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October 21, 2020 12:00 am
“They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the Lord” (Jeremiah 3:1).
Will be fire, and Bishop Mr. Bradley Junior welcoming you to one of the broadcasts of the Baptist Bible and in and in and in and in and in right to publish in the chapel with much of the: frustration, for which the program has come to you.
Our address is the Baptist Bible. Our Box 1737, Cincinnati, OH 45217 in years gone by was customary that when you did business with someone they generally would say thank you and come back as words come back are bright cheerful words would you like to hear you've been visiting with somebody and you're leaving and they say come back.
You feel the things gone reasonably well on the visit. You haven't worn out your welcome. They'd like to have you return come back for more message.
Now, if there has been a family feud. Harsh words have been spoken to spend terrible display of anger. One party says that another get out of here and don't come back. Those are harsh words. Words that drive away, even if it some point. There's a change of spirit and headed tuned for that time. At least those are chilling words, depressing words don't ever come back.
Now if we were to think about a man married to a woman who betrays him. She commits adultery. She doesn't just involve herself with one man she involves herself with numerous man the first fraction is if her evil conduct is discovered that man would be perfectly justified to say get out of here and don't ever come back. You have humiliated me. You have hurt me deeply. I want to lay eyes on you again ever come back.
But God told Hosea to marry a woman who proved herself to be an adulterous.
She not only involve herself with one other man but many other man got to advance this is the kind of woman you're going to marry that may seem a little strange to us.
Considering how God views marriage and takes the right kind of marriage together. But God in his sovereignty, had a purpose in Hosea marrying an evil woman by the names of the children that were born. It appears that one or more of those children that were born during the time of this marriage were not Hosea's you would think that this man of God been so incensed by her conduct so deeply hurt when she took the very things he had given her. He had provided for her thesis that she enjoyed as his wife and in turn gave them to her lover. It wasn't enough that she just pursued the evil course and that she went after someone who invited her but she was willing to pay the bail she paid for her lovers and she paid with what Hosea her husband had given her. Why would God have this profit marry such a woman because God had a message to deliver to his wife. God was married to his people, and God says I want my profit my mouthpiece to understand the depth of his soul.
What it's like to be married. That kind of life and the message that Hosea delivered was a message to such a people, people who had wandered from God.
People who had committed fornication. People who had betrayed their confidence in their commitment to the Lord. In spite of the fact that were married to God. They gave themselves up to its but you know what the message was come back come back and that amazing talk about amazing Grace. I thought about this subject matter in terms of bringing a message on this subject come back and speaking to those who often are disheartened reaching the point of wondering if God would all receive them, and I realize that one reason that it seems so few messages of that sort are delivered in this day I can see most of my preaching is on the line to convict the call to repentance the tried to show God's people there sin.
I listen to other ministers, I see that is the general theme that is heard by men who are really preaching the word today. Why is it we cannot focus more on the good news to sinners The Encouraging Word to the backslider come back but you see there's a problem with living in a day when many do not recognize they've gone anywhere. There has to be this constant need of presenting the truth about God, God in his holiness does not tolerate sin see the attitude on the part of many who even say I believe in God will save my God is just a God of love.
My God has no wrath. My God would never judge anybody but that's not the God of the Bible, the God of the Bible is a God who not only love was in his love is amazing and broader in scope than we can ever imagine. But because of his holiness.
He hates sin apart from the quality God would not leave God. It would be like one of the vanities worship among the Greek gods where they devised a God after their own imagination with variety of concepts and personalities, but the God of the Bible presents himself in his mood as being a God who hates sin. He doesn't overlook it. He doesn't take it likely he doesn't excuse it, but how many people today look lightly on sin all yes they say you know none of us are perfect. We all have our faults yes. So I went to the wrong direction. I made a mistake but there's no deep conviction. There's no brokenness of heart.
There is no sense of wretchedness and unworthiness before God while I haven't done much worse than anybody else. In fact, as I think about it. I've done a lot better than many there tends to be an excuse made if in fact a particular fault is discussed generally blame his leg somewhere else and I could've done a lot better but it's that man I married. He's the one that made life so rough I just couldn't hold up my end of the bargain are my parents and I had a rugged childhood and my parents didn't treat me right in. Like I am because of the blame it somewhere else how difficult man to present a word of comfort and encouragement. The message of the gospel, which is directed to the lost. What a person considers himself to be whole day there holding a position he came to seek and save lost message of the gospel is the center to the backslider turn with me to the book of Jeremiah chapter 3 verse one says they say, if a man wake his wife and she go from heal and become another man's child he would turn under her again, shall not, that land be greatly polluting but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers. God says it's generally understood that if a man was way is why she becomes another man's wife, and then she should return to him including this would be a terrifying but you might people have played the harlot with many lovers, you are guilty of adultery and fornication. You are guilty of idolatry.
