“WHERE IS YOUR KING?” (Hosea 13)
(HOSEA SERIES #11) FBC Earlville 1-19-14 10:30 AM
Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION SPECIAL: “Native”
It’s late fall and the Indians on a remote reservation in South Dakota asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.
Since he was a chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell what the winter was going to be like.
Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe the winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should collect firewood to be prepared.
But, being a practical leader, after several days, he got an idea. He went to the phone booth, called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is the coming winter going to be cold?”
“It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold,” the meteorologist at the weather service responded.
So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more firewood in order to be prepared.
A week later, he called the National Weather Service again. “Does it still look like it is going to be a very cold winter?”
“Yes,” the man again replied, “it’s going to be a very cold winter.”
The chief again went back to his people and told them to collect every scrap of firewood they could find.
Two weeks later, the chief called the National Weather Service again. “Are you absolutely sure the winter is going to be very cold?”
“Absolutely,” came the reply. “It’s looking more and more like it is going to be one of the coldest winters we’ve ever seen.”
“How can you be so sure?” the chief asked.
“Simple,” the weatherman replied. “The Indians are collecting firewood like crazy.”
We have sung some wonderful songs this morning – proclamations of theology concerning the Kingship of our God: “Worship Christ the Risen King”, “King of my life I crown Thee now – lead me to Calvary.” These are good hymns sharing not only our faith, but our hope that the risen King is worthy of our eternal trust because of Calvary.
Are these just nice songs? Or do the Scriptures – even in Hosea – teach us any of these truths? Let us be both surprised and prepared to receive what God has for us today. Our text today gives us 2 choices. What is yours? PRAYER
CHOICE # 1 WITHOUT GOD AND WITHOUT HOPE (vs. 1-3)
NOTE THAT in the context, this is the choice of the nation of Israel – and perhaps of ours as well!
Living and dying on empty (v. 1) – “they sinned…so they must die…and they did.” [Names of God Bible] Note use of “tremble”: the people trembled at MAN, not at the word of God (Isa. 66:2)
Lively idolators (v. 2) “skillful idol creators, woeful idol kissers.”
Life with no lasting value (v. 3) See Ps. 115:1-8 – the idols can’t hear or speak but are trusted by their creators. Empty worship.
Pt.: does your worship have substance? What is its foundation?
CHOICE #1: written in Ephesians 2:12 [“having no hope, and without God in the world”]
CHOICE # 2 WITH THE KING OF KINGS (vs. 4-9)
NOTE THAT in the context, this choice is offered to all, but is rejected.
a. His name is Jesus (v. 4)
YHWH “Jehovah your Elohim” – your Almighty God is your plurality in unity God. The YHVH Creator of the OT is worshipped as the Lord Jesus in Revelation. Jonah 1:9 [YHWH is Creator]; Jn. 1:3 [Jesus is Creator]; Rev. 4:10-11 [Jesus is worshipped as Creator!] *“Jesus is my Jehovah”* LOOK IT UP!
SAVIOR a familiar term! Luke 2:11 [“a SAVIOR has been born to you”]; Ps. 22:5
“SINCE” “ever SINCE you came out of Egypt” there must be a beginning to faith – the truth must be applied to our hearts!
“Delivered” (“came out/brought you out”) a rich word, used throughout Scripture! HE was delivered to the cross, so that WE can be delivered from sin! Rom. 4:25; 8:32; 1 Thess. 1:9-10
b. HE can be forgotten (vs. 5-9) Note downward progress:
I cared when you were in great need/desert, drought, provided food/manna
You became satisfied
You became proud – heart exalted, lifted up Isa. 58:11 “no need of nothing”
You forgot Me Jer. 2:6a
I became like an enemy Heb. 10:26-27
c. He can deliver from the power of death (v. 14) (Apostle Paul quoted this in 1 Corinthians 15:55-58)
CHOICE #2: the Lord Jesus!
CONCLUSION: WHERE IS YOUR KING? (v. 10) What earthly ruler can give you eternal benefits?
Or better, WHO is your King?
CLOSE IN PRAYER