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Rebuking Destructive    Behavior Hosea 4:1-6, 12-14     Dec. 09-12


       Some parts of the United States practice kinds of sin more than other area. The text talks of sinful ways that people get involved in different areas than in some of our small towns. But how could any of God’s people get involved in this kind of life-style?


1.   Destructive Behavior Decaying the . . Land. Hosea 4:1

       A.   The . . Call to the Children of Israel  and the decaying of the Land. 4:1a

1 Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, . . .”


       B.   The . . Charge to the Children of Israel and the decaying of the Land. 4:1b

“. . . For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: ". . . There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land.”

God desired His word to be heard and gives a call to His disobedient children to hear and obey. In His

call He makes charges that are hard for us to believe. How can His people get so far away that, “"There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land.” As we look across our nation we see cities that are known for their sinful conduct but I still think many of the people still know about God.


2.   Destructive Behavior Causing . . Lawlessness. Hosea 4:2-3

       A.   The . . Actions of the Children of Israel who Cause Lawlessness. 4:2

2 By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With

       bloodshed upon bloodshed.


       B.   The . . Assessment of God on the Children of Israel who Cause Lawlessness. 4:3

3 Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away With the beasts of the field And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.

       Lawlessness causes much destruction. A good example is the difference in a sporting event without rules

and one with rules and umpires. Boys can waste much time arguing when rules and an umpire can correct

the situation and have the boys playing ball once more. Life needs rules. Who knows more about life people or

God? Since God does we need to know and obey His rules to have a beautiful life.


3.   Destructive Behavior and The Failure of . . Leadership. Hosea 4:4-6       

       A.   The . . Pronouncement of God about the Leadership of Israel. 4:4-5

4 "Now let no man contend, or rebuke another; For your people are like those who contend with the priest.
5 Therefore you shall stumble in the day; The prophet also shall stumble with you in the night; And I will destroy your mother.


       B.   The . . Punishment of God about the Leadership of Israel. 4:6

6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

       God made quite a pronouncement against the people of Israel. They cannot correct one another because they all are guilty. If one points their finger at another their guilt excludes their ability to be a judge. Priest and prophets have gone astray and led others that way. God says He will destroy the “mother” as He refers to Israel herself. That is His pronouncement and next comes their punishment. The punishment stems from the priest forgetting the law and therefore not teaching it or obeying God’s instructions. The people had a lack of knowledge because the priest had forgotten the standard of God. He says he will forget their children and the blessings on them.


4.   Destructive Behavior and Idolatry Lead to . . Licentiousness. Hosea 4:12-14

       A.   The . . Pagan Practices of Licentiousness. 4:4-12-13

12 My people ask counsel from their wooden idols, And their staff informs them. For the spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray, And they have played the harlot against their God.
13 They offer sacrifices on the mountaintops, And burn incense on the hills, Under oaks, poplars, and terebinths, Because their shade is good. Therefore your daughters commit harlotry, And your brides commit adultery.


       B.   The . . Punishment presented by the Lord. 4:4-14

       14 "I will not punish your daughters when they commit harlotry, Nor your brides when they commit adultery;

       For the men themselves go apart with harlots, And offer sacrifices with a ritual harlot. Therefore people

       who do not understand will be trampled.

       The practices of Licentiousness abound in harlotry and adultery. It seems disgraceful for men to let this go wild in their habitual conduct but what about the women? The pagan idols led them to these kind of standards.

Even their brides have the practice of being involved in sexual ritual of the idols worship. Because the brides have gone this way God gives up on calling them to forgiveness until a time of all out judgement, repentance and forgiveness when God will be Rebuking Destructive Behavior. Amen? Amen!