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It’s Time to Begin! {Intro and Resources for Hosea 1-5}

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Cue the Confetti!  It’s time to begin!!!

I am so excited to begin the Book of Hosea with you!
If you do not have the optional Journal yet – it’s still available on Amazon.  

You can also buy the digital version here by clicking “Buy Now” and have it right away!


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.

The Outline:

Hosea’s Family

  1. Hosea marries Gomer. (1)
  2. Israel is unfaithful. (2)
  3. Hosea redeems and reconciles with his wife. (3)

Israel Commits Spiritual Adultery

  1. The Lord’s case against Israel. (4)
  2. God’s judgement against Judah and Israel. (5)
  3. A call to repentance. (6)

Israel Refuses to Repent

  1. Israel is unrepentant. (7)
  2. An announcement of judgement. (8)
  3. Israel’s captivity. (9)
  4. The Lord punishes Israel. (10)

God’s Love for Israel

  1. God loves rebellious Israel. (11)
  2. The indictment of Israel and Judah. (12)
  3. God’s anger and judgement of Israel. (13)
  4. 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

(Leaders: Copy and paste these into your groups.  If you do not have a group, use these for a personal time of reflection.)

Chapter 1 

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?

Chapter 2

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?

Chapter 3

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?

Chapter 4

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. 

Chapter 5

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.

To print the 14 Discussion Questions for Hosea – Click Here.

This Week’s Verses of the Day:

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Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Click HERE to print the Verses of the Day for Hosea 1-5.


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:

Here is the SOAK method I refer to in the video:

And the Bible Coloring  Bookmark:Bible Coloring Chart Bookmark 2Click 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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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.

Have a wonderful week in God’s Word – I’ll see you back here on the blog this Friday with a video just for you!  (Don’t forget to visit our community out on Facebook and Instagram daily.)

Keep walking with the King,

Courtney ????

 


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18 Comments

  1. Although I’m doing a study in 1 & 2 Chronicles, with First 5, I’m looking forward into studying Hosea with Courtney. I’m new to her studies and have never really used any type of journaling system like the SOAK method. Well it’s a little after 2am. Will hopefully see some of you in a few hours here on GMG.

  2. I am excited to read this book!
    I just finished reading “Redeeming Love” – you noted the book in one of your posts and one of my friends let me borrow her book to read…beautiful story…and now I can read the actual Bible book that was the basis for “Redeeming Love”

    1. Hi Jackie!

      I’m so glad you took the time to read it. My daughter is reading that book right now. I love the picture it paints of God’s love toward us – so beautiful. We are loved!

      And I’m so glad you are joining us for this study!
      Much Love,
      Courtney 🙂

    1. Hi Tina,

      I’m not sure if I understand your question. The paperback journal on Amazon and the digital version are both the same. I hope that helps.

      Much Love,
      Courtney 🙂

  3. I just bought the book throug h my phone….I thought it be connect to my kin dle. How do I send the book to my kimdle. It’s to s!all to read on my phone

    1. Hi Marvella –

      So glad you are joining us! Since it is a journal, I do not have it available on Kindle but if you email me,I’ll send you a pdf version of the journal.

      Hope that helps! 🙂
      Courtney

      1. Good evening Courtney, I purchased the journal. It will arrive until next week. Could I also get a copy of the PDF file?

        Fran

  4. I am so excited to do this study with you! I read Redeeming Love many years ago and it really helped me understand the book of Hosea. I can’t wait to get started on this study. Bless you, Courtney, for all the time and effort you put into doing gthis for us ????

  5. Hello! I am so excited to join this study.
    Just beginning able to share the word of GOD across the country at a time as this.

  6. Hello Coutney–thank you for this study…I love your studies and the heart you have for studying God’s word. I was wondering if the digital journal is in the same format as the physical journal?Are the contents the same in both journals? Thanks–Mary L. shoesy48@comcast.net

    1. HELLOOooo! I am starting with a bunch of ladies tomorrow. I am also just making sure(like Mary)if the journal is good enough. Six of them arrived today and I am giving them to neighbors. If I only use the journals with my girls will that supply everything that we need???

      1. Hi Robin,

        That’s wonderful! All you need besides the journal is your Bible. Thank you so much for ministering to women in this way and taking the lead!

        Much Love,
        Courtney 🙂

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