Greetings Brethren:

Many have come to reject Truth and Knowledge. Thus they know not that the way to Peace and Paradise is through repentance. There was a man that did not feel and know that he was wrong and had wronged many of God's people. Oh! How Foolish to die and never awake in sin because you are blind by your own choice. Who chooses to be blind?

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton a willing slave of Jehovah and a servant of the people writing for the FreedomJournal a Free and Independent Press June 27, 2001 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


CHRISTIANITY: FALSE TEACHING, FALSE DOCTRINES

THE MIRACLE OF HEALING

PART 29: REPENTANCE CAN LEAD TO HEALING (HOSEA 6:1)

In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

Hosea means salvation. As an eight-century B.C. Prophet he began his ministry at the end of the morally corrupt reign of Jeroboam II. Although this era noted prosperity for the rich, the poor were exploited and the people were disobedient to God.

Hosea like Amos condemned social evil and injustice. Thus, he came to illustrate God's love for his sinful people. However the leaders in the church were corrupt and so were the kings and rulers.

Hosea 4:6. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God I will also forget thy children."

God accused the religious leaders of leading the people astray thus preventing them from knowing Him, thus they became leaders of wrong and evil and not leaders for God. Meanwhile the people were led to sin as they followed the wayward priests. Also we see that the Priests began to profit from sin through the sin offering. They received a portion of this offering so the more the people sinned the more they received. What they could not eat they sold, hence they encouraged this practice to increase these profits.

As the people wallowed in sin, the religious leaders continued to mis-lead them. In the first three verses of the 6th chapter the people predict or make an insincere appeal for repentance. However the last verse (verse 15) in the preceding chapter is worthy of our attention to understand the presumptions of repentance noted in Hosea 6:1-3.

Hosea 5:15. "I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early."

"Return to my place" reveals that God would abandon his people to their fate; thus, leave them to the heathens they had embraced. God did this to move the people to repent. "In their affliction they will see me early is also noted in Psalms 137 and Ezekiel 37:11.

6:1. "Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up."

Hosea asks the people to repent and they made an attempt. However, this attempt is noted as a prediction, a presumption and not as genuine repentance. They did not understand the extent of their sins.

Related scripture:

Zephaniah 2:1-3.

There was still time for the people to turn from sin and repent. Thus, these people as the people who Hosea spoke to needed to humble themselves and obey God

Also, see Isaiah 30:26 and 61:1.

Meanwhile the people thought that God's wrath would last only a few days. They did not know that part of the wrath of God would be their exile and captivity. Sadly Israel only wanted the material benefits that God provided. Therefore, they did not value the eternal benefits of worshiping God.

In verse 3 we see a great lesson for all believers to strengthen themselves in the Word.

Hosea 6:3. “Then shall we know, if we follow unto know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth."

Follow on to know the Lord" is to learn about Him. However we cannot know of the Lord if we are not a faithful follower. We can understand the meaning of the rain mentioned in this verse by realizing that the rainfall in Palestine was periodical.

In regard to the production of crops the latter rain came before the former or early. In the Bible early rain identifies rain of the autumn (Deuteronomy 11:14) and later rain the rain of Spring (Proverbs 16:15). These rain falling seasons meant much to the production of crops. Thus, the mention of rains in this passage refers to the general blessings coming from the Lord.

Related Scripture:

Matthew 11:29. Jesus teaches about the need to know Him,

Isaiah 2:6. Walk in. The light of the Lord.

Isaiah 5:6. God's people are His vineyard.

Micah 4:2. The Lord will be king and teach us his way.

Repentance will bring restoration and healing.

Cont. Part 30: Healing & The Coming Judgment (Malachi 4:2)

 

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