July 7, 2017: SOAP #2773: Hosea 10-12; Psalm 73; Hebrews 4 Scripture:  Hosea (NIV) 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your un-ploughed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.   Observation:          it is time     The previous verses are [...]

July 7, 2017: SOAP #2773: Hosea 10-12; Psalm 73; Hebrews 4

Scripture:  Hosea (NIV) 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your un-ploughed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.  

Observation:          it is time     The previous verses are all negative, having to do with their sin and God's punishment.   Little, if any hope has been given.   The prophet, with great urgency here states the obvious: it is time to seek the Lord.   Truly, they should have been doing this all along.   Instead they have followed their neighbors into sin.

It was their responsibility to sow righteousness.   They were responsible for their future harvest in which they would reap what they were to be sowing then.

Application:   When the prophet spoke, it was the time for Israel.   As I read this today, I hear God saying it is the time for our nation to seek the Lord.   In the verses that followed, the prophet did not hold out hope that Israel would do so, but this is what they should have done.   May better be spoken of us!

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, even as judgment was being spoken for Israel, your Father's heart can be seen in calling your people to change their ways and seek your face. May many hearts in our nation respond to your call. Amen            

Pastor Leon
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