Truth to Power: Hosea Day 2
Pray and Read
Commit this time to the Lord. Ask him for a mind to understand his word and a heart that’s willing to respond to it. Read Hosea 1-3
God asked Hosea to take a promiscuous woman as his wife. Why?
What was the promise between God and Israel? You might like to read Exodus 19:3-8
In what way did the Israelites commit adultery against God?
How does Hosea’s relationship with Gomer reflect God’s relationship with Israel?
Israel betrayed God’s long term, love, security, grace and faithfulness by using these blessings to try and secure additional blessings from other gods and nations. In response God declared judgement over them by handing them over to their desires which resulted in slavery and despair. Despite this, God would eventually re-kindle their covenant, taking away their shame to become pure.
There’s a low chance you’re at home making sacrifices to Baal. However, do you think Hosea’s metaphor is still applicable to us? How?
Tim Keller defines sin as this: “Sin isnʼt only doing bad things; it’s more fundamentally making good things into ultimate things. Sin is building your life and meaning on anything, even a very good thing, more than on God. Whatever we build our life on will drive us and enslave us. Sin is primarily idolatry.’
Given this definition of sin, what areas of your life are you, like Israel, being adulterous in your relationship with God?
In other parts of the bible we see our relationship with God portrayed as a king relating to subjects or as a shepherd relating to sheep, or even as a father relating to Children. In Hosea it’s represented as a marriage.
What steps to people in relationships ate to avoid adultery? How would your relationship with God look if you approached it with similar reasoning?
Thank God for his mercy in the midst of our unfaithfulness.
Ask God to help you grow in faithfulness to him, depending on him to help you by his Spirit.