Oh, sisters, how refreshing it is to come at last to the final chapter of our study. Not because it means that our time is drawing to a close, no, but because we see in chapter 14 of Hosea a model of true, mindful, heartfelt repentance and the Lord’s turning from his anger as a result. The outline of true repentance in the first 3 verses are instructive, and the promises of God to his repentant people are precious. These point forward to Christ, because of whom, ultimately, God’s anger is turned from his people, our apostasy is healed, and God therefore loves us freely and blesses us abundantly. Continue reading “Hosea Week 11: Final Appeal”
This Last week our study covered chapter 13 of Hosea, and it is a grim picture of how very far Israel has run from the Lord and the terrible consequences which will therefore follow. These are the portions of the Old Testament that nobody likes to read. We don’t slowly savor these passages or overlay the individual verses onto lovely photos of quiet meadows or still waters. And yet, even these reveal our God to us in ways that we must carefully consider. Continue reading “Hosea Week 10, Rejection of Hope”
This week as we cover Hosea 11:12-12:14 we find a fascinating parallel. According to Hosea, the life of the nation of Israel follows the pattern of the life of their patriarch, Jacob. Because these parallels from Jacob’s life show up in our passage, we spent quite a bit of time looking at Jacob’s life in Genesis, and then after Hosea mentions Moses we turned to Deuteronomy.
For this week’s blog post I’m going to let Scripture and Tim Chester’s commentary on this passage of Hosea do most of the talking. Continue reading “Hosea Week 9, Misplaced Dependence”
In this, the eighth week of our study, we covered a large swath of Hosea, from 9:10 all the way to 11:11. And while there is so much in this passage which we could unpack and examine, so many details and points of history, the main idea throughout is the radical rejection by the Israelites of the God who loved them and therefore saved them out of their Egyptian bondage, brought them through the wilderness, and gave them the promised land. Though God delighted in them when he “found them in the wilderness,” they turned to worship Baal at the first opportunity, consecrating themselves to the thing of shame and becoming detestable like the thing they loved (9:10). They loved the false god instead of the true and living God who had rescued them. Continue reading “Hosea week 8, Unfaithful Israel”