Welcome back to Week 3 in the Book of Hosea! We are almost to the end – keep going!
You may be wondering…What’s next?
After we finish the book of Hosea, the Good Morning Girls will go on a break through the month of May and we’ll begin our summer study on June 8th. The next book of the Bible we will study for the “Reading Through the Bible Series” will be announced in mid-May – so be on the look out for that announcement here on the blog.
Now, let’s get back to this week’s study and finish strong!
If you are looking for guidance in the color coding and daily insight into the reading – please visit me on Instagram and visit the hashtag #WomenLivingWell – there are lots of women posting their pictures of their color coded Bibles and their reflections on our reading. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to do this and not all of our Bibles will look alike.
Here’s what mine looked like last week:
This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
(Facebook Leaders: You can use this as your Facebook Header this week. Just right click and “save as” or screen shot it.)
This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
(Leaders: Copy and paste these into your groups. If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.)
God’s tender and parental love for Israel is seen as he speaks of his fond memories of them from the past. God won Israel’s heart with his love rather than by force and He served them by meeting their needs and giving them rest. It was not their sin that was bringing discipline but rather their refusal to repent of their sin, that was leading to discipline. But God took no pleasure in knowing that they would face judgement. He promised to leave a remnant to restore them because of his deep love for them.
God’s love is not like man’s love. God is holy and perfect. His patience, compassion, kindness and forgiveness are beyond what any man can give. And though God is not man, because of his great love for us, he came as a man, to die on the cross for our sins. Pause for a moment and consider how deeply loved you are by God. Even when you mess up and make wrong choices, when you repent, you are forgiven and unconditionally loved because you are his child. How does remembering how loved you are by God, draw you towards him in obedience? Give thanks to God for his loving kindness right now and tell him how much you love him.
Despite being warned over and over, Israel continued their empty pursuits. So, God reminded Israel of their father Jacob and how he wrestled with God, refusing to submit to him. In the end, Jacob wept desperately as he sought God’s blessing. But even Jacob had to flee from his homeland, when he ran from Esau and Jacob ended up in exile, just as Israel would.
God initiated a wrestling match with Jacob because he needed Jacob’s full attention and submission, in order to bless him. I’m sure the last thing Jacob felt like he needed was a wrestling match with God, but God knew what he needed. When Jacob finally came to the end of himself, that is when he received the blessing. What are you wrestling with today? Go to God in prayer and do not give up. Stay with God until he drives out all of your fear and anxiety because when you are done wrestling with God, you will find a peace and blessing that you would not have without it. Remember that the way God answers your prayer may not be what you desire but God will show up and he will do what is best for you and for his glory.
Israel continued to sin more and more but like the morning dew, they would not be able to stand up under God’s judgement. The only one who could save them was God, who they had rejected. They rejected God as their king and begged for other kings, who could not save them. But times were good, so they forgot about God but now, judgement was about to be as intense as pangs of childbirth. It would be sudden and unexpectedly, as they bore the guilt of their sin, until they turned back to God.
Even though Israel had put their trust in other gods and in their own strength, God continued to protect them and care for them. When times are good and we are experiencing God’s protection and care, we can be tempted to forget God. But there is no other God but our God and no other savior but our savior. In what ways are you tempted to trust in your own strength rather than in God’s care for you? And how does seeing Israel forget God in the good times, remind you to not forget God in your good times?
This chapter in Hosea is one of the most beautiful chapters in the Old Testament. It reveals the loving heart of God, as his people experience his mercy, love, blessing and complete restoration after a time of judgement. He compares them to the beauty of a lily, the strength of roots of a tree, the value of the olive, and the delightful fragrance of Lebanon. The fame of Israel is restored as God promises to look after them and be like an evergreen cypress, providing fruitfulness to them.
Oh, what a loving and gracious God we serve! Our God is full of compassion and he loves you deeply. No sin is beyond his forgiveness. He is forever faithful to us. The final words of Hosea 14 tell us, that those who are wise, understand these things and whoever is discerning, knows them. For the ways of the Lord are right and the upright walk in them. How does this challenge you to carefully follow God’s Word? What is one new thing you learned during your study in the book of Hosea?
To print the 14 Discussion Questions for Hosea – Click Here.
This Week’s Verses of the Day:
(Leaders: You can use these images in your groups by using right click and “save as” or screen shot them.)
Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Hosea 11-14.
Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark for Hosea.
Here’s an explanation of the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart if you need more guidance:
And the Bible Coloring Bookmark:Click HERE to Print the full page Coloring Chart
or here for the Bookmark Coloring Chart
Here are the highlighters, pens and pencils I refer to in the video:
Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
I use the ESV Inductive Study Bible and the ESV Journaling Bible as my personal study Bible.
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Remember to leave at least 15 minutes for your reading each day. I am in prayer for you all and asking God to help us understand his word clearly.
Have a wonderful week in God’s Word – I’ll see you back here on the blog this Friday as we go deeper into God’s Word together! (Don’t forget to visit me Monday through Friday over on Facebook and Instagram. )
Keep walking with the King,
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