The JFK files were released and instantly the conspiracy theories started to try and bolster their cases. The fact that cannot be denied is that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1962, Malcolm X in New York City on February 21, 1965, Bobby Kennedy in LA on June 5, 1968, and Martin Luther King in Memphis on April 4, 1968. What began as the Golden Age of the New Frontier became more like the bloody streets of Tombstone in the old frontier of the Wild West.
Today the bloody violence has become a lone riflemen gunning down unsuspecting country fans at a concert, eight killed on a bike path in Manhattan by a pickup driving terrorist who jumped out of the truck with a pellet gun shouting “Allahu Akbar,” and almost daily someone opening fire in a restaurant, workplace or even a court of law.
The true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the Greatest, but rather than condoning murder and violence, he executes judgment against those who disobey his 6thcommandment. In Hosea’s day the murders were taking place after all-night, drunken, immoral parties where the very rulers who delighted the king with their lies, took him out and installed another.
“They delight the king with their wickedness, the princes with their lies.
All of them are committing adultery, burning like an oven, whose fire the baker doesn’t need to stir from the kneading of the dough until it rises.
On the day of the king’s festival the princes become hot from the wine and the king joins hands with the mockers.
They approach him, hot as an oven in their hearts.
All night their passions smolder like a baker’s oven.
In the morning it ignites like a blazing fire.
All of their kings fall.
Not one of them calls to me.” Hosea 7:3-7
Hosea uses the imagery of the heat of a baker’s oven and the rising of the dough to portray the increasing heat and lies right in the heart of Israel’s governing officials that blaze into betrayal and the murder of another king in Samaria. The murder of the kings in Israel became endemic.
After Jeroboam II died in 750 BC, Zechariah, his son, was assassinated by Shallum, who in turn was murdered by Menahem. Menahem then went and attacked a city called Tiphsah and committed mass murder (2 Kgs. 15:16). Approximately ten years later another string of murders took the kings of Israel off the thrown.
In 738 BC Pekah came with fifty men from Gilead and assassinated Pekahiah, the son of Menahem (2 Kgs. 15:25), and then after the Assyrians attacked and defeated Pekah, Hoshea organized a conspiracy and took out the king.
Hosea makes it clear that whether it’s 8thcentury Israel, the 60s in the U.S., or the terrorist acts here during the first two decades of the 21stcentury, the true King of Kings hates murder and using violence to generate anarchy and chaos.
LORD, deal with those who are plotting and executing acts of murder. Powerfully communicate the truth that you oppose the politics of deceit, conspiracy, and assassination.
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