Rev. E. Anderson
PROSTITUTING GOD’S GRACE
This is a simple outline for you to think about and meditate on. The introduction, main thoughts and conclusion need further material to be added. It is an outline for you to expand, develop more fully and fill in to spiritual profit and inspiration.
The prophet is given quite a few images to describe and define the situation that God’s people were in. He does not paint a very good picture or portrait but exposes the awful rottenness and wickedness of their conduct. There was not much difference to pick and choose between those in Jerusalem and those now in captivity. There was the spirit of rebellion abroad in them all and an utter defilement in all their doings. They had become wholly polluted and so the inevitable judgement had to come. It was not going to be delayed any further. They had truly angered the Lord in every way and so left Him with no alternative but to carry out the prophetic word in bringing their ruin and desolation. Because they had ruined the relationship with Him and ruined their characters, He would bring the ultimate ruin on them.
In chapter 16 there is a total and full disclosure of what had occurred. An historic view of God and their dealings is given over a long period and it reveals without doubt the fact that they had truly prostituted His grace and goodness. In fact, she had become a blatant and flagrant whore of the worst possible kind.
1/. GOD’S GRACE HAD BEEN AT THEIR BEGINNING – vv4-7
If it had not been for His gracious intervention at birth they would have had no life or existence whatsoever. Nobody else had an interest in their being or cared about their life or future. He had spoken the word of life and health to them.
2/. GOD’S GRACE HAD BEEN EVIDENT IN MARRIAGE – v8
Through His love and attention she had grown graceful and beautiful and so the marriage took place between them. The people became joined in sacred union with Jehovah. She was and had nothing and the Lord took her to Himself.
3/. GOD’S GRACE HAD BEEN APPARENT IN THEIR PROVISION – vv9-14
He had done everything possible to enrich her in every way. There was no lack on any front. What a husband He turned out to be! He blessed her fully!
4/. GOD’S GRACE HAD BEEN TRULY REJECTED BY THEIR CONDUCT -vv15-34
She utterly prostituted herself and the gifts He had loaded her with.
5/. GOD’S GRACE WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE TREATED WITH CONTEMPT -vv35-52
The inevitable had to happen: she had to be disowned, exposed, judged – Hosea
6/. GOD’S GRACE WOULD BE MANIFEST YET AGAIN – vv53-63
God’s amazing grace: He would keep His word, forgive and restore.