August 5, 2001
Parallels in the demise of Israel and the decline
in American churches and society today.
The punishment of apostasy! An apostasy is a
falling away - II Thess. 2:1,3 - “....the coming of the
Lord Jesus Christ.......that day shall not come, except
there come a falling away first”
Buzz words - Liberal, Conservative - political connotations-
Involved with religion also - I would like to think God is
a Conservative because He says “I am the Lord, I change
not” - Mal. 3:6, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today,
and forever’ - Heb. 13:8
We have Liberals involved in churches today - why they
get involved, I know not. They are generally associated with
undermining what God hath wrought.
Now it seems like our church is not immune. When I compare
Second Baptist to what it was thirty years ago, there are few
favorable comparisons, it makes me sad to think about it.
We have not lasted a century, now there is a movement to
move - for what purpose I do not fully comprehend. To me
it is a cop out, it is admitting defeat, the world winning the battle
of “you can’t preach to people” - Some worldly way does better.
I hope we never become like the Pharisees which
Jesus denounced in Matt. 23:15 - “Woe unto you
for you compass sea & land to make one proselyte
and when he is made, ye make him twofold more
the child of hell than yourselves”
We would be safer if we had more beseeching God’s
will as in the service last Sunday night.
I just hope we seek God’s guidance, not just to get
His approval on something we already have our mind
made up about.
Conversation with owner of WHOP at local eatery
Friday - good for business - need a police escort to
take the money to the bank.
Reminds me of the Western Kentucky Fair in 1985
which I approached God about. Already had my
mind made up.
It would have been the right thing to ask His blessing,
I was asking His will & already had my mind made up.
v. 1 - “Set the trumpet to thy mouth” - “they have
transgressed my covenant & trespassed
against my law”
v. 3 - “Israel hath cast off the thing that is good”
v. 4 - “They have set up kings, but not by me”
Conduct not guided by Divine direction nor with
A misuse of their silver and gold.
v. 6 - “the workmen made it, therefore it is not of God”
“Moses was admonished of God when he was about to
make the tabernacle: for, See, saith He, that thou make
all things according to the pattern shewed thee in the
mount.” Heb. 8:5
v. 7 - Sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind
v. 8 - literally
v. 9 - “a wild ass alone by himself” - ch. 4:16b
v. 10 - “they shall sorrow a little”
v. 12 - written to him great things/accounted as a
The idea conveyed here is numerous directions,
the commandments so full & explicit, comprehending
alike both great things and little, the details, both
minute and manifold.
These were communicated verbally & orally as well as
committed to writing. A permanent record.
They were regarded by many to whom they were addressed
as instructions foreign to their interest with which they
had no concern and consequently no claim on
their life styles.
II Kings 17 - Ponder closely the whole chapter.
v. 13 - “but the Lord accepteth them not; now
will He remember their iniquity, & shall
visit their sins”
v. 14 - “For Israel hath forgotten his Maker”
v. 1 - Israel, out to lunch, taking a siesta, not manning
their station. “gone a whoring”
v. 2 - “they shall not dwell in the Lord’s land”
v. 4 - Vain oblations -
v. 7 - “Days of visitation are come......Israel shall know
it.....for the multitude of THINE iniquity.”
v. 8 - the watchman - unfaithful - Ezek. 13:10 -
“Seduced my people.......daubed it with untempered
v. 9 - “corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah”-
The election of Saul - Historical - Judges 19 & 20
ch. 20:3,12 - 25,100 died - almost wiped out a tribe of Israel.
v. 10 - Jer. 2:1-13
“separated themselves unto that shame”
“their abominations were according as they loved”
Guided in their choice, not by the Word of God or Law of
God, but by their own inclination. Concerning religious
worship, men should beware of being influenced by their
personal likings, private inclinations or aesthetic tastes
BUT MAKE SURE OF A WARRANT FROM THE WORD
v. 12 - “woe also to them when I depart from them”
Ch. 10:5 Eli’s daughter-in -law - grandson
v. 13 - “planted in a pleasant place” - bloom where you
v. 14 - Hosea frustrated - no children, no pregnancy, no
conception - v. 11
Hosea is at a loss on how to pray for this people - for their
good or God’s glory - he does not pray for peace, nor for
deliverance nor prosperity. He dared not venture - he knew
too well the sins of his countrymen, their abuse of Divine
mercies, their contempt of warning, their hardness of heart,
their seared conscience.
Better perish before birth, or from the birth than live a life
of sin & misery, & die a death of hopelessness & violence.
He prays either that children may not be born at all or
that they might not be sustained so as long as to survive
Good for that man if he had never been born - Matt. 26:24
Barrenness in lieu of fruitfulness. Barren fig tree -
v. 15 - “all their wickedness is in Gilgal” -
* First camp in the promised land - Joshua 4:19-24
* Where the 12 stones were erected commemorating
crossing Jordan dry shod in flood season. ch. 3:15
* Where they kept the first Passover after the Exodus
* Here the reproach of Egypt was rolled away. 5:9
* Here the renewal of the rite of circumcision, the
seal of the Abrahamnic covenant was renewed after
its omission in the wilderness. 5:1-8
* Here the firstfruits of the promised land were eaten
* Here the Captain of the Lord’s Host met Joshua
& assured him of God’s protection - 5:13-15
* At Gilgal the tabernacle had stood before its
removal to Shiloh.
Now the scene of such blessings had become the
center of idolatry and iniquity.
Here Israel rejected the theocracy, here the calf
worship had been developed, where the form
of civil government had been shaped to their own
erring fancy, here their form of religious worship
had been corrupted.
Judges 2 & 1 ****** 3:5-7
“their princes are revolters”
v. 16 - “root is dried up” - John 15
v. 17 - “they shall be wanderers among the nations”
Jude 13 - Why? - “because they did not hearken
DIVINE DISSERTION - When God withdraws from
a people or a person - He withdraws His goodness,
His mercy, common graces, gifts & comforts.
I Sam. 28:15