211 - No Truth + No Knowledge = Judgment

July 30, 2013
The personal story of Hosea ends with chapter three.  From that point on, the book is filled with warnings and prophecies that apply to the Northern Kingdom and to the United States as well.

And the key charge for both is a lack of knowledge of the Holy One.  Consider this:

Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, for the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: "There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land."

Note:  The charge is against the inhabitants of the land, you and I, and is because of a lack of truth and understanding.

Sounds like something right out of the nightly news, doesn't it?  

The following is a study of Hosea 4:1-19.

210 - The Greatest Chapter in the Bible

July 29, 2013
Some believe the third chapter of Hosea is the greatest chapter in the Bible.  After all, it pictures how great a love the Lord has for His sinning children, for each of us, who have been found guilty of committing spiritual adultery by loving another and are now experiencing the consequences of that sin.

Just look at the love of Hosea for Gomer and see the Lord's love for you:

And I said to her, "You shall stay with me many days; you shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man - so, too, will I be toward you."

Ah, but there is so much more.  Keep listening.

The following is a study of Hosea 3:1-5.

209 - The Final Warning

June 17, 2013
In the second chapter of Hosea we find accusations, warnings, promises and restoration all dealing with the sin of unfaithfulness.  That's the unfaithfulness of Gomer to Hosea and of the Northern Kingdom (the House of Israel) to the Lord.

But there is also a personal warning in the text.  We can clearly see how the warnings to the Northern Kingdom could apply to the United States and that the warnings could also apply to each of us individually.  Actually, it's rather frightening.

Are you interested in finding out more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study of Hosea 2:1-23.

208 - Hosea: A Living Epistle

June 15, 2013
The life of Hosea is a frightening picture of how we treat God and how He must grieve over our idolatry, sin and spiritual adultery.  But it is also a wonderful picture of grace and the all-encompassing love of God.

In essence, the message of Hosea is:

1.  God suffers when His people are unfaithful to Him.
2.  God cannot tolerate or condone sin.
3.  God will never cease to love His own.
4.  God will seek to win back those who have forsaken Him.

But there is so much more in this Old Testament book.  Keep listening and find out more.

The following is a study of Hosea 1:1-11.