Hosea 5* The Divine judgments against Israel. (1-7) Approachingdesolations threatened. (8-15)1-7 The piercing eye of God saw secret liking and dispositionto sin, the love the house of Israel had to their sins, and thedominion their sins had over them. Pride makes men obstinate inother sins. And as Judah was treading in the same steps, theywould fall with Israel. By dealing treacherously with the Lord,men only deceive themselves. Those that go to seek the Lord withtheir flocks and their herds only, and not with their hearts andsouls, cannot expect to find him; nor shall any speed who do notseek the Lord while he may be found. See how much it is ourconcern to seek God early, now, while it is the accepted time,and the day of salvation. 8-15 The destruction of impenitent sinners is not mere talk, tofrighten them, it is a sentence which will not be recalled. Andit is a mercy that we have timely warning given us, that we mayflee from the wrath to come. Compliance with the commandments ofmen, who thwart the commandments of God, ripens a people forruin. The judgments of God are sometimes to a sinful people as amoth, and as rottenness, or as a worm; as these consume theclothes and the wood, so shall the judgments of God consumethem. Silently, they shall think themselves safe and thriving,but when they look into their state, shall find themselveswasting and decaying. Slowly, for the Lord gives them space torepent. Many a nation; as well as many a person, dies of aconsumption. Gradually, God comes upon sinners with lesserjudgments, to prevent greater, if they will be wise, and takewarning. When Israel and Judah found themselves in danger, theysought the protection of the Assyrians, but this only helped tomake their wound the worse. They would be forced to apply toGod. He will bring them home to himself, by afflictions. Whenmen begin to complain more of their sins than of theirafflictions, then there begins to be some hope of them; and whenunder the conviction of sin, and the corrections of the rod, wemust seek the knowledge of God. Those who are led by severetrials to seek God earnestly and sincerely, will find him apresent help and an effectual refuge; for with him is plenteousredemption for all who call upon him. There is solid peace, andthere only, where God is.
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