Lessons of the Prophet and Prophecies: Part II

by APC on May 28, 2015

“Lessons of the Prophet and Prophecies: Part II” is the fourth part of our Profiles on Prophets series, which continues examining the book of Hosea. The relationship between Hosea and his wife, Gomer, illustrates the relationship God has with the Nation of Israel. The lessons we can learn from Hosea’s prophecies continue to unfold below.

Lessons of the Prophecy

We Must Remember Where Our Stuff Comes From

Everyone has blessings in their life, which God has manifested in different ways—via finances, health, family, etc. When we do not give God the credit for those blessings in our lives we hurt Him! In the story of Hosea, Gomer accredited all her wealth to the income she earned through her promiscuous ventures. The Nation of Israel did the same thing:

For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal (Hosea 2:8, KJV).

Israel had forgotten that it was the Lord who gifted them with their land and other blessings. They were wrapped up in the culture of serving false gods; therefore, they gave tribute to idols for their blessings.

Today, people give credit to their own hard work, education, circumstances, and even luck for blessings. We must remember that every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17). If we fail to thank God for these blessings, He will be sure to remind us and stop His blessings. In Hosea, God said, “Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy ways with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths” (Hosea 2:6, KJV). We must give honor and glory to the One who makes all things possible or else we will stop experiencing those blessings.

We’re Better Off Sticking Around

And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now (Hosea 2:7, KJV).

Gomer didn’t quite find that life was better away from Hosea. She finally realized she was better off with him in the first place! We too have walked away from the blessings of the Lord because we thought that something in the world looked better. Once we realize our mistake we need to return to the Lord and not stay away! Returning to God out of desperation is better than rebelling against Him for a lifetime.

Scripture mentions repeatedly to us that it’s better to be with God than out in the world, serving self, etc. (Psalms 84:10, 37:16; 118:8–9). It’s always better for us to have a hope in God than faith in a “sure” thing in the natural world. Stay with the Lord and with His blessings—He knows what’s best for us!

Sin That’s Not Repented of and Repeated Ends Up Getting in Our Spirit

If we continue to repeat a sin over and over again, it will wind up finding a lodging place in our hearts. “They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD” (Hosea 5:4, KJV). If our actions continue to be deplorable and frequent, we will potentially get to a place where we can no longer turn to the Lord.

Many people alienate themselves from God because of their sinful behaviors. God continues to reach out to help correct their path, but they continue to give themselves over to sin. They have a mindset where they do not care what God thinks.

Paul warns Timothy “…in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscious seared with a hot iron” (I Timothy 4:1–2, KJV). If we do not repent for our sins and see our errors, we will find ourselves with a calloused heart that no longer feels conviction from the Lord.

We need to repent of our sins, get back to God, and focus on trying to live right according to His Word. We cannot let anyone convince us that the way of the world is the better option. God has blessings in store for us under the shelter of His wings and He wants to help His children get right!

God’s Willing to Buy Back What Already Belongs to Him

In the story of Hosea, Gomer ran off so many times that she eventually wound up selling herself into slavery. God instructed Hosea to go and purchase her back (Hosea 3:2). Hosea went and purchased His unrepentant wife, who did not love him, and loved her anyway.

God has done the same for us—he has bought us back when we have put ourselves on the auction block of sin. Jesus paid that price with His life on Calvary so we could be free from the bondage of sin. Because of His sacrifice, we can walk in newness of life and have an opportunity to live a life above the shackles of death and the devil.

God didn’t have to make any further attempts to save us from the way we were living, but He loved us so much that He couldn’t let us fail. Scripture tells us that we are bought with a price (I Corinthians 6:20) and because of that we should give God our all. He is worthy of our love, honor, praise, adoration, worship, etc. He paid it all, so we should give it all to Him.

Lessons Learned

God loves us so much and has done so much for us. Because Jesus paid our debt with His life, we don’t deserve anything else from the Lord. But, because of His unconditional love, He continues to give and pour out blessings on His children.

Let’s remember that the Lord of Glory, the creator of the Universe, wants desperately to have a relationship with us: spend time with us, bless us, and love us—the way a husband would a wife. We need to stop giving ourselves over to the world, learn the lessons from Hosea, and enter into a relationship with the One that will last for all eternity.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on May 27, 2015