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God's Love Never Quits

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September 19, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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God's Love Never Quits

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  • David Jeremiah: God could never love you more than he
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  • loves you at this very moment, and he could never love you less
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  • because God's love is not based upon what you do.
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  • God's love is based upon who he is.
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  • David: One of the misunderstandings about
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  • the love of God is that it works the way human love works.
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  • Actually, human love shouldn't even work this way, but that's
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  • the way they look at it.
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  • That if I do something wrong, I fall out of your favor.
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  • If I do something wrong, if I violate you in some way,
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  • you stop loving me.
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  • In genuine love between two human beings,
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  • that isn't true, and it's never true with God.
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  • David: The Bible actually says God is love.
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  • When you know that, you know, when you know somebody
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  • loves you, when you know God loves you,
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  • it makes all the difference.
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  • male announcer: Coming up on this episode of
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  • "Turning Point," Dr. Jeremiah will reveal
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  • something you may be missing about God's love in his series
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  • "God Loves You ."
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  • David: God does not love us because of what is in us.
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  • He doesn't love us because of what we do or don't do.
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  • God loves us because he is love, and it is his nature to love us.
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  • announcer: That's just ahead on "Turning Point ."
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  • announcer: Discover what you could be missing
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  • about God's love in Dr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "God Loves You ."
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  • Inside, Dr. Jeremiah explains how the profound truth
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  • of God's love can transform the way you live.
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  • As you read, you'll uncover ten features of God's love
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  • that you may have never fully understood before.
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  • He answers questions like, "If God loves us,
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  • how can he allow pain and suffering in the world ?"
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  • "Can we ever lose God's love ?"
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  • And, "How can a loving God give seemingly prohibitive rules,
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  • and send people to hell ?"
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  • "God Loves You" is yours as a thank you
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  • when you give a gift of any amount in support
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  • of this program.
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  • the "God Loves You" set, which includes
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  • the "God Loves You" book, and the DVD album
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  • containing Dr. Jeremiah's complete teaching series.
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  • You'll also be able to follow along with
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's teaching using the "God Loves You" study guide,
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  • newly redesigned to include personal and group questions,
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  • plus a leader's guide.
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  • Also included in this set is the "Love Changes Everything"
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  • bookmark to remind you each day to be owned by God's love,
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  • and to be known for your love as a believer.
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  • Experience how God's love changes everything.
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  • of "Turning Point ."
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  • Contact us today.
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  • David: During this series, I have received emails
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  • from some of our congregants, people who have written to me
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  • of their struggles to believe in their heart of hearts
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  • that God really does love them.
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  • You'd be surprised at some of these people.
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  • But you see, we've all discovered that it's a lot
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  • easier to get love right theologically than it is
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  • to get it right experientially and emotionally.
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  • It seems to me there are two times when,
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  • as believers, we are most prone to doubt God's love.
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  • First, when evil things happen to us that we weren't expecting,
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  • and secondly, when we do evil things ourselves.
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  • Both of those occasions are because of our inaccurate
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  • perception of who God is.
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  • First of all, if we feel we are not loved because evil things
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  • happen to us, we often say, "Why me, why now, why this?"
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  • We are not understanding that the Bible never does, nor does
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  • God, ever guarantee us that we will not be touched by evil.
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  • We live in an evil world.
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  • People used to ask me all the time, "How did you get cancer?
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  • You're a pastor."
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  • And I said, "Cancer's a human condition,
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  • it just happens to everybody.
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  • It's not--it's not-- nobody gets a pass on it."
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  • So, when evil things happen to us, we shouldn't respond
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  • by saying, "Well, God doesn't love me
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  • anymore."
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  • It has nothing to do with that.
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  • We live in a world that is filled with evil, and it touches
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  • us all in some way or the other.
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  • God doesn't say that we will not be touched by evil.
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  • He says that he will be there to help us overcome it, and be
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  • victorious in the midst of it.
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  • And when people say, "I don't feel like
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  • God loves me anymore because I've done
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  • so many evil things," they forget that God
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  • does not love us because of what is in us.
