Introduction: Have you ever been in circumstances that truly continued to go “from bad to worse,” and every attempt to correct the problem only compounded the problem. That’s the way it was in Hosea’s day for Israel. It was the worst of times. Hosea identified these times in the opening verses of his prophecy. These times of uncertainty are described in II Kings 14-17. In these uncertain times, Hosea proclaimed his word from the Lord. We see in this passage
I. THE CONDITIONS.
a. It was a time of internal corruption.
b. It was a time of international change.
c. It was a time of intellectual chaos.
II. THE CAUSE.
a. The first cause was immorality.
b. The second cause was infidelity.
c. The third cause was insolence.
III. THE CHALLENGE.
a. The prophet’s message can be summarized in two words: turn and yearn.
b. Hosea’s prophetic message needs to be sounded again to our nation.
c. The church must be at her best in the worst of times.
II Kings 17:7 James 1:15 Exodus 20:3
II Kings 17:14 Hosea 6:1-3, 6