Restoring the Repentant      Hosea13:4-6; 14:1-9       Jan. 06, 2013

 

Introduction 

      All of us need to be eager to help restore the repentant to  complete fellowship.


 

1.   Restoring the Repentant with A . . Cause for Repentance. Hosea 13:4-6

       A.   God’s . . Faithfulness is A Cause for Repentance. 13:4-5

4 I have been Yahweh your God ever since the land of Egypt; you know no God but Me, and no Savior

       exists besides Me.

       5 I knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought.

 

       B.   Israel . . Forsaking God Is A Cause for Repentance. 13:6

       6 When they had pasture, they became satisfied; they were satisfied, and their hearts became proud.

       Therefore they forgot Me.


       Why doesn’t every one know they need to repent? Of course the Holy Spirit must draw people to the Lord but how does a person become more aware of their need? Through the reading or hearing of the Word of God and association with godly people. This will help them to know more about the faithfulness of God and realize they must forsake sin and sinful ways. Too many people see believers who have forsaken the Lord in their lifestyles. Just like faithful dedicated Christians draw people to the Lord, wayward people turn some away. Is it easy to get complacent and actually neglect the ways of the Lord? Sadly some do!

 

2.   Restoring the Repentant with A . . Call to Repentance. Hosea 14:1-3

       A.   The Call to Take . . Words of Repentance to God. 14:1-2

1 Israel, return to Yahweh your God, for you have stumbled in your sin.
2 Take words of repentancewith you and return to the LORD. Say to Him: Forgive all oursin and accept what is good, so that we may repay You with praise from our lips.

 

       B.   The Call to Take . . Ways of Repentance to God. 14:3

3 Assyria will not save us, we will not ride on horses, and we will no longer proclaim, Our gods!to the work of our hands. For the fatherless receives compassion in You.

       In the text the words needed to be expressed to God concerning the desire for repentance are given. Anyone desiring to repent must asked the Lord to forgive them. It may be necessary to request forgiveness for specific sins and sinful lifestyles. God may call us away from sin and to repent; if and when He does we need to respond. God also calls us to the ways of repentance. Israel needed to leave idols and pagan gods. They had been wrongly influenced rather than living for the Lord and influencing others. The praise of God should flow from us in all our ways.

 

3.   Restoring the Repentant Through the . . Consequences of Repentance. Hosea 14:4-8

       A.   The . . Beautiful Consequences of Repentance. 14:4-6

4 I will heal their apostasy; I will freely love them, for My anger will have turned from him.

       5 I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like the lily and take root like the cedars ofLebanon.

       6 His new branches will spread, and his splendor will be like the olive tree, his fragrance, like the forest of

       Lebanon.

 

       B.   The . . Blossoming Consequences of Repentance. 14:7-8

7 The people will return and live beneath his shade. They will grow grain and blossom like the vine. His

       renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.

       8 Ephraim, why should I have anything more to do with idols? It is I who answer and watch over him. I am

       like a flourishing pine tree; your fruit comes from Me.

       What can be seen in the consequences of God’s people repenting? We can see the beauty of holiness. The quality Christian life always shows it self very meaningful and helpful. It is a beautiful life the Lord causes these qualities to displays themself. Further the consequences of one having repented and living the for the Lord just blossoms in a multitude of ways that draw others to the life God enables. God tells this people He is like a flourishing tree and their fruit comes from Him. When we have so much and want very little we sometimes forget how great the blessings of our Lord supply. We take too much for granted.

 

4.   Restoring the Repentant Through the . . Contrast of Repentance. Hosea 14:9

      A.   The Contrast in the . . Wisdom of the Repentant. 14:9a

9 Let whoever is wise understand these things, and whoever is insightful recognize them.

 

      B.   The Contrast in the . . Walk of the Repentant. 14:9b

For the ways of the LORD are right, and the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

 

       When we evaluate the way people live we see an obvious contrast. The person who has repented and lives for the Lord behaves differently and it is obviously more wise that the ways of the world. A bi-product and a contrast of the repent life is the quality of wisdom. Who knows more about life and how to life it? God! So be wise and life for Him. The repentant person has a contrast in their walk that certainly makes a difference with the person rebellious person. We would do well to try to be a person who tries to Restoring the Repentant. Amen? Amen!