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  • He doesn't love us because of what we do or don't do.
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  • God loves us because he is love, and it is his nature to love us.
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  • As you can see, the message of the Bible is the message of
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  • God's never-ending love.
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  • Let me say it again, God loves you, he always has,
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  • and he always will.
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  • One of the greatest stories about that is found
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  • in that little Book of Hosea.
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  • It's an unlikely place to find a love story, but it may be
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  • the greatest love story of the Old Testament.
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  • Let me tell you about this book.
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  • Hosea was a prophet.
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  • That means, to all of us in this culture, he was a preacher.
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  • He was a preacher who was called to preach to the
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  • ten northern tribes of Israel, sometimes referred to as Ephraim
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  • in the Bible.
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  • And he was called to preach to this group of people at a very
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  • special and unique time.
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  • It was just before they were carried away captive by the
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  • Assyrians, and it was a time of incredible prosperity in Israel,
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  • and also a time of incredible wickedness.
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  • It's hard to imagine how a people like Israel
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  • that had been so loved by God could have descended
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  • to the depths of degradation that was true of them during
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  • this particular time.
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  • Every commandment of God was being broken every day
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  • by the people of Israel.
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  • Falsehood, and adultery, and bloodshedding, and deceit,
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  • and excess, and luxury, and open robbery, and oppression,
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  • and priests involved in leading the corruption.
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  • And of all things hard to understand,
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  • they had male cultic prostitutes actually living
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  • in the Jewish temple, and women setting up shop
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  • in the Jewish temple to weave garments that were used
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  • in idolatrous worship.
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  • This was a terribly sinful, degraded time in Israel.
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  • And God called Hosea to go and preach to this generation.
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  • In his prophecy against them, he says that
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  • the nation of Israel has become like an adulterous wife.
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  • "The spirit of harlotry has caused them to stray,
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  • and they have played the harlot against their God."
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  • The Bible says that Israel had become like an unfaithful wife,
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  • like an adulterous woman.
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  • And God had loved them faithfully and made a covenant
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  • with them, and they had walked away from that covenant
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  • and violated it by their evil behavior.
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  • Now, we know what that's like in our world today, and we must
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  • talk about this because in this passage, in this story, there's
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  • an interplay between God's love for Israel and a man's love
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  • for his wife.
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  • In marriage, is there anything more hurtful to a spouse
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  • than disloyalty?
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  • When couples marry, they stand before God and before witnesses,
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  • and they vow to be faithful and loyal to one another.
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  • And when someone says, "I do," and then they violate that
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  • promise, the results for the violated partner is one of the
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  • deepest hurts that a human being can feel, and I know that from
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  • talking to so many people who have been hurt this way.
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  • You see, men and women, loyalty is the cornerstone of
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  • all relationships, and God made a covenant
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  • with Israel.
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  • That's what this book is about.
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  • His covenant was like a marriage.
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  • God married Israel.
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  • And on three different occasions, they exchanged vows.
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  • At Mount Sinai, when they went into the promised land.
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  • And later when they were settling the promised land,
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  • they said to each other, "I do."
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  • Read those comments in the Bible, and it's really amazing
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  • because Moses reads all the law, and the people said,
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  • "All that you have said, we will do."
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  • But now, all of that has fallen apart.
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  • Six hundred years have gone by since Israel was married to God.
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  • And over the years, the disloyalty continued to grow,
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  • until finally, during Hosea's preaching,
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  • it hit the tipping point.
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  • And here in the Book of Hosea, God commissions his prophet
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  • to show Israel that she had been consistently disloyal to him,
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  • even though he had been faithful to them.
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  • But here's the point that you must not miss.
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  • God primarily wanted Hosea to say to Israel,
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  • "No matter what you've done, no matter how far you've fallen
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  • from grace, no matter what you've done to be disloyal
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  • to me, I want you to know something very important.
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  • I will never quit loving you."
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  • So, God decided to bring this message to Israel in
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  • a very unique and strange way.