Yet return again to me, saith the Lord return come back but if you're to come back. You got to realize that you been gone to the place of confession, reminds us of the words of Malachi Malachi chapter 1, when God is calling his people in that day to repent, but says in the six verse assigned on earth. His father, and a servant his master. If I then, be a father, where is mine honor, and if I be a master, where is my fear saith the Lord of host old priest that despise my name and he say where and how we despised by name. God speaks to his people saying you departing you left me you've sinned against me, Lord, usually not talking why we miss the mark part where good luck like respectable people in today's language about is that women preaching on talking to me. I'm a hard-working individual. I pay my taxes I pay my bills. I'm not wobbling around in terrible sin not not really harming anybody else you might not agree with some the things I'm doing as I understand there's some portions of Scripture that would imply that some of my conduct is not quite in order, but know this is this is my own life about the right to make my own to talk about how can you say have departing that was the attitude back to Jeremiah chapter 3 just in the second verse, lift up mine eyes on the high places and see where bow has not been lain with God's as you look up in the high places and places a high places where the rule was where the people gave themselves to the worship of idols. Many times they participated in orgies which were a part of that idolatrous worship and he says where is the tree where he is the hot place where you have not committed this just just where is it you're going to pretend you haven't departing there's no real significant sin in your life phases the place to see where that has not been lain with in the way past the house sat for them as the Arabian of the wilderness, and thou hast polluted the land with five forums and with my wickedness. Verse nine and it came to pass to the likeness of her boredom that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and stocks. What is that mean how did she commit a culture with stones and stocks from the stones they idols were made, some idols were carved out of blue and some were made of stone and she bow down and worship the items God's own people. These very people that had forgotten those earlier times when God had favored them so wonderfully blessed them to be brought out of Egyptian bondage directed their path of all their wilderness wanderings supplied every knee God favored them. Bless them to rot upon the high places of the earth might plug as I now these very people fall down before the idols they have erected and say these are our God.
God says that not committed also that not only did they commit adults about worshiping other gods they involve themselves in sensual sexual activity.Saddam offended you violated my law in this day and time. It's looked upon lightly young people say when everybody's living this way want to possibly be wrong with it. The thing is wrong with it. Is it God identifies it as sin, you have sinned against me, you rebelled against me. Some items are why I never bow down before a God of stone or one that's been carved out of wood but friends. An idol is anything that is more important to you than God himself. Anything that takes precedence over your love for God, your commitment to him is an idol to me a lot of things that can be a desire for popularity were more concerned about being approved by me and then you are approved of God concerned about pleasing others are concerned about what they think and what they say you make, and I lot of other people because you want to please them.
You make an idol out of pleasure your whole person in life. I gotta have a good time and I have phone I got a go here there and elsewhere because I want all of my needs met.
When you finally discover that some of the things you been told are your needs are nothing more than your own personal lust and sinful desires. You begin to understand the full scope of idolatry. You said this is this is a psychological me this is an emotionally this is something I must have fulfillment when is nothing more than a sinful desire. This is what I want because to satisfy me and make an idol out of your job to make an idol out of your house, you can make up idol out of your hobby consumes you what you think about most of the time you talk about what you focus on in life where you spend your time you spend your energy what you meditate on what you will know what you really aim in life see the biggest idol of all is self we so often have self up on the pedestal. Something about me what I want what's for my best interest.
What pleases me. What suits me was the commandment love the Lord thy God with all thy mind, heart, soul and strength than thy neighbor as thyself. Idolatry not asked his people. The problem was back in chapter 2, the book of Jeremiah verse five, saith the Lord what iniquity have your fathers found in me that they are gone far from me and have walked after vanity and are become vain.
What would it have you found me. What problem did you find in the Lord that you are sucking.
I would ask you that question today. Did the Lord disappoint you. Did the Lord do something wrong fall. See you found in God that caused you to depart from you who have been so busy pursuing your own interests that you have little time for committing yourself to serving God. Time for prayer little time for the study of his word at all for ministering to other people. Something is always more important to me in the house of God for worship, but there are many interests that attract your attention and you often or somewhere else. The Lord says were to sit at his table, and so forth his death to become sit at the Lord's table, taking the bread and wine emblems of his broken body to shed blood and some other table was of more interest to you because you're not present. How long is it been since you watch the Saints feet hello is it me, and since you have ministered to someone who is sick or discouraged or disheartened or going astray and needs help. What was it in the Lord, because you to say is not worth serving him what iniquity have you found in me for searching for my people have committed two evils.
They have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters and if you them out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water to leave departing for me. They forsaken me, and then they tried to arrange their own source of supply. They have human out cisterns, but their broken cisterns that can hold no water. Verse 26 as the thief is ashamed what he is found. So is the house of Israel. Shane. They see their kings, their princes and their priest of their profits saying to us talk about my father and to a stone that has brought me forth, for they have turned their back on to me and not their face is that been true in your life that you so often turned your back to the Lord rather than your face something more important something consuming you what is it it's idolatry. But God is not first, you turned your back, but in the time of their travel labels when the crisis comes from the trial, to come to meet you so expertly, they say below and on the but where are the gods that thou hast made the fellow comes to the God that you might and say little body here on my mental little God, hear my heart about saving me to be. Let them arise if they can save the in the time of trouble for. According to the number of thy cities are by God's will.
Judah wherefore when you plead with me y'all have transgressed against me, saith the Lord in vain have I smitten your children. They received no correction your own sword at the Bauer go profits like destroying lines I have sent judgment. I have done even with your children but you have not received correction you have paid no mind to my dealings with you. As a matter of fact you turn the profits to death, delivered my message that begs the people you are see this is serious God's people sliding back, turning their back to the Lord and not their face, then wouldn't trouble comes on the stock market falls when the economy is in trouble when the financial problems wonders of mumbling the war in some part of the world. All of a sudden decide we need the Lord.
Maybe somebody today, to whom this message is especially directed you know that you will wondered wandered far from the Lord put the messages come back come back the message that a blessing to you let us know about Howard rash is Baptist Bible hour. Box 1737, Cincinnati, OH 45217 two. We greet you next time. This is Sherry Bradley Junior bidding goodbye and may God bless you all day and all and all will be in all and all