“They set up kings, but not by Me; they made princes, but I did not acknowledge them. From their silver and gold they made idols for themselves that they might be cut off.” – Hosea 8:4
The original plan for the Nation of Israel was to be ruled by God. They were to go to Him directly for guidance and counsel. That began to fade, however, because during the time of the judges, the people started looking around at how other nations operated with a king, and they wanted the same thing. They wanted to be like others. This ushered in the time of the kings, beginning with King Saul.
In addition to setting up for themselves a king, they also fashioned idols for themselves made out of gold and silver. This made them feel holy with something tangible before them to worship. This was never God’s plan, it was the sin in the human heart that caused them to make these choices.
Here in verse 4, it says, “They made idols for themselves – that they might be cut off.” In other words, they were making choices that would separate themselves from God and ultimately end up in eternal destruction.
In Revelation 20, we are told of the 1000 year reign. This is the time when there will be peace on earth with a perfect government and perfect environment. We are told that Satan will be bound in the pit during this time but will once again be released for one last revolt against God and His people. But, for what purpose? To prove that the heart of man is desperately wicked and that a perfect environment cannot produce a perfect heart. There must be a heart change. Even then, people will be making choices that will cut themselves off from grace and send themselves to hell.
The Bible tells us in Revelation 20 that there will be those standing at “The Great White Throne” waiting for judgment. This will be for those who never accepted Jesus as Savior. God does not send anyone to hell. We are human, not robots, and able to make choices. Therefore, when we choose not to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we send ourselves to hell. What choice have you made today?
“In light of Calvary, no lost sinner can condemn God for casting him into hell. God has provided a way of escape, patiently waiting for sinners to repent. He will not lower His standards or alter His requirements. He has ordained that faith in His Son is the only way of salvation.” – Warren Wiersbe