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Deciding on Discipline    Hosea 8:1-3, 7-10; 9:7-8; 10:10-12 (HCSB)    Dec. 16, 2012


Introduction

      How do you decide on discipline? Take a look at the Law of God and see how we are doing?

 

1.   Discipline Because The . . Enemy is Coming. Hosea 8:1-3

       A.   The . . Pronouncement of a Eagle Like Enemy. 8:1-2

       1 Putthe horn to your mouth! One like an eagle comes against the house of the LORD, because they

       transgress My covenant and rebel against My law.

       2 Israel cries out to Me, My God, we know You!

 

       B.   The . . Pursuit of An Eagle Like Enemy. 8:3

3 Israel has rejected what is good; an enemy will pursue him.


       Israel has transgressed the covenant and rebelled against the law of God. They claim to know God but the life they live doesn’t indicate they try to follow Him. So who would know from their actions that they know Him? Does this look anything like parts of America? God told them the enemy was in pursuit of them.

I do believe we can point to certain areas of our nation where sinful lifestyles abound; but they are not sections that are supposed to be the place for the temple and holy places for God. At this time the nation of Israel needed a return to God. When you look at abortion and same sex marriages this nation doesn’t represent God’s law very well.


 

2.   Discipline Because Your . . Reaping What you Sow. Hosea 8:7-10

       A.   Reaping Resulting from Your . . Sowing. 8:7-8

7 Indeed, they sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. There is no standing grain; what sprouts fails to yield flour. Even if they did, foreigners would swallow it up.
8 Israel is swallowed up! Now they are among the nations like discarded pottery.

 

       B.   Reaping Resulting from Your . . Sinful Ways. 8:9-10

9 For they have gone up to Assyria likea wild donkey going off on its own. Ephraim has paid for love.
10 Even though they hire loversamong the nations, I will now round them up, and they will begin to decrease in number under the burden of the king and leaders.


       God said Israel sowed to the wind and reaped the whirlwind. That is a very descriptive analogy concerning Israel. She will become like discarded pottery. Sinful ways bring destruction for a nation, especially Israel. God promised blessing or cursing and Israel is reaping what is the reward for her conduct. America could look back at these verses and see a prophecy concerning us. We do not have any right to expect God to spare us from the pursuit of judgement. The number of babies that are killed while still in the womb is astounding. When we note the number of illegitimate births and the pre-marital sin among our young people. The sexual standards have been lowered to almost no standard at all.


 

3.   Discipline Because The . . Warning Has Been Heard. Hosea 9:7-8

       A.   The Warning Of . . Punishment Is Coming. 9:7

7 The days of punishment have come; the days of retribution have come. Let Israel recognize it! The prophet is a fool, and the inspired man is insane, because of the magnitude of your guilt and hostility.

 

       B.   The Warning Against the . . Prophet Is Coming. 9:8

       8 Ephraims watchman is with my God. The prophet | encountersa fowlers snare on all his ways. Hostility

       is in the house of his God!


       The false prophet is called foolish and insane. He does not speak for God. His so- called prophecies are in error. He is guilty of making statements that are not inspired by God. All of this brings hostility into the house of God; not any truth from one of the true men of God. When God’s men do not believe the Word of God and proclaim it they are just like these false prophets of long ago. If seminary professors deny the inerrancy of God’s word they are guilty of similar sins of the false prophets.


 

4.   Discipline Because You . . Realize What Time It Is. Hos.10:10-12
A.The Realization of the Time of . . Bondage Has Come. 10:10-11

10 I will discipline them at My discretion; nations will be gathered against them to put them in bondage for their two crimes.
11 Ephraim is a well-trained calf that loves to thresh, but I will place a yoke on her fine neck. I will harness Ephraim; Judah will plow; Jacob will do the final plowing.

 

       B.   The Realization of the Time of . . Breaking Up the Unplowed Ground. 10:12

12 Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your unplowed ground. It is time to seek the LORD until He comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.


      God is using the analogy of a horse and rider as He has them in bondage and under submission. Ephraim will have a yoke on her neck as acts of final plowing when she is

yielded to the Lord. Righteousness will come on them like rain when they do these three things. 1) They sow righteousness for themselves. 2) They reap faithful love. 3) Break up their unplowed ground. Jacob will do the final plowing. It is certainly time for Deciding on Discipline. Amen? Amen!