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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?