Without reading further, do you know where the title originated?
One of the many, but admittedly lesser, reasons to read the entire Bible is that there are so many references and sayings that came from it.
Here’s where it came from. I noticed it again as I was working through my “read the Bible in a year” plan again that I started last September (side note: I’m finally in the minor prophets and Revelation, so I’m almost there!).
For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. (Hosea 8:7, ESV)
So that verse became a well-known saying, but what was the point of it? How often, if ever, do people read Hosea?
You can infer from the saying that reaping a whirlwind is probably a bad thing. But just knowing the saying doesn’t tell you the all-important context.
- Who sowed the wind and reaped the whirlwind? The Israelites.
- What constituted sowing the wind? Disobeying the true God and worshiping false Gods.
- What did the whirlwind look like? Disease, destruction, slaughter and captivity. Pretty gruesome stuff.
Here’s an example from Hosea:
Rejoice not, O Israel! Exult not like the peoples; for you have played the whore, forsaking your God. You have loved a prostitute’s wages on all threshing floors. Threshing floor and wine vat shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail them. (Hosea 9:1–2, ESV)
The Israelites worshiped and credited the false god Baal for their crops, acting as prostitutes earning their wages.
The false teachers in the church today, along with countless illogical and uninformed people, are fond of saying that all religions lead to God. But you can’t flip more than a couple of pages in the Old Testament without seeing the recurring theme that the Israelites’ #1 problem was worshiping false gods and that God took that very seriously. And the New Testament teaches at least 100 times that Jesus is the only way to salvation. That isn’t what makes it true (his rising from the dead makes it true), but it does mean that it is impossible for Christianity and another religion to both be right on major issues.
Run, don’t walk, from those who teach that we have as much to learn from other religions as they do from us. There is nothing anyone has to teach us about Jesus that isn’t in the Bible. These false teachers give warning signs by claiming that other religions are valid, and they teach the opposite of the word of God on truly simple concepts (they think Jesus is pro-choice and supports “same-sex marriage,” among other things).
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:13–15, ESV)
The Israelites reaped the whirlwind, and it was spectacularly bad. Read all the Old Testament and see what I mean.
But Hell will be far worse, and forever. Repent and believe while you have time. If you are a believer, warn others of false teachers.