rP PflUIMANS WESELT, HERTFORD, N. C. FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1960
.- THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE
International Sunday School Lesson
. for May 7, 1950
- Memory Selection: "My people are
' destroyed for. lack of knowledge."
Hosea 4: 6. ' , '
i Lesson Text: Hosea 4: 1-9; 6: 1-3;
v x Not many' years after Amos appear
ed as prophet at Betihel; a prophet j
llWiaA in fllA MnrfVlOrw TffiTirtrlim Tlh'(i.;i
"--was the prophet Hosea, about whom
will study for two successive
. weeks. ; While the actual location of
Hosea's home is not known, local tra-1
dihon tells us that one of the most
commanding heights of southern Gi
lead bears the name of Jebel Osha,
which is the Arabic for "Mountain of
Hosea," Here, tradition declares, the
prophet Hosea was buried and here
the. Bedouin still sacrifice sheep in his
tionor. It is significant that Hosea
alone of alll the prophets makes fre
quent mention of the land of Gilead,
and reveals an intimate knowledge of
All that is known of the life and
cliaracter of Hosea is based on the
statement to be found in the book
which bears his name. He was the
son of an unknown man ffieeid. We
have no knowledge of his borne,
bis education or Ms life &a a youth.
We are told that he married a wo.
man named Gomer and her betrayal
of his love and devotion Are a princi
pal factor in his mission and message
us a prophet. . It is a love story a
rather tragic one that lies beneath
, Hosea's public ministry. We are told
that it was through his marriage,
with Gomer that Hosea first realized
the truth that he was commissioned to
"(reach. Hosea stands among the
great religious leaders of the Hebrew
people as one who speaks through a
" -deep and real personal experience.
(Looking in on tha ruin of his own
home, Hosea looked out to the house
of Israel and realized the similarity
of the two. He saw. sin and dishonor
and wrong and realized how the heart
of God was pained, and how divine
Love could brood over the wrong do
ers. He seemed to identify himself
with God's very thoughts, so that he
.,counU epeak the message that -God
wanted to say to the Israelites.
-Co back, now, and read over the
. references given us for our considera
tion today. Are not the sins mention
ed by Hosea prevalent in our own na
tion today? Hosea declared that Je
hovah had a "controversy with the in
habitants of the land, because there is
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no crura, nor goooness, nor Knowieoge
of God in the land. There is nought
. but swearing and breaking faith, and
killing and stealing, and committing
adultery ;they break out and blood
... W. H. Thompson, m "Practical II
'1iitmtions. savs: "Ha Hosea) found
evfl doing i nthe ordinary walks of
. life as well as in the falsity of re-
- ligious practices. While it is not true
that relLfious rites encourage immoral
conduct, as in the prophet's day,, are
- mere noi oiner ieawres oi mouern
life which' have that tendency?; It
.' has been charged that this is the ef
fect of some of the amusements and
fashions of our times. What would
' you say of easy divorce and its re-
; suits i Is the social evil promoted by
- such factors in the so-caUed good so-
. ciety? Are . there not, on the other
band, notable xorce at wane lor the
purification of ;. society and the
strengthening of the home upon the
" foundations of prity and love?" 1
:' ' Hosea called upon' Israel to repent
tot her ains and Jehovah' will forgive
; them. But the repentantoe must be
, real ' and sincere. Gypey Smith, the
great evangelist, once explained the
meaning of repentance. (He said, Ke
nentance is turning from sin to God.
.That is repentance from,' i It
is putting your hand on Tcur heart
been your curse, the enslaving pas
. Sion, the captivity the -predomiaating
force uvjrour existence, the-Uiackemng
- thing i of your soul and dragging
It out and saying,? There, Lore, mat la
it again. I Jum from it now and or
fver' " ' s t- ' '
r We should" seek to know the wilf of
'God, but knowledge of right is hot
VMuuufli nnlna vr Bllt It into- DIKCftice
in everyday 'Uvir'g.' "aha.prophet fld
; Inrael , to, "eowc nJteouneas'' ana
"reap JrindLtae."- $rosa had learned
to know tlbA he of God through five
tad experience of his awri home, fie
iptrti that lwe tov 'work-riBawed love "in
bis own home. . j , T
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Mr. and Mrs. Chirp art very very busy these Spring
mornings. It takes most of their time to keep their
children well supplied with worms and other dainty
morsels on which fledglings thrive.
And they must be careful to return shortly lest tome
enemy disturb the nest Too often Mr. and Mrs. Chirp
have had to defend their children from danger. But
always . they have fought with all their might, and
through their love have saved the babies from calamity.
And so it is that every living thing dwells in danger.
Man especially must guard against evils; for in him
they threaten body, mind, and soul. He, like the fledg
lings, must depend on some power greater and stronger
than himself -a guardian of love.
"GOD Is our refuge and strength, a very present
help in trouble." To Him we must look for love and
protection. To His Church we must come for salvation. i
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