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“May you and I choose to be faithful to both our mate and God.” <>< Dona (12/07/20)

Please read Hosea 1 through 3.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Hosea 1

Wayward wife and wayward nation of Israel.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You told Hosea to marry Gomer (v. 2).  

Something to think about

Hosea knew in advance of Gomer’s unfaithful bend.  God told Hosea his marriage to Gomer was a comparison to His (God’s) relationship to an unfaithful Israel (v. 2). Hosea married Gomer though he knew she would be unfaithful to him.  God chose Israel though He knew she would be unfaithful to Him.

Something to experience

God’s reaction to unfaithfulness is no different today than it was in Hosea’s time.  God still wants our complete devotion.   And He is waiting for us to repent and return to Him (v. 10-11). All believers everywhere are God’s chosen people.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Hosea 1:2 When the Lord spoke at first by Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take for yourself a wife of prostitution and children of unfaithfulness; for the land commits great adultery, forsaking the Lord.”

Hosea 1:10-11 10 “Yet the number of the children of Israel will be as the sand of the sea, which can’t be measured or counted; and it will come to pass that, in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God.’ 11 The children of Judah and the children of Israel will be gathered together, and they will appoint themselves one head, and will go up from the land; for great will be the day of Jezreel.”

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Theme Hosea 2

Punishment and Restoration.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Israel had turned their back on You, the one true God (v. 13).

Something to think about

The Lord knew what punishment was needed to draw Gomer to Himself (v. 9-13). These negative experiences would lead to restoration (v. 14-15).  The Lord declared His intentions toward Israel in verses 16-22.  Closing out the chapter with a declaration of love toward Israel (v. 23).

Something to experience

When we experience negative situations God can use them to restore us too. Though some may turn to God in desperation (v. 6-7), it is better to turn to Him in gratitude (v. 15).  Just as He promised Israel (v. 16), God will one day go from being our master to being our husband (v. 19-20).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Hosea 2:6-7 6 “Therefore behold, I will hedge up your way with thorns, and I will build a wall against her, that she can’t find her way.  She will follow after her lovers, but she won’t overtake them; and she will seek them, but won’t find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go and return to my first husband; for then it was better with me than now.’”

Hosea 2:9-13 9 “Therefore I will take back My grain in its time, and My new wine in its season, and will pluck away My wool and My flax which should have covered her nakedness.  10 Now I will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and no one will deliver her out of My hand.  11 I will also cause all her celebrations to cease: her feasts, her new moons, her Sabbaths, and all her solemn assemblies.  12 I will lay waste her vines and her fig trees, about which she has said, ‘These are my wages that my lovers have given me; and I will make them a forest,’ and the animals of the field shall eat them.  13 I will visit on her the days of the Baals, to which she burned incense, when she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and went after her lovers, and forgot Me,” says the Lord.

Hosea 2:14-15 14 “Therefore behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her.  15 I will give her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope; and she will respond there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.”

Hosea 2:16 It will be in that day,” says the Lord, “that you will call Me ‘my husband,’  and no longer call Me ‘my master.’”

Hosea 2:19-20 19 “I will betroth you to Me forever.  Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness, in justice, in loving kindness, and in compassion.  20 I will even betroth you to Me in faithfulness; and you shall know the Lord.”

Hosea 2:23 “I will sow her to Me in the earth; and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; and I will tell those who were not My people, ‘You are My people;’ and they will say, ‘My God!’”

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Theme Hosea 3

Hosea buys back Gomer.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You told Hosea to show love to Gomer (v. 1a).

Something to think about

God told Hosea to show the same forgiving spirit to Gomer as He (God) would show to His people, Israel (v. 1b).  So, Hosea bought back his wife and loved her (v. 2).  Hosea shared his plan with Gomer (v. 3). God’s plan for the Israelites is in verses 4-5.

Something to experience

No matter how deep into sin we’ve sank, God is willing to buy us back and to redeem us and to lift us up again.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Hosea 3:1 The Lord said to me, “Go again, love a woman loved by another, and an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods, and love cakes of raisins.”

Hosea 3:2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen pieces of silver and a homer and a half of barley.

Hosea 3:3I said to her, “You shall stay with me many days. You shall not play the prostitute, and you shall not be with any other man. I will also be so toward you.”

Hosea 3:4-5 For the children of Israel shall live many days without king, and without prince, and without sacrifice, and without sacred stone, and without ephod or idols. Afterward the children of Israel shall return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king, and shall come with trembling to the Lord and to His blessings in the last days.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will be faithful to our spouse and to You (Hosea 1).  Lord, I pray we will learn from every negative situation we find ourselves in (Hosea 2:6-7).  I pray we will continually thank You for all we experience (Hosea 2:15).  Thank You for loving us. Thank You for saving us from our sin.  Thank You for redeeming us.  Thank You for Your continual care. (Hosea 3).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I show gratitude to the Lord for all He has done, is doing and will be doing for us.” <>< Dona