God’s view of arrogance
Hosea 5-8/Matthew 25-28
5:5-7 The arrogance of Israel testifies against her; she will stumble under her load of guilt. Judah, too, will fall with her. Then at last, they will come with their flocks and herds to offer sacrifices to the LORD. But it will be too late! They will not find him, because he has withdrawn from them, and they are now alone. For they have betrayed the honor of the LORD, bearing children that aren’t his. Now their false religion will devour them, along with their wealth.
6:1-3 “Come, let us return to the LORD! He has torn us in pieces; now he will heal us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our wounds. In just a short time, he will restore us so we can live in his presence. Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him! Then he will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.”
25:13 “So stay awake and be prepared, because you do not know the day or hour of my return.”
26:31-32 “Tonight all of you will desert me,” Jesus told them. “For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”
OT Flash Points
I will tear Israel & Judah like a lion tears apart its prey
Then wait for them to search for me again
Their leaders are killed by their enemies because of their insolence toward Me
Insolence: Altars made for taking away sin have become marketplaces for sin
NT Flash Points
Fearing men & not God, the pious fall into the trap
“The one who uses what he has well will be given more but he who misuses it, even what he has will be taken away”
“To the least of these…”
The Bread/Body broken
The Wine/Blood poured out
The extent of real love
Do it or deny me
“As you will,” Jesus says to the unrepentant heart.
“No, not mine but Your will!”
And I too take and become broken bread and poured out wine.
Does what you know paralyze you? or invigorate and incite you to action?
Matthew 26:31 – If you desert the Shepherd when He is mocked, remember – He’ll be waiting for you at the end of the road you took