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Lessons From Hosea

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God loves me. God is constantly pursuing me. There is nothing I can do that will cause God to love me any less because nothing stops God’s love.

Hosea 1:2a, 3 (NIV) When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her…” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

Hosea 1:6a (NIV) Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter.

Hosea 2:5 (NLT) Their mother is a shameless prostitute and became pregnant in a shameful way. She said, ‘I’ll run after other lovers and sell myself to them for food and water, for clothing of wool and linen, and for olive oil and drinks.’

Hosea 2:7-8a (NLT) When she runs after her lovers, she won’t be able to catch them. She will search for them but not find them. Then she will think, ‘I might as well return to my husband, for I was better off with him than I am now.’ She doesn’t realize it was I who gave her everything she has…

Hosea 3:1-3 (MSG) Then God ordered me, “Start all over: Love your wife again, your wife who’s in bed with her latest boyfriend, your cheating wife. Love her the way I, God, love the Israelite people, even as they flirt and party with every god that takes their fancy.” I did it. I paid good money to get her back. It cost me the price of a slave. Then I told her, “From now on you’re living with me. No more whoring, no more sleeping around. You’re living with me and I’m living with you.”

Hosea 4:1 (NIV) Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.”

Hosea 11:1-8a (MSG
When Israel was only a child, I loved him.
I called out, ‘My son!’—called him out of Egypt.
But when others called him,
he ran off and left me.
He worshiped the popular sex gods,
he played at religion with toy gods.
Still, I stuck with him. I led Ephraim.
I rescued him from human bondage,
But he never acknowledged my help,
never admitted that I was the one pulling his wagon,
That I lifted him, like a baby, to my cheek,
that I bent down to feed him.
Now he wants to go back to Egypt or go over to Assyria—
anything but return to me!
That’s why his cities are unsafe—the murder rate skyrockets
and every plan to improve things falls to pieces.
My people are hell-bent on leaving me.
They pray to god Baal for help.
He doesn’t lift a finger to help them.
But how can I give up on you, Ephraim?
How can I turn you loose, Israel?

Hosea 6:6 (NLT) I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.

Hosea 14:1-3 (NLT) Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for your sins have brought you down. Bring your confessions, and return to the Lord. Say to him, “Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises. Assyria cannot save us, nor can our warhorses. Never again will we say to the idols we have made, ‘You are our gods.’ No, in you alone do the orphans find mercy.”

Matthew 9:13b (NLT) For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT) The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

“Until we repent of our demanding spirit that God and others cooperate with the script we’ve written for our smaller story, our ruling passion will be to feel important, valuable, well treated, and fairly dealt with. Our self-centered energy, flowing out of our pain, will render us incapable of innocence.” – Larry Crabb

God loves you. God is constantly pursuing you. There is nothing you can do that will cause God to love you any less because nothing stops God’s love.

“…I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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