Commentary: Hosea11-14. Do you know that what you do in the secret could become a garment round you when you stand before the Lord? Read this;
Hosea 7:2 “And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset (surrounded) them about; they are before my face.”
A priest was accused before the Lord in Zech3:1-3. The iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered before the Lord and this affected God’s intention for them. The nation was full of liars, thieves and fraudsters. Many vices were standing against them; nothing is hidden before the Lord. The iniquity of Ephraim was so great that he was growing gray hair in it without knowing that he was spending his life in vanity. This is absolutely prevalent amongst Christians today. Vanity is the yardstick for promotion and ordination. The hearts of men are far from God even if they sang good choruses and preached like angels. Programs are organized to display the eloquence of motivational speakers and to serve tables. Prayers are from the bitterness of the heart and not in the spirit.
Hosea 7:14 “And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me.”
Ministers’ retreats must be with three square meals otherwise there will be insignificant turnout; it used to be with fasting and prayers. The glory of God that used to be experienced in prayer meetings is departed and replaced with entertainment; this is because the fraudsters are multiplying as spiritual leaders and vanity is sown as cassocks. The pulpit is compromised as the messages are “feel good” messages. The claim of “born again” is not faithfully to God any longer but to the pastor.
Hosea 7:16 “They return, but not to the most High: they are like a deceitful bow: …”
The ministers’ are deeply corrupted and lead people to increase sin, Hosea9:7-9.
Hosea 9:7-9 “The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred. The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God. They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.”
It is quite unfortunate that the more churches we have, the more societal decay in vogue. Some say that it would have been worse if not for the churches. This is not true. We do not need more churches for revival, but we need revival for more souls which translates to more churches. Without revival, there can’t be genuine churches but money makers. Only revival can turn the world upside down for God as in the days of the Apostles. Places of worship are turned to den of thieves, atrocities multiply and the bible interpreted to suite felony against God. Romans chapter one is meaningless in terms of abuse of natural use of our body parts.
Romans 1:26-27 “For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
The ordinations in churches are mostly not of God but as approved by men. “God-fatherism” is a plague. There is the need for repentance before there could be revival. Beloved, whether we agree or not, the greatest detective is your sin.
Numbers 32:23 “… and be sure your sin will find you out.”
Mercy is, however, available for whoever repents.
Proverbs 28:13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Joel1-3. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Pastor Supo Abayode
MFM Delaware, USA