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Remembering Compassion    Hosea 11:1-11    December 30


Introduction 

       These verses certainly express God’s love.

 

1.   Compassion Though not . . Acknowledged. Hosea 11:1-4

      A.   Compassion . . Refused Through Idol Worship. v 1-2

       1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son.

       2 lThe morem they called them, lthe morem they departed from Me. They kept sacrificing to the Baals and

       burning offerings to idols.


       B.   Compassion . . Rejected by not Accepting. v 3-4

       3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them in My arms, but they never knew that I healed them.

       4 I led them with human cords, with ropes of love. To them I was like one who eases the yoke from their

       jaws; I bent down to give them food.


       Through the teaching, training, and experience that is mine I believe God i7s Compassionate. I never question that and do not recall a time where I dwelled on the subject very long. You may say you have had experiences that caused you to think differently and I say I am sorry about that, but God is a compassionate God. If some question that here I believe it will become very clear in heaven. Many people do not acknowledge God’s compassion simply because of their indifference and idolatry. Sometimes people have rejected God’s compassion through their lack of acceptance. Do you think all of us are guilty of not accepting all of God’s grace, mercy, and compassion He has extended to us?



2.   Compassion Expressed . . Amid Judgement. Hosea 11:5-7

      A.   Compassion Expressed . . Abundantly Through Judgement. v 5-6

       5 Israel will not return to the land of Egypt and Assyria will be his king, because they refused to repent.

       6 A sword will whirl through his cities; it will destroy and devour the bars of his gates, because of their

       schemes.


B.   Compassion Expressed . . Appropriately Through Judgement. v 7

7 My people are bent on turning from Me. Though they call to Him on high, He will not exalt them at all.

 

       God promises Israel they will not return as a captive to Egypt, but tells them they will serve another king. We learn from other matters that He keeps His promises. It would be good that all of His children kept their promises. But the next phrase tells them another nation will have a king over them and another’s sword will rule over them. This will be true because they refuse to repent. If you notice; those who are serious about their walk with the Lord there is a quality to their life that is admirable. The more you pay attention to serious Christians who really follow the Lord the more you will be pleased and inspired to see what Christian obedience and discipline will accomplish.



3.   Compassion Expressed Over . . Anger. Hosea 11:8-9

      A.   Compassion Expressed . . Unusually Over Anger. v 8

       8 How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I surrender you, Israel? How can I make you

      like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? I have had a change of heart; My

      compassion is stirred!



      B.  Compassion Expressed . . Unreservedly Over Anger. v 9

      9 I will not vent the full fury of My anger; I will not turn back to destroy Ephraim. For I am

      God and not man,  man, the Holy One among you; I will not come in rage.


       God’s love, mercy, and compassion are certainly expressed in these verses. Although God must punish sin He can delay the expressing of His judgment. When I think about that I thank Him because His patience has been expressed on me as well as all of us. I think about the scripture that says, “. . . do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, . . .” and I realize I do. I do asked the Lord to help me remember what grieves Him and receive strength to not grieve Him. It is true none of us are perfect but it is to be a goal through the filling of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we Christians are the best examples for Christ and sometimes the worst examples,



4.   Compassion. . Attaining its Purpose. Hosea 11:10-11

      A.   Compassion Attaining A. . . Following of the Lord. V 10

       10 They will follow the LORD; He will roar like a lion. When He roars, His children will come trembling

       from the west.


B.   Compassion Attaining the . . Favor of the Lord. v 11

       11 They will be roused like birds from Egypt and like doves from the land of Assyria. Then I will settle

       them in their homes. This is the LORD’s declaration.


The compassion of the Lord will ultimately cause many of His children to follow Him and give a great expression of praise to Him. He will attain the purpose intended. In the land of Israel many Jewish people think these kinds of verses speak about the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. We as Christians believe it refers to the return of Christ but both events may be involved. The Lord’s favor is granted in many ways to the land of Israel and all the blessings on her will include Remembering Compassion. Amen? Amen!