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  • What I'm about to tell you is almost like, "Oh, I can't
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  • believe this is in the Bible."
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  • Because in the very first chapter of Hosea,
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  • in the second verse, we read these words,
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  • look at your Bible.
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  • "When the Lord began to speak by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea,
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  • 'Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children
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  • of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry
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  • by departing from the Lord.'"
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  • God told his prophet to go marry a woman
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  • who would become disloyal and immoral,
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  • and who would become literally a prostitute.
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  • God told him to go marry this woman.
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  • By the name, her name was Gomer.
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  • I can hardly get past that name because all I can think about
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  • is Gomer Pyle, you know?
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  • I guess in the Old Testament, that would have been a--but I
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  • don't know anybody--I don't know any women named Gomer,
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  • I sure don't.
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  • But that was the name of his wife, so the Bible says Hosea
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  • went and he married Gomer.
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  • And God said to Hosea, "I want you to love her."
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  • With extraordinary emphasis, he repeats it, "Love her even
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  • though she's an adulteress.
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  • Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, even though
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  • they commit adultery too by their devotion to idols."
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  • So, the heartbreak and the trauma of this torturous
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  • marriage becomes the kind of dramatized prophecy from Hosea.
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  • So, through this book, you have all that's going on between God
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  • and Israel, and at the same time what's going on between
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  • Hosea and his unfaithful wife.
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  • And the unfaithful wife's story is a picture of what it's like
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  • for God when his people are unfaithful to him.
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  • And even though Israel didn't respond to Hosea's message, and
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  • God had allowed the covenant curses to run their course,
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  • God wanted Hosea to say to his people,
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  • hard as this is to believe, "I haven't given up on you.
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  • I'm not finished with you."
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  • In fact, he said, "There's going to be a day in the future, after
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  • you experience some of the things that come as the result
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  • of your sin, there's going to be a day in the future
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  • when we'll get back together."
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  • Listen to these words from Hosea 2,
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  • "'And it shall be in that day,' says the Lord, 'that you will
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  • call me "my husband."
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  • In that day, I will betroth you to me forever.
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  • I will betroth you to me in righteousness and justice,
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  • in lovingkindness and mercy.
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  • I will betroth you to me in faithfulness,
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  • and you shall know the Lord.'"
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  • Now, look up here for a moment, folks.
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  • What kind of love endures the unfaithfulness
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  • of a covenant partner, and yet remains loyal forever?
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  • It's God love, that's what it is.
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  • It's the kind of loyal love that God extended to Israel
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  • in spite of her disloyalty.
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  • The story of that love is told by Hosea in the 11th chapter
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  • of his prophecy, so turn over there.
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  • This is, in my estimation, one of the great chapters
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  • of the Old Testament, Hosea chapter 11.
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  • And if you have your Bible, I'd really like for you to see
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  • this in the Scripture.
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  • I want you to see how this all is laid out in this chapter.
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  • The story of love that is told by Hosea is an interesting story
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  • that comes in several sections.
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  • The first part of Hosea 11 tells us about the commitment
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  • of God's love for his people, just look down at the text.
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  • It says, first of all, that he loved Israel
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  • like a father loves his son.
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  • Notice verse 1, "When Israel was a child,"
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  • when the nation of Israel was a child,
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  • "I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son,
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  • and I taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by their arms."
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  • Now, what this is a reference to is when Israel was in slavery
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  • in Egypt.
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  • And remember, they were slaves to the Egyptians
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  • for over 400 years, and then the Exodus came.
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  • God raised up Moses, and Moses came and said,
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  • "Let my people go."
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  • And God, after a period of time, led the children of Israel
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  • out of Egypt.
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  • And the Bible says it was like they were a little child,
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  • and like he was leading them like a little son away from
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  • the danger of the Egyptians, that he watched over them like
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  • a father watches over a son.
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  • It actually says that he taught them to walk as a nation, and
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  • he carried them in his arms like a father would carry a child.
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  • If you go back and study that period in history, you'll see
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  • that's exactly what happened.
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  • God loved Israel like a father loved a son.
