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Saturday, January 2 2016

Hosea 10: The Politics And Religion Of The Lost Ten Tribes

"Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem ... the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD"

Hosea was a prophet of the LORD primarily to the Kingdom of Israel (see Gomer's Children) after the united Kingdom of Israel of David and Solomon (see How Many Kings Reigned In The United Kingdom?) was divided into the Kingdom of "Israel" and the Kingdom of "Judah" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah and A History Of Israel's United And Divided Kingdoms).

The Kingdom of Israel, beginning with Jeroboam, its first king, became corrupt almost from the beginning of their independent existence, while the Kingdom of Judah, remained faithful to the LORD for much longer - the reason that the Kingdom of Israel fell in 721 BC, while the Kingdom of Judah lasted until 586 BC.

The political and religious conditions in the Kingdom of Israel, in which Hosea was sent to prophesy, are recorded in detail in the historic account of the Holy Scriptures. The reason for their self-destruction was their own defiantly-corrupt behavior - politically and religiously.

Jeroboam's political reason for the Kingdom of Israel's abandonment of the LORD's Way was that he didn't want "his" people crossing into a foreign country for their religion i.e. "If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord."

Israel and Judah

"12:25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.

12:26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: 12:27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. 12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

12:31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. 12:32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. 12:33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense." (1 Kings 12:25-33 KJV)

Another result, that further hastened Israel's corruption is that Jeroboam drove out the Levites (who moved to the Kingdom of Judah; see No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?) and created a priesthood from anyone who would obey him, rather than the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).

"11:13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts.

11:14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD: 11:15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.

11:16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers." (2 Chronicles 11:13-16 KJV)

The result was that by the time of Hosea's prophetic ministry to them, the Kingdom of Israel had made its pathological-minded political and religious independence into a self-destructive toxin for themselves: "They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field."

"10:1 Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images. 10:2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.

10:3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?

10:4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.

10:5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it. 10:6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel. 10:7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water. 10:8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

10:9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them. 10:10 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows. 10:11 And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.

10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. 10:13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.

10:14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children. 10:15 So shall Bethel do unto you because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off." (Hosea 10:1-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was the Messianic result of the politics and religion of the Kingdom of Israel?
See How Did Israel Separate Itself From The Messianic King?


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This Day In History, January 2

69: The Roman Lower Rhine army (see also Legions Of Men And Angels) proclaimed its commander, Vitellius, as the 8th Roman emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Politics Of Rome).

366: A large force of Alamanni (an alliance of ancient tribes of Germanic people) crossed the frozen Rhine River and invaded the Roman Empire. The Germanic nations eventually not only defeated the Roman Empire, but became "Rome" in the prophecy of the Middle Ages and yet-future (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Germanic Europe
533: Mercurius became Pope John II; he was the first pope to adopt an alias for a papal reign.

757: Aethelbald, king of the Mercians from 716, died. By 736 he was signing himself as "king of Britain."

1492: Spain recaptured the southern city of Granada from the Moors (an Arab and Berber people from North Africa who converted to Islam and conquered Spain in the 8th century), consolidating the monarchy under Ferdinand of Aragon. The same year, King Ferdinand and his wife Queen Isabella ordered the expulsion of all Jews from Spain, while sending Christopher Columbus, an explorer in their employ, off on his first voyage to the "new world" (Columbus actually only discovered the islands of the Caribbean Sea during his four voyages; see the map at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). Ferdinand and Isabella were also responsible for the horrendous "Spanish Inquisition" in which many people all across Europe were tortured and killed for not allowing themselves to be subjected to the Church of Rome.

Christopher Columbus
1602: The Spanish force in Ireland surrendered to the English at Kinsdale.

1757: Clive of India recaptured Calcutta after it had been seized by the Nawab of Bengal who used the infamous "Black Hole of Calcutta" to imprison British captives.

1839: Pioneering photographer Louis Daguerre of France took the first photograph of the moon.

1892: Sir George Airy died at age 91. The British scientist was the seventh Astronomer Royal. He reorganized the Royal Greenwich Observatory, installing new apparatus and rescued thousands of observations from loss. The Airy Disk, the central spot of light in the diffraction pattern of a point light source, is named after him.

1905: During the Russian-Japanese War, the Russians surrendered to the Japanese after the Battle of Port Arthur.

1936: In Berlin, Nazi officials claimed that their treatment of Jews was not any of the League of Nations business (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1937: Britain and Italy signed the Mediterranean Peace Pact. They were at war less than 2 years later.

1942: During the Second World War, in the Philippines, Japanese forces captured the capital Manila, along with the nearby air base.

1944: The first use of helicopters in actual combat, by the British Atlantic patrol.

1959: The first human lunar space mission was begun by the Soviet Union with its launch of the unmanned Luna I. It passed within 4,600 miles of the moon before moving on to a solar orbit.

1971: A team of Israeli scholars announced the discovery in Jerusalem of a 2,000 year-old skeleton of a crucified male. Found in a cave-tomb, it was the first direct physical evidence of the Roman method of execution.

1988: The Canada-U.S. Free Trade agreement was signed by President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

1995: The most distant galaxy discovered to that time was found by scientists using the Keck telescope in Hawaii. It was estimated to be 15 billion light years away i.e. the light image seen in the telescope was 15 billion years old (see Your Very Own Time Machine; also Parabolic Prophecies).

2007: Teddy Kollek died at age 95. He was the mayor of Jerusalem 1965-1993.





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