by Jerry Watts

God's Divine Determination
Jerry Watts
Hosea 1:1-2:1

Look at the title of this message, ''God's Divine Determination.'' We all know about Determination. We are determined to do a number of things. In His holy, divine, and righteous love God will leave no stone unturned to bring His people to Himself. The sad truth is this, even with God's determination there will be those who reject His advances. How can this be? When God made man in HIS image - He gave us the right to choose, and we can choose to walk away.

(READ TEXT) What an unusual story! To the modern day American mind, this story should not even be found in God's word. Words like harlotry, prostitutes, and whoredom, are not words we come to church to hear. Yet here they are found in the middle of God's word, spoken by God!

That same American mind seems to have a skewed view of Jehovah God. The average person knows Bible says, ''God is love,'' so we have come up with our own definition of love and have, in effect, made God in OUR image, after OUR likeness; or better said, as 'someone we can like.' The average person (possibly believer) doesn't even know that at least 3 times in the Old Testament the Bible tells us that Jehovah is a JEALOUS GOD. Did you get that? Jealous! We have all seen the results of a jealous husband or jealous wife and the havoc they can reap if the object of their love even 'looks' at someone else. Exodus 34 says, ''You shall worship no other god, for the Lord, WHOSE NAME IS JEALOUS, is a JEALOUS GOD.'' Deuteronomy 4 raises the bar by saying, ''God is a consuming fire. A Jealous God'' and Joshua 24 follows with ''God is a Holy God, He is a jealous God.'' The Hebrew word (qanna) contains a powerful and pointed meaning (''demanding exclusive service,'' or even ''punishing those who hate Him''). Do you yet have a clear picture about the nature of God? He loves His people so much that He can't stand the thought of losing them.

In His jealousy for His people, He demands their lov ...

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