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  • And secondly, he loved them as a husband loves his wife.
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  • Notice verse 4, "I drew them with gentle cords
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  • and with bands of love."
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  • Hosea knew what this was all about because that's exactly
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  • what he had done for Gomer.
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  • When she would fail and be disloyal and adulterous,
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  • he would still go get her and coax her back, and bring her
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  • back into the arms of his love.
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  • And thirdly, he loved as a father, and as a husband,
  • 00:15:06.100 --> 00:15:09.080
  • and then it says he loved as a shepherd.
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  • Verse 4 says, "I was to them as those who take
  • 00:15:11.070 --> 00:15:14.060
  • the yoke from their neck.
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  • I stooped down and I fed them."
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  • And I believe this is in reference to what God did
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  • for the people of Israel when they were in the wilderness,
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  • remember?
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  • Do you know why they were in the wilderness?
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  • Because if they'd gone straight out of Egypt, they'd have been
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  • right in the military zone of all of the toughest people in
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  • Canaan, and they wouldn't have lasted because they were
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  • not prepared militarily.
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  • So, God took them around these nations, but it involved them
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  • being in the--in the wilderness for many years.
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  • And how many of you know no food grows in the wilderness?
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  • So, God had this convenient little thing he worked out
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  • for them.
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  • Every day, they'd walk out, and outside of their tent would be
  • 00:15:51.110 --> 00:15:53.010
  • the--would be the food for the day, manna and quail.
  • 00:15:53.020 --> 00:15:58.270
  • And I've often laughed because the word "manna" means,
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:16:01.000
  • "What is it?"
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  • So, every morning, they'd walk outside of their tent, and God
  • 00:16:04.070 --> 00:16:06.120
  • would drop down the food from heaven, and they would walk out
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  • and say, "Oh, what is it?"
  • 00:16:09.120 --> 00:16:12.110
  • Have you ever said that to your wife when she puts it
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  • on the table?
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  • I wouldn't suggest it.
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  • The Bible says that God so loved his people Israel that
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  • he brought them out like a father with a child.
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  • He embraced them as a husband with his wife.
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  • And then like a shepherd, he just led them through and
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  • cared for all of their needs.
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  • These are endearing words, and these words are basically
  • 00:16:34.120 --> 00:16:40.070
  • a soliloquy from God.
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  • Do you know what I mean by that?
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  • This is God speaking to no one in person,
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  • but to all of us together.
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  • This is--the 11th chapter is God's soliloquy on his love
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  • for Israel and for us.
  • 00:16:52.270 --> 00:16:54.270
  • He's laying the foundation, he's saying,
  • 00:16:55.120 --> 00:16:57.190
  • "I want you to know, first of all,
  • 00:16:57.200 --> 00:16:59.090
  • how much I loved Israel," the commitment of God's love.
  • 00:16:59.100 --> 00:17:03.080
  • Now, notice the contempt for God's love.
  • 00:17:03.090 --> 00:17:07.160
  • It says in verse 2, "And they called them,
  • 00:17:07.170 --> 00:17:09.230
  • and they went from them, and they sacrificed to Baals,
  • 00:17:09.240 --> 00:17:14.010
  • and they burned incense to carved images."
  • 00:17:14.020 --> 00:17:17.140
  • Verse 3, "And they did not
  • 00:17:17.150 --> 00:17:19.060
  • even know that I was the one who had healed them."
  • 00:17:19.070 --> 00:17:21.170
  • They didn't even know what I had done for them.
  • 00:17:21.180 --> 00:17:24.220
  • And verse 7 says, "My people are bent
  • 00:17:24.230 --> 00:17:26.250
  • on backsliding form me.
  • 00:17:26.260 --> 00:17:28.120
  • Though they call to the Most High,
  • 00:17:28.130 --> 00:17:30.140
  • none at all exalt him."
  • 00:17:30.150 --> 00:17:33.150
  • God said, "My people that I have loved as a father, as a husband,
  • 00:17:34.060 --> 00:17:37.180
  • as a shepherd, my people are bent on backsliding from me,
  • 00:17:37.190 --> 00:17:43.280
  • and they don't even have any clue what it is that
  • 00:17:43.290 --> 00:17:46.250
  • I have done for them."
