLT)“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. But the more I called to him, the farther he moved from me….
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War will swirl through their cities; their enemies will crash through their gates. They will destroy them, trapping them in their own evil plans. For my people are determined to desert me. They call me the Most High, but they don’t truly honor me.

Hosea 11:8-11 (NLT)“Oh, how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go? How can I destroy you…? My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows. No, 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. For 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. Like a flock of birds, they will come from Egypt. Trembling like doves, they will return from Assyria. And I will bring them home again,” says the Lord.

Charges against Israel and Judah

Hosea 11:12, 12:14 (NLT)Israel surrounds me with lies and deceit, but Judah still obeys God and is faithful to the Holy One.
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The people of Israel have bitterly provoked the Lord, so their Lord will now sentence them to death in payment for their sins.

The Lord’s Anger against Israel

Hosea 13:4-11 (NLT)“I have been the Lord your God ever since I brought you out of Egypt. You must acknowledge no God but me, for there is no other savior. I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land. But when you had eaten and were satisfied, you became proud and forgot me. So now I will attack you like a lion, like a leopard that lurks along the road. Like a bear whose cubs have been taken away, I will tear out your heart. I will devour you like a hungry lioness and mangle you like a wild animal. “You are about to be destroyed, O Israel — yes, by me, your only helper. Now where is your king? Let him save you! Where are all the leaders of the land, the king and the officials you demanded of me? In my anger I gave you kings, and in my fury I took them away.

Healing for the Repentant

Hosea 14:1-4 (NLT)Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sins have brought you down. Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord. Say to him, “Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises. Assyria cannot save us, nor can our warhorses. Never again will we say to the idols we have made, ‘You are our gods.’ No, in you alone do the orphans find mercy.” The Lord says, “Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever.

Hosea 14:9 (NLT)Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.
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“Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono” – the motto of the state of Hawaii. It is commonly translated as : The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

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“Heal Our Land” – Kari Jobe


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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