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Summary: In our survey of the book of Hosea we have proposed the theme as "God’s Redeeming Love"; this may have seemed strange... a. As we considered "God’s Indictment of Israel" in chapters 4-7 b. As we considered "God’s Punishment for Israel" in chap

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"STUDIES IN THE MINOR PROPHETS"

Hosea - God’s Redeeming Love (11:1-14:9)

INTRODUCTION

1. In our survey of the book of Hosea we have proposed the theme as

"God’s Redeeming Love"; this may have seemed strange...

a. As we considered "God’s Indictment of Israel" in chapters 4-7

b. As we considered "God’s Punishment for Israel" in chapters 8-10

2. But as we saw in the first three chapters, Hosea’s experience with

Gomer serves as an analogy of God’s experience with Israel...

a. Following the adultery there was a period of separation

b. Following the separation there was the ultimate restoration

-- Therefore Israel would be restored, but only after a period of

separation

3. Here is another way to summarize chapters 4-14...

a. God is holy (which is why He must indict Israel for her sins)

- Hos 4-7

b. God is just (which is why Israel must be punished for her sins)

- Hos 8-10

c. God is love (which is why He will restore Israel) - Hos 11-14

-- So having declared the holiness and justice of God, Hosea now

proclaims His great love for Israel

[In this lesson we shall complete our study of Hosea by first looking

at...]

I. GOD’S PROMISE OF A FUTURE RESTORATION (11:1-14:9)

A. GOD’S LOVE DESPITE ISRAEL’S REBELLION (11:1-11)

1. God brought Israel out of Egypt, yet they worshipped the Baals

- Hos 11:1-2

2. God nurtured Israel though they knew it not - Hos 11:3-4

3. God will send them to Assyria because of their backsliding

- Hos 11:5-7

4. Yet God will return them to their homes - Hos 11:8-11

B. ISRAEL’S REBELLION AND GOD’S CHASTISEMENT (11:12-13:16)

1. Ephraim (Israel) is full of sin, and while Judah still walks

with God to a degree, God has a complaint against Judah as

well - Hos 11:12-12:6

2. Ephraim is cunning and boastful, and so God will bring his

reproach upon him - Hos 12:7-14

3. Ephraim and Samaria (both representative of Israel), shall be

held guilty and punished accordingly - Hos 13:1-16

C. ISRAEL’S FUTURE RESTORATION (14:1-9)

1. A call to return to the Lord, for Assyria will not save - Hos 14:1-3

2. God promises to heal their backsliding and return them to the

land - Hos 14:4-7

3. Ephraim (Israel) will finally be cured of her idolatry - Hos 14:8

4. A concluding call to wisely consider these things - Hos 14:9

[God fulfilled His promise to restore Israel (and Judah) starting with

the decree of Cyrus and under the leadership of Zerubbabel, Ezra, and

Nehemiah (cf. the books of Ezra and Nehemiah). As indicated in Hos 14:8, Israel was once for all cured of her idolatry. Her faith in God

may have weakened later on, but idolatry never had the appeal it once

had.

In the spirit of Hos 14:9, which calls upon us to understand and know

what is revealed in this book, here are some...]

II. CONCLUDING LESSONS TO BE DRAWN FROM HOSEA

A. GOD IS A GOD OF LOVE...

1. He loves His people

a. Like a man loves his wife (cf. Hosea and Gomer)

b. Like a father loves his child - Hos 11:1

2. Because He loves His people...

a. He blesses them abundantly

b. He nurtures them patiently - Hos 11:3-4

B. GOD IS A GOD OF HOLINESS...

1. He expects His people to know His will - Hos 4:1-2,6; 8:12


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