Beginning September 4, the Wednesday (morning and evening) women’s Bible study will embark on a study of the book of Hosea, using the 12-week study written by Lydia Brownback for the Knowing The Bible series of studies. This study will be co-led by Jana Henry and Barbaranne Kelly.
Why did we choose Hosea? We have been studying New Testament epistles for the past few years, and were wanting to return to the Old Testament. We firmly believe that “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the [wo]man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (1 Tim 3:16-17). In seeking to balance our diet of scripture studies, we are turning to this Old Testament prophet.
But, why Hosea? When there are so many Old Testament books from which to choose, why this one specifically? Last year we studied 1 John, which is saturated with the love of God. In choosing Hosea, we will still be studying the love of God: a love which relentlessly pursues its beloved. Hosea highlights the holiness and depth of God’s love for his people. But Hosea also demonstrates how very unlovable God’s people are when he first sets his love on them—on us. “In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us…” (1 John 4:10). We will learn how prone our hearts are to wander from our loving God and to seek satisfaction in spiritual adultery. And yet, even though we wander, God pursues us with holy, redemptive, covenant love, again and again… and again. Though we wander from God, he does not abandon us!
And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals
when she burned offerings to them
and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry,
and went after her lovers
and forgot me, declares the Lord.
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak tenderly to her.
And there I will give her her vineyards
and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
(Hosea 2:13-15, bold print mine)
We look forward to this study and hope you will consider joining us. Since we are using a published study, we must order the books for each of you who register. Please register soon (click here to register), so that we can be sure to have enough books for everyone!