WHOREDOM… BUT HOPE!
…for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD. —Hosea 1:2
And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals when she burned offerings to them and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry, and went after her lovers and forgot me, declares the LORD. —Hosea 2:13
There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. —Hosea 4:2
Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. For the spirit of whoredom is within them, and they know not the LORD. —Hosea 5:4
The verses above speak to the time when Israel, the north, would be scattered by Assyria in 722 B.C There are principles in these verses that can apply to any nation. Specifically let us look at America. God has surely worked in this nation and yes there was a great Christian influence earlier in this nation’s history. It is hard for the generation after mine to conceive that schools used to have prayer and Bible reading say nothing about them knowing the history of when children use a primer using God’s Word as they were learning to read. How many people in today’s schools know this? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_England_Primer
Our nation has immensely changed with many forsaking the Lord and committing whoredom with other gods which are really no gods at all. Knowledge of God is fading fast from our mainstream culture. So often I talk with people and they do not have any idea what Jesus has done for them at the cross. They do not know who He is or the basics of God’s story.
In turning away from God there is only one way to go—- down the slippery dark slope of depravity (Romans 1:18-32). That is where we are now and we are headed further into degeneracy. Like in the days of Hosea we are lacking the “knowledge of God in the land.” Just like in his day “there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.” Describes our culture pretty well, doesn’t it? The boundaries are being pushed further and further to accept all kinds of wicked lifestyles. Our society is now accepting just about anything and normalizing it. We are a wicked people.
As people in our society cling to wicked deeds Satan has trapped them and “taken them captive to do his will. But there is hope— “the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (II Timothy 2:24-26). Our Lord is always at work, brother and sister, and let us work with Him to share His Word that others would come to Him, live for Him and be with Him, and all who love Him, forever. May this be so in the power of His Holy Spirit and in the authority of His Son! Yes, so may it be! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGLwJNYu7q8