Own The Vision

When we read the Old Testament prophets, they generally put the people on trial. No, they don’t parade one after another through the witness box, rather they hold a trial for the nation and speak to the nation as though they are an individual. Knowing and understanding this helps us process and receive the message God is sharing. List as Hosea does this in Hosea 4:1~Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; (ESV) 

This is a reflection of what God said in the second giving of the law where Ole Mo gathers the people and tells them what God expects of them. Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Listen oh Israel, God is one. Jesus will acknowledge the most important Torah command in Matthew 22:36-38 a passage known as the Shema. In Hebrew it means to hear, listen. So, as Hosea begins his prophecy in chapter 4 He begins with the famous beginning, hear or Shema. Immediately reminding the Israelites of their foremost covenant responsibilities. What is that? Love God with your all; our heart, soul, and strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)   

Think about our set-up of The Office, earlier this week on Monday and Tuesday. A prophet is first chosen by God. Then placed in the business of truth-telling. They are married to the prophecy and now we see why we begin with Hosea, who is chosen to marry his own prophetic whore, he is married to the message, a living symbol of Israel. Deuteronomy 6:8~Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. (NIV) Israel has not done this. Instead, listen to Hosea 4:8~They feed on the sin of my people; they are greedy for their iniquity (ESV)

Listen to the charge. Hosea 4:2-3~there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore, the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts…and the birds…and even the fish…(ESV) Hosea says all this cussing, lying, killing, theft, and loose sex has brought us near to sheer anarchy. As a nation, American feels like we are on the precious, just as guilty as Israel, for moving away from God’s covenant. Understand this is a national catastrophe. 

Saint of God it is time we took personal responsibility for our nation. It is time we turn to God and weep. Crying out for forgiveness in our lives and in our nation. The crux of downfall centers on the lack of knowledge of God. Hosea 4:6~My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (ESV) In the Western world today, we tend to define knowledge as something comprehended by the mind, but in Hebrew, the thought is much more comprehensive. Rather than a function of the mind, it was the reflex of the total person and their response to God, His revelation of Himself in both the law and history and also His prophetic word.   

We need to reorient our lives, both individually and collectively as a nation back to God. Yes, resoundingly yes, we need a personal revival that catches our nation ablaze. You say, well how do we do that? By turning to God. 2 Chronicles 7:14~Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. (NLT) Stop worrying about politics, news, and vaccines, and seek the Lord God Almighty with your everything.

Here is what I know God wants us to do, take a stand. Saint of God, it’s time to stand in the gap for our nation, for our state, for our city, for our community, for our families. It is time to stand in the gap and cry out to God. Elijah took a stand and called fire down. Daniel took a stand and kept on praying, lions be damned. Ole Mo made a stand in Numbers 11:15~If this is how you intend to treat me, just go ahead and kill me. Do me a favor and spare me this misery! (NLT) As you head out into the wide world about you, judgment day is coming, so take this grand opportunity to share the hope of Jesus Christ. Why not be like one of the 70 elders in Numbers 11, and stand in the gap.

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