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ernestandersonFURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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TOO LATE!

HOSEA 5

The Lord plainly tells His people that there will come a moment when it will be too late to seek Him because they have gone too far over the edge and judgment will be inevitable – v5. He was addressing the professed spiritual leaders and expressing the fact that the northern part was doomed because of the utter wickedness of all. There was no way that He could forestall judgement any further and no action on their part could stop what was to be. These are very sad words – “Too Late!” They disclose and describe a hopeless state of affairs.

(1) IT WAS SEEMINGLY TOO LATE TO AMEND THEIR WAYS

It appears from v6 that there does look as if there was some attempt to find God and make amendment but one just wonders whether it was genuine or mere outward show. Maybe it was an effort to try and prevent what they knew was going to happen and there was an absence of a true seeking of the Lord. They could now read the signs and so were driven by fear rather than a wholesome desire to know, love and worship Jehovah. The Lord could read the situation perfectly and had no time for it.

(2) IT WAS TOO LATE FOR THE LORD TO RETURN AND SHOW  GRACE

The Lord had left them to their true deserts. They had tested His grace to the utmost limit and it was now time to withdraw it. To have further demonstrated some favour may well have brought further abuse of it. It would have been senseless to have gone back because it would not have improved matters as God in His wisdom could foresee. The only way forward was to let things take their course.

(3) IT WAS TOO LATE TO PREVENT THE AWFUL CONFLICT AND SLAVERY

The Lord foretells what is to be and it does not make comfortable reading. Judgment is to fall like a waterfall – v1 O. The people will be consumed like a moth eats wool and their strength will be utterly weakened like dry rot. It is just an exposure and end as revealed in their nature and practice. They will be torn apart and finish up in bondage – v14. When it all occurs they will know that there is no escape route.

(4) IT WAS TOO LATE UNTIL THE TIME OF RENEWAL OCCURRED

Thankfully, at the concluding part of this section there is the promise of the Lord’s return and the revelation of His grace. Until that time schedule and ultimate intervention everything is in abeyance. God’s people will have to wait the Lord’s time for the restoration of His grace that will ensure a new beginning and future. Whilst the Lord says “Too Late”, Now! thankfully His covenant word and grace still exist for future unveiling.

CLIMAX

There is a major lesson to learn in all this. One must not presume upon or abuse God’s grace and favour. One should know Him and His timing.

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