ONE NATION UNDER WHOM?

Hosea 4:1-19

Introduction

“Indeed I tremble for any country when I reflect that God is just.”

It was Thomas Jefferson that wrote those words about the United States and as Hosea pleads with the nation of Israel, I’m sure he would agree. Hosea chapter four reads like the front page …

Judges 4:18, 21

And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle… Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took

Joshua 8:1

And the lord said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:

There is an interesting progression in these chapters. Chapter six closes with …

Deut.31:6-8

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel,

1 Samuel 12:20

And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.

Here again is another reminder of the importance of obedience to God. Samuel recounts to Israel their history of blessing …