Hosea declares the Judgment that is coming on his nation and he covers some of the reasons for it. As he describes the things they are accountable for it seems he is not describing ancient Israel but America as it looks today. We should head the warning and discern the pattern of judgment because it seems our nation is ripe for it.
The professing church bears God's name, but where it actually departs from him, there he brings judgement, not to utterly destroy, but that a remnant may be brought to repentance. Ezekiel 6 is a warning to the worldly church in our age to turn back to God.
Ezekiel 5 speaks to the Church situation today. God has set his Church in the midst of the nations, and every professing church will either be a witness if it is faithful in holding to God's Word or a warning if it is not.
Watch out! By listening to what Jesus revealed, His disciples understand, take right actions, and avoid being led astray.
God provided a way to understand. (v.14)
Jesus gave action steps to do, based on that understanding. (v.14b-18)
Jesus forewarned His followers how to avoid being led astray. (v.19-23)
With instructions from Jesus, how can one still be led astray?
Where do we get spiritual understanding? Dan. 1:17, 2:21-23, 12:10
What is this abomination of desolation? Dan. 9:27, 11:31, 12:11
How could a miracle be a false trick? Deut. 13:1-2, 2 Thess. 2:3-10
We're going to talk about spiritual experience this morning. The writer has just issued a stiff warning to his readers. That warning was against repudiating Christ and falling away from the truth. It was set in the context of growing up to moral maturity, with the implication that if you are not growing up to moral maturity then you are in great danger of totally rejecting Christ and meeting with His total rejection as well. But though the writer talks like this, he is confident of better things. He does not believe that most of his readers are at the point of definitively rejecting Jesus. Instead, he sees that by and large they are the good field, the good hearers who are producing good fruit. He commends this fruit, and tells them about his desire that they diligently grow in hope by following the examples of the OT saints — a point he will make with much greater fullness in ch. 11. What we will see this morning — the text's main point — is that the pastor can have confidence in God's salvation by looking to the hallmarks of salvation and encouraging his people through the power of example.
In order to avoid destruction Wisdom (Jesus Christ) cries aloud so we will repent and change direction. Wisdom also warns us of the danger of spurning reproof. Finally, if we listen to Wisdom she promises to pour out the Spirit, give understanding of God's Word and a life without dread of disaster.
God appears to Solomon a second time, bringing a gracious promise of blessing along with an ominous warning. Solomon responds with renewed effort to build up the kingdom of Israel, but will he heed the warning signs of spiritual danger on the horizon?
When we read the Old Testament passages concerning the Temple, are these meaningful to us today? If so, how? Many of us recognize that the state of the visible church today is in ruins. Our pulpits are often devoid of biblically rich teaching, and the hunger for such teaching is largely lacking. Foolishness abounds on all sides. And, the scope of the work in comparison to periods of former glory seems insurmountable. The prophet Haggai speaks to us today, handling our objections to kingdom work, encouraging us, and comforting us. If God is with us, who can be against us in this, His kingdom work?
We are so busy building our dynasty's, homes, self-pleasures, that we have forgotten the big picture as to why we are here, that is to glorify God, being made in His image and likeness, being a family that is one in Him. It's everyman for his own greed, personal satisfaction and not warning others of the moral decay, the wolves ravenging the flocks, the dangers of self-centereness.
Just as Ezekiel and the prophets were called to be watchmen proclaiming the Word of God to the hostile people of their day, so the Church is called to be watchman. We see the commission, the calling, and the constraint laid on God's people.