Monday: A Trained Heifer
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Read Hosea 10:11-13. What message is the Lord giving to His people here? How do we understand the phrase, “until he comes and showers righteousness on you”? (NIV). In Hosea 10, God’s child Ephraim is compared to a trained heifer who loves to thresh grain because she could eat as she threshed. Thus, instead of being productive, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Love and Judgment: God’s Dilemma
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Read for This Week’s Study: Hos. 7:11-12, 10:11-13, Matt. 11:28-30, Rom. 5:8, 1 Pet. 2:24, Hosea 14. Memory Text: “But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always” (Hosea 12:6, NIV). Key Thought: Hosea reveals more of God’s love for His wayward people. A common way in which biblical authors talk about God’s love relationship with … [Click to read more …]

Try a Little Love and Tenderness
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This week’s Sabbath School lesson is about Hosea and the relentless love of God. For me, one of the key verses is Hosea 2:14, But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. I am so thankful for parents who understand this. I wish all parents … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Call to Repentance
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“‘And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent’” (John 17:3, NKJV). The name Hosea in Hebrew means “the Lord saves,” and is related to the names Joshua, Isaiah and even Jesus. The prophet calls the people to reject sin and find refuge in their Lord God because He … [Click to read more …]

01: Spiritual Adultery (Hosea) – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Spiritual Adultery (Hosea) April 3, 1013] 1. A real life parable. According to Hosea 1:1-3, whose idea was it for Hosea to marry Gomer? How did God explain to Hosea why he should marry an adulterous woman? Why did God choose such an unusual way to demonstrate His love for His people? Does … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Case Against Israel
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Hosea 4:1-3 presents God as one who brings a charge or a legal dispute (Hebrew rîb) against Israel. The chosen nation stood guilty before her God because the people had failed to live up to the terms of the covenant. Truth, mercy, and the knowledge of God were to be qualities of Israel’s unique relationship with Him. … [Click to read more …]

01: Spiritual Adultery – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Even amid spiritual adultery and divine judgment, God’s love for His people never wavers. [Teaching plan for Spiritual Adultery April 1, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Hosea 1:2,3. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. B. Why does God ask the prophet … [Click to read more …]