THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Her 3-year-old son had been difficult (to say the least) all day.
He turned up his nose at breakfast.
And, later, she found the wrappers from 2 candy bars under his bed.
When she took him to the grocery store, he was continually trying to climb out of the cart.
He refused nap-time, and as a result was "cranky" all afternoon.
Finally, she put him in "time-out" in his bedroom.
She said, "You better pray that God will make you a better boy!"
In his bedroom, he kneeled by the bed, and prayed:
"God, I sure hope You'll make me a better boy - for my Mom.
But, if You don't it's all right - 'cause I'm having fun like I am!"
They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God:
for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.
The word "frame" in our text above is translated from the Hebrew word nathan (naw-than').
There are many meanings and usages for that word.
Some of them are: add, bring forth, cast, commit, thrust, withdraw.
Thus, the NASB of the same verse reads:
Hos 5:4 "Their deeds will not allow them To return to their God.
For a spirit of harlotry is within them, And they do not know the LORD."
After Solomon's death, the northern two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh rebelled against the united kingdom's choice of Rehoboam for king (1Kings 12:19).
And, they led eight other tribes to form a new nation called Israel (1Kings 12:20).
That was about 931BC.
God had prophesied of this in 1Kings 11:29-38.
After that, the kingdom of Israel rejected the holy worship of Jehovah, and mixed it with other idol-worship for over 200 years.
Their leaders rejected true worship of God.
Generation after generation, they got so far away from God that God said, "And they do not KNOW the LORD!"
The generations of children had learned mixed idol worship and sensual practices.
Now, "a spirit of harlotry" was within them, and they would NOT repent and turn to God.
I'm afraid we have reached a similar problem in America.
Our nation was founded upon Biblical principles, and a devout worship of ONE God.
Yet, our leaders have repeatedly rejected the Word of the Lord along with His principles of truth.
Generation after generation, we have gotten so far from God, that I wonder if He says, "..they do not KNOW the LORD!"
The "spirit of harlotry" fills our nation.
A "gimme" attitude has corrupted our people!
This attitude has become a MAGNET that attracts people AWAY from God!!
And, without God, people become bitter and negative.
Someone asked me once, "Well, Bro. Bruce - do you have a solution?"
My answer is, "NO! But GOD has one!! And, He's already offered it!!"
To the saved God says,
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14)
To the lost God says,
"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38
The question is, "When will YOU accept God's offer?"
Which will you be: better or bitter?