Sunday, July 28, 2019

Hosea 5 & 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is Hosea 5 & 6. 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?)
  • Chapter 5 is a more forceful and specfic continuation of the warnings from previous chapters. Hosea calls out individual leaders and groups of people, warning them about what God will do because of their idolatry.
  • The bulk of these prophecies were fulfilled in 722 B.C., when the city of Samaria was captured.
  • Chapter six strikes a more hopeful tone, maybe out of desperation. Hosea urges the people to return to God and abandon false idols and talks about some of the blessings they could experience as a result.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God's offer of forgiveness always awaits us. No matter how far we have wandered or how many "idols" we may have started investing our time in, God loves us and wants us back. We just have to accept it, and live the life he calls us to.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you feel like you've done too many bad things for God to love you? Do you struggle with the idea of truly unconditional love? These are normal things to feel, but they don't change the way God sees you.
  • Talk to God and ask him to help you live in the freedom and forgiveness he offers. It might take weeks or months or years before you finally break free from the way you felt before, but God wants to travel that journey with you.