- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Hosea 6
Call to Repentance.
Hosea calls for repentance for Israel and Judah to return to God.
Calling for repentance is turning from their ways—breaking the covenant, unfaithfulness (v.7), blood shedding, murdering, committing shameful crimes, adultery, and defilement.
Acts of repentance is to acknowledge the Lord, who is merciful. Acknowledging God is higher than offering sacrifice.
What the Lord really desires are steadfast love and knowledge of him.
If Israel will but return to the Lord, he will heal her sickness and revive her.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?