When Is Revival Necessary?
Timing is important in many things we do. We have developed clichés like ''We must strike while the iron is hot.'' The meaning is that the opportunity is a passing one. We either act on it or lose the opportunity the time offers.
In our text, these words were addressed to the Northern Kingdom of Israel around 750 B. C. The prophet Hosea married Gomer and had three children with her. She prostituted herself in the worship of Baal, which was a fertility cult. Hosea is hurt terribly by her desertion. Her decision led her to slavery. Hosea is instructed by God to go to the slave market and redeem her. This experience between this couple represents what happened between Israel and God.
When is it time to seek the Lord? There are at least three conditions in the scriptures which indicate that it is time to seek the Lord.
1. WHEN GOD'S JUDGMENT IS IMMINENT
1. The reasons for judgment
The Bible reveals God as the Moral Governor of the nations. Proverbs 15:3 ''The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.''
What did God see when he looked around the Northern Kingdom? Hosea 4:1-2 ''Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.''
God is a prosecutor bringing his case before the people. What does God see when he looks around in America?
A. He sees violence. There is a crime war raging. There is a murder in this country every few seconds. My brother was murdered a few years back by an x-con who bragged to his sister that he killed a man for five dollars, a T. V. and a V. C.R.
In the past couple of years Baylor University was in the news because one basketball player killed another member of the team.
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