SNAPSHOT OF HOSEA
- Date: 755-710 BC
- Theme: God’s faithful love for an unfaithful people
- Key Verse: Hosea 3:1 – The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
- YouTube: For a brief video synopsis from The Bible Project, click HERE.
Give a prize to the first person who can recite all 12 of the Minor Prophets in order.
What does the name “Hosea” mean?*
Read Hosea 1:2-3. Why did God ask Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman? How was this a picture of God’s love for Israel?
Has God ever asked you to do something that you did not understand and/or you did not want to do? Share with your group what that was, and if you obeyed, share the result.
One of the messages from Hosea is that your obedience has causality. Read Hosea 4:1-13. What charges (causes) does God level against the people of Israel, and what are the consequences (effects)? Could some/all of these charges be brought against you?
Why is idolatry so detestable to God (see Exodus 20:3-6)? What does it mean to be idolatrous in today’s culture (see Colossians 3:5-6)?
Many say that in the Old Testament God is harsh and full of wrath, whereas in the New Testament, God, in the form of Jesus, is more personal and loving. Most of the prophets spoke of God’s coming judgment, but almost always included the actions needed for restoration and reconciliation. Read Hosea 2:14-23. What words and phrases depict God as someone who relentlessly pursues those He loves?
Compare Hosea 6:6 with 1 Samuel 15:22, Isaiah 1:11, Micah 6:8, Matthew 9:13, and Matthew 12:7. What key trait is God looking for in your heart? How would you rate this trait in your life?
Hosea was used by God to warn the people of Israel of the punishment that would be brought on them because of their disobedience. Hosea also shared that God’s redemptive love was available to them if they repented of their idolatry and turned back to Him. Read Hosea 14:9. How do you interpret Hosea’s last words…as a command or as a challenge?
* The name Hosea means salvation.
Joe said on Sunday that the point of Hosea is that your 1) obedience has causality, 2) your God is consistent, and 3) your heart is central. This week, focus on how you can be obedient to what God is calling you to do, with a heart that is willing and open to Him, and spend time praising Him for the faithful love and grace He shows to you daily.
Read the Book of Joel by next Sunday.
- Monday 6/11 (Chapter 1)
- Tuesday 6/12 (Chapter 2)
- Wednesday 6/13 (Chapter 3)
- Thursday 6/14 (Chapters 1-2)
- Friday 6/15 (Chapter 3)
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Read Hosea 1:4-5. Why did God tell Hosea to name his son Jezreel?
Jezreel refers to the Valley of Jezreel, where Jehu (the founder of the dynasty that put Jeroboam II, one of the kings of Israel in Hosea’s time, on the throne) massacred all the descendants of Ahab, thus establishing his throne (2 Kings 10:1-14). Why do you think God would judge Jehu for that massacre, which brought an end to the line of Ahab & Jezebel, considered by many to be the most evil rulers ancient Israel ever had?
In Hosea 1:6-11, what did God tell Hosea to name his other children? What were the meanings of their names? How do these names play a key part in his message?
Read Hosea 2:14-15. The Valley of Achor was infamous in Israel’s history. After God’s intervention caused the complete destruction of the city of Jericho, the people were told that everything in the city was to be devoted to God. Achan took some of the “devoted things”, and the end result of his sin was that he and his family were stoned to death (see Joshua 6:15-19 and Joshua 7:19-26). The place they were stoned was “called the Valley of Achor (Hebrew: troubled) ever since.” What significance do you find in the promise that God “will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope” (Hosea 2:15)?