Hosea 14

We’ve made it to the final chapter of Hosea. So let’s recap the big picture of what we’ve seen so far: Israel (the northern kingdom) has been persistently rebellious against God – chasing after other gods (to provide food) and other nations (to provide security), rather than trusting God. You know, the one who led them… Continue reading Hosea 14

Hosea 13

We’re nearly finished our series through Hosea. (And this is the last of the gloom-and-doom negative chapters; tomorrow’s is much brighter!) And this chapter, in big picture terms, is more of the same. So we won’t spend a long time on each verse. I’ll just provide a few notes to give us an idea of the… Continue reading Hosea 13

Hosea 7

Yesterday in Hosea 6, we saw how Israel’s shallow, presumptuous “repentance” was unacceptable to God. Today, the accusations continue, moving to the political realm. But first, we get another difficult-to-understand section, in which God seems to be saying that his people’s sin is so great it’s getting in the way of him restoring them: Hosea 6:11… Continue reading Hosea 7

Hosea 6

Yesterday, we left Israel accused of idolatry – worshipping the Canaanite fertility gods and goddesses – largely because they had been led astray by the priests. After two chapters of strong words, it ended with this frightening image – along with a tinge of hope: Hosea 5:14-15 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a… Continue reading Hosea 6

Hosea 4-5

We’re going to pick up the pace a bit in our reading through Hosea. (We took our time with the first three chapters last week: we saw the contrast between Israel’s unfaithfulness and God’s undeserved love that sets out to win back his wife, depicted in the real-life object lesson of Hosea and Gomer.) The next few… Continue reading Hosea 4-5