THE WHIRLWIND: “You have planted the wind”
Laziness now, means chaos later. The chaos is often our fault. Hosea 8:7a
A couple ways to avoid the whirlwind:
Church is not a vaccine. Hosea 8:11
Stop making excuses. Hosea 8:12
Knowing the laws, and happily being obedient to them, are two different things.
Look for the root. Hosea 10:13
Allow the whirlwind to bring you back to Him.
More of Candace’s favorite verses in the book of Hosea:
4:2, “You make vows and break them;
you kill and steal and commit adultery.
There is violence everywhere—
one murder after another.
3 That is why your land is in mourning,
and everyone is wasting away.
Even the wild animals, the birds of the sky,
and the fish of the sea are disappearing.”
4:4, “Don’t point your finger at someone else and try to pass the blame! My complaint, you priests, is with you.”
4:9-11a, “And what the priests do, the people also do.’ So now I will punish both priests and people for their wicked deeds. 10 They will eat and still be hungry. They will play the prostitute and gain nothing from it, for they have deserted the Lord 11 to worship other gods.”
4:16, “Israel is stubborn,
like a stubborn heifer.
So should the Lord feed her
like a lamb in a lush pasture?
5:5, “The arrogance of Israel testifies against her
Israel and Ephraim will stumble under their
load of guilt.”
6:5-7, “I sent my prophets to cut you to pieces—to slaughter you with my words, with judgments as inescapable as light. 6 I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.”
6:11, “O Judah, a harvest of punishment is also waiting for you, though I wanted to restore the fortunes of my people.”
7:1, “I want to heal Israel, but its sins are too great.”
7:7-9, “Burning like an oven, they consume their leaders. They kill their kings one after another, and no one cries to me for help. The people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners, making themselves as worthless as a half-baked cake! Worshiping foreign gods has sapped their strength, but they don’t even know it. Their hair is gray, but they don’t realize they’re old and weak.”
8:2-3, “Now Israel pleads with me, ‘Help us, for you are our God!’ 3 But it is too late.”
8:5c, “How long will you be incapable of innocence?”
8:13, “The people love to offer sacrifices to me, feasting on the meat, but I do not accept their sacrifices.”