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More Than Words (Hosea 9-10)

One of the blessings we have from the literary prophets is that God directly explains why judgment comes from God and what to do to receive the blessings of God. God is never unfair or arbitrary in his judgments. He explains why his judgments are reasonable and why judgments must come. He also explains what he expects of his people so that they can remain in his favor. Before transitioning into pictures of a future hope, God is going to express the present judgment and the reasons this judgment must finally come against Israel.

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Why Life Is A Mess 2 (Genesis 3:8-15)

We are looking at why life is a mess and God gives us answers for why life is a mess. The first answer given to us as to why life is a mess is that every person has fallen to the temptation of Satan. Satan tempts us to doubt God’s goodness, doubt God’s integrity, and to think that God’s law are ridiculous. The lie Satan gives to us is that we can be free. But rather than become free by sinning, we become enslaved to sin. Life is a mess because we have messed up our own lives by not listening to God and not believing in God. To use our illustration from the last lesson, we ran in the street even when God told us not to. In this lesson we are going to continue to look at God’s answer as to why life is a mess. Genesis 3:8-24 will explain to us the effects of sin. It is the effects of our sins that continue to make life a mess.

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Spiritual Delusion (Hosea 8)

The failure of Israel has been tied to two key problems: the people do not know God and the people offer a false repentance. The people simple do not have a relationship with God and do not truly know him. When confronted with this problem, the people say they will change, but no change happens. They say that they will press on to know the Lord, but their love is like a mist that vanishes in a few moments. Now in Hosea 8 we see God explaining to the people their spiritual condition and their present situation. God is attempting to wake the people up so that they will truly see their real condition before God.

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Why Life Is A Mess (Genesis 3:1-7)

The first 11 chapters are God’s introduction of himself to the world and explanation of who we are. In the first two chapters we see that we are made in the image of God, male and female were created by God, and they were created to be different, uniquely filling what the other lacks. Further, we see that marriage is God’s solution for human loneliness. Humans were created for relationship: relationship with God and relationship with others. Today we come to another text where we cannot impose our will or desires over it. The point is not about the serpent or its origins. We are not told why the serpent is doing what it is doing. Genesis 3 is about us and why we are the way we are.

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