Saviour (Hosea #15)

Text: Hosea 13

Death of the nation is inevitable.  The resurrection is the only hope.  The truth is not only for a nation, but for an individual as well, once sin enters that body, the wages of sin is death.  The real and only hope is the resurrection.

The sole saviour (vss 1-4)

  • Ephraim – representing all the northern tribes – spake trembling in 1 Kings 13:25-33 which was the motivation to set up the idols
  • Idolatry and the death of the nation (Exodus 20:4)
    • Romans 1:21-32
    • The wages of sin is deathwhen he offended in Baal, he died.  Idolatry left Israel dead.
    • 1 Kings 16:29-34 Ahab brought in Baal worship as if it were a light thing.  Then followed 3 ½ years of famine and drought in Samaria.  Ahab rebuilds Jericho which was the “poster child” city for God destroying idolatry in the land and giving Israel the promised land.
    • Notice the past tense of the word died being used while a nation still appears to be living.  Something similar to the way it was used in Genesis 2, In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
    • No soul.  Nothing to the nation anymore.  No character.  No moral basis.  A nation dies internally before it dies externally.
  • Sinning more and more is the normal course of sin.  It is never satisfied.  It breaks down walls one at a time.  Sin consumes and is insatiable.
  • Craftsmen make inanimate objects that people worship and ascribe power to
    • The Lord says the opposite is true.  There is no power in inanimate objects.  Baal is nothing.  It is an inanimate object.
    • These gods are made in the images of their understanding.
    • Psalms 115:4-8, Revelation 17-18, Acts 19:23-35 outer space
    • Kiss of death in verse 2.  Judas kissed Jesus Christ to betray him.  Religionists kiss idols as a form of worship.
  • End of the people like (vs 3):
    • morning cloud that quickly disappears (Jude 12)
    • early dew that quickly dries up
    • Chaff that is driven away by the wind (Psalm 1:4, Matthew 3:12, Luke 3:17)
    • Smoke that dissipates in the air.  But worse than that, smoke from a furnace like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.  (Psalm 37:20, John 15:6, Revelation 14:11)
  • The only hope is the resurrection life of a savior (vs 4)
    • Ephraim as a people are going to suffer the wages of sin which is death.  The only hope is that of a savior and resurrection of a nation.
    • Application: It is impossible for us to realize the danger and trouble we were in.
    • The word saviour: Isaiah 43:11, Luke 2:11, John 4:42
  • If there is no savior besides God, and Jesus Christ is the savior, who is Jesus Christ?  Isaiah 45:21-23 tells you that any disassociation of God from Jesus Christ is Satanic nonsense.  JWs, Islam, Roman Catholicism and Mary worship

The striking saviour (vss 5-8)

  • These verses bring you up to Revelation 13
  • Fattened for the slaughter by their appetite for prosperity
  • Ephraim had no needs, no afflictions, therefore they forgot God.  The world, using the lusts, essentially fattened the people for slaughter.
  • The Lord says quit trusting in that prosperity.  He says I was with you in the wilderness and in the land of great drought and you were filled then (vss 5-6)
  • Part of the original covenant God made with Israel in Deuteronomy 8:11, 14, 19 warned them of doing this very thing.
  • Psalm 50:16-23
    • This trio of beasts is familiar to us.  They are nations and kings having the qualities of these beasts.
      • Daniel 7:15-19, 23
      • Proverbs 28:15
      • Lamentations 3:10
    • Are these consecutive nations or do they appear at once?
      • Amos 5:19 and possibly Daniel 7 indicate these arise nearly at once in a short time.
      • Lion could match the White Horse of Zechariah 6 and Revelation 6
      • Bear could be Red Horse of Zechariah 6 and Revelation 6
      • Leopard could be Black Horse of Zechariah 6 and Revelation 6
    • The fourth beast is mentioned here as the wild beast (Revelation 13:2, Daniel 7:7)

The saving saviour (vss 9-14)

  • Sin is constantly trying to kill the body it is in.
  • Israel has absolutely no hope if the Lord does not save them.  They are self destructive.  There is no one to call on to save them.
  • Help is in their saviour that Israel rejected.
  • The king is the antichrist and is the resulted of the rejected King who was nailed to the cross
  • Sin is hid like being unconfessed and unrepentant. Adam and Eve hid themselves when they knew they sinned.  Psalm 32:5
    • Sins are hidden in vocabulary and psychological verbiage.
    • Sins are hidden in order to avoid being caught.
  • Birth pains associated with Jacob’s trouble see Isaiah 66:5-8, Jeremiah 30:4-9 and Ezekiel 39:23-29
    • Unwise son because he ignored the warning in Matthew 24
  • Verse 14 is applied by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:55
  • Notice the Lord is speaking to death, this is the Lord Jesus Christ
    • Revelation 1:14-18, 20:14
    • Matthew 16:18
    • Jonah 2:6

Saviourless (vss 15-16)

  • Ephraim will fall into the hands of the enemy who is without mercy.