  • 00:17:46.260 --> 00:17:47.280
  • How many of you know, as God's people, it's real easy
  • 00:17:47.290 --> 00:17:51.050
  • for us to get what God has done for us out of whack?
  • 00:17:51.060 --> 00:17:55.100
  • We are so blessed, sometimes we complain, and I feel like when
  • 00:17:55.110 --> 00:17:59.010
  • we do that, we really shouldn't because our worst day is better
  • 00:17:59.020 --> 00:18:04.290
  • than the best day most people have around the world.
  • 00:18:05.000 --> 00:18:09.080
  • The people of Israel did not know what God had done, or
  • 00:18:09.090 --> 00:18:11.220
  • at least they had pushed it into the background, and they kept
  • 00:18:11.230 --> 00:18:15.060
  • violating everything they knew that was dear to God's heart.
  • 00:18:15.070 --> 00:18:20.120
  • Verses 5 and 6, he says, "But the Assyrians
  • 00:18:20.130 --> 00:18:22.280
  • shall be their king, because they refuse to repent.
  • 00:18:22.290 --> 00:18:27.150
  • And the sword shall slash in their cities, devour the
  • 00:18:27.160 --> 00:18:30.180
  • districts, and consume them, because of their own counsels."
  • 00:18:30.190 --> 00:18:36.000
  • Actually, the Assyrians did become their king.
  • 00:18:36.010 --> 00:18:39.130
  • But what is going on here is that God is responding
  • 00:18:39.140 --> 00:18:42.090
  • in a way that we understand.
  • 00:18:42.100 --> 00:18:43.150
  • God is saying, "For what they have done,
  • 00:18:43.160 --> 00:18:45.190
  • here's what they deserve."
  • 00:18:45.200 --> 00:18:49.010
  • But it's apparent, as you read this soliloquy
  • 00:18:49.020 --> 00:18:51.260
  • in the 11th chapter, that God cannot endure
  • 00:18:51.270 --> 00:18:54.280
  • the thought of the final judgment of his people.
  • 00:18:54.290 --> 00:18:57.200
  • And so, we see his compassion in verses 8 and 9.
  • 00:18:57.210 --> 00:19:02.090
  • And I have to tell you this, I don't usually get this
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:04.100
  • vulnerable in the pulpit.
  • 00:19:04.110 --> 00:19:06.200
  • I have found myself in tears on more than one occasion this week
  • 00:19:06.210 --> 00:19:10.230
  • just reading these verses, reading them with understanding
  • 00:19:10.240 --> 00:19:16.070
  • of what they meant in that moment,
  • 00:19:16.080 --> 00:19:18.060
  • and what they mean to us today.
  • 00:19:18.070 --> 00:19:20.170
  • Here is God so violated by the disloyalty of his people, and in
  • 00:19:20.180 --> 00:19:26.100
  • every right to obliterate them from the face of the earth,
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:32.290
  • and we read these words, "How shall I give you up,
  • 00:19:33.000 --> 00:19:36.240
  • Ephraim?
  • 00:19:36.250 --> 00:19:38.200
  • How shall I cast you off, Israel?
  • 00:19:38.210 --> 00:19:42.020
  • How shall I make thee as Admah?
  • 00:19:42.030 --> 00:19:44.080
  • How shall I make thee as Zeboiim?
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  • My heart churns within me; my sympathy is stirred.
  • 00:19:46.180 --> 00:19:50.240
  • I will not execute the fierceness of my anger; I will
  • 00:19:50.250 --> 00:19:55.280
  • not again destroy Ephraim.
  • 00:19:55.290 --> 00:19:58.120
  • For I am God, and not man, the holy one in your midst; and
  • 00:19:58.130 --> 00:20:03.030
  • I will not come with terror."
  • 00:20:03.040 --> 00:20:06.040
  • In these words of Hosea, there are four questions.
