Reaping what you sow

The final end of Israel's journey in playing with foreign idols comes to an end. Judgement is finally on the horizon with the armies of Assyria.

Hosea 9: The LORD Will Punish Israel

1 Rejoice not, O Israel! Exult not like the peoples; for you have played the whore, forsaking your God. You have loved a prostitute's wages on all threshing floors.

2 Threshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail them.

3 They shall not remain in the land of the LORD, but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean food in Assyria.

4 They shall not pour drink offerings of wine to the LORD, and their sacrifices shall not please him. It shall be like mourners' bread to them; all who eat of it shall be defiled; for their bread shall be for their hunger only; it shall not come to the house of the LORD.

5 What will you do on the day of the appointed festival, and on the day of the feast of the LORD?

6 For behold, they are going away from destruction; but Egypt shall gather them; Memphis shall bury them. Nettles shall possess their precious things of silver; thorns shall be in their tents.

7 The days of punishment have come; the days of recompense have come; Israel shall know it. The prophet is a fool; the man of the spirit is mad, because of your great iniquity and great hatred.

8 The prophet is the watchman of Ephraim with my God; yet a fowler's snare is on all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.

9 They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah: he will remember their iniquity; he will punish their sins.

10 Like grapes in the wilderness, I found Israel. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers. But they came to Baal-peor and consecrated themselves to the thing of shame, and became detestable like the thing they loved.

11 Ephraim's glory shall fly away like a bird--- no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!

12 Even if they bring up children, I will bereave them till none is left. Woe to them when I depart from them!

13 Ephraim, as I have seen, was like a young palm planted in a meadow; but Ephraim must lead his children out to slaughter.

14 Give them, O LORD--- what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

15 Every evil of theirs is in Gilgal; there I began to hate them. Because of the wickedness of their deeds I will drive them out of my house. I will love them no more; all their princes are rebels.

16 Ephraim is stricken; their root is dried up; they shall bear no fruit. Even though they give birth, I will put their beloved children to death.

17 My God will reject them because they have not listened to him; they shall be wanderers among the nations. Although I trained and strengthened their arms, yet they devise evil against me.

16 They return, but not upward; they are like a treacherous bow; their princes shall fall by the sword because of the insolence of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.

Hosea 10:

1 Israel is a luxuriant vine that yields its fruit. The more his fruit increased, the more altars he built; as his country improved, he improved his pillars.

2 Their heart is false; now they must bear their guilt. The LORD will break down their altars and destroy their pillars.

3 For now they will say: "We have no king, for we do not fear the LORD; and a king---what could he do for us?"

4 They utter mere words; with empty oaths they make covenants; so judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.

5 The inhabitants of Samaria tremble for the calf of Beth-aven. Its people mourn for it, and so do its idolatrous priests--- those who rejoiced over it and over its glory--- for it has departed from them.

6 The thing itself shall be carried to Assyria as tribute to the great king. Ephraim shall be put to shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his idol.

7 Samaria's king shall perish like a twig on the face of the waters.

8 The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed. Thorn and thistle shall grow up on their altars, and they shall say to the mountains, "Cover us," and to the hills, "Fall on us."

9 From the days of Gibeah, you have sinned, O Israel; there they have continued. Shall not the war against the unjust overtake them in Gibeah?

10 When I please, I will discipline them, and nations shall be gathered against them when they are bound up for their double iniquity.

11 Ephraim was a trained calf that loved to thresh, and I spared her fair neck; but I will put Ephraim to the yoke; Judah must plow; Jacob must harrow for himself.

12 Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

13 You have plowed iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your own way and in the multitude of your warriors,

14 therefore the tumult of war shall arise among your people, and all your fortresses shall be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle; mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.

15 Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel, because of your great evil. At dawn the king of Israel shall be utterly cut off.

Things to think about…

1.The threshing floor is mentioned in Hos 9:1,2. It was the place where grain was sorted, I.E the wheat from the chaff. But these were also places where the Israelites would invoke the spirits of other gods to bless them. They will not be blessed in the future and Israel would once again go into captivity – this time to Assyria. Pray Australia has a revival in truth so we would know the Lord's hand of blessing.

2.Even though Josiah was a reforming king, judgement would eventually come upon Israel and Judah. Egypt under Pharaoh Hophni came and took the wealth of Israel when he came against the Assyrians. Hos 9:6 came true. The Assyrians were already taking away the wealth of Israel in the mid to early 8th C BC.

3.Israel has been judged by God many times over the centuries. Part of that judgement has meant they have been dispersed as a people group. Look at Hos 9:17. They will be wanderers among the nations. This has been true until recently. Hopefully the Lord will bless Israel with His covenant promises and we will see many turning to Christ. We know there will once more be a time of humility and trial before they turn to Christ as their Messiah.

4.Look at what had happened. The more material wealth they received, the more they turned away from God and built idols, Hos 10:1,2. Does this sound like a country you know? Look at the rampart individualism expressed in Hos 10:3. Funny how they knew the right words to say, but the actions didn't follow, vs 4. This is the case where religion is in the head, but there is no relationship in the heart with the Lord.

5.Look at the prophetic judgement in Hos 10:8. Can you think of anywhere in the New Testament where these same words of judgement are used? There are a couple of places, Luke 23:30 and Rev 6:16. I believe Hosea is prophesying about these seasons that will come upon Israel and Judah.

6.The reap/sow law has never been out of fashion with God. You will reap what you sow, just as Hos 10:12,13 implies. 722BC was approaching – their dawn, vs 15 had arrived.

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

For Cell groups

Sunday's reading was from 1Cor 3:9-23.

1.How is Christ the foundation of the church? How do you know when He isn't?

2.Paul talks about those that build upon the foundation are tested with fire. How does this look in the church and in the lives of individuals?

3.Pray that our church grows with both truth and grace and worships in Spirit and Truth.


Prayer Points

1.This Sunday's Members meeting.

2.39 people who lost their lives – were of Chinese nationality. Pray against people trafficking.

3.Pray for continued follow up rain

4.Pray for those who have recently come to CBC that they settle into the fellowship.

5.Pray for our help and response to Stanthorpe community.

6.Ministries this term 4 – PlayPatch, Kids@Church, Recharge youth.

7.Baptisms 10th November at Colleges Crossing.

8.More Sunday school and RI teachers

9.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

10.Sunday's messages. "Hosea and a heart for the church"in the morning and "Abraham and being a true son" – Sunday night.

11.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

12.Church finances to meet our expenses.

13.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.


Praise Points.

1.Men's breakfast had 23 men – praise the Lord for new men joining us.

2.Praise the Lord for more visitors at church on Sunday.

3.Sunday worship – great blessing. Thanks Dan and team.

4.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

5.A number being baptised.


Announcements

1.Backwell group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Playpatch –Friday mornings – 9:30 – 11am for mums and bubs. See Carly Backwell for details.

3.Recharge Youth – Friday night 7pm – High Schoolers.

4.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children Sunday mornings.

5.Prayer meetings – 5:30am – 6:30am at church Wednesday and Friday mornings.

6.AGM meeting - this Sunday 3rd November after the morning service.

7.Baptism service at Colleges Crossing – 10th Nov @12pm.


This month's catechism question...

Q. 6. What is the first petition?
A. "Hallowed be your name."

Bible Reference – Matt.6:9; Luke 11:2.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay