Hosea – God’s Unfailing Love & Faithfulness Hosea . Hosea: a living example of God’s love and faithfulness to His people. Background : Hosea means “salvation” Hosea preached to the northern nation of Israel His ministry spanned almost 40 years. .
Exodus 34:14 [NIV] – “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”
The Israelites bought into the lie giving Baal credit for what they knew were really gifts from the Lord’s hand.
Hosea 11:1,2 [NLT] - “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. But the more I called to him, the farther he moved from me, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols.”
You will never meet a person who is not religious. Not that everyone goes to church, studies religious books, or faithfully carries out religious rituals. But event the most secular of modern persons has a reverence for something beyond himself. Business success, political power, financial gain, intellectual prowess, material comfort, sensual pleasure are just a few ambitions that people are willing to devote themselves to. Measure a person’s use of time, weigh the attention given to various topics of conversation and you will get a picture of what that person worships. Such worship is dangerous because it crowds the true living God out of our lives. (David Hubbard, Themes from the Minor Prophets)
2 Corinthians 11:2–3 [NIV] - “I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
“True love reveals itself the strongest of all passions when your impulse to hate those who hurt you is fully felt.” (Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters)
Hosea 2:16,19,20 [NLT] – “When that day comes,” says the LORD, “you will call me ‘my husband’ instead of ‘my master’ …I will make you my wife forever, showing you righteousness and justice, unfailing love and compassion. I will be faithful to you and make you mine, and you will finally know me as the LORD.
Hosea 2:14,23 [NLT] - “But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there. …I will show love to those I called ‘Not loved.’ And to those I called ‘Not my people,’ I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’ And they will reply, ‘You are our God!’ ”
1 John 4:7–12 [NIV] – “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love…This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”