Hosea 8-10 - Outline

Jim Watt jmbetter at gmail.com
Fri Mar 1 11:50:10 PST 2013


*Jim & Marie Watt*

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March 1, 2013


 *1. 8:1 (8:1-4, ESV) ISRAEL: JUDGMENT FOR INIQUITY. “Set the trumpet to
your lips! One like a vulture is over the house of the LORD, because they
have transgressed my covenant and rebelled against my law.” *Father, plant
Your fear in our heart, and write there that You are a Jealous God. Clarify
in our minds and hearts that Your Kingdom is in truth and power! that
judgment comes for violation of Kingdom principles. *Hallowed be your :name!

 *2. 8:7 (8:5-10) ISRAEL: IDOLATRY. “For they sow the wind, and they shall
reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no
flour; if it were to yield, strangers would devour it.” *Your judgments
Father, are Your strange acts of mercy, to bring us to true contrition and
repentance. We bow and submit to Your ways. *Your :kingdom come!*

 *3. 8:14 (8:11-14) ISRAEL: JUDGMENT. “For Israel has forgotten his Maker
and built palaces, and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; so I will
send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour his strongholds.” *O the
tragedy of forgetting Your former times of goodness and mercy, Father!
Forgive us for forgetting You and growing lukewarm and cold so soon. Awaken
us to the truthfulness and soberness of Your warnings. *Your :will be done,
As in heaven, so on earth.*

 *4. 9:8 (9:1-9) ISRAEL: JUDGMENT FOR INIQUITY. “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.” *How sad that we have false prophets
in the land, who have perverted the right ways of Jehovah. Turn the
prophets back to true watchmen and intercessors once again! *Our :daily
:bread Give us this day!*

 *5. 9:15 (9:10-17) ISRAEL: BEREAVEMENT AND JUDGMENT. “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.” *With You Jehovah Father, comes a time in
our sinning when the die is cast! Judgment no longer can be averted. *And
forgive us our :debt, As we also have forgiven our :debtors.*

 *6. 10:8 (10:1-8) ISRAEL: JUDGMENT FOR INIQUITY. “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.’” *O God our Father, we tremble in our blindness to the
reality of Your judgment in the light of our rebellion, disobedience and
ungratefulness! In judgment remember mercy! *And bring us not into

 *7. 10:12 (10:9-15) ISRAEL: ADMONITION. “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.” *Open our
ears that we may hear Your voice, O Jehovah Father, and tremble at Your
Word, for You are a Jealous God! Put Your fear in our hearts. *But deliver
us from the evil one!*

 *NOTE**: C.H. Spurgeon Quotes: “Glorified in us.” *We endeavor to glorify
him now by our actions, but then he will be glorified in our own persons,
and character, and condition. He is glorified by what we do, but he is at
the last to be glorified in what we are.

 *Our Psalm for the day: 72:8; 18-19 (72) GIVE THE KING YOUR JUSTICE. “May
he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the
earth! *Blessed be Your holy Name Father, for triumph in the end is decreed
by You. This verse was selected by the Premier of New Brunswick, Canada in
1867 - for naming the Dominion of Canada! “*Blessed be the LORD, the God of
Israel, who alone does wondrous things. 19 Blessed be his glorious name
forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” *Wisdom
comes forth from Your anointed, O Father! Wisdom from Solomon; wisdom from
Your Son Jesus; wisdom from Christ’s body. *Hallowed be your :name!*

 It is pretty certain that the title declares Solomon to be the author of
this Psalm, and yet from verse 20 it would seem that David uttered it in
prayer before he died. Jesus is here, beyond all doubt, in the glory of His
reign, both as He now is and as He shall be revealed in the latter-day

 72:3. *And the little hills by righteousness. *In a spiritual sense, peace
is given to the heart by the righteousness of Christ; and all the powers
and passions of the soul are filled with a holy calm, when the way of
salvation, by a divine righteousness, is revealed. Then do we go forth with
joy, and are led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills break forth
before us into singing.

 72:5. *They fear You as long as the sun and moon endure.* His kingdom,
moreover, is no house of cards, or dynasty of days; it is as lasting as the
lights of heaven; days and nights will cease before He abdicates His
throne. Neither sun nor moon as yet manifest any failure in their radiance,
nor are there any signs of decrepitude in the kingdom of Jesus; on the
contrary, it is but in its youth, and is evidently the coming power, the
rising sun. *Throughout all generations. *Each generation shall have a
regeneration in its midst, let pope and devil do what they may. Even at
this hour we have before us the tokens of His eternal power; since He
ascended to His throne, eighteen hundred years ago, His dominion has not
been overturned, though the mightiest of empires have gone like visions of
the night. We see on the shore of time the wrecks of the Caesars, the
relics of the Moguls, and the last remnants of the Ottomans. Charlemagne,
Maximilian, Napoleon, how they flit like shadows before us! They were and
are not; but Jesus forever *is*. And for the houses of Hohenzollern,
Guelph, or Hapsburg, they have their hour; but the Son of David has all
hours and ages as His own.

 72:6. *He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that
water the earth. *Each crystal drop of rain tells of heavenly mercy which
forgets not the parched plains: Jesus is all grace, all that He does is
love, and His presence among men is joy. We need to preach Him more, for no
shower can so refresh the nations. Philosophic preaching mocks men as with
a dust shower, but the gospel meets the case of fallen humanity, and
happiness flourishes beneath its genial power. Come down, O Lord, upon my
soul, and my heart shall blossom with Your praise.

 72:8 *He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto
the ends of the earth. *We are encouraged by such a passage as this to look
for the Savior’s universal reign; whether before or after His personal
advent, we leave for the discussion of others. In this Psalm, at least, we
see a personal monarch, and He is the central figure, the focus of all the
glory; not His servant, but Himself do we see possessing the dominion and
dispensing the government. Personal pronouns referring to our great King
are constantly occurring in this Psalm; *He* has dominion, kings fall down
before *Him,* and serve *Him; *for *He* delivers, *He* spares, *He* saves, *
He* lives, and daily is *He* praised.

 72:18-19. As Quesnel well observes, these verses explain themselves. They
call rather for profound gratitude and emotion of heart than for an
exercise of the understanding; they are rather to be used for adoration
than for exposition. It is, and ever will be, the acme of our desires and
the climax of our prayers, to behold Jesus exalted King of kings and Lord
of lords. *(From “The Treasury of David” by C.H. Spurgeon, abridged by D.O.


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