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PA291 Hosea 7:1-16 and 8:1-14 mp3

Hosea Series 6

In this message, the LORD reveals that when He wanted to heal Israel, all their iniquity was uncovered. They did not consider that all their wicked deeds were before Him. The northern kingdom Ephraim did not realize that his strength was weakening and his hair turning gray, a sure sign that his days were numbered. They were like a silly dove, flitting back and forth to Egypt for help against Assyria and to Assyria for help against Egypt, never seeming to realize that this policy would catch them in the end. They set up their own kings without the LORD’s permission when He was their king. They made a golden calf from their riches He gave them. They will be sold back into slavery in Egypt.

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PA290 Hosea 5:8-15 and 6:1-11 mp3

Hosea Series 5

In this message, the LORD speaks to the northern kingdom, which is about to be destroyed because they willingly followed Jeroboam’s commandment to worship the golden calves. In their distress they sent to the king of Assyria to help them, but he was the one who ultimately destroyed them. The LORD would tear them and then return to His place until they would acknowledge their offense and seek His face. They will return to the LORD, and He will raise them up after two days. Could this be a symbol for two thousand years? What can He do with Ephraim and Judah, whose faithfulness passes like a morning mist? Gilead is wicked, and Ephraim and Israel is defiled. Judah too will have a harvest, though later than the rest.

PA289 Hosea 4:6-19 and 5:1-7 mp3

Hosea Series 4

In this message, the LORD reveals that His people Israel are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. When troubles come, they ask council of wood. The whole mindset of idolatry has caused them to stray. Their wives and daughters commit harlotry, but the LORD will not punish them because their men do the same. He warns Judah not to go the same way Israel has gone. They are joined to their idols; Judah should just let them alone. The priests have trapped and led the people astray. They don’t know the LORD. They will seek Him in the day of trouble, but in that day He will refuse to be found.

PA288 Hosea 3:1-5 and 4:1-5 mp3

Hosea Series 3

In this message, the LORD commands Hosea to love a woman loved by her friend but who has become an adulteress. We consider this woman. Is she the same as Gomer of the first chapter, or is this a different woman? Hosea is to love her just like the LORD loves Israel in spite of her unfaithfulness. Hosea buys her and tells her to reserve herself for him, as he will for her. The message is that Israel will continue for many days without all the things that made them God’s chosen people, but then they will return to seek the LORD their God and David their king. The LORD’s contention with Israel is that there is no truth, mercy, or knowledge of God in the land. All is violence. Therefore, they will all stumble.

PA287 Hosea 2:1-23 mp3

Hosea Series 2

In this message, the LORD charges Israel with adultery because she has been unfaithful to Him, going after many false god “lovers.” She ascribed all the good things the LORD gave her to these false gods, not realizing all the while that He was the One Who gave them to her. Therefore, He will bring about her ruin and shame. Someday, however, He will allure her back to Himself, calling her into the wilderness and betrothing her to Himself. This day is the future day of the Kingdom of God.

PA286 Hosea 1:1-11 mp3

Hosea Series 1

In this message, we introduce the prophet Hosea, as well as the book of the “minor prophets” that his book introduces. He was a prophet to the ten tribes, though he spoke to Judah as well. He was a prophet for around 78 years. He was told to take a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry, as the land of Israel had committed harlotry against the LORD. Does this mean what it sounds like? He marries Gomer and has children, to whom he gives symbolic and shameful names. Among these is his son’s name, Lo’-‘Ammi, which means “Not My People.” We discuss the phenomenon of “not My people,” and how it helps us understand God’s work today in a “Lo’-‘Ammi” period.

PSA225 – Jonah 2 – A Lesson For Jonah mp3

Jonah Series 2

In this message, Jonah fulfills his mission to the city of Nineveh, and the people there listen. We discuss this, and if this really makes sense historically. Could God really have changed the hearts of the people of this pagan city? Then, we consider Jonah’s anger about the sparing of Nineveh. He really wanted the city to be destroyed! We discuss his wrath, and the lesson God really had to teach to Jonah, and the lesson there is here for us as well.

Scripture Passage: Jonah 3:1-4:11

PSA224 Jonah 1 – God or Country mp3

Jonah Series 1

In the book of Jonah, we are introduced to a prophet of Israel who did not wish to obey the command of the LORD nor give the message that God ordered him to give. When the LORD’s will seemed bad for his country, Jonah chose country over God. He was even willing to die at God’s hand to help his country! In the stubbornness of this wayward prophet we can learn lessons that are important for us to understand as well.

Scripture Passage: Jonah 1:1-2:10

PSA223 Obadiah – The Lord Repays Those Who Hate His People mp3

Obadiah Series 1

In this message, we study the book of Obadiah. In his book, Obadiah warns Edom, the nation descended from Esau, that they would be punished for their pride, and for siding against Judah while they were being destroyed by Babylon. They too would be destroyed, and experience what Judah had. Israel will control the land of Edom in the Kingdom of God. God will set right all wrongs when He controls the governments of this earth.

Scripture Passage: Obadiah 1-21

PSA222 Amos 4 – The Terrible Calamity, The Glorious Kingdom mp3

Amos Series 4

In this message, we conclude our series on Amos. Amos sees a basket of ripe fruit, symbolizing the fact that Israel was ripe for punishment. Their feasts will become mourning, and their music will be replaced by howling. At that time, there would be a famine, not of food, but of hearing the words of the LORD. There will be no escape from the coming calamity: not in Sheol, nor in heaven, nor on top of Mount Carmel, nor at the bottom of the sea. Yet there is an ultimate solution: The Kingdom of God, when they will all be planted in the land.

Scripture Passage: Amos 8:1-9:15