  • 00:20:07.250 --> 00:20:10.260
  • "How shall I give you up, Ephraim?
  • 00:20:10.270 --> 00:20:13.250
  • How shall I give you up, Israel?
  • 00:20:13.260 --> 00:20:16.090
  • How shall I make you as Admah and Zeboiim?"
  • 00:20:16.100 --> 00:20:19.090
  • Those two cities were cities on the plains next to
  • 00:20:19.100 --> 00:20:22.140
  • Sodom and Gomorrah.
  • 00:20:22.150 --> 00:20:23.240
  • In other words, God is saying, "How can I destroy you like
  • 00:20:23.250 --> 00:20:26.130
  • I destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah?"
  • 00:20:26.140 --> 00:20:28.290
  • Then comes the great answer from God,
  • 00:20:29.020 --> 00:20:31.250
  • "My heart is turned within me, and my compassions
  • 00:20:31.260 --> 00:20:35.190
  • are kindled together."
  • 00:20:35.200 --> 00:20:38.160
  • This is amazing.
  • 00:20:38.170 --> 00:20:40.170
  • How can you love someone who throws your love back
  • 00:20:40.200 --> 00:20:43.010
  • in your face?
  • 00:20:43.020 --> 00:20:44.120
  • And yet, this is what God is doing.
  • 00:20:44.130 --> 00:20:46.070
  • He just will not quit loving his people.
  • 00:20:46.080 --> 00:20:49.150
  • And this is the amazing thing.
  • 00:20:49.160 --> 00:20:50.220
  • Because of what God is, he sees us, he sees our possibilities,
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:54.210
  • and in spite of all of our backsliding, in spite of all of
  • 00:20:54.220 --> 00:20:57.090
  • our disobedience, in spite of the fact that we have contempt
  • 00:20:57.100 --> 00:21:00.040
  • sometimes for his love, we hear him saying,
  • 00:21:00.050 --> 00:21:03.070
  • "I cannot give you up.
  • 00:21:03.080 --> 00:21:05.240
  • I will not, I will not, I will not."
  • 00:21:05.250 --> 00:21:10.180
  • The commitment of God's love, and the contempt of it, and the
  • 00:21:10.190 --> 00:21:13.100
  • compassion of it, and finally the consummation of it.
  • 00:21:13.110 --> 00:21:17.280
  • Verse 9, this is God's decision.
  • 00:21:17.290 --> 00:21:22.180
  • "I will not execute the fierceness of my anger; I will
  • 00:21:22.190 --> 00:21:26.250
  • not again destroy Ephraim.
  • 00:21:26.260 --> 00:21:29.120
  • I am God, and not man, the holy one in your midst; and
  • 00:21:29.130 --> 00:21:32.210
  • I will not come with terror."
  • 00:21:32.220 --> 00:21:36.200
  • You say, "Pastor Jeremiah, how can God do this?
  • 00:21:36.210 --> 00:21:39.260
  • How can God just not respond to the disobedience of his people?"
  • 00:21:39.270 --> 00:21:43.210
  • Here we have God's justice being defied.
  • 00:21:43.220 --> 00:21:50.230
  • And here we have God's love being expressed.
  • 00:21:50.240 --> 00:21:54.270
  • And remember the passage from 2 Timothy that says
  • 00:21:54.280 --> 00:21:57.070
  • God cannot deny himself.
  • 00:21:57.080 --> 00:21:58.280
  • That means God, in the midst of all of this, he has to be God
  • 00:21:58.290 --> 00:22:02.050
  • first and foremost, he has to be holy, and he has to be loving.
  • 00:22:02.060 --> 00:22:06.140
  • But when we look at that through our human eyes,
  • 00:22:06.150 --> 00:22:08.160
  • we say there's no way, how do you make that work?
  • 00:22:08.170 --> 00:22:11.250
  • I mean, if they've sinned and they violated your justice,
  • 00:22:11.260 --> 00:22:14.210
  • they must be punished.
