Hosea Bible Study

Summary

In the book of Hosea, God sends Hosea to Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam II to communicate God's despair over their perpetual idol worship and dependence on outside nations. Though the people have failed to be faithful covenant partners to God, his commitment to them remains. One of the early writing prophets, Hosea used his own experience as a symbolic representation of God and Israel. The relationship between Hosea and Gomer parallels the relationship between God and Israel. Even tho

Introduction

A challenge from the book of Hosea, Chapters 1-14 (King James Version edition)

Steps (15)

Step 1: Hosea - Chapter 1

The LORD told Hosea, "Marry an adulterer for the land has prostituted itself." Gomer had sons. The LORD said, "You are not my people."

Step 2: Hosea - Chapter 2

"Your mother has been unfaithful. I will expose her lewdness. Now I will speak tenderly to her. I will betroth you to me forever."

Step 3: Hosea - Chapter 3

The LORD said to me, "Go, love your wife again as the LORD loves Israel." So I bought her back. For Israel will return to the LORD.

Step 4: Hosea - Chapter 4

The LORD has a charge against Israel: "There is no faithfulness. They have left God to play the whore. The rulers love shameful ways."

Step 5: Hosea - Chapter 5

"Hear this, O priests, O king! Israel shall stumble in his guilt. Ephraim is crushed in judgement. I will leave until they seek me."

Step 6: Hosea - Chapter 6

Come, let us return to the LORD. On the third day he will raise us up. "I desire steadfast love, not offerings. Israel is defiled."

Step 7: Hosea - Chapter 7

"The sins of Ephraim are revealed. They are like a heated oven. They call to Egypt, go to Assyria. Woe to them for they have strayed!"

Step 8: Hosea - Chapter 8

"A vulture is over Israel. The calf of Samaria shall be broken. The LORD will punish their sins. For Israel has forgotten his Maker."

Step 9: Hosea - Chapter 9

Rejoice not, O Israel! The days of punishment have come. "I will bereave them. I will drive them from my house." God will reject them.

Step 10: Hosea - Chapter 10

Israel is a rich vine. The LORD will break down their altars. "Nations shall be gathered against them." It is time to seek the LORD.

Step 11: Hosea - Chapter 11

"When Israel was a child, I loved him. But the sword shall devour them. How can I give you up, O Ephraim? I will bring them home."

Step 12: Hosea - Chapter 12

"Jacob fought with God. Ephraim has said, 'I am rich.' But I am the LORD. I spoke through the prophets." The LORD will repay Ephraim.

Step 13: Hosea - Chapter 13

"They make idols of silver. But I am the LORD. I will tear them open. Ephraim's sin is stored up. Shall I redeem them from death?"

Step 14: Hosea - Chapter 14

O Israel, return to the LORD. "I will heal their apostasy. They shall blossom like the vine. Whoever is wise, let him understand."

Step 15: Quiz

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