June 10, 2001
v. 1 - “Hear this word that the Lord has spoken”
God is speaking and His voice is worth listening to!
“family” - Matt. 19:4-6 “whole family”
v. 2 - “you only have I known” - intimately,
Ephesians 5:31-32 Genesis 1:27-28
From the beginning!
Teach children - Deut. 4:10, 6:7, 11:19
Secret to life - Psalm 34:11
The Lord says “I know my sheep” - “I never knew you”
These sentences mean salvation and condemnation
“you only”...therefore I will punish you” - Do you believe this?
v. 3 - Israel quarreling with God, cannot reckon
on His company. Israel’s rebellious attitude
was nearing a climax of irreconcilableness
and makes continuous intimate relations
Utter incompatibility - defection & disobedience.
“Enoch walked with God” - a short biography.
Would to God it was mine - youngster on the
farm - going to school - took a picture a few yrs ago.
A hallowed spot to me - although I have mired that walk!
Rev. 3:4 - “They shall walk with Me in white” - Church
at Sardis - TV - show on Roman aqueducts.
We live in God’s Presence, walking by faith, He holding
our hand, GOD WITH US - an invincible escort thru life!
Walking with God is a habit - men are naturally at enmity
with God, we know not and desire not His ways,
“Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we
desire not the knowledge of thy ways” - Job 21:14******
The Gergesenes after Jesus cast out devils into swine
asked Him to depart out of their country - Matt. 8
Alienation from God causes a separation - “Your
iniquities have separated you & your God” - Is. 59:2
Alienation leads to apostasy and apostasy creates
a spiritual outlaw.
When men forsake God they sit up a false god in His
place - the obverse of apostasy is always IDOLATRY.
The deification of nature is a common practice -
Mother Nature, a kind of mystical personification
of some unknown existence and to whom the omnipotence
denied to God is freely attributed to someone else.
v. 4 - Jehovah ready to spring judgment and Israel
helpless as prey of lion
v. 5 - thought here is the punishment is deserved
and certain. CAUSE - EFFECT
It is the lighting of the bird on the trap that snaps it.
If there is no trap laid, no bird would be caught.
If there is no bird in the trap it will not raise the net
from the ground.
Israel is the bird, God is the Fowler, His judgment is
the snare, and the lesson is Israel is already in
God’s destroying grasp!
No smoke without fire!
Let the doomed sinner tremble, for all his insensibility
he is no better than a dead man.
v. 6 - The prophet knows what is coming and was aware
of the alarm already ringing over the land.
v. 7 - The putting of prophecy between His secret and
its execution is a special favor from God!
God in His mercy does not judge without
warning - The prophet is a negotiator, hearing
the truth from God and handing it on to men.
God does not destroy men unwarned. He warns them
through His accredited messengers. But:
II Chron. 36:15-16 Mockery - Gen. 19:14-17, 23-28
To erect the gallows before a criminal brings into sight
the fact of sin and its demerit. Next to execution, the
sentence of death is a revelation to the criminal of
the enormity of his crime. A mental association of
guilt with penalty.
The fear of the rod is a wholesome deterrent on the
folly of a child. Something that seems far removed
from American culture today.
God wants His Word believed and aims at cure and
prevention rather than death.
Nineveh, a notable instance. Jonah came crying,
“Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown”
The king of Nineveh repented & led others to do so
“And God saw their works that they turned from their
evil way; and God repented of the evil, that He had
said that He would do unto them & He did it not. Jonah 3:10
If Nineveh’s repentance was more common, her escape
would be more common also.
Example of endangered species. “If the foundations
be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
v. 8 - God’s spokesmen are moved at the coming evil.
They are in sympathy with the Divine Compassion.
Like the apostles, they “cannot but speak the things that
they have seen and heard” - Acts 4:19-20
v. 9 - The heathen summoned to witness the judgment
of Israel - Ashdod & Egypt
Tumults - “many marvels” - as if it was a surprise to the
heathen - eternal disgrace of Israel - things going on
in which heathen condemned.
v. 10 - “they know not to do right” - IGNORANCE
The way of right had been forgotten.
Restlessness of greed, fever of speculation, wrangling in
trade, & extortion are all included here.
Oppression of power without principle.
Sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character;
sow a character and reap a destiny.
America’s 21st century legacy seems to be this: Raising
a smart trader whose son is a swindler, the son of the
swindler is a burglar, the son of a burglar is the robber-
assassin. The pupil of the religious liberal is the rationalist,
and the pupil of the rationalist is the atheist.
Begin by imitating wicked men, and you will end up
outperforming them in sin.
v. 11 - “bring down thy strength....shall be spoiled”
v.12 - Too late except to pick up the pieces.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,
could not put Humpty Dumpty back together again!”
Of all the words of mind & pen, the saddest are these,
“what might have been?”
Paltry leavings here mentioned, not worth the effort to
rescue. Such was Israel and such will be America when
GOD’S ACCOUNT IS SETTLED!
v. 13 - “Hear ye......saith the Lord God, the Lord of Hosts”
Pulpit Commentary Scanned Entry
v. 14 - “in the Day that I shall visit”
Embarrassment of unexpected company.
As a youth no one had to announce their coming to visit -
it was excitement to see someone coming down the lane
or to be milking at the barn and look to the house and
see a visitor’s car.
Modern manners - modern unreadiness. Luke 19:42-44
“I will also visit the altars of Bethel” - Jereboam, the
son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin - I Kings 12:26-33
When sin is done, it is not done with!
The sins of youth are the sowing of which the sufferings
of manhood and old age are the harvest, a harvest too
constantly & painfully reaped to allow the harvester to forget.
The detected thief, the broken-down sensualist, the besotted
drunkard, what is each but a human wreck. The kernel of
life is wasted and only a husk remains. No wallflower of good
can ever cover these wrecks of time.
However, God will give a new birth, a new body in Heaven,
if the guilty will repent and turn to His only begotten Son,
God’s problem with Israel was their idolatry - His revelation
was too pure for their taste. Israel compromised the matter
by adopting man-made ordinances, loading them with corrupt
The formula for eternal separation from life: First, part with
the spirit of true worship (God is a Spirit & desires such to
worship Him), but always retain the form. Second, part with
the object (God) and corrupt the form. Third, adopt a new
object in God’s place, and adapt it to your already corrupted
Heresy at the outset always masquerades in the guise of truth.
The Proverbial Wolf in Sheep’s clothing always gets easy access
to the sheepfold. It is only after entering & the danger of eviction
is over that the true character is assumed. Abortion, liberalism,
you name it.
Evil naturally spreads - one sin leads to another.
Covetousness leads to theft, drunkedness to
uncleanliness, all three often to murder & almost
every sin to deceit & lying.
No man can set up one sinful idol and say he will have
no more. It will bring others whether he will or no, like
the first swallow of spring of evil doing, others are sure
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” prevents
God dethroned and self enthroned is the state of things
which contains the promise and realization of all evil.
v. 15 - Read
Man’s self indulgences, his luxuries which become the
necessities of his life, that take the place of God in
his life, will all be taken away.