Hosea 2 – Great Shaking Brings Great Revival 何西阿书2 – 大动荡大复兴
Thursday, 27th April 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-13 See the Righteousness of God 看见神的公义
V1-5 ‘Say to your brethren, ‘My people,’ and to your sisters, ‘Mercy is shown.’ Bring charges against your mother, bring charges; for she is not My wife, nor am I her Husband! Let her put away her harlotries from her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts; lest I strip her naked and expose her, as in the day she was born, and make her like a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst. “I will not have mercy on her children, for they are the children of harlotry. For their mother has played the harlot; she who conceived them has behaved shamefully. For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers, who give me my bread and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.’’
V1-5 ‘你们要称你们的弟兄为阿米，称你们的姐妹为路哈玛。你们要与你们的母亲大大争辩，因为她不是我的妻子，我也不是她的丈夫。叫她除掉脸上的淫像和胸间的淫态，免得我剥她的衣服，使她赤体，与才生的时候一样，使她如旷野，如干旱之地，因渴而死。 我必不怜悯她的儿女，因为他们是从淫乱而生的。 他们的母亲行了淫乱，怀他们的母做了可羞耻的事，因为她说：‘我要随从所爱的，我的饼、水、羊毛、麻、油、酒都是他们给的。’
When we experience great shaking, we are so easy to focus on the negative things, and we will fall into the deep darkness. Things that make us not comfortable, things that stir us, things that attack us… can very easily stop us following God. But do we really see God’s Heart in the things happening in our lives?
V6-8 ‘Therefore, behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and wall her in, so that she cannot find her paths. She will chase her lovers, but not overtake them; yes, she will seek them, but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband, for then it was better for me than now.’ For she did not know that I gave her grain, new wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold—Which they prepared for Baal.’
V6-8 ‘因此，我必用荆棘堵塞她的道，筑墙挡住她，使她找不着路。 她必追随所爱的却追不上，她必寻找他们却寻不见，便说：‘我要归回前夫，因我那时的光景比如今还好。她不知道是我给她五谷、新酒和油，又加增她的金银，她却以此供奉巴力。’
The Lord has spoken, His people has departed from Him and followed this world. In a relationship of adultery, the relationship with the people and the world, there will only be thirst and death. As parents, they should show the honour in their relationship to their children, but when the children only saw the adultery of their parents, then the children will despise them. It’s time for us to make a choice, if we stay in a relationship of adultery, they we will not receive the mercy of God. God wants to show His mercy on us, He wants to show His love for us, but when the relationship we have with our parents, our children, our family, our friends… when we can no longer honour God in our relationships, then we will have to make a choice.
V9-13 ‘Therefore I will return and take away My grain in its time and My new wine in its season, and will take back My wool and My linen, given to cover her nakedness. Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and no one shall deliver her from My hand. I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her New Moons, her Sabbaths— All her appointed feasts. “And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, of which she has said, ‘These are my wages that my lovers have given me.’ So I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them. I will punish her for the days of the Baals to which she burned incense. She decked herself with her earrings and jewellery, and went after her lovers; but Me she forgot,” says the Lord.’
God is righteous, when we don’t rely on Him, then we will end up on darkness. If we continue to follow this world’s luxury and sinful desires, then God will take away His favour for us. When we don’t use the grain, the new wine, the wool and the liner to glorify God, instead when we use them on this world and on fulfilling our desires for this world, then eventually we will go back to the darkness, because we don’t see God as our God. If we don’t honour God in His appointed feasts, then we will lose hope and we will lose the peace. Because we connect with this world instead of connecting with God. When we choose the world, when we choose ourselves, at the end, God’s peace and love will depart form us.
Section Two V14-23 Receive the Blessings of God 要领受神的祝福
V14-20 ‘Therefore, behold, I will allure her, will bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfort to her. I will give her her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. “And it shall be, in that day,” Says the Lord, “That you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me ‘My Master,’ for I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, and they shall be remembered by their name no more. In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, with the birds of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely. “I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know the Lord.’
V14-20 ‘后来我必劝导她，领她到旷野，对她说安慰的话。 她从那里出来，我必赐她葡萄园，又赐她亚割谷作为指望的门。她必在那里应声，与幼年的日子一样，与从埃及地上来的时候相同。耶和华说：那日你必称呼我伊施，不再称呼我巴力。因为我必从我民的口中除掉诸巴力的名号，这名号不再提起。当那日，我必为我的民，与田野的走兽和空中的飞鸟并地上的昆虫立约。又必在国中折断弓刀，止息争战，使他们安然躺卧。我必聘你永远归我为妻，以仁义、公平、慈爱、怜悯聘你归我，也以诚实聘你归我，你就必认识我耶和华。’
In great shaking, we must choose God, do not choose ourselves, do not see the environment around us and use our own ways to try to save it. When we see things happening around us, we musty stay alert, to convict ourselves for sins, for righteousness and for judgement. This is the Holy Spirit from God to help us to repent. This is the Gospel, which Jesus shared in the past 2000 years. Let us turn back, let us receive God’s blessings, let us choose God. The day has done, the day we admit our relationship with God, the day we turn away from the world, and the day God will have mercy on us. In the great shaking, we must know that God is righteous, and He is also merciful. When we are willing to turn back and repent before God, then He will show His mercy upon on us.
V21-23 ‘It shall come to pass in that day that I will answer, says the Lord; I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth. The earth shall answer with grain, with new wine, and with oil; they shall answer Jezreel. Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people! And they shall say, You are my God!’
We must examine ourselves, reject all the adultery with this world, and live under the Tree of Life, simply rely on God. Are we willing to return? Are we willing to renew our relationship with God and reconnect with Him? God is righteous, when we are willing to turn back to Him, He will take care of us and take care of our children. In this great shaking, let us turn away from the path of death and receive the great revival together.