Sound the Alarm

Text: Hosea 5:8

Much of the preaching that is done today avoids the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). Instead, it emphasizes what is positive, feel-good, and motivational. It is this way because that is what people want (2 Timothy 4:3). There is a general dislike, even among some of our brethren, of preaching that warns of error, apostasy, and false teachers (Amos 5:10). Yet there are times when we must warn about these things.

A Watchman’s Duty

  • Remember how Ezekiel was appointed as “a watchman to the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 3:17-21) – his responsibility was to warn of the coming judgment; his hearers’ responsibility was to listen and respond
  • Parallel with our responsibility today – though we are not divinely appointed as Ezekiel was, we still have a responsibility to teach (Acts 20:26-27; 2 Timothy 4:2; 2:2); we are to be motivated by love for the souls of men (2 Corinthians 5:10-11)

“Sound an Alarm”

  • God used the prophet Hosea to sound an alarm to His people (Hosea 5:8) – why? … punishment was coming (Hosea 5:9-12)
  • Punishment against Judah (Hosea 5:10) – they became like those who move a boundary (cf. Proverbs 22:28; 23:10-11); warning against defrauding others; we must not be self-centered (Philippians 2:3), but must instead act in love (1 Corinthians 16:14)
  • Punishment against Ephraim (Hosea 5:11) – they followed man’s commands; we must remain within the bounds of God’s word (2 John 9; Matthew 15:7-9)

How Did They Get in This Condition?

  • Lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6) – one cannot do God’s will without first knowing God’s will (James 1:22); we need reasoned, book, chapter, and verse preaching (Acts 17:2-3); we do not need the foolishness that is presented in many pulpits (jokes, stories, human philosophy, etc.)
  • Corrupt priests (Hosea 4:6-10) – danger from similarly corrupt preachers today who preach for money (John 10:11-13), recognition (Matthew 6:1-4), or for a following (Acts 20:30); those who preach must do so simply to lead others to Christ (2 Corinthians 4:5)
  • Spirit of harlotry (Hosea 4:11-13; 5:3-4) – affected their relationship with God as they followed after other gods/idols (Hosea 4:11-12; 5:4), we must guard against serving any other “master” (Matthew 6:24); affected their worship (Hosea 4:13-14), we must keep our worship pure (John 4:24)
  • Problem with pride (Hosea 5:5) – pride causes one to think too highly of self (Romans 12:3); causes one to be blinded to his own sin (Luke 18:9-14)

How Could They Get Out of This Condition?

  • God was going to leave them until they met two conditions (Hosea 5:15) – acknowledge their guilt and seek God
  • If we ever slide into apostasy, we must do the same

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