Repentance To Bring Blessing (Hosea 14)

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Hosea 14

1. If someone were to call you “fruitful”, to what would they be referring?

  • your garden
  • your children
  • your good deeds

2. What do you like best about trees? Climbing? Shade? Swinging? Lumber? Fruit? Birds? What is your favorite tree?

3. What is different about the “return” pictured here (verses 1 – 3; compare chapter 5:6; chapter 6:1 – 3)? How will Israel show true repentance (verse 3)?

4. What does God promise to do and be for Israel (verses 4 – 8)? What will Israel’s future be like?

5. How does this relate to Hosea’s daughter and son (chapter 1:6 – 9)? How has God’s anger been turned away?

6. When will this restoration to glory occur? Will Israel avoid exile (see Leviticus 26:40 – 45)?

7. Where had Israel sought prosperity (see chapter 2:5)? What had she forgotten (verse 8; also chapter 2:8)?

8. What does the name “Ephraim” mean (see Genesis 41:52)? What is the source of that fruitfulness?

9. What does the wise person know (verse 9)? The wise society? What influence does it have on how they live?

10. What condition and promise does true repentance involve (see 1 John 1:9; Luke 15:11 – 24)?

11. How has God’s anger toward your sin been turned away (see Ephesians 2:3 -5)? Can the consequences of sin always be avoided? What can we look forward to it we walk in covenant faithfulness with Him (verse 5 – 8)?

12. How are you wiser from your study of Hosea?

13. Has your health, your job or a broken relationship ever been “restored” to you? How? How did you feel?

14. What restoration project can you (and your family, your friends or your church) take on, with the compassion of Hosea for Gomer?

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The LORD’s Anger Against Israel (Hosea 13)

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Hosea 13

1. About what things are you jealous? Why? What are you likely to do to someone who threatens or steals that “precious possession”?

2. When have you greeted the sunrise? Have you ever tried capturing the morning mist or the morning dew? What happened?

3. What had made Ephraim (Israel) once so feared (verse 1; see Joshua 2:9 – 11)? What does Hosea see as absurd and ironic about Israel’s idol worship? How will they be like the four things in verse 3?

4. What in God’s character and covenant-keeping has Israel forgotten (verses 4 – 6)? How do they bite the hand that feeds them (verses 1, 6, 9; see chapter 12:8; Exodus 20:1 – 3)?

5. What does God intend to do about that (verses 7 – 9)? Is this consistent with His covenant? Why or why not (see Deuteronomy 4:25 – 31)?

6. How did Israel’s desire for a king deceive them (see 1 Samuel 8:6 – 9, 20; 2 Kings 17:4)? What have they done to the One who could save them?

7. How is Ephraim a “child without wisdom” (verse 13)? What desired effect did the birth pangs not produce? What is the result for a child “unwilling” or unable to be born?

8. If the first two lines of verse 14 were a rhetorical question (i. e., “Shall I. . . ?”), what would Hosea’s audience have understood this to mean? What would it do to their presumption of God’s forgiveness and love (see chapter 6:1, 2; compare chapter 1:6)?

9. What devastation does Hosea foresee (verses 15, 16)? Does God’s covenant and character demand it? How so?

10. Have your own desires ever been self-destructive? Any addictive behaviors, substances or relationships? How did you treat those who tried to help you? What save you from completely destroying yourself with these “hand-made idols”?

11. What warning is there for those individuals and churches who let success go to their heads (verse 6)?

12. What makes you feel secure? Job? Spouse, significant other or friends? Pension? Health? Your home? What would you rely on if these were taken away?

13. How might we falsely presume upon God’s forgiveness and favor?

  • “serve” Him with time and money
  • “claim” His promises
  • cry “crocodile tears”
  • make plans and ask Him to bless them

14. When you have experienced God’s “rod”, how have you felt His love?

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Israel’s Sin (Hosea 12)

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Hosea 12

1. What stories about your ancestors convey values (the values of thrift, completing your education, etc.)? Whom do you identify with most in your family tree?

2. How does Hosea picture Ephraim’s (Israel’s) dealings with Assyria and Egypt? What was Israel trying to do in her diplomacy with both powers (verse 1; see 2 Kings 17:3, 4)? What deceit was involved in these political dealings?

3. In making his case against Judah (and Israel), how does Hosea use the well-known stories about Jacob (verses 2 – 5; 12)?

4. What is the punch line of this history for Israel (verse 6)?

5. How is Israel (Ephraim) “self-deceived” and “deaf” to God’s overtures (verses 8 – 10)? What would “living in tents again” bring to mind?

6. What analogy is drawn in verses 12 and 13? Why refer to “a prophet” rather than naming Moses? What hope does this analogy give to Israel in her situation?

7. Does Hosea foresee any escape from God’s wrath (verse 14)? Is God rejecting, or fulfilling, His covenant (see Deuteronomy 4:25 – 31)?

8. Do you or your church try to live off your history or reputation in any way? How so?

9. Are Jacob’s tactics (clever alliances, self-reliance and lip-service to God) a part of your life at all? How so?

10. Jacob (after years of scheming) was finally changed by a direct encounter with God. How are you being changed by knowing Christ?

11. Do you think the rich have more problems being Christians than the poor? How?

12. How has God cared for you by disciplining you?

13. Is God calling attention to something new, but you are ignoring Him? What is it?

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