Sunday, August 11, 2019

Hosea 13 & 14

Today's reading in our daily plan is Hosea 13 & 14. 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 verse one of Hosea 13, "Ephraim" was one of the tribes of Israel and here represents God's people. They had a strong relationship with God in the past but had become self-sufficient and no longer felt a need for God (see 13:6). They turned their back on Him and were now in danger of suffering the consequences.
  • The people needed to see the destructiveness of their sin (14:1), and could return to God by turning to him and asking him to forgive them (14:2).
  • The book of Hosea ends with an encouragement to listen to and obey the ways of the Lord (14:9).
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • The problem with God's people is that they became proud and self-sufficient and no longer felt God was necessary. Do you see yourself as in constant need of God's help? If life is easy first now, beware that you may be tempted to turn away from a vital connection with God.
  • Just like the people back then, we need to see the destructiveness of our sins and turn back to God, asking him to forgive us. 1 John 1:9, "But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." We can be forgiven because of what Jesus did on the cross for us.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • We have so much in our modern world and we live in a country built on a culture of self-sufficiency, so how can you live with a constant awareness of your need for God and his help?
  • How is sin in your life hurting you? Hurting others? Hurting God? Turn to God and ask him to forgive your sins. Ask him to help you put the sin behind you for good.
Here's a helpful video from a great resource called BibleProject that reviews and summarizes the entire book of Hosea: