Welcome back to Week 2 in the Book of Hosea!
The daily reflections you have shared out on Instagram and Facebook have been great! I have loved reading them each day and they are such an encouragement! If you missed those discussions – I hope you will join us this week! Also, I encourage you to scroll down and look back at last week’s. They are so helpful!
Also, here are the links to last week’s posts on the blog, in case you missed any of them:
The Love Story of Hosea: A Picture of God’s Love For You – based on our reading in Hosea 1-5
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This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
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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.)
Hosea led the people in a prayer of repentance. Hosea understood God’s loving discipline was meant to heal them rather than strike them down. He had full confidence that God would restore them, but Israel and Judah’s love was temporary, like a morning cloud. They were willing to make sacrifices to God, but they did not have a steadfast love for God and so they sinned in their unfaithfulness.
Hosea 6:6 says: “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice.” Jesus quoted Hosea 6:6 in Matthew 9:13 and Matthew 12:7. God delights more in our deep love for him, than the following of rituals. Sometimes we may be tempted to check certain boxes that show we love God, like going to church and putting money in the offering plate, but God wants a close relationship with us. In what ways are you tempted to be busy serving God, while missing out on just being still with God in prayer and the reading of his word? How can you offer God more steadfast love and not just sacrifice?
Israel’s sins were before the face of God, but they did not consider that with God, there are no secrets. Like an oven, blazing with fire, Israel was inflamed with passions and desires for other gods and their pride blinded them and so they strayed and rebelled against God. They cried over their problems, but they did not consider that they should repent of their sin, which was the cause of their problems.
Our greatest love and affection should be for God but sometimes our fleshly passions and desires lead us astray. Are you struggling with a secret sin right now? Have you considered that God sees and knows your struggles and if you do not confess your sin, it could lead to trouble in the future? Pray now and ask the Lord to help you overcome any desires that compete with your love and affection for God.
As God pronounced the judgement, about to come on Israel, the people cried out, “My God, we know you.” Many church goers might say this on judgement day. But Israel had rejected God and followed idols. Now they were about to reap what they had sown, over a long period of time. And though the sowing was slow, the reaping would be sudden like a whirlwind.
Divine discipline follows the law of sowing and reaping. If we sow bad decisions in our lives, we will suffer. Sometimes we might be tempted to think we can get away with doing wrong, but God always sees and knows. We are responsible to choose right over wrong, even when it requires time and patience. It is worth the effort in the long run. Is there an area in your life right now, where you are compromising?
Israel had grown accustomed to plentiful harvests and blessings but due to their disobedience, their crops were about to fail. They would be taken into exile, where they would mourn and have bread only for survival. God remembers a time when Israel was fruitful, but they had now become detestable like the gods they served. And so, there would be no more fruitfulness in the land, but rather barrenness because they had not listened to God.
Because of the people’s deep corruption, they called Hosea a fool (9:7). They were experiencing great blessing and pleasure and so they could not imagine the coming judgement that Hosea foretold. But Hosea continued to boldly prophecy. Are you afraid to share the gospel because of what people will think or say about you? How does Hosea’s bravery encourage you?
Israel used their blessings in ungodly ways, but even in their sin, if they would turn back and sow righteousness, steadfast love and seek the Lord, God would bless them. But instead they continued to trust in their own way and harden their hearts.
Once again, we see the law of sowing and reaping in the book of Hosea. The hearts of Israel were hard and needed broken, so they could sow seeds of righteousness. If they would seek the Lord, he would bless them, and they would be fruitful again. Isn’t the availability of God’s grace so encouraging? Even though we may go astray, if we will turn from our ways and once again seek to sow seeds of righteousness, God will honor that. All sin starts when we trust our own ways rather than God’s. In what area of your life do you need to trust God more and sow more seeds of righteousness?
To print the 14 Discussion Questions for Hosea – Click Here.
This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Hosea 6-10.
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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Keep walking with the King,
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