  • 00:22:14.220 --> 00:22:17.030
  • And if you love them, you have to just turn your eyes away from
  • 00:22:17.040 --> 00:22:20.230
  • what they've done like a doting old grandfather who pats his
  • 00:22:20.240 --> 00:22:24.140
  • children on the head and says, "Just go play, go play."
  • 00:22:24.150 --> 00:22:30.020
  • And neither one of those are options for God.
  • 00:22:30.030 --> 00:22:34.160
  • In order for him to be just, all of the sin of the world had
  • 00:22:34.170 --> 00:22:39.260
  • to be atoned for.
  • 00:22:39.270 --> 00:22:42.110
  • The Bible says the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
  • 00:22:42.120 --> 00:22:46.160
  • And the sin of the world could only be atoned for
  • 00:22:46.170 --> 00:22:49.170
  • through death.
  • 00:22:49.180 --> 00:22:52.130
  • And so, he sent his Son, listen to me, the infinite Son of God
  • 00:22:52.140 --> 00:22:57.260
  • to go to the cross, and suffer the infinite death that was
  • 00:22:57.270 --> 00:23:01.180
  • necessary so that all of our sins could be atoned for,
  • 00:23:01.190 --> 00:23:06.130
  • and God's justice could be poured out on his Son.
  • 00:23:06.140 --> 00:23:14.010
  • And there at the cross, with his arms outstretched, he says,
  • 00:23:14.020 --> 00:23:18.190
  • "If you will come to me and receive what I have done
  • 00:23:18.200 --> 00:23:23.080
  • through my Son Jesus, I will forgive you of all
  • 00:23:23.090 --> 00:23:26.220
  • your sin, I will wash you clean, and now I can show my love
  • 00:23:26.230 --> 00:23:30.140
  • to you because the justice issue has been resolved."
  • 00:23:30.150 --> 00:23:34.010
  • Every time you think that maybe God's love is just a simple,
  • 00:23:34.020 --> 00:23:38.280
  • easy love, just look at the cross.
  • 00:23:38.290 --> 00:23:42.030
  • Because the cross standing there in the center of all humanity is
  • 00:23:42.040 --> 00:23:45.130
  • a reminder to us of the justice of God poured out upon his Son
  • 00:23:45.140 --> 00:23:49.070
  • so that God could say to you and to me, and to his people Israel,
  • 00:23:49.080 --> 00:23:55.060
  • "I love you.
  • 00:23:55.070 --> 00:23:57.260
  • I always have, and I always will."
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  • announcer: And now, with one last word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • David: It's hard to imagine being in Hosea's shoes,
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  • being asked by God to love someone who didn't really know
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  • how to receive true love.
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  • But if you think about it, that's what God does with us.
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  • We are certainly undeserving of God's love, and yet he pursues
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  • us relentlessly with his loyal and unconditional love.
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  • I don't know what your experience with love has been,
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  • but I hope you'll decide to receive God's love
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  • by saying yes to Jesus Christ.
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  • He is the ultimate expression of God's love to mankind.
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  • I'd like to send you two free resources that will help you
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  • grow in your relationship with Christ, our booklet called
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  • "Your Greatest Turning Point," and our monthly
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  • devotional magazine called "Turning Points."
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  • We'll gladly send them both to you free of charge
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  • if you will contact us here at "Turning Point" today.
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  • announcer: In addition to these free study resources,
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  • nothing is as profound as the Word of God.
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  • And now, Dr. Jeremiah has a Bible for every member
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  • of the family.
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  • There are numerous versions of the Jeremiah Study Bible,
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  • perfect for adults and teens.
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  • And the Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible will bring the truth
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  • of God's Word to the young ones in your life.
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  • Contact "Turning Point" for more information,
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  • or to order today.
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point ."
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  • David: Whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever
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  • you've done, whatever your background, whatever situation
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  • you're in, with authority on the basis of the Word of God, I am
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  • telling you today God loves you, he always has loved you,
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  • he always will love you.
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  • What you do with that love is up to you.
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  • announcer: Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "God Wrote His Love in Red," here on "Turning Point ."
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