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Sunday, December 27 2015
Hosea 4: What Happens To A Nation When God's Law Is Forsaken?
"There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed"
The English-language word "forsaken" originated from a compounded Anglo-Saxon word, for, meaning to intend, or deliberate, and sacan, meaning to contend, or oppose. To forsake means to deliberately abandon something or someone.
To forsake can be very good and righteous, if it's a matter of forsaking what is wrong and evil (see Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?). As we will read, it's what repentant people do that makes them repentant people, but it's also what the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) does to those who make themselves wrong and evil if they thereafter forsake Him.
"55:6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 55:7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:6-7 KJV)
While forsaking is good, when it's a rejection of evil for good, forsaking can be evil when it's a rejection of good for evil - as defined, not by self-righteous humans (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy), but the true and pure Law of the LORD.
"7:19 But if you turn aside and forsake my statutes and my commandments that I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, 7:20 then I will pluck you up from my land that I have given you, and this house that I have consecrated for my name, I will cast out of my sight, and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples." (2 Chronicles 7:19-20 KJV)
The Israelites had a long history of forsaking the LORD (see the complete series of studies for Israel and Judah, beginning with Israel In History and Prophecy: Roots and Branches), from which the LORD left them to reap the destruction of their nation from the violence and corruption that inevitably results when the Law of the LORD is forsaken (see Reap What You Sow).
"4:1 Hear the word of the LORD, O children of Israel, for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; 4:2 there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. 4:3 Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away.
Fact Finder: What is the coming cure for the confusion that plagues the present world?
This Day In History, December 27
537: The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey was completed. The Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica (church), later became a Muslim mosque. It is today a museum (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1512: The Spanish Crown issued the Laws of Burgos. They governed the conduct of settlers (who the native people came to view as invaders in their homelands) toward native people in the "New World."
1741: Prussian (not to be confused with Russian - Prussia is in Germany) forces took Olmutz, Czechoslovakia.
1822: Louis Pasteur, the French chemist and bacteriologist, was born. He originated the heat process known as Pasteurization, used to destroy micro-organisms in certain foods and drinks.
1825: The first public railroad using steam locomotives was completed, in England.
1831: The British survey ship HMS Beagle set sail from Plymouth, England, on its scientific voyage around the world. On board was a young naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1922: The Japanese Hosho was commissioned; it was the world's first purpose-built aircraft carrier (earlier carriers were converted ships e.g. the first U.S. aircraft carrier was a converted bulk coal carrier).
1927: Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, marking a victory for Joseph Stalin.
1929: Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin orders the "liquidation of the kulaks as a class." The kulaks were peasants who owned property that they worked for, but were regarded as a threat to socialism.
1945: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was established.
1949: Indonesia became independent from the Netherlands by decree from by Queen Juliana.
1966: The Cave of Swallows, the largest known cave shaft in the world, was discovered in Aquismon, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
1972: Lester Pearson died at age 75. The 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-1968) was awarded the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize (back in the days when the recipient had to actually do something for peace) for his efforts to resolve the Israeli Suez Crisis of 1956.
1972: Belgium became the first NATO country to establish diplomatic relations with East Germany.
1978: King Juan Carlos ratified Spain's first democratic constitution.
1979: Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan. Hafizullah Amin, President of Afghanistan, was executed. The U.S. condemned the Soviet invasion until it did so itself a few years later.
1995: Israeli troops withdrew from Ramallah, completing the handover of 6 "West Bank" towns to the "Palestinians" ("Palestine" is merely a variant English-language rendering of "Philistine"; see Jordan's West Bank Invasion and Where Is Palestine?).
1996: Rwanda's first genocide trial opened with the accused facing charges for their part in the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis in 1994.
2007: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated.
2008: Israel began a 3-week military operation on Gaza - "Operation Cast Lead" (see also Gaza In History And Prophecy).