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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

PA285 Colossians 4:10-18 mp3

In this message, Paul sends greetings to the Colossians from Aristarchus and Mark. It is very interesting that Mark is with Paul here! Jesus who is called Justus also sends greetings, and these three are Paul’s only fellow-workers who are of the circumcision. Does this mean they were his only Jewish helpers remaining, as many would claim? Epaphras sends them greetings, as do Luke and Demas. The Colossians are to pass on greetings to the brethren in Laodicea, especially Nympha’s household. This epistle should be read in Laodicea, and the epistle from there should be read in Colossae. What happened to the epistle to Laodicea? Paul sends a personal message to Archippus, then ends the letter with his signature, exhortation to keep his bonds in mind, and then leaves them with the grace of God.

PA284 Colossians 4:2-9 mp3

In this message, the Lord urges the Colossians to persevere in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving. They are to pray for Paul and Timothy as well, that they may have a door of utterance, to make plain the secret as they ought to do. The Colossians should walk in wisdom toward those outside the faith, taking every opportunity. Their words should be gracious, seasoned like salt seasons food. Paul was going to send Tychicus to them to let them know his affairs and how he was doing. Onesimus, the runaway slave we read about in Philemon, will also be coming to them, and will help Tychicus make his report.

PA283 Colossians 3:16 – 4:1 mp3

In this message, Paul urges the Colossians to let the word of Christ dwell in them richly, and to express themselves in His name, remaining always thankful. Then he talks about submission in our common, day-to-day relationships. Wives should submit to husbands, and husbands should self-sacrificially love their wives. Children should hearken submissively to their parents, and fathers should not vex their children to keep them from being disheartened. Slaves should hearken submissively to their masters, working from the soul, knowing that their true reward for service comes from their heavenly Master, Who will be the One to finally call them into account. Masters should treat their slaves justly and equitably, knowing that their Master in heaven will favor no one, including them.

PA282 Colossians 3:10-15 mp3

In this message, Paul urges the Colossians to put on the new humanity like one would put on new clothes, resulting in a new lifestyle or way of living. Christ is all in this new humanity, and all other distinctions are erased. Paul lists the kinds of behaviors that are fitting for this new humanity. This sums it up: we should deal graciously with each other as God deals graciously with us. Over all we should put on self-sacrificing love, the uniting bond of maturity. Finally, we should let the peace of Christ settle all questionings in our hearts and be thankful.

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