Sermon Title: From Rebellion to Ruin
God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute, so some of her children will have been born from other men.
Why? To illustrate the way God’s people have been untrue to him.
Then, even when Hosea’s wife goes and sins again, Hosea is to take her back and love her—demonstrating God’s never-failing love for his people.
Israel’s rebellion, ruin, and repentance
Tonight we are talking about RUIN
He who has felt his own ruin will not imagine the case of any to be hopeless; nor will he think them too fallen to be worthy his regard.
Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.
Verb: To be reduced to a state of decay/ destruction (What is done)
Noun: Destruction (What happens)
Her Ruin (9:1–6, 11–17; 10:5–15)
To be reduced to a state of decay/ destruction (What is done)
Her idols will be destroyed (10:5–9).
Her people will be carried off into captivity by the Assyrians (9:1–6; 10:10–15).
Destruction (What happens)
They will wander around, homeless (9:17).
The child mortality rate will soar (9:11–16).
1. Know your ruins
2. Know where your ruins came from
3. Don’t fight destruction
4. Let the builder build
The Year of the Lord's Favor
61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.