Sunday, August 4, 2019

August 4 - Hosea 9 & 10

Today's reading in our daily plan is Hosea 9 & 10. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • In Chapter 9, God shares both his affection and judgement for his people. The punishment they will receive is a direct result of their actions of idol worshipping. But God also takes the time to remind the people of how much they are loved by him: he compares the emotion to the joy of “finding grapes in the desert” (see verse 10).
  • Chapter 10 shows the people gaining prosperity and the more wealth they gather, the more idols they worship. Because of their poor choices, the people must break up the hard, barren, long-neglected soil of their hearts so that it can produce spiritual fruit for God.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God’s judgement on the people did not lessen the love he carried for them. There aren’t always immediate consequences for choices, but the consequences will appear eventually. God gave the people many generations to correct their ways and they failed so the punishment was intended to help them grow.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you have a difficult time asking for help? Are you trying to make it through life on your own? What are you sowing in this season of your life? What do you hope to harvest? Spend the next five minutes talking with God and ask him to help you grow.