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I apologize that there is a major typo in Chapter 5 of the journal!
To get the correct reflection and discussion question, see that section below.
Now, let’s get started with an overview of Hosea.
WLW Overview of Hosea
The book of Hosea is a picture of God’s great love for his people. Though Israel was unfaithful to God, God still loved them but Israel’s failure to heed the prophetic warnings of Hosea and continue in their idolatry and disobedience to God, led to consequences.
Israel reaped what they had sown because of their refusal to repent. But even in God’s judgement of them, God demonstrated his compassion and love for them in leaving them a remnant, that would be restored to him.
The Book of Hosea has two parts. The first three chapters use Hosea’s life to illustrate his prophetic message, as he marries Gomer, who is repeatedly unfaithful to him. Hosea continues to love his wife, despite her unfaithfulness to him. His marriage was a picture of God’s covenantal love for his people and Israel’s continual unfaithfulness to Him.
The last eleven chapters of Hosea record the accusations against Israel and the warnings for them to turn and repent of their disobedient ways. These chapters reveal the character and heart of God, as he is torn by his love and compassion for them and their need for discipline. In the end, they face judgement but there is hope as God’s healing love is poured out on them.
The Purpose: Though the book of Hosea focuses on the judgement of Israel, it more deeply represents God’s deep and enduring love for his people. Despite Israel running after other gods and living as if they were not God’s people, God desired to restore his relationship with them. So God went after them, to bring them back to himself.
The Author: Hosea was a minor prophet, who prophesied during the last 40 years of the Northern Kingdom.
Time Period: This book was written between 790 and 710 B.C. Hosea prophesied at the same time as Amos, Isaiah and Micah, during the time period of 2nd Kings 15.
Key Verse: Hosea 6:6
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
- Hosea marries Gomer. (1)
- Israel is unfaithful. (2)
- Hosea redeems and reconciles with his wife. (3)
Israel Commits Spiritual Adultery
- The Lord’s case against Israel. (4)
- God’s judgement against Judah and Israel. (5)
- A call to repentance. (6)
Israel Refuses to Repent
- Israel is unrepentant. (7)
- An announcement of judgement. (8)
- Israel’s captivity. (9)
- The Lord punishes Israel. (10)
God’s Love for Israel
- God loves rebellious Israel. (11)
- The indictment of Israel and Judah. (12)
- God’s anger and judgement of Israel. (13)
- A call to return to the Lord for restoration. (14)
This video below is a great explanation of Hosea!
This Week’s Bible Reading Plan:
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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The word of the Lord came to Hosea, but the word was not for Israel. First, it was for Hosea. God asked Hosea to marry Gomer, as a picture of the unfaithfulness of Israel. Hosea would experience the feelings that God feels, when his people are unfaithful to him.
Sometimes when we read God’s word, it is tempting to apply it first to others. But we must always remember to apply God’s word first to our own lives, before we teach it to others. Hosea prophesied to Israel out of his own suffering and life experience. How have you experienced God in your own life and how can you use that to minister to others?
Israel’s relationship with God was broken because of their unfaithfulness to him. They sought after the passing pleasure of sin, over the blessings of God and so God said they would be disciplined. After their discipline was complete, God said he would speak tender words to them, to draw them back and restore them to himself forever.
After we fall into sin, God’s heart is always that his people would be restored to him. Think of a time when you have been tempted to go off the path that God has for you? What drew you away? How did God bring you back? Was it through discipline or tender words? How is your relationship with God deeper as a result of his mercy and grace?
God commanded Hosea to go and love his adulteress wife. Hosea’s love was to be an illustration of God’s love for his people, who were spiritual adulterers. God still loved his people, despite how they had turned to other gods.
God’s love, compassion and forgiveness towards us is greater than we can ever imagine. How does knowing God’s great love for you, even when you fail, challenge you to love and forgive others in your life?
The Lord brings an accusation against Israel that they have no faithfulness, no steadfast love and no knowledge of God in the land. As a result, they have no restraint. They are swearing, lying, murdering, stealing, committing adultery and self-destructing.
God’s people were being destroyed for their lack of knowledge and rejection of knowledge. They had forgotten the law of the Lord and their sin was increasing. When you miss your daily time in God’s Word, how does it affect you and your daily choices? How does seeing the rejection of knowledge by God’s people, remind you of the importance of being in God’s word every day?
PLEASE NOTE: I am so sorry that the journal has the wrong reflection and discussion question in it for Chapter 5. 🙁 This is the correct one below.
God’s judgement was on Israel because their leaders, the priests and kings, had failed. Pride is always at the root of rebellion and Israel’s pride had caused God to withdraw from his people. Rather than being a refuge, God says he is like a moth and a lion. A moth slowly eats away and destroys things, while a lion devours what it attacks. Both cause destruction. God’s end goal was that Israel would acknowledge their guilt and seek him, in their distress.
We do not want to face the judgement of God. We must root out any pride we have hidden in our hearts, that would lead us to rebel against God. In what area of your life are you tempted to be prideful? Write a prayer of confession to the Lord below, asking him to help you remain humble and dependent on him.
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This Week’s Verses of the Day:
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As we study the book of Hosea together, we will see how applicable this book is to our own lives. The same God that loves and pursues Israel, loves and pursues you. You are dearly loved by your heavenly Father and He desires a close relationship with you. No matter what you have done or how much you have sinned, when you repent, God is faithful to forgive. He loves you so much!
So, let’s get started studying God’s word! Be sure to set aside at least 15 minutes a day, for your reading. I can’t wait to see how God reveals himself personally to each of us, as we read the book of Hosea together, chapter by chapter.
I am in prayer for you all and asking God to help us understand his word clearly.
Keep walking with the King,
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