Thursday, July 16, 2009

An Overview of Hosea: Faithfulness and Obedience

What is the biggest disappointment you've had to deal with this week? this month?

Read Hosea 1:1-3 and 3:1-5.

How would you feel if God commanded you to marry someone you knew was going to be unfaithful to you? Would you obey? Why or why not?

What are some situations you (or others) face today in which obedience to God is difficult? What can motivate you to obey God even when it is difficult?

According to chapter three, it appears that Hosea's wife, Gomer, actually left him and became a prostitute.

Even though Hosea knew Gomer was going to be unfaithful, how do you think he felt when it actually happened?

How did Gomer's unfaithfulness provide an illustration of Israel's unfaithfulness to God?

As a group, make a short list of the many things God did for Israel through the centuries. Then make a short list of the ways Israel was unfaithful to God.

In what ways are people unfaithful to God today?

Read Hosea 14:1,2,9.

If someone has been unfaithful to God, what do they need to do in order to "return" to Him?

What do you think it means to walk in the ways of the LORD? How can you walk in the ways of the LORD this week?

How can this group pray for you today?

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